If you watch the tabloids, you know that even the stars have bad hair days. It just seems that when the professional stylists are out of the picture, it is inherently human to have a less than glamorous mane. But you can do your part to stay ahead of the battle by following these great tips for hair care.
1. Use a professional shampoo and conditioner that is formulated for your specific hair and scalp type. Ask your hairstylist which products will work best for you. Did you know that most color fading comes from using the wrong shampoo? Or that you may need two different conditioners for your hair type, we will discuss this more in another blog. And stay away from those all-in-one shampoo and conditioner combos.
2. Choose a cut tailored to your face and body shape. The number one mistake that people make when choosing a new hairstyle is to pick a style based on popularity rather than how it will enhance their features. Always choose a new cut based on how it will enhance or detract from your facial features and build. A square face should never have harsh lines at the jaw line so a short bob would not be flattering on this type of face.
3. Don’t forget your UV and heat protectants. Just as your skin gets damaged by wind and sun, so does your hair. To combat this, look for finishing products such as mousses, gels and sprays that block UV rays. Heat protectant is not just important when you are using a flat iron or hair dryer. If you work outdoors in the heat or a job that requires you to be around excess heat you should be spraying a heat protectant in your hair.
4. Keep your appointments. Did you know that your hair will split faster than it will grow? You need to get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks, even if it’s just a micro trim. I have always said on average hair grows half an inch in that time frame, so if we cut off a quarter inch your hair is still getting longer, fyi, some people grow an inch.
5. Leave chemicals to the professionals. There is a reason why cosmetologist need to go to school to learn how to color your hair. You can do irreparable damage with over the counter products even if the package says that it’s way easy. Professional products are made to be gentile on your hair and we know what your hair can and can’t do. Just because you say it on IG or Pinterest doesn’t mean you can have it too.
6. Get color for interest and body. Every cut needs a little bit of color to make it truly breathtaking. No matter whether your taste is subtle or dramatic, you can add interest and volume to your tresses with a color process. Highlights, lowlights, all over color, gray coverage, you name it, it’s all good for your look.
7. Do weekly conditioning treatments. Even if your hair is extremely healthy, it is constantly on the attack from wind, sun, cold and heat. During the summer months, your hair is battered even more when it absorbs chlorine and other chemicals from your pool. Make sure to ask your stylist which deep conditioning options are best for you.
8. Heat tools matter. Make sure whatever flat iron or curling iron you are using has a heat dial. Most people use way too much heat to style their hair. If the hair is too hot to touch when it comes out turn the heat down. Most work I do is at 375 degrees. With small sections you can achieve just as smooth hair without the damage. I personally use the Chi Flat Iron with a digital heat display.
9. Choose your styling products wisely. Again ask your stylist which products to use for your hair and then pay attention to how he/she uses them in your hair. If you do find yourself shopping on your own, avoid products that leave build-up on your hair. If you see white gunk, that means that your product is not water-soluble and may be coating your hair shaft. Build-up causes limpness, breakage and inability to curl not to mention the white flakes. Having something like “Pretreat” from Jack Winn Pro helps to keep build-up of any kind away.
10. Did you know that if you use a towel after your shower to dry your hair you could be causing split ends and adding static electricity to your hair. Don’t rub the towel back and forth over your hair, scrunch the towel around your hair like you would scrunch crackers in your soup. Some people will use a t-shirt or investing in some of the hair towel wraps would be a great idea.
While all of these tips won’t make you look like you’ve hired a personal hairdresser, they will help you look the very best that you can each and every day. When it comes to hair care, remember that you wear your hair every day. Now isn’t it worth the time, effort and money that it takes to keep it looking spectacular?