If you're like me, hair care is serious business!
I need my locks to be looking their best at all times because you never know when you might run into a potential date or job interview. But even though I take my haircare seriously, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy having a little fun with it too! So today, I'm going to share some of my favorite tips and tricks for styling and caring for my hair. Hopefully, they'll help make your hair look its best too!
1) Wash your hair at least once every 2-3 days
But not everyday! Using shampoo every day is bad for the hair, scalp, and your wallet too. You see, if you wash your hair daily with shampoo, it will build upon your hair shaft and scalp because of its oil-stripping properties. This can cause problems like dryness of the scalp which may lead to dandruff.
2) Create a good hairstyle for the day by using products that work with your hair type
A textured side ponytail is perfect for people who don't like to spend too much time on their hair when they wake up in the morning. This style works well with wavy or straight hair.
Here's how to do it:
- After taking a shower, wrap your damp hair around an old T-shirt to absorb extra moisture and make it less frizzy.
- Blow-dry the top part of your hair while parting it down the center (and leave out any pieces that fall in front).
- Next, take your bangs and pull them back into a low-side ponytail before wrapping the rest of your hair in a high ponytail close to the crown of your head. Click here for more tips!
3) Keep up with haircuts to maintain healthy, shiny locks.
Hair grows at an average rate of 6 inches per year, which means most people need haircuts about every 6-8 weeks to maintain a healthy look. Follow this simple checklist for best results:
- Keep hair combed and detangled in the shower using a wide-tooth comb or paddle brush
- Use mild shampoo when you wash
- Wash hair thoroughly (this ensures all product is removed) and rinse very well. This step is especially important if you are planning on straightening or curling locks, as water activates these processes.
- And for longer hair, let conditioner rest for a couple of minutes but be sure not to lather it all the way on your scalp, just the edges of your hair will do for soft, healthier hair.
4) Use leave-in conditioner for beautiful hair
What do you think of when you hear the words 'leave in conditioner'? If you're like most, you've probably been inundated with thoughts of tangles and split ends. Nowadays, it's an unfortunately common misconception that leave-in conditioners are bad for your hair, but they can be a powerful way to fight damaged hair.
The truth is, your hair is in more danger when you're not using these conditioners. There are many kinds of leave-in conditioners for your hair, all with different benefits depending on what you want to achieve.
For example, if you are trying to make your natural curls more defined, you might choose a leave-in conditioner with ingredients like jojoba oil, glycerin.
5) If your hair is looking flat or greasy
- Keep your hair loose, bring it forward, twist it up and pin it.
- Let's say you want to go curly, braid your hair and leave it overnight. It will give more bounce to the curls when you take it down in.
- If you want bigger, bouncier curls, use bigger sections of hair and let them fall out when you take it down.
- Add some mousse or gel into your roots, it will give more volume to the roots and thus make your hair seem thicker overall.
- If you really want big, voluminous curls or waves do not brush your hair out when it is wet, you can leave the natural wave in by just combing it through with your fingers!
- If you want to go straight and sleek, braid your hair or twist it up and pin it. Let it dry that way.
Hopefully, the hair care tips and tricks you learned here will help you take better care of your tresses. If not, give us a call! We’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns about what we talked about today. We also have some other great blog posts on our site that can provide more information for beginners who are struggling with their locks. For example, check out this helpful guide on how damaged hair is formed, or feel free to read this article which discusses ways healthy hair can become fuller over time.