We have compiled some tips based on what you may currently be doing with your hair versus some ideas of changes you could make to get better results!
In the Shower
1. You Wash Your Hair Every Day
As a general rule, hair should be washed as often as needed. That’s every two to three days. Any more, and you risk stripping your hair of its natural, protective oils that keep it shiny and healthy. This is especially true for people who color their hair, as over-washing can dull the vibrancy of their color.
2. You Use Too Much Conditioner
To avoid greasy strands, apply conditioner on the ends of the hair, where it truly needs hydration—not the scalp. Start with an amount about the size of a dime (yes, a tiny dime), and try to disperse it evenly throughout the hair. If needed, up the amount, but never exceed a quarter size.
3. … and the Wrong Shampoo
Sulfates, the cleansing agents in shampoos, have become the gluten of the hair world.
While they don't pose any serious health hazards, some people find these chemicals dry out hair, skin, and scalp, or strip away color. If you’re seeing tangling, frizziness, and split ends, try a sulfate-free shampoo, which can clean your hair gently. Just keep in mind it won’t get as sudsy as a regular shampoo. We suggest Moroccanoil.
4. You've Been Using the Same Shampoo and Conditioner Since High School
By spin class 2,567, your body's pretty used to it. Similarly, your hair gets used to shampoo and conditioner—and then the products start to leave behind a residue. Feeling dry? Work in a deep conditioner. If it's feeling limp, use a lighter formula. Frizzier than usual? Use a moisturizing one. You know your hair—listen to what it needs.
After the Shower
5. You Brush Your Hair When It's Wet
Wet hair is much weaker than dry hair, so treat it carefully. One of the worst things you can do is tug a brush through it, forcing tangles apart. Instead, try brushing your hair before hopping in the shower to work out knots and air out the roots.
6. You Roughly Towel Dry
This isn’t the worst you can do, but it’s definitely not the best. After showering, don’t vigorously rub your hair with a towel—gently blot instead. Blotting will not rough up the cuticle and cause frizz.
7. You Use Too-Hot Tools
Whether your hair is fine and thin or coarse and thick will determine which heat setting will get the job done. So it’s fortunate that most hot tools, like straighteners and curling irons, come with adjustable temperature settings. Don't crank it to the hottest setting right off the bat. Start at 300 degrees. If you're getting the desired results, stay there. If not, gradually turn up the heat until you do. Typically coarse hair requires higher temps than fine hair. And no matter what, always use a heat protector (more on that soon). As for those wet-to-dry hot tools intended for use on damp hair? They're a no-go: Never use hot tools on wet hair.
8. You Use Too Many Styling Products
You only need three products: a protectant, a styling product (like a mousse for volume or an anti-frizz cream for sleekness), and a finishing product (like hair or texture spray). Use cremes and oils sparingly, and only apply to the mid-shaft through ends—a little goes a long way.
At the Salon
9. You Don't Correctly Describe What You Want
The most important thing to remember before you visit your stylist: Bring photos. And be careful of buzzwords: just because you're describing what you think is a 'natural' look with 'warm undertones,' doesn't mean the stylist is on the same page.
Moreover, listen to—and trust—your stylist. If they say something is tough to do with your hair type, believe them—they're usually right. And ask them about the upkeep involved with any particular style or color. Be clear about how much time you want to dedicate to your hairstyle, whether you're open to using products, and how many. If it sounds like too much work, it probably is.
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2015 J St - Sacramento CA 95811