While the type of products you use make a huge difference in the appearance of your hair, so will your habits. Read on to learn eight small hair care tips that will transform you 'do.
1. Keep your hair clean.
Despite what you may have heard, skipping shampooing every now and then may not be such a good idea. It’s true – certain shampoos (namely those containing phosphates and other harsh ingredients) will dry out your strands if used in excess. However, high-quality products if used daily will actually have the reverse effect, strengthening strands and minimizing split ends. Try Strength Cure Shampoo by Pureology.
2. Stick with products that work.
Switching up products to keep your hair from adapting to their effects doesn’t work. When you find products that are good for your hair, stick with them. If they seem to lose their effectiveness over time, you might just have build-up on your strands which is keeping the formulas from penetrating your hair. To remedy this, use a purifying shampoo like Sudzz FX’s Nyrvana Purifying Shampoo.
3. Blow dry down the hair shaft.
If you want a sleek look after your blow out, always work downward (from your roots to your ends). This ensures that your hair will dry in the way that it falls naturally. If your hair suffers from excessive dryness or damage, add a serum like Kenra's Professional Platinum Blow-Dry Serum to boost hydration.
4. Blow dry with cool air or on a low-heat setting.
Excess heat is your hair’s worst enemy. Aside from using heat protectant like Sudzz FX's AirPlay Designing Spray, using a low heat setting will help keep your strands from drying out so that your ‘do is sleek and stays in place.
5. Don’t spend too much time in the sun.
Another way to help prevent heat damage is to minimize your hair’s exposure to the sun while keeping it moisturized. Wear a hat during the summer, and be sure to apply a leave-in conditioner at least every other day, try PRAVANA's Nevo Color Lock Leave-In Treatment. If you’re planning a beach day, spritz some heat protectant onto your strands beforehand and re-apply after swimming, just like with sun screen.
6. Don’t skip conditioner.
One critical way to combat the drying effects of heat and other hair offenders is hydration. You should never skip conditioner in the shower. Better yet, invest in a deep conditioning treatment to use on your strands once every week or so we like NEVO 60 Second Deep Treatment by PRAVANA. You should also be using a heat protectant whenever styling your hair with hot tools.
7. Mix your conditioner with oil.
It’s so simple yet so few people think to do it. Mixing your conditioner with oil will give it extra power to moisturize dry, damaged hair. To make things easier for yourself, just look for an oil-infused conditioner the next time you go shopping, like Pureology’s Precious Oil Softening Conditioner.
8. Get regular trims.
Trimming your hair is necessary for preventing split ends (which lead to breakage), and thus it is also important if you are trying to grow out your hair. Visit your stylist every six to eight weeks.
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