Updated: Nov 28, 2019
4 expert tips to achieve incredible hair (no matter what your texture)
Make every day a great hair day by following these expert tips
No matter the texture, color or style, pretty much everyone wants hair that looks like it has been preened, primped and perfected by a salon professional on a daily basis, right?
But if your hectic schedule won’t allow a bi-weekly blow-dry and you’d prefer an extra twenty minutes in bed each morning over waiting for your deep conditioner to work its magic or grappling with the tongs, read on, because we’ve spoken to some of the experts in the business to pin down the four key hair rules to live by for healthier, happier and more manageable tresses.
Bye, bad hair days.
1) Rethink the way you wash your hair.
Mintel reports that 33% of men and women who have changed their washing habits in the last 12 months cite worrying about damage as the top reason, so how often should you be shampooing?
Well, industry experts argue that less is more.
“Over-washing can be damaging for your hair, especially if it is bleached, colored, has been chemically treated or is naturally very dry or porous,” “When you wash your hair every day it strips away the natural oils and proteins that you need to keep your hair and scalp healthy, so try to limit hair washing to three times a week if you can.”
But it does depend on your hair type.
The best shampoo for thick, coarse, curly hair
“The curlier your hair is, the longer you can go between washes,” If you have thick, coarse, curly hair, pick a shampoo that hydrates as it cleanses, like
The best shampoo for fine hair
“The finer and straighter your hair is, the faster the oil wicks down,” “so that can make it oilier faster. If you have super straight hair, you may not be able to go more than two days without washing.” If you have fine, straight hair, pick a gentle shampoo like StBotanica Biotin & Collagen Volumizing Hair Shampoo which is super-kind on strands.
The best shampoo for colored hair
If you color your hair regularly then it’s best to avoid washing your hair every day to keep your color from fading and your strands from becoming parched. The same applied for just-dyed lengths.
“Leave your hair for at least 72 hours after a color appointment before washing it again,” “It can take up to three days for the hair cuticle to fully close, trapping in the color molecules. If you wash your hair before the cuticle has closed, you risk disrupting the freshly applied color and your gorgeous new hue is likely to fade.” When you do eventually wash your hair, avoid shampoos that contain sulphates and silicones. sulphates can strip the color, while silicones leave behind residue that can leave your new color looking dull. Stylist recommends L'Oreal Paris Color Protect Shampoo Which cleanses from root to tip without stripping your strands of color and L'Oreal Serie Expert A-Ox Vitamino Color Shampoo to eradicate build up and nourish porous lengths.
Remember, dry shampoo is your friend.
“If you’re prone to greasy hair, then use a little dry shampoo in between washes to soak up excess oil,”. “But try and avoid becoming too reliant on dry shampoo as it can cause build-up on the scalp and clog hair follicles, which can impede hair growth. If you really struggle to avoid frequent washing then remember that certain styles work better – and look better – on hair that isn’t freshly washed. Braids, bedhead buns and twisted topknots are all great looks for those in-between wash days.”
2) Always use Hair protection.
Hair can be damaged by both UV and heated tools, like straighter, tongs and even your trusty hairdryer, so it’s important to give your hair as much protection as possible.
“When you dry your hair at home always use a heat protector,” says hairstylist. Try the
L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Ultra Riche Nourishing Hair Mask to condition from the inside out and shield against damage from straighteners and color-zapping rays.
And when drying, be sure not to hold the hair dryer too close to your lengths, to prevent split, fluffy ends. “As a test, blow the hairdryer onto your hand and see how fast you pull away when holding it close to your skin.”
3) Become a blow-dry pro.
A good blow-dry should last at least a couple of days depending on your hair type, and there are several products that will help prolong the life of your style. You can also bypass hot tools by multi-tasking your hair style, as celebrity Hairstylist explains: “Styling doesn’t always have to involve a hot tool. If you give yourself a fierce blowout on Monday, rock it out on Tuesday and on Wednesday do a fab high ponytail. Making your style last a few days will really help prevent damage.”
The perfect at-home blow-out is not as tricky as it sounds and if you invest in a few good tools it’ll make it even easier.
“Start by flipping your head upside down, and shake your hair around while you blow-dry,” says hair care expert. “The more you move the more volume you’ll get. Once it’s about 80 percent dry, flip back up and blow-dry hair in sections to smooth, focusing on polished ends. The last three inches are key: Move your brush and dryer right down to the very end of the strands and take your time. It will make all the difference. Most people come at their heads from the side, which makes hair frizzy and sticky by pushing it all over the place.”
4) Condition the right way.
Good conditioner is also crucial when it comes to any hair type but particularly thick, curly tresses.
“For curly, highly textured hair, always deep condition,” says celebrity hair stylist. “No two minute conditioners here. Deep conditioning involves using a conditioner that will add moisture and strength (protein) back to hair. You should use heat by either applying conditioner to hair while taking a shower and let it sit while showering or by covering the hair with a plastic cap and applying heat from an outside like a hair dryer.
“I believe it’s important to use leave-in conditioners and also not to shampoo so often. Rinse it if you want to but don’t necessarily shampoo it.”
To make sure your hair really absorbs the conditioner, towel-dry hair after shampooing. Excess water will mean the conditioner won’t be able to penetrate the hair shaft and deliver the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy and shiny. If you’re short on time, at least squeeze out excess water.
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