10 Great Hair Care Tips
by: Darla Di Grandi-Aguilera
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 conditioner that is formulated for your specific
hair type. While you can skimp a little on the shampoo, a good,
professional conditioner is a must have. Look for products in salons that
are customized for your hair type. For instance: If you have colour or a
perm, choose a conditioner that is for chemically processed hair. 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. If you have broad shoulders, choose a full-bodied cut
over a close cropped head hugging doo.
3. Donít forget your UV 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.
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 itís just a micro trim. A good hairdresser makes them good because they
know what to leave on the head, not take off.
5. Leave chemicals to the professionals. There is a reason why
beauticians need to go to school to learn how to handle chemicals and hair
processes. You can do irreparable damage with these products even if the
package says that itís way easy. And even if you donít make your hair fall
out, you could end up looking like a clown and paying a stylist big bucks
to fix your mess. (Note: Most stylists charge double the rate for
corrective colour than they do for normal colour processes)
6. Get colour for interest and body. Every cut needs a little bit of
colour 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
colour process. Highlights, lowlights, all over colour, gray coverage, you
name it, itís 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.
8. Get an ionic ceramic flat iron. Instead of frying your hair with a
conventional metal plated flat iron. Straighten your tresses, add shine
and infuse moisture with one of the a negative ionic flat irons. We
personally use T3 irons for all our work.
9. Choose your styling products wisely. 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.
10. Did you know that if you use a towel after your shower to dry your
hair you are causing split ends and adding static electricity to your
hair. Donít rub the towel back and forth over your hair, scrunch the towel
around your hair like your would scrunch crackers in your soup.
While all of these tips wonít make you look like youíve 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 everyday. Now isnít it worth the time, effort and money that it
takes to keep it looking spectacular?