Upkeep is one of the most important things you can do for your luscious locks, it doesn’t matter if you have curly hair, thin hair, oily hair, dry hair, or any other type of hair—certain hair care tips are truly universal Here are my main hair care takeaways for all my lovely ladies. Enjoy!
HAIR CARE TIP #1: CONDITION CORRECTLY
On the off chance you didn’t know, you should use conditioner regularly. Are you sure you’re using it the right way? I have many clients who complain of dry skin and what is the first thing we do to help with dry skin? Apply lotion. When we have dry skin chances are that our scalps are on the dry side too and can be over producing oil to help moisturize our skin. I recommend applying conditioner to your whole scalp once or twice per week to help balance our bodies natural oil production. The rest of the time conditioner only needs to be placed on certain sections of your hair. Skip applying it near your roots, and apply conditioner from mid-lengths to ends. Conditioning at the roots can end up weighing down your hair.
HAIR CARE TIP #2: BE EXTRA THOROUGH WITH RINSING
While we’re on the topic of conditioning. Be sure when getting out of the shower you do a second rinse to remove any remaining product. Double your rinsing time, you won’t regret it! Be sure to be extremely thorough with washing everything out, as leftover product can leave you with buildup. Focus especially behind the ears and the hairlines.
HAIR CARE TIP #3: SHAMPOO IS FOR THE SCALP
Shampoo should be concentrated on the scalp, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Washing the lengths and ends of your hair will gradually strip strands of their moisture and cause them to become lackluster, dull, and dry. Which is a recipe for breakage! It is unnecessary unless you are actually dirty. Your scalp (which produces oil and constantly sheds skin cells) is the area that really needs cleansing so when you shampoo, keep your efforts focused on your scalp and roots.
HAIR CARE TIP #4 BLOW DRY DOWN THE STRAND
When you’re blowing out your hair be sure to always blow the hair down the hair shaft. If you blow out your strands towards the scalp you can fray your cuticle layer and cause frizz and potential breakage. Need extra volume? Lift your hair in sections and point your dryer in the direction you desire the lift to be just keep the wind direction down the hair shaft. For extra shine hit your hair with that blue mystery button on your hair dryer, this will smooth and polish the cuticle layer.
HAIR CARE TIP #5: HEAT IS FOR DRY HAIR
Have you ever dropped water into a hot pan? Sizzle! Consider if you want the same to happen to your hair. NO. Do yourself a favor and never ever use a curling iron or hair straightener when your strands are wet or even just a little damp. It’s worth the wait to let your hair completely dry, whether that means air drying or giving your mane a blast with a blow-dryer
HAIR CARE TIP #6: EASY ON THE HAIR TIES
Messy buns and ponytails are a classic for a reason. It is incredibly convenient to be able to sweep all of your hair off your face. Pulling your hair up every day, or when wet, and especially in the same spot can put unnecessary strain on your locks. Try rocking lower and looser braids, buns, or ponytails, using softer hair ties that won’t pinch, or just wear your hair down more often. Avoid sleeping with your hair pulled up in a bun, especially while wet, this puts severe strain on the hair around the hair tie and will cause breakage and frizz. Pulling wet hair up causes the hair to overstretch so that instead of bouncing back to it’s normal shape your strands will just snap.
HAIR CARE TIP #7: YOUR SCALP NEEDS CARE, TOO
Think about it: your scalp is skin too. Just like the rest of your skin, your scalp also needs regular exfoliating and hydration. Unfortunately, regular build-up of oil, dead skin cells, and leftover product can leave your scalp overloaded and less than healthy. Be sure to evaluate the quality of your hair product. (Spoiler alert if it comes from the grocery store it may not be as top shelf as you think.) To help exfoliate once or twice a month, use a teaspoon of baking soda in your shampoo and gentle massage your scalp for 3-5 minutes.
HAIR CARE TIP #8: TRIM YOUR SPLIT ENDS
This may be the most important tip of all. As much as you care for your hair and keep it healthy, sometimes split ends are just inevitable. Rather than trying to “seal them up”, book an appointment with your hairdresser and get them snipped off. Hair is already dead, so when it splits there’s no fixing it, trim at the first sign. Otherwise the damage will only travel up the shaft and cause more breakage in the long run. Just do it. Ask for a dusting, I promise your length will survive and it’ll grow in better in the long run.
HAIR CARE TIP #9: DON’T BRUSH WET HAIR
It’s a fact, confirmed by the American Academy of Dermatology: Wet hair breaks more easily when brushed. The best comb to use in the shower or out on wet hair is the five-finger comb (aka your hand). You should always use a wide-tooth comb when detangling damp or wet hair, and also to be as gentle as possible while doing so, work from the bottom to the top.
Remember not to sleep with your hair pulled up in a bun while wet as this puts severe strain on the hair around the hair tie and will cause breakage and frizz.
HAIR CARE TIP #10: HOT TOOL TEMPERATURES
When it comes to heat styling, never turn your heat up to the highest setting, it is unnecessary—those super-hot settings are actually intended for in-salon treatments. Keeping your hot tools on the low or medium temperature setting will get the job done just as well, and without causing nearly as much damage to your strands.
HAIR CARE TIP #11: BRUSHES AND BOARS HAIR
Shopping for a new hair brush can be intimidating to say the least, where do you start? First off I highly recommend a wide tooth comb or wet brush for detangling, paddle brushes are good for this, too. Boars hair brushes are great for smoothing and distributing our hairs natural oil to the ends of our hair. If you tend to be on the oily side a boars hair brush with nylon bristles is a great way to stimulate the scalp and disperse excess oil to your ends before applying dry shampoo.
HAIR CARE TIP #12: DON’T USE SO MUCH DRY SHAMPOO
We all know dry shampoo is a gift straight from heaven to save us from bad day two or three hair. But did you know using too much dry shampoo can cause scalp dryness and an increased oil production? One other risk is dry shampoo is so good at it’s job it’ll zap the life right out of your mid-lengths and ends. No one likes breakage so be sure to use a dry shampoo that doesn’t use talc, instead look for one with tapioca starch. Use a leave in or spray conditioner on dry shampoo days to nourish your ends. Serums can help as well but most of the time those just sit on the top layer of hair without penetration and therefore don’t offer full protection from heat or excessive dry shampoo usage.