Some days we love our hair in all of its thick, volume-y goodness. Then there are the bad hair days when we contemplate getting a wig to cover up the frizzy mess. The key to loving your hair everyday is to embrace what you’ve got. Try out these hair tips and tricks to make the most of your lovely locks.
1. The power of dry shampoo
If you’ve never used dry shampoo, then stop reading this article right now and go buy some. Well, maybe finish the article first, but definitely add it to your list of things to pick up. Dry shampoo itself isn’t “dry” per se. It actually gets its name from the way you use it – on dry hair, unlike traditional shampoo that you use in the shower. Dry shampoo absorbs and eliminates greasy, oily hair and leaves it full of body and smelling clean. You don’t have to spend a fortune on it, either. A quality dry shampoo can cost as little as $4.99 or less. On days that you don’t wash your hair, just spray some of the dry shampoo on your hair, make sure you massage it into your roots, and then brush it through. Zero dry time. Zero oil. It’s a true gift to anyone who has oily hair. Of all of the hair tips and tricks out there, this one is the one you’ll be telling your friends and family about.
2. Hair feeling weighed down? It could be your conditioner
We all know that conditioner helps make your hair soft and manageable. However, even after conditioning, your hair can feel weighed down. If you’re someone who puts conditioner all over your hair, including on the roots, that could by the culprit. When you use conditioner, only apply it from the middle of the strands down to the ends. Applying conditioner onto your scalp and roots can actually weigh your hair down.
3. Don’t tie your hair up in a towel
We’re all guilty of getting out of the shower or finishing washing our hair and tying our hair up in a comfortable knot on the top of our heads secured by a towel. Others will take a towel to their hair and rub until it’s dry. Both of these methods can actually cause frizziness along with hair breakage. If you’ve noticed a lot of split ends recently, then think about how you dry your damp hair. Instead of rubbing or tying your hair up, use a towel to gently squeeze the extra water from your hair. Bonus points if you use a cotton tee shirt as it’s much gentler on the hair than a towel.
4. Tame hair flyaways with a little bit of gel
Braids are a neat, functional updo that are popular in children as well as in adults. Unfortunately, when you braid your hair, you will often notice little fly-away strands of your hair that take away from the neatness of it. To tame those pesky fly-away strands, take a little bit of gel, apply it to your finger, and smooth over the fly aways to secure them down. You’ll get a much sleeker look and avoid the messy appearance from those fly away hairs.
5. Yet another amazing use for dry shampoo
Instead of using dry shampoo when you notice that your hair is a little bit greasy and is in need of a boost, spray it onto your hair after you wash and dry it. Of course your hair is already clean, but the dry shampoo will add an extra barrier between your hair and the dirt and oils that it will pick up throughout the day.
6. Apply heat protecting serum the right way
Before applying heat to your hair with a blow dryer or with a hair straightener, you should always apply a heat protecting spray or serum so that you can minimize the damage to your hair. When you apply your protective spray, cream, gel, or serum of choice, make sure you cover all of your hair and let the product sit for 10 minutes. This allows it to fully penetrate the hair and to provide the greatest amount of protection that it has to offer.
7. Give your hair a cool boost in the shower and when blow drying
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of warm or hot water on your hair. The same goes from the heat from a blow drier. There’s a reason why whenever you apply heat to your hair that it’s recommended that you use a product to protect it. Heat can damage your hair, even hot water. It’s actually best if you give your hair a healthy dose of cool water and air. In the shower, before getting out, you should rinse your hair with cool water. The cool water seals the cuticle and keeps the moisture in your hair. The same goes for when you are blow drying your hair. The cool burst locks in the moisture and is much healthier for your hair.
These tips are great no matter what kind of hair you have. Do you have a go-to-hair tip that you want to share? Have you tried one of these tips and had amazing results? Give us your input on the above tips and share some of your own hair tips and tricks in the comments below.