You know that feeling when you get a great new haircut or color, but then eventually you have to wash it, tie it up for that spin class, or re-style it? Yeah, we’ve all been there before. And most of the time, after a few days your new look doesn’t really look quite the same as when you walked out of the salon on day-one. So what’s a girl to do? Well, luckily we’ve got some inventive ways to make your bomb new style last a little while longer.
Avoid overwashing. Washing too frequently can strip your hair of its precious natural oils - and if your hair is colored, can speed up fading, meaning you’ll be back in the color chair sooner than you want. Everyone’s washing needs are different depending on their hair texture but a good rule to follow is to avoid washing daily.
- Do you have kinky/curly (type 3 or 4) hair? This suggestion is for you. Tie your hair up at night. For curly hair girls, using the pineapple method can help extend your curls for days!
Reduce product use. Having too much product in your hair can weigh your hair down. This can also cause your hair to become oilier and lose its shape and style more quickly. Ask your hairdresser to use as little product as possible to keep your hair looking fresh for much longer.
- Ready for this miracle product? Dry shampoo can be a godsend to anyone with type 1 or 2 hair. Using a bit of this to extend the life of your hair between washes is a great solution. It also works well for pre and post gym hair to revitalize those strands if you just #cantbebothered to wash. This will help soak up sweat and oil and give your hair a little volume boost.
Reduce heat styling. We love silky curls and bone straight hair as much as the next girl but putting high heat on your hair on a regular basis causes inevitable damage, no matter how much protectant spray you use. If you want to maintain your style without turning up the heat, try pin curling or using foam curlers. Since it’s hard to avoid heat altogether, these methods will help to increase the space between using heat tools.
- Satin Satin Satin! This tip is huge. Wrapping your hair at night in satin can protect everything from your edges to your ends. If you’re like a lot of us who forget at the end of the night, invest in a satin or silk pillowcase so strands will be protected. Your hair will thank you, and you won’t look back.
Use sulfate-free shampoo. For those with a keratin treatment or a Brazilian blowout, you want probably want your hair to stay straight as long as possible. The harsh chemicals and foaming agents in regular shampoos will revert your hair to its natural state much, much faster. Using sulfate-free shampoos will increase the longevity of your treatment by months.
Plan ahead. While you’re at the salon, ask your stylist for a style that will grow out well. For example, as much as we love those asymmetrical buzz cuts, they can yield an awkward growing out stage once you're on to a new style. If you’re worried about this inevitable stage, perhaps try a less drastic asymmetrical cut instead.
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