How to make everyday a good hair day?
Curly, straight, wavy, kinky, and everything in between – no matter what the hair type, all of us have experienced a bad hair day. Sometimes they occur when you fall asleep on wet hair, and other times when you’ve gone a few too many days without a good deep cleaning. Most often, they happen inexplicably on the morning before big events. Regardless of your hair type, length, or style – we’ve put together a myriad of ways to keep your hair looking cool and effortless every single day.
Step away from the heat
You’ve probably had this one drilled into your head already, but it’s so important that we’re going to tell you again! Heat is very damaging to hair, and some hair types are more prone to damage than others. Those with curly hair are more likely to get frizz, and those with dry hair will end up with split ends at a rapid rate. There are many alternative methods to heat styling, such as no-heat curls and braids. Check out YouTube for tutorials on heatless styling (our favorite is the rag curls!), and give your locks a break for a few days every week. You’ll be rewarded with shine and bounce!
Try the no-poo method
Also known as co-washing (or conditioner washing), this method is pretty simple: ditch the shampoo! Many shampoos on the market are full of sulfates and ingredients that strip your hair of its natural oils. Taking a break from shampoo enables your hair to restore its natural moisture barrier, which will give it luster and volume with no products necessary. Many ladies (and men) with heads of curls swear by co-washing – but everyone should try it!
Use heat-protecting products
We know – we told you not to use heat products, and you’re going to do it anyway! We get it. There’s not much that can beat a fresh blowout. If you’re going to continue styling with heat, it’s very important to stick with heat-protecting products. From serums to creams, there are dozens of great products on the market that you can apply before you dry. These products will seal the moisture in your hair follicles and make them less prone to heat-induced breakage. Plus, a little Moroccan Oil smells pretty fabulous.
Clean your brushes
Just like your hair builds up with leftover product over time – so do your hairbrushes! To keep things clean and gunk-free, make sure to wash and clean between the bristles of your hairbrush on a regular basis. Brushes with plastic bristles can be cleaned with soap and water, but delicate brushes such as those with boar bristles should be gently massaged with a hand or a wide-toothed comb to remove excess product.
Dry shampoo is your friend
We admit it’s a pretty painful transition to completely swear-off from shampoo. No one likes greasy hair! Unfortunately, washing your hair daily strips the naturally produced sebum (oil) and actually causes your hair to overcompensate for its lost moisture. The best way to combat greasy hair without stripping your hair of its nutrients is to invest in a good dry shampoo! A quick spritz and a head toss, and your hair will be fresh and voluminous. In a pinch, baby powder (or fine rice flower) can be used as a replacement – just make sure to blend it well with your roots. For those darker brunettes, make sure to purchase the dry shampoo specifically formulated for brown hair. No one wants fake grey hair unless it’s Halloween!
Deep condition often
As the wise Derek Zoolander merman once said, “water is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty”. It really is important to keep your hair well moisturized, especially in the cold, dry winter months. In addition to conditioning your hair regularly, do a deep condition once a week or more. You can use coconut oil, olive oil, or purchase a mask. Apply your conditioning treatment and leave it on while you binge on Netflix. Rinse, and bask in your silky smooth tresses.
Listen to your hair stylist
Often the most egregious hair problems arise when we conveniently mishear the sage advice of our hair stylists. From the moderation of heat styling to avoiding DIY bleach, to letting your split ends grow wild – there’s a reason your hairdresser is giving you advice – it’s their job! They have your best interests at heart, so put down the box dye and consult a professional before you make any big hair-based decisions.
Switch up your part
This simple, speedy trick makes a noticeable difference to your hairstyle, and it’s also healthy for your roots. Grab a comb, and flip your hair so that it parts to the opposite side from your usual. If your hair is stubborn, you may need to grab a blow dryer and spritz with water. Everyone will notice something different about you, but they won’t be able to pinpoint it! Another benefit to the part switch is that any breakage (which occurs from exposure to the elements) will be evenly spread out through different sections of your hair. This will prevent hair loss from the wear and tear on your usual hair part.
The holy grail of hair vitamins! Biotin is a naturally occurring compound in many foods such as green vegetables, nuts, eggs, and meat. There are also a plethora of biotin supplements available on the market that you can take daily. Biotin promotes hair growth, strength, moisture, and shine. Not only is it great for your hair, it also benefits nails and skin – you can’t lose!
Learn some cool styles
To keep your hair healthy and happy, it’s best to give it as much time as possible in between washes. No one wants to look like a stringy mess though, right? The best way to combat pre-wash hair is to learn different styles and up-dos for when your hair just wont cooperate on its own. Braids, topknots, and simple chignons are all awesome ways to keep your hair looking fresh and stylish, while maintaining a well-nourished polish.
What are your best hair care tips?