Is your hair putting you to sleep? Fear not, I’ve made a guide that helps spice up your life, with Ten Hair Styling Tips to change your look—you’d be surprised on how simple some of these steps are!
Sudsy shampoo doesn’t necessarily mean clean—sometimes, it means the opposite. Scary thought. Shampoos that lather too much are often overloaded with moisturizing products, which can leave build-up in your hair, making it look and feel dirtier quicker. So opt for a sulfate-free formula.
The Color Ensure Sulfate-free Shampoo by Pravana is specifically formulated to actually maintain the vibrancy of color-treated hair for a longer period of time. Pravana’s exclusive Naturceutical Complex helps to strengthen and provide shine. Sulfate-free Color Ensure Shampoo gently but thoroughly cleanses without stripping color. Special UV filters protect hair against color-robbing ultraviolet rays.
Tip #2 Give your locks a burst of cold.
Before you hop out of the shower, turn the cold water on for a second and quickly rinse it through your hair. It helps seal the cuticle, adding a sleek finish to your locks.
Tip #3 Play hot-and-cold as you dry.
When using a round brush to dry your hair in sections, start from the roots and dry all the way to the ends, letting the brush linger at the tips of your strands. Let your hair cool off on its own for five seconds, then repeat another section. Alternating between heat and cool-down time helps set your style and your blowout will have more body.
Tip #4 Do an at-home glaze between color appointments.
Glazes fill holes and rough spots in your hair cuticles, helping smooth your locks and put moisture back into your hair. This keeps your color shiny and bright so it lasts longer and looks better.
The Texturizing Glaze by Alterna is a lightweight thermal-styling lotion that texturizes the hair to separate and define. This moisturizing formula conditions the hair while leaving hair resilient and full with a natural shine. Formulated to extend the life of your hair color and restores strength while protecting hair from future damage.
Tip #5 Use rollers for high-volume.
For sex-kitten lift, blow out your locks until they’re dry. Then, section off the hair on top of your head—between your temples and all the way back to the crown of your hair. Divide that section into three smaller sections vertically, and wrap each in a 2-inch Velcro hair roller. Let your hair sit like this for 30 minutes, and then unwrap your strands, lightly comb them out, and spray for hold.
The Freefix Light Holding Spray by Brocato is a non-aerosol working spray; easy to work with and will provide the ultimate volume boost to your hair with an incredibly fast dry time. Will not create build-up or stickiness. This spray provides conditioning properties while allowing repetitive use throughout the day.
Tip #6 Drop the towel.
Keeping wet strands wrapped in a towel for a half-hour as you do your make-up will just cause frizz! The roughness of the cotton forces your hair cuticles open, making them more likely to go every-which-way. Instead, squeeze out excess water as soon as you’re out of the shower, then let your hair air-dry for five or ten minutes before blow-drying.
Tip #7 Apply products 10 minutes before you style.
Whether you’re curling, straightening, or whatevering, applying products 10 minutes in advance helps it fully absorb into your strands so you get all of its benefits and more bang for your buck!
Tip #8 Wrap—don’t clamp—your hair for quick curls.
When using a curling iron, you don’t need to fasten your locks to the barrel. Wrap sections around the iron and hold in place for 10 seconds to score the same soft, sexy curls.
Tip #9 Use spray bottles as your new lazy-day BFF.
If you wake up and your locks are totally flat or grungy from the day before, just spray the top layer of your hair until damp, and then use a big barrel round brush to blow your locks dry. You’ll score high volume on that top layer, and since it’s freshly blown out, you’ll create the illusion of all-over smooth hair.
Tip #10 Use dry shampoo a different way.
Instead of waiting until your locks need a dirt-fighting pick-me-up, apply a dab of dry shampoo to your roots immediately after you wash and dry them. Though your hair’s already clean, the barrier will stave off the debris and oil your strands will collect throughout the day before it hits.
Bonus—It also gives you killer volume.
The Re-energize Dry Shampoo by GloEssentials instantly cleanses and re-energizes without water or residue. Formulated with natural Hydrolyzed Silk Protein to provide smoothing and conditioning benefits for shinier, healthier hair.
All these great products can be found at Mission Beauty Salon & Spa.