Taking care of your hair is rarely an easy task, but trying to keep up with everything you should and shouldn't be doing or using is even harder. Here are a few tips and tricks from our stylists so that taking the best care of your hair is no longer a guessing game.
Brushing is one of the most important parts of taking care of your hair. It stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles, removes any hair that has shed, and helps to remove shedding skin from your scalp. To properly care for your hair when brushing it daily, add UnTangled or Staying.Alive to your hair, then begin to brush or comb from the ends, working your way towards your scalp.With all the different types of hair brushes out there, choosing the right ones for your hair and style goals isn't an easy task. Here are the essential brushes and combs, and what they are used for.
Boar Bristle or Vegan bristle brushes are great for smoothing out your hair.
Paddle brushes are the best for long hair and helps straighten the hair before using a flat iron.
Round brushes are perfect for bringing movement and volume to your hair.
Denman brushes are a great fit for short hair and bangs. They help create tension to correct cowlicks and add volume and smoothness.
Wet brushes, used typically when initially brushing out your hair after washing it, are great for detangling hair without causing damage or pain. (Great for your kids)
Wide tooth combs are also fantastic for detangling.
Fine tooth combs are the best option for backcombing.
Shampooing and conditioning your hair is something we all think we know how to do, but many people don't realized how they should be using their product, or why using a good product is so important. Shampoo and conditioner is the foundation for good hair, so even if you don't want to spend money on other products, a really good quality shampoo and conditioner that is meant for your hair type and colour is vital. The majority of other issues you may have with your hair, such as dryness, lack of lustre etc, can be solved just by finding your perfect shampoo and conditioner. Work with your stylist to find the best one for you!
To properly shampoo and condition, massage the shampoo into your scalp, and around your entire hairline before pulling the product out towards the tip. Conditioner should be used the opposite way, starting by pulling the product from the tip and up towards the mids, keeping the majority of the product at the ends and middle of the hair. This keeps your root from being oversaturated with moisture, which can lead to excess grease, and keeps your tips from being stripped of moisture and lustre.
Washing your hair every day is also not recommended. Doing so can often lead to excess grease or over-drying of hair because your hair follicles cannot keep the natural moisture and oils it should be retaining. Pushing your hair as long as possible before washing (every 2-3 days is best) will help your hair naturally keep it's strength, lustre and moisture.
Dry shampoo can also help extend the life of your wash. By using dry shampoo like Fresh Hair at your roots to eliminate grease and add a bit of volume, and then combing it out towards the middle you are creating a dry, soft look that will minimize the shine and slickness that grease causes.
Avoiding extra washing is especially important throughout winter, as the cold hair already pulls a lot of the natural moisture and oils from your hair. Excess washing will just add to the problem.
Using an extra hydrating shampoo and conditioner like Hydrate Me, or a masque through the winter can really help the durability of your hair, and protect the softness your hair already has. Ensure that your hair is not wet before going out into freezing weather, and take extra care with serums and high-moisture products to protect it throughout the cold winters.