Do you really have the time and money to give yourself a salon treatment every now and then? While we would all like to be pampered in that salon chair, it is just not practical. However, that doesn’t mean you have the freedom to ignore the hair care that will keep your tresses long and healthy.
Start with basic shampooing
Before you take a shower, the first thing you need to do is adjust the water temperature which should neither be too hot nor too cold. Not adjusting the temperature will overstimulate your sebaceous glands, leaving your locks greasy. Now that the water temperature is adjusted, you can start the shampooing. Many people make the mistake of shampooing only once. However, salon experts recommend that you start with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all the dirt and then use a second shampoo that will meet your hair’s specific needs.
At the same time, make sure that the shampoo you have selected matches the requirements of your hair. When to change your shampoo? If you notice that the product is delivering the same results, then it is time to get a new one.
Protect your hair
Hair is extremely fragile and weakest when they are wet. It is also least resistant to heat at this time which can cause more damage if you apply too much heat to wet hair. So if you are someone who uses straighteners or heat rollers before you head to work, make sure that your hair is 100% devoid of all moisture. Don’t forget to use a thermal protecting product on your hair before applying heat.
Before you even start styling your hair, make sure that they are at least 70% dry, and start with the front of your hair first. Use a hairbrush to section your hair and then gradually work your way through the entire scalp.
Add volume to your hair
If you want to make your hair look more voluminous, then use the hairdryer and blow up in the opposite direction. This way, when you bring your hair back to its pre-blown position, they look fuller and thicker. You should also point your hairdryer downwards and direct the flow of hair towards your nape. As the temperature rises, it will take lesser time to dry the hair inside out. The experts recommend using the thinnest nozzle on your hair dryer to get the best results. If you have curly hair, you can either use a serum or oil and keep the device on medium heat to reduce any kind of damage.
Buying the right curling tong
When buying the curling iron, make sure you have taken the barrel size into consideration. A large barrel is usually recommended for long hair and a small barrel can be used to create tighter curls that last longer. If during curling, you notice that the curl is too tight, then pull the curled section downwards and hold it for a few seconds. When you release the curl, it should loosen and look naturally curly. Don’t forget to change the angle of curling your hair so that you can get different curls throughout. If you want an understated look, then avoid curling the ends. Use a hairspray to hold the style.
Invest in a good brush
If you want to give your hair a volumizing effect, then consider investing in a ceramic brush with holes. As you use one on your hair, the airflow passes through them to give you a full head of hair. Meanwhile, if you want to get rid of frizz and add shine, then buy a brush with soft bristles.
Keep your hair devices clean
As is with your makeup brushes, the lifespan of your hair appliances also depends on their maintenance. So make sure you clean and dust off your hair dryer regularly. If you notice that your device is overheating, then it is a sign of dust inside the machinery that is preventing airflow. Just use a nail polish remover to clean the build-up on your tongs and straightener machines. However, make sure that the appliance has been turned off before you start the cleaning exercise.
With these tips, you will be able to bring salon-like treatments to your home! However, that doesn’t mean you can completely replace an expert hairstylist. Make sure you keep up those hair spa appointments to give your hair care treatment a professional touch and care every once in a while.