We all know and love that feeling when we are having a perfect hair day; no frizz, pumped-up volume, and endless shine. However, perfect hair doesn’t just start in the salon. Your daily habits could be affecting your hair, resulting in limp locks and discouragement.
Below we’ve listed eight simple ways you can fix the big hairstyle mistakes you could be making right now!
1. Mismatched hair and skin tone:
When choosing your next hair color, it’s important to take into consideration your skin tone (deep, warm, or cool), as well as your skin complexion (fair, medium, olive, or dark). For example, if you have a fair complexion with a warm skin tone, then you would look best with a strawberry blonde or honey shade.
2. Product buildup:
From oils to mousses, we are constantly piling on products to style and maintain our hair. Over time, these products will eventually create buildup. To bring your limp locks back to life, use a clarifying shampoo once a week to rid your hair of this buildup. Your hair will feel refreshed and even have added volume that you may have been lacking. Clarifying shampoo can strip color from your hair, so be sure to use a color-safe clarifying shampoo if you regularly color your hair.
3. Refusing regular trims:
It’s no secret that regular trims will keep your hair healthy as well has help it grow to the length that you desire. We just wanted to mention it in case you forgot!
4. Big sections:
When your stylist blow dries your hair after a fresh cut, you may have noticed that they dry your hair in small sections. Although this may seem like a waste of time, it will make your end result more manageable as well as prevent frizziness. This is also a cardinal rule when it comes to curling. Bigger sections mean loose curls, however if you take too big of a section means the heat will not be distributed evenly, and your style will not last.
5. Skipping thermal protectant:
Applying a thermal protectant before using any hot tools is one of the most important ways to keep your hair healthy. The protectant creates a barrier and will prevent the tools from damaging your hair.
6. Over washing:
When it comes to personal hygiene, it may seem like a good idea to wash your hair every day. However, when you shampoo your roots, you are stripping your hair of the natural oils that keep your hair healthy and shiny. Instead, skip the shower and use a dry shampoo instead to freshen your locks.
7. Applying oils & serums at the root:
You never want to use oils and serums at the roots, especially if you have hair extensions. These type of products will compromise the bond and cause your extensions to slip. Apply these products only at the mid-ends of your hair, as applying oils and serums to your roots will result in greasy hair.
8. Shampooing incorrectly:
When you shampoo your hair, it’s important to focus on the roots first. Massage your scalp for 1-2 minutes to stimulate follicle growth, and not to mention it’s relaxing! Once your roots are cleansed, you can move in a downwards motion towards the ends of your hair. Working from the top to the bottom of your hair will help prevent pulling and breakage.