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Last week, we kicked off our series on Hair Resolutions for the New Year. We hope to help you make some positive changes in your hair care routine, and have your best hair year yet!
This week, we’re turning our attention to your hair care regimen. Much like a workout regimen keeps your body and health in top condition, the right hair care schedule and technique can help keep your locks looking great. First, we’re focusing on a healthy hair routine for those of you who have a smooth or straight hair texture, because your routine will differ slightly than that of your curly-haired friends (don’t worry, we’ll cover curly hair next week).
It seems simple enough. Wet your hair, massage a blob of shampoo into your scalp and hair until it gets nice and sudsy, rinse, and repeat if necessary. The art of a good shampoo routine is actually a bit more complex than that. Follow Studio 86 master stylist Kahlae’s shampoo tips for best results:
Wash your hair two to three times per week: Why not daily? Washing too much can strip your hair of its natural oils, which can dry it out and make it more prone to breakage. If you’re not used to waiting a few days between shampoos, you can actually train your hair to adjust. It might feel oily at first, but once your hair becomes used to the new routine, it won’t anymore. You can extend the time between washes by using a dry shampoo product, which will give your hair a refreshed look.
Avoid using super hot water: Washing your hair in really hot water can dry it out. Turn down the heat a little and finish with a cold rinse after you condition, which will impart a glorious shine.
In addition to applying your normal conditioning rinse after your shampoo, regular deep conditioning is also important for keeping your hair looking shiny, moisturized and healthy.
At the salon: Here at Studio 86, we’re big fans of the L’Oreal Steampod deep conditioning treatment. It’s an affordable way to get some deep moisture into your hair and it lasts for six shampoos. We offer this treatment at Studio 86, so if you want to give it a try, just book an appointment.
At home: Kahlae also recommends doing your own deep conditioning treatment at home every other week. She recommends the Bamboo Smooth Kendi Intense Conditioning Treatment, which you can pick up right here in our Toronto hair salon.
Even if you’re trying to grow your hair out, getting regular trims is important for helping it grow healthy, long and strong. Neglecting your trims can lead to breakage and damage resulting from split ends, and you’ll have to chop off more than you would have had you kept up a regular trimming schedule.
If you don’t heat style a lot: Kahlae recommends getting a trim every three months as part of your regular hair maintenance regimen.
If you do heat style a lot: Kahlae recommends getting a trim every two months if you use a flat iron or colour your hair often.
When it comes to styling, it’s common knowledge that using hot tools like hair dryers, flat irons and curling rods often can be stressful on your locks. If you keep up with your conditioning treatments and give your hair a break once in a while, you can counter the potential damage. Here are some more tips from Kahlae on styling with care:
Don’t brush too much when your hair is wet: Your hair is at its weakest when wet, and brushing it too much when it’s in that state can lead to breakage. To avoid tangles, try combing your hair gently while you condition in the shower.
Wait until your hair is mostly dry before heat styling: If your hair is nearly dry, you can avoid subjecting it to excessive heat during styling. This also helps you avoid brushing it too much while it’s wet.
Be careful with your ponytails: Wearing a ponytail too often can put stress on the hair around the elastic. To avoid potential damage, try not to wear your ponytail in the same position every time, and be sure to use elastics that don’t get stuck in your hair easily. We like the kind you can buy in the drugstore that are wrapped in soft velvet.
And if you want healthy hair, don’t forget to eat right! Stay tuned for next week’s 2015 Healthy Hair Routine for curly hair.