We can all relate to the dreaded bad hair days. As a stylist, I hear people complain about it all the time. “My hair doesn’t cooperate. It never does what I tell it to do. My hair has a mind of it’s own. I can never get it to look good.” And the list of complaints go on and on. The fact of the matter is, hair will actually do exactly as you tell it to as long as the foundation for great hair is there. THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS TO HAVING GREAT HAIR. This rule holds true for you styling your hair at home and for stylists doing the hair at the salon. Here are some of the things you need in order to have nice hair:
Get a good haircut. There are still people that ask. “What’s the difference between an $8 haircut and one that is $65?” (The pricing reference is irrelevant, it’s just being used as an example.). My response for people is that you get what you pay for. A good hair cut involves proper sectioning, even tension and consistent elevation. On top of that, it also needs good detail work to finish the cut (removal of extra weight, texturizing etc.). Nothing beats a good cut that is customized to your head shape and hair density. The other thing that is important is getting haircuts regularly. As soon as you start to get split ends you’ll notice that your hair will stop cooperating with you. People that heat style their hair should usually get haircuts once every 4-6 weeks.
Using the appropriate shampoo for your hair type. Just because there are 2 products called shampoo, it doesn’t mean they work the same. Just like make-up, there are different kinds that serve different purposes. For instance, with foundation. You can have everything from light to full coverage. Shampoos and conditioners are no different. Some will be heavier than others. If you’re not sure what your hair needs, ask your stylist for a recommendation. Keep in mind your hair type, density, dryness and even environmental climate when choosing the proper products for you. Also remember that shampoos and conditioners are designed to be used together. For example, if the shampoo is more astringent than normal, the corresponding conditioner will be extra moisturizing to balance it out.
Great styling tools and products. Again you get what you pay for. There is definitely a difference between mediocre products, good products and great products. The ones that I find work the BEST are the ones that are light weight enough to absorb into your hair. Anything that is heavy will usually result in buildup and weigh your style down.
The great thing about all of these tips are that they are easy to implement. You are already doing these things anyways so continue to do them without cutting corners. If you do these 3 things faithfully, I can guarantee you’ll never have to fuss with your hair again.