It seems like some older celebrities including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ellen Page and Beyonce are trying out shorter styles like bobs. Others are doing all they can to keep their long tresses beautiful, like Kate Hudson. As we leave our twenties and move into our thirties, the hair starts protesting at us. It also starts to thin, and the ends don’t cope with constant styling.
Whatever length you want to keep your hair, even brushing can do damage. Heat and cold shocks over winter moving from inside to outside don’t help. It seems our poor hair is at war with the elements and trying to keep it looking fabulous is very hard. What we need is some TLC for our locks and the time to implement it!
There are hundreds of conditioners on the market right now that offer outstanding results for long and short hair. But there are times we need more. If you are having more bad hair days than good hair days, it could be time to use an intense hair mask. These are special leave-in creams and oils that you smother onto your hair and leave for about 5 minutes to give a deep burst of goodness for your hair.
When we use lots of conditioning and styling products on our hair, it is essential we can wash them all out thoroughly. Shampoos that are designed for swimmers are effective at cleansing the hair and scalp. The last thing you want is a product upsetting your scalp and causing it to itch and flake.
When you dry your hair, protect it from the heat by using a heat protector spray. This will reduce the damage from blow drying. Towel dry your hair thoroughly before applying any heat. Hair should be damp at most and certainly not wet before you begin heating it up. This will avoid it drying out too quick and burning. For straighter styling use a good brush you can blow the heat through, rather than a comb.
Once your hair is dry, you may want to straighten or curl your hair. A ghd flat iron or other straighteners are great for ensuring your style is straight and stays that way all day. If you haven’t done so already, spray your hair with a heat protector before you begin. Don’t panic if you see a little steam as you use your iron or curler. For a good curler, pick one that will provide several curl sizes. You may want big curls most days, but the front strands may look good on a smaller curling iron.
Finish any drying and styling routine with a good finishing serum to restore the moisture and shine to your ends. The tiniest amount of this does a lot to help. Some of them are oils so remove excess from your fingertips before applying to your hair. Rub it in gently.
Always use a good hairspray to maintain your style. These used to be called lacquer for a reason. They contain a glue like substance that finishes shiny, just like PVA glue! However, if they hold my hair in place all day, I’m happy to call it anything they like.
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