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How to maintain the right hair care routine
We’ve got some tips to give you the tools you need to maintain your winter hair care routine.
Learn about what products you’re using
Raise your hand if you’re sitting on a hoard of products and you have no idea if you’re using them right. (We know, we know, you’re not alone!)
Finding the right products and knowing how to use them are two TOTALLY different things. There are so many questions… How often should I shampoo? Do I really need two different conditioners? When do I use my heat protectant?
We’re always here to help you change up your routine to make sure you’re using the right products, in the right order, to protect your hair and make sure that we aren’t stripping it of what it needs and adding in what it’s missing when we can.
A great tip is to take a picture of your products and let your stylist take a video on your phone so that you can refer to it as a guide on how (and how much) to use them for your specific needs next time you’re in.
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Use dry shampoo to fight limp looks
Let’s be real, we’re wearing hats right now. Hats mean limp and sometimes greasy looking hair. Grab yourself a little travel size bottle of dry shampoo to be able to refresh the strands that have been pressed up against your scalp to build volume when you’re getting when you’re going, and avoid the endless wash schedule.
Turn down that temperature
Water temperature has SO MUCH TO DO with our hair’s ability to stay healthy! Hot water can dry out our strands by lifting our cuticle, so sticking to lukewarm temps on our hair and skin, and finishing with a cool rinse to seal down the cuticle can make a huge difference.
Upgrade your sleep situation
This is a simple but effective treat for yourself and your hair: invest in a satin or silk pillowcase (or if you want a REAL treat, get a bonnet!). Regular cotton pillowcases can be rough on your hair due to friction and absorbing natural oils, so find yourself an upgrade and sleep like the royalty you are without roughing up your strands.
Talk to the pros
We know finding the right products can be SO daunting, and checking in with the person with a birds-eye-view of your head is a great first step! Stylists have the inside track on the things that work best for your needs, from styling to health, and we love seeing happy hair and happy clients.
Get frequent trims
We know it sounds silly to cut hair to keep it healthy, but talking to your stylist about the right maintenance schedule can keep you on track for each season and any special needs that may develop. Typically clients are looking at checking in with their stylist anywhere from any 4-12 weeks.
Try a darker color
There’s a reason you’ll often see darker hair shades start to appear once the leaves turn: since your hair is already facing dryness and damage from the environment, you should consider skipping out on bleach and lightening treatments that can make these issues worse. Work with your stylist to try a darker shade or lowlights — anything to lessen the need for you to expose your hair to chemical treatments.
Its old news that people tend to go for darker shades as the leaves turn, but that’s not always just aesthetic. Since hair is already facing environmental damage, skipping out on the lightening treatments might help to maintain some of the existing health and prevent further damage! We’ve got great tools for preserving moisture in our coloring process, like using Pulp Riot colors infused with Quinoa and offering ammonia free semi and demi coloring options, so that you can have the pops of color without the added damage.
With a long winter ahead of us, we hope that some of these tips can help you maintain that style and health, and keep you in good self-care! The best way to get tips, of course, is always to set up a consultation with one of our stylists to find the right regimen for you.
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