Straight hair is stylish, pretty, and convenient, especially for winter time. The problem, however, is that many of the tools used, such as heat and chemical straighteners, are bad for your hair. Over time, they dry it out, split the ends, and you end up with straight hair that’s not nearly as attractive as it once was.
Fortunately, there are some other methods for encouraging curly or wavy hair to straighten out naturally, without using heat or chemicals. You won’t get the pin-straight look from the iron, but you’ll have healthier hair that’s more or less straight with volume.
- Brush wet hair until it dries
After washing your hair, let it air dry completely, but continue to brush it every five minutes. Pull out and hold each section of hair for a few seconds to encourage it to straighten out.
- Wrap wet hair tightly
When your hair is wet, comb and divide it down the center. Comb the left portion all the way over to the right and wrap around the back of your head, securing with bobby pins. Flip the right section over the left side, wrap, and pin in the same way. Let it air dry completely. You can wrap in a silk scarf and sleep on it to reduce frizz.
- Roll your hair
Use large hair rollers to roll sections of wet hair and secure them tightly against your head. Let dry completely. This is important, because the slightest bit of moisture can make the curl or wave come back.
- Use overnight hair hands
Divide damp hair into one or two low ponytails. Fasten with a soft hair elastic, then add additional elastics every inch or so down the ponytail, in order to hold it together. Make sure the elastics are fairly loose so that they won’t leave a noticeable mark on your hair. Go to sleep and let it out in the morning.
- Twist hair into a bun
If you have fairly obedient, straight-ish hair to begin with, then this method will likely work for you, though it’s not effective on stubbornly wavy hair. Make a ponytail of damp hair and twist like a rope. Wrap around itself to make a bun and secure with an elastic. Let air dry, then brush out.
Having a good curly hair day is harder than it looks. Good news is you’re in the right place to get your easiest, healthiest hair routine ever. Here are five curly hair tips and tricks that will keep waves and curls looking shiny and strong.
1. Always comb your hair from the bottom up
Starting at the bottom allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than compounding them all toward the bottom and yanking your way through with a comb.
2. Trim regularly to avoid split ends
Split ends are never a good look (not to mention they can make your hair frizzy!). If you want healthy curls that look bouncy and fresh, head to the hairstylist every six to eight weeks for a quick trim.
3. Use product “cocktailing” to customize your haircare regimen
Product cocktailing is simply mixing two or more products together to meet your specific styling needs such as smoothing serum plus mousse, and coconut oil plus styling gel. Both allow for supreme hold without leaving your hair dry and crunchy.
4. Rely on a wide-tooth comb, never a brush, to detangle
Curly hair is the most fragile type on the block, and each curl is a potential breaking point. Using a wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to detangle curls and it doesn’t disrupt the natural curl pattern as much as a brush would.
5. Apply a conditioning treatment to your ends
When your hair goes through a dry or dull phase, what you don’t want to do is weigh it down with a ton of product. Simply use your fingertips to apply a dime-size blob of styling cream or oil to your ends, giving them extra moisture and bounce.
You already trim every six-to-eight weeks and employ the help of a hair mask, so what’s left to learn on the path to better hair? According to Christian Wood, the hairstylist behind Emily Ratajkowski’s faux bob and Olivia Munn’s infamous chop, there’s more. Wood shares his insider hair rules and styling tips for healthier, red carpet-worthy hair.
Sleep on Silk
“This tip gives a literal spin on beauty sleep, making eight hours dozing off beneficial to your hair. “I always recommend my clients to sleep on a silk pillow,” Wood says. “Damage is caused while sleeping due to the hair being roughed up and tangled. A silk pillow will help give a more slippery surface for the hair and [will] avoid excess friction, resulting in less repeat styling and brushing.”
The Secret and Cheap Treatment
The secret to Emily Ratajkowski-level hair is hidden at your local drugstore. “The little tubes of conditioner you get in at-home hair coloring boxes are a must for an emergency treatment,” Wood reveals. “They contain silicone which leaves a film over the hair creating a super shiny, lustrous effect.” He doesn’t recommend using this trick daily, but keep one on hand for special events.
Use a Quick Drying Towel
“To cut styling time I always recommend clients wear a quick dry towel wrap directly after washing,” recommends Wood. Anything to help reduce heat application is always a plus, so use this product to “reduce frizz, reduce drying time, and make hair more manageable” while styling. You can try the Turbie Towel, but we also recommend Aquis’ cult-favorite turban.
Try Another Miracle Oil
Coconut oil might reign as the omnipotent, magical elixir, but there’s a new oil to try. “If I work with a client two days in a row, I don’t always want to re-wash the hair but it still needs to be re-softened and styled again,” explains Wood. “I use a simple trick off adding a few drops of almond oil in a water spray bottle and misting through the hair. This helps break down product residue so re-styling is more manageable while also adding softness and shine. Great on next day curly hair when you don’t want to wash again but the curls need reforming.”
Meet the Micro Trim
If you thought you were bad for skipping a haircut, you’re in for a surprise. According to Wood, we should all be up-keeping our hair with what he deems the ‘micro trim’: “It’s not a full hair cut but it’s just enough to keep split ends and at bay and adds movement to the hair, resulting in easier styling and manageability.”
Hair spray for men is great for styling your hair. One of the greatest questions of our time is, are men allowed to use hairsprays? By all means, they should! It’s very unlucky if men are only allowed to use gels and waxes. Although gels and waxes are perfect for creating various hairstyles yet it tends to be heavier on your hair. This is why hair spray for men is the best alternative.
It is an excellent way of adding volume to your thin hair. However, it’s also great for men who have thick hair. Men who have thin hair are always having issues in adding volume and lift. Yet, a few people know that men who have thick hair are also facing challenges in styling their hair. Due to the denseness of their hair, the natural oil on the scalp will not be able to reach the tip of the hair, making it look dry and brittle. If you have a thick hair then you need a hair spray that can give you more hold since you already have tons of volume and lift. It should be able to make your hair stay exactly where you want it to be.
1. John Frieda Luxurious Thickening Hairspray
If you need additional volume on your hair then we recommend this product. This hair spray is specifically created for providing volume or lift to your hair. Just spray it 3 to 4 times on your hair. You can also blend it with other John Frieda volume products to make your volume issues disappear.
2. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger
This is the best hair spray for men who have curly hair. It incorporates wild ginger which is beneficial to your hair. It can invigorate the roots, making your curls look fuller and healthier. This hairspray also works on men with straight hair.
3. L’Oréal Elnett Extra Strong Hold
Whether you have thick or frizzy hair, this product will work for you. This hairspray offers a long-lasting hold without feeling sticky or heavy. Additionally, it can shield your hair from humidity.
4. Gatsby Super Hard Set and Keep Spray
This hair spray is not only effective but very affordable too! It provides an amazing texture to your hair. Your hairstyle can last longer without any residue. Aside from retaining a strong hold, it can also make your hair shiny and UV protected plus you can enjoy a refreshing citrus scent.
5. Schwarzkopf Professional Got2b Rockin’It
This hair spray can give you a weightless firm hold that can last for the entire day. This means that you don’t have to make any touch ups. You cannot feel any sticky substance on your hair, so you can rock your style from morning ‘til evening.
If you aren’t using dry shampoo already, you’re missing out. Case in point: The oil-absorbing, style-extending product can help you avoid washing your hair for five whole days. Even if you do already have this multipurpose miracle product in your haircare arsenal, you may not be getting the most out of it if you’re buying the wrong dry shampoo for you or using it the wrong way.
First thing’s first, don’t blindly buy the first dry shampoo you come across in the drugstore or the one your friend is obsessed with. Dry shampoos are made for specific hair textures, colors, and with different goals in mind, so be sure to pick the right one for you. The options are pretty much endless: There are volumizing versions for fine hair, black colored versions for dark hair, and loose hair powders for those who want to opt organic.
Some other key tips: Don’t spray the dry shampoo all over. While there’s certainly no harm, since it will help add allover texture, if it’s the just-washed look you’re after, part and spray the roots, then brush out with a boar bristle brush to absorb all the hair’s build up oil and volumize the roots in the process. Don’t forget to work the dry shampoo into the crown of your head too to get extra volume (and a super-clean look). Another trick: Spray dry shampoo on the brush directly, wait a few minutes, and then use a zig-zag motion to add texture and ensure the product is fully absorbed. If you’re using a loose dry shampoo powder, apply to your roots with a fluffy makeup brush to avoid white splotches of powder that can be hard to blend in with the rest of your hair.
To help dry shampoo absorb fully, you can also apply to roots at night so in the morning, hair is all ready to go. Whatever you do, just don’t touch roots afterwards—your hand’s oils will transfer to your hair, undoing all of your hard work. A few other dry shampoo mistakes to avoid at all costs? Spraying on wet hair, or becoming over-reliant on dry shampoo (um, guilty as charged), which can actually dry out your scalp in the winter and cause dandruff.
These eight hair trends are going to be huge in 2017.
Break out your flat iron—straight, shiny, and center-parted hair is one of the biggest trends for 2017. But this style only works if your hair looks healthy—not fried. Be sure to mist a heat protectant through your hair before touching it with a straightener.
The High Pony
Slick your hair up. All the way up. Done in rumpled texture or stick-straight, the high ponytail adds both an elegance and ease to every ensemble. Bonus: the tighter you secure it, the more lifted your face looks.
Neither beachy nor bouncy, flat iron waves are the new curling iron waves. As seen on Kendall Jenner, waves created with a straightener are subtler and a little less glam. Just create a bend in your hair by pushing it upward, then seal the shape with a few clamps of your iron. Release and repeat. Keep your ends straight for the most polished finish.
The Growing-Out Shag
The shag was the surprising hit haircut in 2016. But those layers and bangs must grow out sometime. In 2017, we’ll see the beautiful result of that. With hair that hits just past the shoulders and bangs that are long enough to be split down the middle, the grown-out shag is the haircut to keep an eye on this year. If anything, it’s a way to hint at a shag without giving it your full commitment.
Ultra-long extensions aren’t going anywhere. We’ve seen them on Rihanna, Jourdan Dunn, and the Kardashians in recent months, and the trend is poised to make an even bigger splash in 2017.
The Hair Flip
The easiest hairstyle trend to copy this year? The hair flip. All it requires is you to flip your hair from one side to the other, creating tons of volume as a result.
Slick and Shiny
Shay Mitchell did it. So did Gigi Hadid and Kim Kardashian. Slick, shiny hair that only looks like its sopping wet is a 2017 hair trend that can look just as good off the runway and IRL. Just work a heavy dose of styling cream from your roots to mid-lengths to get that unmistakable shine with a little bit of hold.
In some lighting, it’s blonde. In others, it’s golden brown. This transformative hair color trend is called golden bronde—and it’s the perfect warm-toned hair color that can be adjusted to work on all skin tones. So, if you’ve never considered going blonde before, maybe this is your year.
Japanese hair straightening is a process of breaking down the natural structure of the hair through chemical and heat processes. After the process is complete, hair is straight and appears shiny and healthy. Taking care of hair that has been through a Japanese hair straightening process takes only a few steps, but is necessary to preserve and maintain the desired results.
Things You’ll Need
- Gentle shampoo
- Moisturizing conditioner
- SPF hair product
- Protein-enriched deep conditioner
Avoid exposing the hair to any moisture or water for 72 hours immediately following the treatment. Moisture can reverse the results of the straightening process.
Do not tuck hair behind the ears or place in any clips, rubber bands, ponytail holders or any other hair styling items for 72 hours after the straightening process.
Purchase specialized shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated for hair that has received thermal reconditioning. Use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated to be gentle and moisturizing.
Avoid swimming or exposure to chlorinated water for at least two weeks after the initial treatment. Avoid any other chemical processes, such as hair coloring, for at least two months following the initial Japanese straightening. This will help prevent any additional damage to the hair or reversal of the hair straightening.
Schedule a touch-up treatment at the same salon approximately four to six months following the original treatment. This will ensure that hair remains smooth and straight.
Protect hair against UV damage by lightly spraying hair with styling products that contain SPF when exposing the hair to sunlight for moderate amounts of time.
Deep condition the hair once a week with a protein-enriched deep conditioner.
Trying to look after your hair and get all that everyday stuff done you need to do, as well as look after your friends and family, can be a difficult balancing act. We all want to have great hair; but unfortunately, shiny, healthy hair doesn’t just happen without a little bit of effort. That effort, however, doesn’t have to take up all of your time or break the bank. In fact, the only thing you need to do is put in the short amount of time necessary to follow this simple daily hair care routine. It’s that easy!
1. Brush Your Hair
It may seem like the obvious thing to do, but maybe what you didn’t know is that brushing keeps your hair tangle free and distributes its natural oils throughout the hair. This promotes healthy growth and shine.
2. Wash Your Hair
How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type and texture. Work out what’s best for you by seeing how your hair reacts to washing and hair care products, and develop a schedule from there. For instance:
- Your hair is coarse/dry if it often feels brittle—this means you only need to wash it every second or third day.
- Your hair is fine/oily if it feels greasy the day after you wash it—this means you need to wash it daily.
- Your hair is normal if you wash it one day and it’s not too greasy the next-—this means you can get away with washing it every other day.
- Remember to shampoo in small, circular movements; don’t forget to target dirt collecting areas such as the nape of your neck.
- Massaging your scalp will increase blood flow which encourages growth and will stimulate your hair’s natural oils (producing shiny locks).
- Coarse/dry hair will benefit from hydrating shampoos.
- Fine/oily hair should be washed with a clear shampoo (one that doesn’t look creamy).
- Normal hair can use just about any type of shampoo- just remember to always use good quality products for the best results.
- Similar to body lotion for your skin, conditioner is moisturizer for your hair and will keep your strands hydrated and manageable.
- For an even application use your hands and a wide-toothed comb.
- If you’ve got coarse/dry hair try a hydrating conditioner and apply it right from your roots to your ends.
- For fine/oily hair use a lightweight conditioner and avoid putting it on your roots (evenly distribute it from the mid-lengths to the ends).
- For normal hair you can use just about any kind of conditioner, applied from your roots to your ends also.
3. Apply Hair Styling Products
If you have a hairstyle that needs to use hair products—hairspray for hold, wax for hold and shine, or serum for shine and to maintain fly-away pieces—then don’t use too much! You might end up weighing your hair down and reducing its volume, or just making it greasy and dirty. Often less is more.
Also, don’t forget to protect your hair. If you style your hair with a hair straightener or blow dryer, it’s very important to protect your hair with heat protecting products, and to give your hair a break every few days from the stress of using hair accessories and hairstyling tools.
4. Style Your Hair
Everyone styles their hair, whether they’re elaborate updos, professional looking hairdos for work, or casual wash-and-wear looks. Styling is required daily and should be done as gently as possible.
5. Brush Your Hair Again at Night
Brushing your hair again at night will help you to untangle any knots that made their way into your locks during the day.
6. Secure Your Hair at Night
Securing your hair at night with a simple ponytail or plait will make sure your locks don’t get snagged or tangled as you sleep.
There you have it, a simple daily routine (and some great hair care tips). It’s not hard to follow, it won’t have you spending all of your hard earned cash, and most importantly, it will get your hair in the best condition possible.
Before your hair is colored, make sure it’s in the best possible condition. If your hair is dry, or if you have a lot of split ends, you’re not going to get an even, natural looking result after coloring. Futhermore, you’re putting the health of your hair at risk by adding chemicals. Do a deep conditioning treatment once a week for several weeks leading up to your hair color, and make sure to get those split ends snipped beforehand. This will ensure that your hair is healthy enough to take on the color.
Here are some tips on protecting your color-treated hair:
Keep the water temperature warm or lukewarm—a hot shower can expand the hair cuticle, allowing pigment molecules to escape—and don’t feel compelled to shampoo daily if you don’t have to, since detergents can prematurely fade dye. Color-treated tresses should only be cleansed and conditioned with “color-safe” products, which are brewed to prevent leaching pigment from your pricey dye job.
You don’t have to get all gussied up for your colorist, but do wash your hair within 24 hours of arrival. Most pros only cleanse your hair postcolor, so sweat, sticky styling products, and even spray tanning can tamper with how well the pigment molecules adhere to your hair shaft. A messed-up mane can also prevent your colorist from gauging your hair’s true tone, making it more difficult for her to find your perfect new hue. Make it easier on everyone and suds up before you sit down.
After you color your hair red or brown, hold off on lathering up for 48 hours, since it takes about two days for dyes to neutralize. You want to ensure the dye fully deposits and settles properly without being disturbed by shampoo detergent. If you’re going blonde—which typically entails lightening locks by stripping out color rather than adding it in as you do with reds and browns—you only have to wait 24 hours.
You wouldn’t leave the house without sunscreen, right? So apply that same UV vigilance to your hair. “UV light degrades proteins in the shaft, which weakens strands,” says Jeni Thomas, a senior scientist at Procter & Gamble. Color-treated tresses are also more porous, leaving them extra vulnerable to oxidative damage from the sun, thermal heat, and environmental pollutants like smoke and smog. To safeguard your strands, spray on a broad-spectrum color protector that shields against both UVA and UVB rays before venturing al fresco.
Colored hair can act like a sponge, unintentionally soaking up pigments from everyday products, so it’s important for blondes and brunettes to be vigilant about avoiding orange-colored shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. If you’ve already detected a hint of hibiscus, try L’Oreal Paris Brass Banisher ($10), an ammonia-free gloss that counteracts carroty colors by depositing ashy undertones. Sunning, swimming, and showering can also strip your new shade—protect your investment by spritzing on a UV-protective spray, using a shower filter, and rinsing tresses with fresh water before diving into the pool, which limits absorption of color-changing chlorine.
While long hair can be your best asset, it can also be your biggest headache, because long hair needs to be looked after. The longer your hair, the more prone to damage it is, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go rushing for the scissors! Just follow these simple tips and it will help keep your beautiful long locks at the peak of health and looking wonderful:
1. Don’t go overboard on hair products
Our first tip on how to keep long hair healthy and shiny is – don’t overdo it with hair products. Long hair is heavier than short hair and if you get a build-up of products in your hair, then it is going to weigh down your hair even further and make it look flat and lifeless. Be especially careful of products that contain silicone. These may make your hair look shinier, when first used, but they can build up on your hair and, over time, actually dry your hair out.
2. Invest in a good hairbrush
You have a lot of hair to brush, so it’s well worth buying a quality hairbrush for your hair. The best kind to buy are natural bristle brushes with rounded bristles and look for a brush that is firm but still gentle enough that it won’t pull on your hair too much. It’s also worth having a wide toothed comb for painlessly easing out any tangles.
3. Air-dry your hair, when possible
The best way to dry your hair is to let it dry naturally. Too much heat can damage any type of hair, but when you have long hair, it is even more tempting to turn dryers up to full blast to get the job done quicker. It’s far better to gently pat your hair dry with a towel and let the fresh air do the rest.
4. Trim your hair regularly
Another tip on how to keep long hair healthy is regular trimming. Though the myth that cutting your hair makes it grow faster isn’t true, it does help to keep your long hair looking neat and tidy. You should be getting a trim every six to eight weeks to trim off any split ends and keep your hair looking smart.
5. Don’t wear your hair too tight
Sever, tight styles like ponytails or braids can damage long hair and the safest style for long hair is just to let it down. You can keep your hair off your face by using headbands, but if you keep tying up your hair, you will damage it.
6. Choose hair products wisely
Choose hair products that match your hair type and, wherever possible, choose products that contain natural ingredients. Quite simply, with long hair, there is more hair on display, so if it is damaged, then it will be more apparent.
7. Less washing, more conditioning
Our next tip on how to keep long hair healthy and shiny is—wash less, condition more. Most people are guilty of washing their too often, but a daily wash will strip all the natural oils from hair and leave it dry and flat. Try washing your hair just twice a week. Use a quality conditioner and remember to give your hair a good, but gentle brush, to spread your natural oils along the whole length of your hair.
9. Be kind and gentle to your hair
Above all else, another important tip on how to keep long hair healthy is—be kind and gentle to your hair and love it. Long hair is more prone to breaking and splitting, especially when it is wet. Never dry your hair roughly with a towel and remember to protect it from long exposure to sunlight and wind, and never tie it up in a ponytail when it’s wet.
10. Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
It’s boring, but it’s true, you need to have a healthy diet to keep long hair looking beautiful. You need protein for hair growth, and plenty of vitamins A, C and E to keep your hair shiny. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too, your hair needs hydrating as well.
What are your favorite tips on how to keep long hair healthy? Please feel free to share your hair tips with us!