A Collection of hints and hair care tips for getting your hair under control and achieving great hair days.
If you want to have that "just out of the hair salon" look then update yourself about the commandments of hair control.
1. Use Rollers Right
Rollers, such as hot rollers, Velcro or self-adhering ones, are the in-thing these days. Use unheated rollers on damp hair. Wait for the hair to be barely damp, roll up rollers, keeping broadest ones at the top. Let the hair dry and then unwind rollers carefully.
In case of hot rollers, allow the rollers to cool. Now gently remove them. With the help of your fingers, gently comb your hair to open the curls slightly. This will give a more bouncy and curly look. Lastly add a small measure of hair or finishing spray and you are ready with that sexy style!
2. Get Regular Trims
Regular trims are essential to avoid the bad hair day. Gap between two trims should not be more than 3 to 4 weeks. Do not go lazy on trimming even if you growing your hair longer. Gel smooths and flips up ends of hair, which have lost their shape in the process of growing.
3. Start with a Great Cut
Falling right into place and simple to style - this is the definition of a great cut. The more time the hairdresser spends in finishing your hair, the less chances you have of re-creating that look on your own.
A good cut complements your hair texture and type, manages your hair even on windy days and surely controls that irritating frizz. Another way to recognize a good cut is that even after six weeks, it still is easy to style. Result - gap between trims becomes longer. Inform the stylist about the drawbacks of your hair. Educate yourself about the solutions.
4. Think Roots First
Concentrating most of the products at the roots and blow-drying root area first give you more volume and height.
5. Don't Fight Nature Too Much
Do not try to fool nature. Perming and bleaching finally do affect the hair because of presence of chemicals in the both the processes. So, be a little innovative and look for alternatives to such harmful processes.
6. Don't Overuse Products
How much product you should use depends on the density, length and texture of your hair. A few products give you control. However, too many may lose your control over your hair.
Compared to super-hold gel, one can use lots more of mousse. Start with small quantities, gradually increasing depending upon the feedback your hair gives. Use a drop or two of pomades, shiners and glosses. Give up finishers, conditioners and volumizers. Remember, you can always add more!
7. Add Body
Limp, flat lifeless hair days are considered as bad hair days. Do you want to add body to your hair? Bend at waist, start drying your freshly washed hair as you finger style it. When half of the moisture has disappeared, add gel or mousse. Finally use a large-toothed comb or vent brush to lift the hair. If it is humid, use a tiny amount of mousse. Finger style it into dry hair.
8. Tame That Cowlick
Cowlicks are mostly at the back crown area or at the hairline. A hairline cowlick can look smart when you lift it to get more height, or brush hair in the opposite direction. Little gel before drying gives it the wanted look.
In case of back crown cowlick, use hot rollers only for that portion. For short hair, two rollers are set in alternating directions. Once rollers have cooled, back-comb the area, smoothen the surface and comb the ends.
9. Hair Conditioning Tips
Washing your hair regularly is important. If you find that washing your hair gives you frizzy or dry ends, the little secret to handle that is to take some conditioner and add it to the ends of your hair before washing it normally. Then condition it after shampooing. One way to stop over-conditioning your hair and save you money is to put a little of your favorite brand of conditioner in a spritz bottle, with about 4 times more water. After shampooing, rinse. Towel dry, then spritz the conditioner in.
10. Easy Up do
The golden rule for a great up do is to gather all your hair together high and neatly high enough on your head. Carefully rolling or wrapping it in the desired direction hide the pins under a seam or a bun.
11. Be Prepared
A small bottle of water can be handy for misting the hair if it leaves its setting by midday. If it is humid, carry a small size of a frizz control product. Getting a shorter cut, a body perm or a root perm can control hair limping in humid weather.
Separated curls are trendy and convenient. Wrap your long hair into an up do during the day; when you undo it, it will fall in great volume.
Nowadays, there are many easy to carry purse-sized curling irons and setting tools. Use them for quick touch-ups.
Brush or comb hair thoroughly to loosen dirt and dead skin cells from the head. Wet the hair well so that the underneath layers as well as the top are well saturated with water.
Pour about 1 tsp of shampoo in a little water to get a diluted solution and massage this diluted shampoo gently into the roots with your fingertips, covering the whole of the head.
With the flat surface of your hand work that shampoo into the bulk of the hair over the top layers.
Rinse thoroughly with water until the shampoo has been completely washed off.
Repeat the same procedure if necessary.
13. Drying your Hair
Note that wet hair loses up to 20 percent of its elasticity and with it, much of its natural resilience. So treat it as gently as you possibly can after washing :
Squeeze out excess water, wrap hair loosely in a clean towel, turban-fashion and press firmly against the head. Do not rub vigorously.
Once the hair is no longer soaking wet, the best thing you can do is to leave it to dry naturally.
When using a blow dryer, capitalize on the control, minimize on the damage :
(a) do not start drying until the hair is three quarters dry
(b) do not hold the dryer over one area of the head for too long
(c) do not allow the scalp to become hot
(d) use a brush gently to persuade the hair into the style you want
(e) do not continue to blow dry on to hair that is already dry.
14. Brushing and combing
Always brush hair when it is dry because brushing wet hair cause the ends to split.
Tilt your head forward while brushing as this increases the blood supply to the head and stimulates the hair.
Never use a sharp teethed brush or it may tear the hair apart.
Fine hair needs a softer brush while thick long hair needs a bigger brush with stiff bristles.
For combing wet hair, use a comb in which the teeth are widely spaced.
The best way to comb out tangles hair (knots) is to start at the ends and work upwards gradually.