For as long as I can remember, I always have been identified by my hair – I was (and still am) “that” girl with the long, straight blonde locks. So from an early age, my mom taught me how to properly care for and treat my hair so it stays in pristine condition.
Visit the salon regularly.
The term regularly is going to depend on your needs and hair type. On average, I see my hairdresser every two months – by this time, my color is grown out with harsh roots showing, and my ends always need some cleaning up. Even though I’m still trying to grow my hair a few inches longer, I have my ends dusted every salon visit to get rid of any dead ends and to encourage new growth. And, before you have any drastic color changes done, make sure you have a lengthy and detailed consultation with your stylist to discuss any possible damage it could cause to your hair, as well as the required upkeep on your end – they are the experts, so use them to their fullest capabilities.
Only wash your hair when necessary.
This is going to solely depend on your hair type and texture, but I typically only wash my hair two to three times a week at most – yes, even on my workout days! Your hair needs those natural oils to keep it hydrated and healthy, and with color-treated hair, the less you wash means the longer that your color will stay fresh. When I do wash my hair, I rotate between a purple shampoo (I have been loving this inexpensive option) and a shampoo/conditioner combo that’s safe for color-treated hair. Lately, I’ve been reaching for the Kenra Platinum Revive Shampoo and Conditioner that’s not only safe on my blonde hair, but it also helps to strengthen and revive any dead strands or ends that I might have.
Use a hair mask once a week.
Since dry shampoo is my best weapon of defense in between washes, my hair can start to get weighed-down and a little dry from all the product. Since I will never give up dry shampoo, using a hair mask once a week has helped restore moisture and shine to my hair. The Kenra Platinum Revive Treatment Strengthening Masque has a thick, creamy texture that can be left in anywhere from five to 15 minutes. I’ve seen a noticeable difference in the smoothness of my hair since I’ve put this product into my regular hair routine.
“Treat” your hair daily.
I mean treat literally and in the figurative sense here. Since my hair is fine and I have a lot of it, I always have suffered from horrible knots and tangles after the shower. My solution? Leave-in conditioners and/or treatments, as well as my recent love affair with hair oils. The Kenra Platinum Revive Complex Leave-In Fortifier has been my go-to as of late – you smooth two to three pumps of the product into damp hair from mid-shaft to ends, and your hair is left smooth and knot-free. Once my hair is dry – whether air-dryed or from styling – I also use a couple pumps of the Kenra Platinum Revive Oil Intense Strengthening Oil to further smooth my ends and protect against the natural elements throughout the day. The personal treat in all this besides protecting and strengthening your hair? These products smell ah-mazing, and the scent typically lingers all day long.
Keep heat styling to a minimum.
I know this is easier said than done, but not blasting the blow dryer or reaching for the curling iron daily makes a huge difference in the appearance and health of your hair. Since I work from home, I can get away with not having my hair “done” everyday – I try to limit my heat styling to three or less times a week, and that usually only includes the blow dryer on max speed at the medium heat setting. If you do feel the need to heat style your hair more often, always use a heat protectant (this drugstore option is my favorite) and try turning down the temperature on your tools – the lower temperature on your curling iron will result in those loose, beachy waves we all always lust after!
None of these tips are rocket science, but they have served me well over
the years and always lead to multiple comments from people I know and
strangers at the store, as well as glowing reviews from all my
hairdressers about how healthy my hair looks and feels.
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What are your best hair tips?
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