Are you tired of dealing with limp and lifeless hair? Are you tired of resorting to the same old boring hairstyles on a daily basis? It may come as no surprise that when we look good, we feel good. It may also be slightly against your feminist values to hear that more than 1 in 4 women feel that making their hair look good is—by far—their biggest concern when it comes to making a striking first impression.1
Unfortunately, the focus on a woman’s appearance comes mostly from women themselves. Women lead incredibly busy lives and just don't often have the time they would like in order to leave the house looking ‘salon perfect’ everyday.
The good news is that there are many interesting hairstyles to try and you can easily achieve them from the comfort of your own home. There are styles that exude the confidence and success you deserve.
Here are ten hair care tips to ensure your hair gives you the confidence you deserve, every day.
Avoid over-layering your hair with color. While color can add vibrancy to your hair, dyes are also full of harsh and strong chemicals.
1. Calm the Color
We’re not saying you must return to your natural mouse-brown or let your grays poke through sooner than you'd like, but keep your color within limits to avoid unwanted damage to your hair.
Speak to your stylist about subtle hair coloring, involving weaving darker hues found at the roots through the lighter lengths of the hair. It requires less color and bleaching and requires less visits to your stylist, resulting in better quality hair and a more robust bank account!2
The hair dryer and straightener may be your best friend, regardless of whether your hair is straight or curly, but the heat from these devices can do lasting damage.
2. Use Protective Products
To help minimize dryness and frizziness, always use a heat protectant spray before styling. This way you can create enviable styles without doing irreversible damage to your hair.
Just as you buy skin products that are best suited to your skin, hair products also target specific needs.
3. Know Your Hair Type
By using a shampoo and conditioner combination that is designed to help keep curly hair curly (and not frizzy) you will be making sure that every day is a good hair day!
It will also help save you money on regular visits to your stylist.
If you were a fair-haired child you may have memories of your hair turning an unsightly green color from a summer spent in the pool. It may have been fun as a child, but your adult highlights going green does not sound so desirable.
4. Chlorine and Salt are The Enemy
Regular exposure to both chlorine and salt will dry out your hair and leave it looking brittle and lifeless.
To help care for your beloved hair, wear a swimming cap if you are regularly getting your locks wet to help keep your hair in supreme styling condition.
This doesn't mean simply enjoying the conversation regarding the local gossip (although that's fun too). The more your stylist understands you and your needs, the more likely it is that your hair will look amazing.
5. Build a Relationship With a Stylist You Trust
Your stylist is likely to know what your hair needs, but they are unlikely to be aware of your lifestyle – it may not be feasible for you to wash and blow dry your hair everyday so be honest.
By doing this you are more likely to end up with a style that is boardroom and cocktail party ready with minimal effort. If you don't like what your stylist has done, tell them.
It is in your best interest to keep your same stylist and they are more likely to be able to fix your hair than going behind their back to a new stylist.
No matter how much of a hurry you are in, always follow your shampoo with a conditioner. This is particularly true for long hair. Conditioner, especially the right one for your hair type, will leave it softer, bouncier and easier to manage, ensuring another good hair day.
6. Always use Conditioner
If you find that using conditioner adds too much time to you hair-washing regime, consider the fact that you probably don't need to wash your hair everyday.
Specialists suggest that whilst every hair type is different, it is perfectly acceptable to go several days between washes, it can actually improve the quality of your hair.3
Set some time aside for some hair beauty treatment every 2-4 weeks. Your hair will look revitalized (you'll feel it too) and your hair confidence will go through the roof! Sometimes in life you need to indulge yourself.
7. Indulge in a Deep Treatment
It might sound easier to style around your problem, but it could be a sign of something more serious.
8. Don’t Ignore Hair Loss or Thinning
The sooner you get it checked out by a professional, the sooner a solution can be reached and your luscious locks will return to their natural, healthy state and you won't feel embarrassed any longer.
Try out new hairstyles from the comfort of your own home.
9. Practice Makes Perfect
You can also experiment when going out with close friends, this provides a platform for valuable and honest feedback, but also a chance to get compliments that will boost your hair confidence even further.
Just like a magician, it's useful to have a few tricks up your sleeve. If you find you are always in a rush in the mornings and your hair is a little unpredictable, having some ‘go to’ hairstyles is very handy.
10. Build a Bag of Tricks
For some inspiration, check out some of these fabulous and easy styles for every hair type: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/how-to/a43236/lazy-girl-hairstyles/
A good hair day will help you feel more confident, and now you have an abundance of ideas to make sure you style your hair with regular success. While it is easy to say ‘it's what is on the inside that counts,' how we look influences how we feel and with ‘beauty self-esteem’ being a real thing, it's important that your hair looks good and shows off the confident woman that you know you are!
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