In between raising kids, looking after the house and holding down a job, regular salon visits can often get left at the bottom of the ‘to do’ list. And having great hair makes you feel great.
No matter how many fads come and go, the luxuriously shiny and straight hair look will always remain in style. No matter what type of hair you have, be it wavy or curly, silky smooth hair can be achieved easily at home. The key is using the right hair-styling tools and products as well as a few top tricks.
Hair Products and Tools:
The types of products you use will make or break the results of your hairstyle. Even if you follow the same routine that hairstylists do at salons, it won’t be the same if you are using items that are of low quality. Take some time out to research what products suit your hair texture. The best part is that they don’t always have to be higher-end products. The one thing we do suggest you splurge on is a decent hair straightener. It will be a worthy investment and make your hair styling so much easier. For the best hair straighteners for your hair type visit Straight Hair Day for ideas.
Preparing Your Hair
Your hair straightening routine will be smoother and more manageable if it is done on clean, air-dried hair. Wash your hair, not forgetting the conditioner, which will make your tresses softer and easier to style. Let your hair dry naturally, followed by an application of a heat protection serum or straightening balm. Use a comb to ensure that the product is evenly distributed with no knots in the hair.
Straightening Your Hair
It is essential that you use a high quality hair straightener with ceramic plates, and always keep the temperature at the optimum heat for your hair type. Work in small sections of 2-4 inches, starting from the nape of your head and making your way up. Another thing to be mindful of is to keep on moving the straightener slowly through your hair. The result will be smoother with minimal kinks and minimize hair damage. Also, don’t go over one section of hair more than twice. Finish off with a serum or hair spray to prevent your strands from becoming frizzy.
1) Home-made hair masks
Simple home-made hair masks can double as a deep-conditioning treatment and repair damaged hair because they are made from pure and natural ingredients. There are countless recipes which will keep your hair healthy and give it a sheen even if you style your hair at home on a daily basis. The egg and yogurt mix mask is a personal favorite as it is like getting a mini protein treatment at home!
2) Protecting your hair from the sun
Not only does the sun contribute to making your hair frizzy, its harmful UVA/UVB rays are just as damaging to the hair as to the skin. It is crucial that you use a good anti-frizz serum as well as a heat protectant before and after straightening. But use it sparingly so as to not make your hair greasy.
As with everything else, a healthy diet consisting of natural foods that have nutrients which are good for the hair is also essential for preventing hair damage. Incorporate foods such as nuts, avocados, eggs, milk and other protein-rich food into your diet.
Life is too short to have boring hair, so experiment with your crowning glory. What it all boils down to is using the right tools and the right products for your hair. The rest will require minimal effort.