how to : ensure better hair days …

Hair. It’s the one thing that can shoot down a gal, even the most savviest and uber-chic of ’em. Hair can make us feel like a million bucks on it’s best days, and like garbage on its worst.

In a world where products to pre-style, style, and post-style your hair and a blow dry bar are on almost every corner and in every shop, it’s super easy to overdo it. And overdoing it – well … that leads to damaged, weak, and unruly hair.

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Here are my top three tips to ensure better hair days … or at least better hair days most days of the week.

1. Detox your hair : Instead of letting your hair get dependent on styling aids and products,  bring it back to basics. You know how a grown women will ooh and ahh over a 4th grader’s beautiful hair … well, chances are that 4th grader didn’t use a hair primer, a blow dryer, and some hair oil on her split ends before she went to school. Best bet it’s wash and go … or even better, a two day old wash. Start the Friday night before a weekend hibernating at home. Wash your hair clean of any and all product and let it air dry. Leave it alone Saturday night. Leave it alone Sunday night. On Monday … do a co-wash : wash your hair with cleansing conditioner only, like Wen or Herbals Essences’ Naked Cleansing Conditioner. Let it air dry while you get ready for work. If you dread not styling it, throw it up in a top knot. Whatever you do, go product free for a good week or two. Co-wash every few days, and if anything, shampoo once a week. After two weeks, re-introduce products into your routine, but only when you really need to and not everyday. You’ll find your hair will look great on non-product days, and super responsive and cooperative on styled days!

2. Limit your hot tools : I know, easier said then done, but truth bomb – hair always looks better when beach waves are actually created by the beach and bedhead actually happens while in bed. Going to bed with your hair in loosely plaited french or dutch braids or twirling your hair into two Princess Leia buns while you let it air dry over night gives you all the trendy styles, without the heat. Plus it looks natural, effortless and healthy.  Save your hot tools for the occasional blowout or the long awaited girls night out.

3. Make regular dates with your hair stylist : Even when growing your hair long, trips to your hair stylist are key to better hair days. You need your stylist to maintain your hair shape and clean up rogue ends – both are integral to how your hair responds to your styling and how it looks day to day.  This is especially true for those going through the awkward growing out phase.  Seeing your stylist for trims regularly – even though you want to keep all those inches – will allow her to restructure and reshape your style as it grows so you don’t struggle with it daily. For those who wear their hair long already – your long beautiful hair will never look amazing if your ends are a wreck. Call your stylist. Now.

Hope these tips help on this happy hump day!

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