How To Maintain Your Hair
Many women have been forced to cut back on beauty treatments due to the recession, and trips to the salon have been no exception. While beauty salons remain popular destinations for women who want to relax, unwind or simply look their best, those who have limited budgets to work with are looking for ways to cut back on their trips to the stylist. Luckily, with just a little extra care, it’s easy to maintain your style between salon visits. If you’re feeling the fiscal pinch but you’re not ready to swear off your favourite salon altogether, here are seven tips that will keep your cut and colour looking great for a few extra weeks:
- Invest in some dry shampoo. This is a popular trick among hair professionals, and a great way to make your blowout or hairstyle last as long as possible. Simply avoid washing your hair for several days after it’s been styled; when your roots get oily, sprits or shake on a bit of dry shampoo and work through until the oil has been absorbed and your hair smells fresh and clean. With this secret hair weapon in your beauty arsenal, you can keep your professional style looking great for up to three days after your salon visit!
- Wash your hair less often – but condition more. In general, stylists agree that women wash their hair far too often. Most shampoos strip the hair of natural oils, which can leave hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage – basically, a recipe for split ends, which will send you screaming back to the salon. Frequent shampooing can also dull your hair colour. Try washing every other day, or even every two days, for best results, and apply a deep or leave-in conditioner liberally to your ends after every wash. A good conditioner will help seal in moisture and keep your hair healthy and shiny.
- Give yourself a trim. If split ends are your main problem, you may be able to take care of it on your own. (of course, you should always see your stylist for a major haircut, but taking an inch or two off the bottom should be simple.) Make sure you have a good, sharp pair of scissors specifically intended for cutting hair, and never remove more than a couple of inches on your own.
- Try a zigzag part to hide roots. If your hair colour is starting to grow out, then a regular part is sure to expose the problem, so why not switch it up? A zigzag part will conceal your roots much more effectively – or you could eschew parts altogether for a messy, tousled look.
- Use hair mascara or a hair pen for a temporary colour fix. Several different brands offer temporary or semi-permanent hair colour in easy-to-use, portable applicators – perfect for touching up roots. Make sure you choose one that’s a good match for your hair’s tone and shade, and colour away!
- If colour maintenance is a recurring problem, always use shampoos and conditioners made for colour-treated hair. Ask your stylist for a recommendation. Salon-brand hair care products can be a bit pricier, but if they can save you a trip to the salon, it will be money well spent.
- Switch to a longer style to avoid frequent haircuts. Shorter cuts require regular maintenance, so a longer look could be a good solution for those looking to maintain their hair at home. Hair that is all one length is also easier to maintain without professional assistance, so you may want to consider growing out your layers in favour of a simpler style.
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have great hair! With these tips, you can stay fabulous – without breaking the bank.