After the holidays, and with the overwhelming work greeting us during New Year, don’t be suprised to see dull, dry hair when you look at the mirror. Don’t worry, it’s totally excusable. And with the Valentine’s Day drawing near, I’m sure you’ll see more incentive in resurrecting your hair right now! Here are a few tips to start the year with your crowning glory shining like it should:
Snip Snip the Dead Ones
Get a trim. If you want to maintain the same style, get at least a centimetre off your hair, just to get rid of the split ends. Some will also have discoloured, dry ends, so you better get rid of that too. If you want to change your cut, go to a reputable salon, get the most senior stylist, and work on a new cut that’s low maintenance and flattering for your age and face shape. As for picking your stylist, it’s also good to get recommendations from friends.
Start with a Clean Scalp
When you’re finally donning the cut that suits you best, get a scalp-cleansing treatment. Salons offer this as a re-charge for your scalp. It scrubs residue from your scalp and deep cleanses your hair follicles. It’s like the exfoliation version for your hair. Squeaky clean scalp is the best canvass for resurrecting dry and dull hair. Don’t worry; you don’t have to redo this within the year unless you have very oily hair.
Study Your Hair and Re-inventorize Your Loot
Sometimes, when you’ve used the same products for a long time, it doesn’t work as well for your hair anymore. At times, your hair type changes as well. Growing up, I’ve had wavy hair that needs constant combing to make it behave. Now, after years of proper care, I have very manageable straight-to-wavy hair that has just enough drop to avoid frizz, and just enough volume to make it look alive. I’ve changed hair products four or five times since the start of my 20s. Take advantage of the New Year to take a second look at the products you use for your hair. From shampoo to hair treatments to the comb types that you use, make a great hair investment by getting new, good products for your hair. Check out forums, ask around and read available reviews for commercial hair products.
Set off Intensive Conditioning
Now you’ve got your new regimen going, insert a new one to the equation and do so religiously. I’m talking about intensive conditioning. Most intensive conditioners or treatments are also defined for specific hair types. These types are, but not limited to: dry, normal, oily, treated, permed and colored. At-home treatments are easy. Just shampoo, towel-dry and apply treatment from roots to tips. Massage, cover with a good shower cap, and leave on for at least 20 minutes. Afterwards, rinse with cool water. Repeat once a week or after a day at the beach/ pool.
Say Hello to New Good Habits
Now that you’ve given your hair a boost, prepare to maintain its newfound luster by developing new habits for the year. Comb your hair less frequently to avoid attracting frizz. Wash with cool water all the time. Pat to towel dry, don’t rub. Shampoo less, but condition everyday. Apply intensive conditioning once a week. Tie your hair less.
Honestly, four weeks is a quite a long time for this program. In fact, you can achieve these in the second or third week, as long as you stick to your new hair game plan. Just don’t be lazy and I assure you, you’ll end up with super healthy hair people will start complimenting it. What a great start for the year, eh? Also, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask me by hitting the comment boxes. 🙂
Have a great hair day!