When you get a great haircut, you can feel like you’re walking on air for days afterward. Your split ends are gone, your hair has volume and it’s especially smooth and shiny. But many people don’t know how to keep that look and feeling going after they wash it for the first time at home.
Luckily, there are a few simple rules you can follow at home to keep your fresh cut feeling great for weeks!
Don’t Overwash Your Hair
It’s a mistake many people make, but overwashing your hair can really do some damage, whether you’ve just had a fresh cut or not. Try extending the length of time between washes so that your scalp and hair has enough time to produce its own natural oils, which can help keep your hair looking shiny and healthy. Overwashing strips your hair of those oils and can actually make it dryer and more brittle.
Follow Your Stylist’s Recommendations
Your stylist is your holy grail when it comes to knowing all you need to know to keep your new cut looking its best. Ask your stylist what products he or she used on your new cut, and which products they recommend for you at home. They can also recommend tools and techniques that will work with your hair type and the shape of your new cut.
Don’t Trim Your Own Hair
We’ve all been there: your hair is the perfect length one day, and suddenly it’s overgrown and annoying the next. But it’s important that you avoid cutting your own hair between salon visits. Unless you’re a stylist yourself, you likely don’t have the right tools and equipment to cut your hair properly, so the result may end up looking shaggy and unprofessional. Most hair salons offer complimentary bang trims, or try booking regular appointments so your hair never gets to that awkward stage.
Know Your Hair Texture
It doesn’t matter how many “miracle” products you try to incorporate into your hair routine – you have a natural hair texture, and you need to work with it. Knowing your hair texture can help you and your stylist choose a cut that will look great for weeks or even months. If you have thin or fine hair, consider a blunt cut that makes your hair appear thicker. For those with thick hair, a cut with face framing layers balanced with some bulk will help you achieve a beautiful, long-lasting look.
Give Your Hair a Break
It’s tempting to blow-dry, straighten or curl your hair every day, especially if you’ve become accustomed to a certain style that makes you look and feel great. But it’s important that you give your hair a break every once in awhile. All of those heat tools can really do a number on your hair if you overdo it. Consider letting your hair air dry every so often, and look into products that enhance your hair’s natural curls or eliminate frizz so you don’t feel tempted to reach for those styling tools.
Regular haircuts and trims are essential for keeping your hair healthy and looking great. Contact Malkim Hair Shop today to set up your next appointment with one of our talented stylists!