New Years is the traditional time to review your life and make New Years resolutions. Your beauty regime needs to be updated from time to time as your needs change and new products become available. Now is a great time to take a look at what is working in your hair care and what needs some improvement.
As you age and the seasons change you will need to switch up the products you use to meet your hair’s needs. Women going through menopause may face thinning hair and dry scalp from the reduced production of estrogen in their bodies. Young men and women may have oily scalp and need a clarifying shampoo to cleanse their hair of the styling products they use. No matter what hair care needs you may have there are some general guidelines to make sure you’re caring for your hair the best way you can.
- Use professional hair care and styling products. Your stylist can recommend the best products for your hair type and texture. Professional products are formulated to be gentle on your hair and scalp and to protect your hair color.
- Wash your hair every other day. Unless your scalp and hair get very oily by the end of the day, it is better for you to wash your hair every other day. This helps to prevent breakage and split ends because you won’t be washing away the natural oils that lubricate your scalp and keep your hair healthy.
- Cut down on the use of high heat appliances. Heat from curling irons, blow dryers and flat irons dries out your hair, makes your hair color fade, and can cause damage to the hair shaft. Give your hair a break and let it air dry when you can. When you do use high heat appliances be sure to use a protective product that helps your hair stay strong and shiny.
- Keep up on your haircuts. Ideally you should get a trim every four to six weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. Regular haircuts and trims keep split ends from forming and keeps your hair looking salon fresh.
- Go to your stylist to get your hair colored and highlighted. Over the counter color and bleach products are very harsh and contain a developer that is much too strong for most hair. Your stylist will use the correct strength of developer and mix a hair color formula specifically for you. She will also keep track of the formula she uses so that you will get the perfect color every time.
- Stick with your stylist. Once your find a stylist you love, stick with her. She can monitor your hair and scalp and alert you if you develop any conditions you should address. She will also be familiar with your hair and be able to give you a great cut every time.
These are some resolutions to start you out in 2011. Don’t forget that your stylist is your best resource for great hair and hair care. Take advantage of her education and experience to help you looking your best all year.