I am going to tell you something that is going to change your life. Actually, I am going to tell you eight things that will change it. There are a few hair products and tools that are key for giving your hair a healthy glow and fabulous style. Forget the gels, serums, and endless hair tools you’re told to buy for your hair: if you have one (or all) of these eight, I guarantee that’s all you will ever need for your hair.
Shampoo is kind of a given–right? A clean scalp should be the base of any style. But what shampoo you use depends on the needs of your hair.
- Clarifying Shampoo: Clear in color and contains sulfate. This is best used after a workout when the scalp has been saturated with sweat, dirt, and oil. It can be really harsh on your strands and should be used sparingly.
- Moisturizing Shampoo: Opaque in color and contains no sulfate. This is gentle on strands and great for everyday use.
- Color Treated Shampoo: This is for anyone with dyed hair to help prevent your color from fading.
Just remember that when washing your hair, it is important to listen to the needs of your head. Too much washing can cause your scalp to overproduce oil to compensate for dryness.
Conditioner should be used on a regular basis in conjunction with your shampoo routine in order to hydrate and detangle your tresses: hair will always behave better when it’s moisturized. While there are different types of conditioners, I have found that the same conditioner can be used in a variety of ways. You can use your regular conditioner as a rinse out, leave in, and deep conditioner treatment.
- Rinse Out: Simply use conditioner normally. Apply to the ends of your hair after a shampoo and wash out.
- Leave In: For a leave in conditioner, apply a dime-sized amount through your hair concentrating on your ends. Leave in for the remainder of your shower and then rinse.
- Deep Conditioner: Apply a thick coat of conditioner to towel dried hair. Let your hair sit under a plastic cap for 10-30 minutes, then rinse. The heat that your body produces under the cap will allow the conditioner to penetrate deep into your strands.
Everyone wants a little luster to their hair now and again. Instead of reaching for that can of oil sheen, use a drop or two of 100% natural coconut or olive oil for some added shine.
While air-drying your hair is the best way to dry it, a blow dryer is essential for combating cold weather–the outside temperatures can freeze, crack, and split your hair. Plus, blow dryers have the ability to add extra style to a look. Make sure that when buying a blow dryer you look for one that is best for your hair type (dry and damaged, frizzy, etc.).
Ceramic Flat Iron
When it comes to flatirons, your best bet is to use a ceramic iron. While titanium irons transfer more concentrated heat, a ceramic straightener distributes heat more evenly and will result in sleeker hair with less heat damage.
Most experts agree that you should flat iron your hair at 375 degrees (some people can go as high as 425 degrees, but that’s only if you have dense and curly hair). But regardless of the temperature setting, blow drying, straightening, and curling your hair all result in concentrated heat, sometimes hotter than your average oven, on your fragile strands. A heat protectant will lessen the impact of the heat and keep your hair from getting damaged.
Wide Tooth Comb
Wide tooth combs are better for your hair than a brush because they are more gentle on your hair and your strands are less likely to get snagged and break.
Bobby pins are the biggest lifesaver for a bad hair day! They can be used to pin back bangs, secure messy buns, and make pretty up-dos. I recommend always have some in your purse, backpack, and car for easy access.