You may go to the salon regularly for a cut or color refresh, but did you know your stylists also educate their clients on maintaining healthy hair?
We consulted experts on their best tips, from washing tricks to the foods that will boost your strands’ health. Here are their top five pro tips for maintaining lush, strong hair:
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Get Regular Trims
Haircuts are not only an integral part of healthy hair, but they also help prevent hair breakage and thinning. Generally, it’s best to trim your hair at a Westlake hair salon every six weeks to maintain your desired style and avoid damaging your strands.
However, there is no one-size-fits-all haircut schedule, and your hair growth rate, hair type, and desired style will impact how often you should trim your tresses. To keep your hair healthy and strong, be sure to consult with your stylist for personalized advice.
You can tell it’s time to trim your hair if you notice signs of damage, such as tangles and split ends that travel up the hair shaft. To prevent over-trimming, ask your hairstylist for a ‘dusting’ trim that eliminates only your hair’s tangled and damaged areas.
Don’t Skip the Hydration
When it comes to a salon-worthy hair routine, hydration is key. A gentle sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner will keep your hair hydrated without stripping away any natural oils. It’s also important to give yourself a scalp massage while you wash your hair to improve blood circulation, which can lead to healthier locks.
While it is generally considered rude to talk on the phone or answer texts while at a salon, it’s fine if you need to check your email or respond to a text from a friend during a service; remember to put the phone on silent or use a headset for your safety and that of the stylists who are working on you.
Fashion colors take time and attention to detail, so these appointments are typically more expensive than a basic root touch-up.
Avoid Harsh Chemical Treatments
Many salon treatments rely on harsh chemicals that can strip the hair of its natural oils and leave it vulnerable to damage. Those who frequently color their hair should use color-saving products to extend the life of their locks and minimize breakage.
When washing, opt for gentle sulfate-free shampoo that won’t dry out the scalp or hair. It’s also a good idea to massage the scalp while washing for blood circulation that promotes healthy, nourished hair.
Aside from choosing a gentle and effective shampoo, salons must invest in single-use towels that help maintain sanitation and prevent cross-contamination between clients. Microfiber towels are ideal because they dry more quickly than terry cloth alternatives, making it easier for stylists to wash and replace them when needed.
Don’t Skip the Detangling
Keeping hair healthy is all about having a proper care routine. This means protecting it from harsh environmental factors and avoiding heat-styling tools that can overly damage it. It also means nourishing your hair with a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
Lastly, you should always be prepared with a good detangling product. We love this one by Oribe that combines abrasive oils like safflower seed and shea butter with gentler ones such as Abyssinia seed oil and ginger root to gently melt away knots, all while smelling amazing with a refreshing eucalyptus scent. Apply this to freshly washed, damp hair and comb or brush through to disentangle. It’s the only way to keep your strands looking great between salon appointments!
Don’t Skip the Haircut
Even if you’re growing your hair, regular trims can keep split ends and breakage at bay. Plus, they’ll help your hair grow faster and stronger.
It’s a simple but effective way to show your stylist you appreciate their work. It’s also a great time to talk about your favorite styles and techniques or ask for their professional opinion on a new style you’re considering.
Stylists are happy to recommend a new product, but it’s best to avoid bringing in your own for them to try and sell to you (or divert to mass retail). This shows you need to value their expertise and trust them. It can also be awkward for everyone involved. Saying things like “sweetie,” hun,” and “babe” may seem cute, but they can make your stylist feel uncomfortable and that you don’t respect their expertise.