The weeks leading up to your hair appt can seem like FOREVER. Sometimes your hair has lost its shine, or your roots are showing, or your hair is getting too long. I’m going to share with you 9 tips to keep your hair looking good in-between appointments.
1. Use a high-quality shampoo and conditioner.
I want you to use the best quality of products for your hair. If you are spending the money to make your hair look beautiful, you want to make sure you are caring for your investment.
Not all shampoos and conditioners are created equal. The lower quality ones have harsh ingredients that strip your hair of all moisture. Some of those common ingredients are Sodium Laurel Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES). To learn more about why clean beauty is important to you, read here.
To grab a list of more harmful toxic ingredients in your beauty products, click here.
Also, to note, higher quality products are more concentrated. Which means you need to use less of the product during each use.
2. If you have blonde, silver or white hair, a purple shampoo is a must!
Purple shampoo will cancel the brassy yellow tones. The key when using a purple shampoo is it needs to be left on for 3-5 minutes. Your color will instantly look brighter like you just got your highlights freshened up.
3. Don’t wash your hair every day.
This will help keep your color looking fresh and shiny, which will help it last up until your next appointment. Your hair will also become less oily. The more you wash, the more it signals to your body to create more oil. Dry shampoo will be your best friend.
4. Deep Condition your hair at least two times a month.
No matter how gentle the products that color line that is used, damage still occurs. A deep conditioner will add extra moisture and seal the cuticle of your hair. This will result in more shine.
5. Always use a heat protectant.
Every time you add heat to your hair, prep it first with a heat protectant. The heat protectant will add a barrier between your hair and the hot tool. You are saving your hair from damage.
6. Wear a hat or spray UV protection.
When you go outside, you need to protect your hair from the harmful sun rays. The sun will fade your color and leave your hair looking dull. Either cover up with a hat or use a product that has UV protection.
7. Switch up your part.
I have a trick that can help with flat hair and harsh roots. I recommend using a zig-zag part. When your hair is laying the opposite way it usually does, it creates volume. You can use that extra volume not to show your harsh line as well. Reference the video at the top to show how this works.
8. Wear hair accessories.
You can cover a lot with a scarf, a bandana, or a headband. You need to make sure that it is positioned to cover your hairline. Watch my tutorial here.
Also, try using clips or barrettes to really jazz up your style too. I love wearing scrunchies too. Especially the ones that have a bow.
9. Try switching up your style.
That last week can be a doozy. This is an excellent time to try out new hairstyles. If you usually wear it straight, try to curl your hair. Always wear a messy bun? Try a jazzed up ponytail instead. Check out my hair tutorials here to get some ideas.
Always remember, you are beautiful, even with roots. Are you ready to embrace your grays, read my tips on how ot transition here.
Your hair is there to play with. So have fun!
Sometimes the first time you try a new style, it may not be perfect, but just keep practicing. Who knows, maybe one of your “mistakes” will be the style you’ve been searching for.