2 Tips For Better Hair Today


Some tips to improve the look and feel of your hair take time, like eating certain foods or taking specific vitamins (Biotin for example). But there are a few tips that can give you better hair in the snap of a finger. Here they are:

1) Condition Like A Pro

Good conditioner is also crucial when it comes to any hair type but particularly thick, curly tresses. “For curly, highly textured hair, always deep condition,” says celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson. “No two minute conditioners here. Deep conditioning involves using a conditioner that will add moisture and strength (protein) back to hair. You should use heat by either applying conditioner to hair while taking a shower and let it sit while showering or by covering the hair with a plastic cap and applying heat from an outside like a hair dryer. “I believe it’s important to use leave-in conditioners and also not to shampoo so often. Rinse it if you want to but don’t necessarily shampoo it.” To make sure your hair really absorbs the conditioner, towel-dry hair after shampooing. Excess water will mean the conditioner won’t be able to penetrate the hair shaft and deliver the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy and shiny. If you’re short on time, at least squeeze out excess water. Try: TIGI S-Factor Serious Conditioner Approved by some of the best hairstylists in the business, TIGI’s conditioner banishes fluffy ends and frizzy bits, making thick, coarse and colored hair so much more manageable. $17.95. Mazuri Shea Butter Fresh Start Conditioner This natural conditioner harnesses shea butter and coconut oil to detangle, nourish and impart a glossy luster. Our hair has never felt silkier. $6.99 And where you apply it matters, too. 

“Conditioner only needs to go on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair,” says stylist Kerrie Urban. “Try not to put the conditioner on the roots as it will cause your scalp to get greasy faster.” It’s also a good idea to think ahead and anticipate situations where your hair might dry out. “While you exercise, you perspire, which means that your hair gets damp with sweat that can actually make it dry,” says LA-based hair stylist, Andy LeCompte. “Before you hit the gym (especially during the summer, but this works year-round too) wet your hair and add in some conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends. Rinse out the conditioner post-workout and you’ll be left with shiny, hydrated hair.” 

2) Ace Your Brushing Technique 

No-one wants a matted mess for a mane, so brushing is always necessary, but don’t tear through your locks mindlessly. According to Guy, being too aggressive will only cause damage, and no-one wants to contend with fluffy, split ends. “For perfectly shiny, healthy and untangled hair, you should be brushing your hair twice a day,” suggests hairstylist Laura Superbi. “Once in the morning and once before going to bed, for about a minute each time.” 

So what’s the best technique? “Brushing from the roots causes damage – always brush from the bottom and work up,” advises hair stylist Tracey Cunningham, especially if you have long hair. And the tools you employ should change when your hair is wet to avoid snapping and static. “When your hair is soaking wet, it is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage,” says hairstylist Nicky Clarke. Save your brush for when your hair is dry and invest in a wide-tooth comb. The teeth are designed to glide through wet hair - especially if coarse, wavy or curly - much easily than brush will, and there’ll be much less damage to contend with when it’s dry. Try the 3 More Inches by Michael Van Clarke Safety Comb, $17.50. Handmade from vulcanized rubber, it minimizes snagging, so the hair cuticle remains smooth. 

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