Get to Know YOUR Hair!
This is the first step to having killer locks… knowing what kind of hair you have, and what works best with it! You’ll never be able to achieve the look that you want unless you work with your strands instead of against… and you’ll be surprised how easy it all is once you get the basics down! LETS GET STARTED!
WHAT IS YOUR HAIR TEXTURE?
- FINE: If you have fine hair… you will know. You rarely have volume, and it doesn’t hold styling easily. A good way to tell if you have fine hair if you’re not sure, is to pull your hair into a pony tail.. if it takes you more than five twists of the hair tie to make a firm ponytail, then you have fine hair.
- MEDIUM: Medium hair is average, it’s easy to style and of varying thicknesses. Each strand will be slightly thick, but easy to smooth.
- THICK: Thick hair is another type where if you have it, you’ll know. It takes forever to brush out or straighten your hair, it is heavy and very voluminous. Try the ponytail test again.. you have thick hair if you can make a tight tail with only two wraparounds of your tie.
WHAT IS YOUR HAIR TYPE? You’ll be able to tell if you wash your hair and let it air dry, without products or other assistance.
WHAT IS YOUR HAIR COLOR? As we know, there are many different shades and tones that each hair color can take. Knowing which shade of red, blonde, or brown you want makes the difference between satisfaction and horror.
BLONDE: The lightest end of the spectrum, from Platinum being almost white; natural or honey being yellowish-blonde; and dirty blonde being the darkest shade with light and dark tones. Strawberry blonde is the combination between blonde hair and red hair.
RED: Redheads are the rarest of any hair color! Carrot or ginger is the most orange; copper hair is a golden-red; deep red; bright red; and auburn, being the in-between of bright red and brunette.
BRUNETTE: Walnut is a more muted, lighter, natural shade of brown; honey brown is a slightly golden shade; chestnut is a deep chocolate with red undertones; dark brown is very rich and deep; black is the darkest form of brunette hair.
Get to Know Your Products
There are so many different products out there claiming to do different things to your hair - sometimes it can become overwhelming. The best idea is to educate yourself on each different type of product, so you can know what to expect from the bottles, tubes, and containers that you buy!
+ SHAMPOO: If you don’t know what shampoo is, I must really question you! Shampoo is the universal cleanser for hair, done while the hair is wet in the shower/bath, and is rinsed out.
- Tips: When you shampoo your hair, use your fingers to gently massage your scalp in circular motions (not your fingernails to scratch vigorously) and work into a lather all over your head. This will provide blood flow to your scalp, prompting silkier, more voluminous hair.
- Also, wash, rinse, and repeat is the mantra to go by if you use a lot of product. Shampooing and rinsing twice will help get rid of any buildup or dandruff you might have, resulting in smoother, shinier strands.
+ CONDITIONER: Also called cream rinse; this is the step after shampooing, worked into hair to moisturize, detangle, and bring life to your hair. Should be applied to wet hair and left in for about three minutes before rinsing thoroughly for maximum effect.
- Tips: Shampoo should be the first step in the shower, and add conditioner immediately after, leaving it on your hair for the remainder of your shower, rinsing it out at the end. This will give you lots of setting time so your strands are extra soft.
- Also, apply conditioner onto the lengths of your hair and avoid the crown to avoid greasiness throughout the day. Conditioner should never be skipped; in fact every other day you should skip shampooing and condition instead to make sure your hair is as moisturized as possible.
+ DRY SHAMPOO: This is a unique kind of product that eliminates grease and instantly gives volume. It comes in an aerosol spray can, and does not require water - simply spray on your hair at the roots, turn your hair upside down and fluff, and then brush through, styling as usual.
- Tips: A substitute for dry shampoo is regular baby powder. Simply sprinkle a little bit on your roots and fluff through, brushing and styling as usual!
+ HAIRSPRAY: Hairspray comes in many forms, from squirt bottles to the more popular aerosol sprays. Hairspray should be sprayed on styled hair to set the style or to keep frizzies down.
+ GELS: Gel products are also used to set styles, usually in shorter hair or in curly hair to amplify the style. Gels are best applied in wet hair and let to air dry, because they can be sticky and take a few minutes to dry by themselves. Gels are crunchy when dry and create very stiff styles.
+ MOUSSE: Mousse is a foamy substance that you apply to your hair to amplify curl or volume. This can be applied to wet or dry hair and will serve many purposes and comes in different degrees of strength and hold.
+ SERUMS: Normally serums have nutritional qualities for hair, but often they are used to add shine or smooth frizzy hair. They are a clear, liquidy formula that is applied to dry hair sparingly and dries weightlessly.
“How Can I Get My Hair To Grow?”
Hair grows out at different rates, depending on your genetics and the health of the hair itself! There are no guarantees for getting longer, stronger hair, but there are a few steps that should be taken to ensure better locks.