Everyone loves that fresh out of the salon feel when they get their hair done. The minute you walk outside, you feel like a million bucks. Your hair feels healthier, bouncier and shinier than ever before. While you may try to protect your investment as much as possible, there are a few bad habits that you might be doing that will cost you later.
1. Using the wrong shampoo: Ladies, (especially my beautiful redheads) if you just spent over $200 to get a beautiful shade of color put into your hair, the last thing you want is to see it wash down the drain each time you wash it. If you want to maintain the vibrancy of your hair color, choose a sulfate-free option when it comes to your shampoo. If you feel like your hair is getting brassy (I'm looking at you, my blonde bombshells) then incorporate a violet shampoo to keep your hair looking fresh.
2. Using the wrong styling tools: If you've ever gone shopping for a hair brush, you'll notice plenty of options when it comes to bristle types, sizes and shapes. Depending on your hair and texture, you'll want to choose wisely. You'll also want to invest in a few different types for different styling jobs. Talk to your stylist or beauty advisor about the best options for your particular hair type.
3. Overdoing it with heat styling: If you're constantly drying your hair with a blow dryer and then exposing it to a hot curling or flat iron, your strands will start to feel a little dry and frayed at the ends. If you can't go without curling or flat ironing, try letting your hair air dry before styling. Cutting back on heat styling will keep your color more vibrant and your hair feeling a lot healthier, saving you on future salon treatments to reverse damage.
4. Being harsh with your hair: Whether you impatiently tear through little knots while detangling your hair or pull it up into a tight bun when you work out at the gym, all these little habits can really cause some unwanted damage. Avoid breakage and split ends and treat your hair gently.
5. Taking matters into your own hands: Touching up your own roots or cutting your own bangs might seem like a good idea, but sometimes, it's better to leave certain matters in the hands of an expert. Instead of potentially messing up your beautiful hair color with permanent hair color, opt for a root touch up product that washes out with shampoo. And no matter how easy cutting your own bangs might seem, put those shears down and let someone professional handle it.
6. Going against your stylist's advice: When it comes to your hair, no one is going to watch out for your strands than your own stylist. If they're cautioning you against a dye job that may be damage-causing, it's probably in your best interest to listen. Color-correction jobs can be tricky and may also require patience on your end, depending on what you're doing. Listen to your stylist and remember, they don't want you walking around with damaged hair.
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.