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Tips for a Better Hair Day

We all know THAT person. The one with the gorgeous, glossy locks that fall exactly into place in every type of weather with seemingly little effort. Even their messy buns, have that every-hair-is exactly-where-it’s-meant-to-be look, while yours is literally—a messy bun.

What is it that they know that we don’t? How do some people seem to have good hair days, every day?

Don’t Over-do Your ‘Do

According to haircare experts, many of us are over-using our styling products. Generally, a golf-ball sized amount of mousse or ¾ teaspoon of gel is a good starting point for medium-length, medium thickness hair. You may need to scale down slightly for thinner hair, and up a bit for thicker, longer, or curly hair.

Avoid ultra or mega-hold gels, sprays, and mousse if you have fine, straight hair. These weigh down and flatten hair and may give it a greasy appearance. A light to medium-hold product has much better results on straight hair.

Improve Your Shampoos

Avoid washing your hair on a daily basis. Daily shampooing can strip hair of its natural oils. If you do insist on daily shampooing, be sure to use a gentle shampoo. If you only wash your hair weekly, use a stronger shampoo in a nourishing and moisturizing formula.

Hair should not be shampooed in very hot water. Instead, wash in warm water and do your final rinse with cool water.
If you use a lot of products, it can be beneficial to use a clarifying shampoo weekly to rid your hair of product buildup. You can also make your own clarifying treatment by mixing ¼ cup of white vinegar in a gallon of water and rinsing it through your hair before shampooing. You may also want to treat your hair to a weekly nourishing hair mask, and a serum or oil to protect and add shine.

Dry shampoo is your best friend on days when you slept late and don’t have time for a shampoo and blow-out. Simply work a small amount of a good dry shampoo into your roots and work it through the rest of your hair with your fingers. A relaxed bun with some loose locks pulled out to frame your face is ideal on days like this.

Use a Heat Protectant

If you wonder why that one particular coworker always has terrific tresses with a healthy sheen—even though it’s clear that she uses a daily straightener—it’s probably because she uses a great heat protectant spray before she straightens her hair. Even the best hair straighteners have enough heat to evaporate the moisture from your hair, leaving it dry, coarse, and thirsty. A heat protectant spray not only protects your hair from damaging heat, it also helps your hair straightener to glide more smoothly over your strands, giving them that gorgeous gleam that you’ve been missing.

Bye-Bye Blow Dry

Experts tell us that we should avoid the blow dryer on weekends, or other days when we have time to air dry. On the days that you do blow dry, it’s recommended that you gently squeeze your wet locks with a towel and then allow your hair to air dry while you dress and apply your makeup. Ideally, hair should be 70 percent dry before using a blow dryer. The best hair dryers will leave your hair shiny and silky if you don’t start with sopping wet hair, but only dry your hair once it’s partially air-dried and then sprayed with a heat protectant before being styled.

Have a Backup Do-up

Many people make the common mistake of sticking to their preferred hairstyle come rain or shine. Often this means piling on the products to get the hair to stay the way you want it, and then it ends up looking limp and sticky.

Instead, learn a few easy up-dos such as a French twist or smooth chignon. Even an inside-out ponytail gives your hair a simple elegance that will withstand high humidity and still look neat.

Another simple and easy back-up look is a low pony with a lock of hair wrapped around the hair tie with the ends tucked in behind for a smooth and chic look.

Vamp up the Volume

One way to handle a bad hair day is to simply go with the look you woke up with. If you face tousled hair in the mirror in the morning, instead of engaging in a long battle with it—with your heat utensils and products in hand—try flipping your head upside down and spritzing your hair with a texturizing spray. Then stand upright and spritz the roots, working it through your hair with your fingers. This will give your hair beachy waves and volume that looks great.

Sleep on Silk

If the tousled look or textured, beachy waves isn’t for you, avoid waking up with tousled hair by buying a great silk pillowcase to sleep on. Many hair care experts and hair stylists highly recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase to keep hair smooth and to prevent frizz, split ends, and breakage.

Avoid sleeping with wet hair, but if you do, gently twist hair up on the top of your head before you go to bed. Sleeping on silk will give your hair the best chance of still being smooth and frizz-free in the morning.

Clean Your Brushes

One tip that many people neglect, is to make sure your hair brush is clean. Oil and products build up on your brush bristles, and can instantly de-volumize and flatten your hair, leaving it with a greasy finish that leaves you wondering what happened. Most brushes can be safely cleaned with dish soap and warm water and then air dried.

Biotin for Beautiful Hair

One of the best things you can do for your hair is to add a biotin supplement to your diet. Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails. It’s naturally present in many foods such as eggs, nuts, cauliflower, broccoli, and sweet potatoes, but many people do not get enough biotin in their daily diet.

Biotin not only prevents hair loss, it also causes faster growth of stronger, healthier hair. 

Biotin can help you have many more good hair days by treating your hair from within.