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Hair Care for Dummies



Hair Care for Dummies

I’ll freely admit that one of the best feelings in the world is getting a haircut.  Your hair goes from being a scraggly, split end mess to smooth, clean, and sharp looking. Even men, who don’t get anywhere near the amount of heat damage as women with their straightening irons, blow driers and curling irons love the feeling of freshly cut hair.

However, no matter how often you get your hair trimmed, you can’t avoid the damage that will eventually result, even with limited use.

Dealing with Heat

Dealing with already damaged hair can be hard and many remedies don’t work nearly as well as they are supposed to, so the best idea is to keep the damage as minimal as possible.

  • Turn up the cold.  Using a blast of cold on your hair before you get out of the shower or when you are blow drying your hair will seal the cuticles and leave your hair looking and feeling sleek and fresh.
  • Some people also suggest turning the blow drier on for a few minutes and then letting your hair dry on its own for a bit. This will give your hair a more natural body and help set the style.

Proper Cleaning and Styling Care

Cleaning and styling your hair can actually be one of the most damaging steps in your daily routine.  When you use high lather shampoos every day a residue will most likely be left in the hair which causes it to become dirty more quickly.

  • After the wash, don’t use a towel, and if you do don’t rub back and forth.  This will open up the ends again and cause serious damage. Split ends will come even more quickly than they would with normal wear and tear.
  • Experts say that if you spray or apply any type of product to your hair, it should be done and then left to sit for at least a few minutes or the benefits of the product probably won’t set correctly and the product won’t actually give you the benefits it promises.
  • Dry shampoo is usually for day-old hair, but if applied beforehand, it can help prevent the oil issues that cause the dirty look from occurring at all.
  • Sometimes the reason your hair isn’t getting cleaned as well as you believe it should is that there is the buildup on the scalp. Scalp buildup should be dealt with quickly and a drugstore product can usually do the trick.
  • Last, but not least, a shower filter can protect you from the harsh hard water chemicals and minerals that will ruin your hair faster than anything else.

Even though we could go on with hair tips and tricks for pages and pages the reason they are called tips and tricks is that they are easy to skim through and find what you’re looking for.  This being said, we will save you the hassle of digging and leave the more detailed tips and tricks to the hair bloggers and professionals.

More Information is Out There, but Where?

There are hundreds of beauty schools throughout the country and even though they are usually very simple to get into, it isn’t always easy to learn all the tricks of the trade.  You’ll have to shampoo, cut, curl, style and shape if you choose cosmetology.  You’ll paint, massage, clean and trim if you study nail care and makeup and moisturizers for esthetics training.

However, you’ll be happy to hear that there are schools all over the country so no matter where you choose to spend your time, whether in the sunshine of the south or the mountain cold of the north, you’ll be good to go.