There are so many do’s and don’ts out there that something as simple as our haircare can get mighty confusing at times! Here are some rules that are made to be broken.
1. Apply products before you blow dry.
The fact is that when your hair is wet, the product is diluted and can’t work as effectively on the hair. Instead, dry the hair so it’s just damp and then apply product before finishing your blow dry.
2. Only use a comb on your wet hair.
When it comes to detangling your hair, you really don’t have to stick to just a comb. Your hair should be just as easily sorted, and often faster, by using a brush. By applying a leave-in conditioner, oil or serum can coat the hair and protect it. The application of such products allows the bristles glide through your hair with less friction.
3. You should get a trim every 6 weeks.
While you may have heard the rule of heading back to your hairdresser every 6 weeks, the fact is that a good haircut should last you longer than a little over a month. If you continue to look after your hair and keep the condition up, your style should last up to three months!
4. Wash your hair three times a week maximum.
It’s true that washing your hair less can leave your hair healthier for some people – but that isn’t the case for everyone! How often you wash your hair really depends on an individual’s hair type. For some people, it doesn’t matter how long they persevere with it, their hair will consistently get oily. If you can’t get your hair to adhere to the latest washing recommendations, don’t worry! This rule isn’t for everyone!
5. Double shampooing means cleaner hair.
In addition to the previous rule, however, there is absolutely no need to double shampoo your hair. Unless you have put your hair through some intense styling (think: the gel ‘wet’ look) one simple lather or shampoo with be all you need to keep your locks fresh and shiny.
6. Older women shouldn’t have long hair.
To all of you women out there struggling with the age old expectation to get rid of the length of your lovely locks – don’t! There are so many examples of older women who rock their long hair; think of Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, Christie Brinkley, Barbara Streisand, Raquel Welch, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon. All these gorgeous women are proof enough that age doesn’t define your hairstyle.
7. Oily hair doesn’t need oil.
If you struggle with oiliness, sometimes your worst option is to deprive your hair of more moisture. Like our skin, excess oil can represent the fact that your hair is making up for its dehydrated state. Whether you have dry, normal or oily hair, it never hurts to condition your hair with a little moisture.