* Hairstylists agree that when it comes to washing curly hair, less is definitely more. Shampoo as infrequently as possible: every other day if your hair is very fine; once a week if it’s super thick.
* When you need to lather up, use moisturizing products that contain ingredients like shea butter, argan oil, or avocado oil.
* In the shower, slather on a rich conditioner that contains silicone (any ingredient that ends in “cone”). Spread it on from roots to tips, leave it on for five minutes, and rinse thoroughly. Then get ready for conditioner number two: Squeeze the water out of your hair, detangle with a wide-tooth comb, and apply a leave-in formula starting an inch from the scalp and working it down to the tips.
* Once a week, apply a keratin hair mask to just-washed hair and leave in for ten minutes.
* Keep the cuticle of every strand closed so moisture in the air can’t get in. Rub a dime- to quarter-size drop of an anti-frizz cream between your hands and rake through wet hair. For fine hair try a water-based smoothing product. For medium to thick textures, choose one that contains silicone, which will smooth and seal the cuticle to keep out humidity.
* How to dry curly hair? Begin by squeezing out all the excess water from your shower. Then, after you’ve applied leave-in conditioner and worked frizz fighter through your hair (use less if your hair is shorter), take small sections of hair and wrap them around your fingers for 15 to 30 seconds to form unified, shiny ringlets. Make sure to let hair dry at its own pace and keep your hands off.
* The two most important weapons when you’re short on time are a diffuser and a curling iron. A diffuser helps disperse the airflow so curls dry evenly and remain intact. When you’re finished, a one-inch iron helps refine the spirals and keep them shiny.
* If your curls still won’t cooperate, pull them into a low, loose bun. Begin by applying styling lotion to damp hair and let fully dry. After side-parting the hair, take two-inch, face-framing sections, and twist them back toward the nape of the neck. Secure with bobby pins, then gather the rest of your hair and begin twisting into a low bun, pinning as you twirl. Keep the ends loose and messy.
* Your hair does not need to be washed every night and for those of us who need to fix dry hair quickly, washing can exacerbate the dryness issue further. If you can’t stand the idea of an unwashed head, then simply condition hair and scrub your head as if you are washing it. Just leave out the shampoo step and rinse as normal. Conditioning should be done daily, but washing should only be done every other night or every two nights if you can stand it.
* There is one product that does live up to the hype to help dry hair, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Argan oil can help fix dry hair very quickly by offering specific emollients that make hair soft, silky and shiny. Apply a dime- sized amount after washing or wetting hair if you’re not washing your hair that day. Simply spread it through your hair and comb through your head. Argan oil will not make dry hair greasy, but will instead help hair to slowly absorb moisture from the oils, giving it a soft sheen and silky feel.
* Don’t brush your hair so much! Finger comb your hair to prevent breakage from brushes. Finger-combing your hair can help distribute natural oils from your scalp, down to your hair shafts so you create a natural moisture treatment, just with your hands!
* Try using two types of conditioner in the shower, one being a regular conditioner to compliment normal shampooing, and then use a second conditioner such as an thicker and heavier conditioning hair mask treatment in the shower.
* Many popular brands offer ingredients like avocado oil, shea butter, or olive oil in their shampoos and conditioners. Avoid brands that have too many chemicals or drying agents such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can harm your hair. Buy one without sulfates if possible.
* Don’t dye your hair. Give it any chemical treatments or the like. Your hair needs rest and conditioning. That’s it.
* Keep the water temperature warm or lukewarm — a hot shower can expand the hair cuticle, allowing pigment molecules to escape — and don’t feel compelled to shampoo daily if you don’t have to, since detergents can prematurely fade dye.
* You don’t have to get all gussied up for your colorist, but do wash your hair within 24 hours of arrival. Most pros only cleanse your hair post color, so sweat, sticky styling products, and even spray tanning can tamper with how well the pigment molecules adhere to your hair shaft
* After you color your hair red or brown, hold off on lathering up for 48 hours, since it takes about two days for dyes to neutralize. You want to ensure the dye fully deposits and settles properly without being disturbed by shampoo detergent. If you’re going blonde — which typically entails lightening locks by stripping out color rather than adding it in as you do with reds and browns — you only have to wait 24 hours.
* Apply UV vigilance to your hair. Color-treated tresses are more porous, leaving them extra vulnerable to oxidative damage from the sun, thermal heat, and environmental pollutants like smoke and smog. To safeguard your strands, spray on a broad-spectrum color protector that shields against both UVA and UVB rays.
* Colored hair can act like a sponge, unintentionally soaking up pigments from everyday products, so it’s important for blondes and brunettes to be vigilant about avoiding orange-colored shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Sunning, swimming, and showering can also strip your new shade — protect your investment by spritzing on a UV-protective spray, using a shower filter, and rinsing tresses with fresh water before diving into the pool, which limits absorption of color-changing chlorine.
* Don’t let that perfect shade of scarlet go right down the drain. If you live in an area with hard water — according to the United States Geological Survey, the majority of us do — outfit your showerhead with a purification system to filter out dulling mineral deposits and chlorine, which rob vibrant reds of their va-va-voom.
* Before you even turn on the faucet, use the pads of your fingers to gently massage your scalp using a technique that mimics squeezing an orange. Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner loaded with rice or wheat protein, which strengthens and expands the diameter of the hair shaft. And remember, your roots are naturally hydrated by scalp oils, so only condition ends. To rid your mane of dulling product buildup, use a clarifying shampoo up to twice a month.
* To pump up the volume, eschew sticky hairspray and set your style with a starch-based dry shampoo, which is formulated to zap slippery sebum and lift hair right at the roots. Swear off styling products loaded with heavy waxes and silicones, which will only make lifeless locks look more languid.
* When you don’t have time to shower, soak up excess oil with a spray- or brush-on dry shampoo. Scan the label for corn, rice, or oat starches, which are powerful sebum-absorbers that won’t leave behind a chalky residue like talc-based powders do.
* To camouflage a receding or thinning hairline, ask your stylist to snip soft side-swept bangs. This flattering fringe frames the face, creates the illusion of fullness, shortens a high forehead, and draws attention to your eyes.
* Don’t let wilted locks keep you from wearing your hair down; add tousled texture in minutes. Spritz dry hair with a saltwater beach spray and create two-inch-wide braids around your head, securing the ends with clips or elastics. Grab a flatiron and run it over each braid, then undo the plaits, flip your head upside down, and finger-comb from root to tip. Finish with a shot of invisible dry shampoo, which sponges up any excess grease so your style stays lively all day long.
* One way to create the illusion of a thicker head of hair is to add dimension with highlights and lowlights. Another reason to consider color is that dye pigments temporarily volumize the hair shaft by absorbing oil and sealing the cuticle.
* Post shower, comb through a volumizing mousse and allow hair to air dry no more than 20 percent, otherwise your mane becomes harder to manipulate. Using a boar-bristle brush, flip your head upside down; hold the brush in your dominant hand and the blow-dryer in your nondominant hand, and direct hot air toward roots for maximum movement. Once hair is 75 percent dry, straighten up and focus on front layers.
* To create big, bouncy waves in super-straight hair, grasp a clamp-free curling iron and hold it upright. Starting on the left side of your head, wind a one-inch section of hair around the iron’s barrel, rotating counter-clockwise; hold for 10 seconds. When twisting tendrils on the right side of your head, wind strands clockwise.
* Moisture is the name of the game when it comes to parched, bristly tresses, so opt for products laden with nourishing proteins and ceramides designed to deliver deep hydration. Skip piping-hot showers, which will only expand the hair shaft, allowing moisture to escape, and don’t wash when you don’t need to — your natural scalp oils will help slake your hair’s thirst.
* To fix breakage and split ends moisture daily heat styling with a flatiron, curling iron, or blow-dryer takes its toll on tresses, sapping moisture and weakening strands, which can lead to dullness, brittleness, and dreaded split ends. Instead of giving hot tools the cold shoulder, protect your mane with a thermal styling spray containing hydrolyzed wheat protein to repair gaps along the hair shaft, and jojoba oil, which smoothes the cuticle and helps ward off UV rays. Simply spritz it on damp hair, then style as usual.
* Slathering on a traditional rinse-off conditioner may not offer enough moisture for extra-dry locks. To heighten hydration, add a leave-in treatment to your daily lineup. Look for a product packed with protein — which is the building block of hair — and comb a quarter-size amount through damp tresses from root to tip.
* To soften scorched strands, wet your hair with warm water, massage in a deep-conditioning treatment loaded with olive oil or hydrolyzed elastin, and tuck tresses into a shower cap.
* To treat and prevent dandruff single out a shampoo and weekly scalp mask formulated with piroctone olamine, which relieves itching, and benzalkonium chloride, which helps to control and prevent future outbreaks.