Go longer between haircuts, keep hair healthy and shiny
If you can’t get to a hair salon and it’s going to be a while until you get a haircut, you’ll want to adopt these tips. Aurora Cowie, Hair Stylist at Navigate Salon filled us in on a few things we need to do (or not do) to prevent frizzy ends and hair breakage.
1. Apply a pre-shampoo treatment to your ends 2-3x per week before getting in the shower
The ends of your hair is the oldest on your head and therefore the most dry. Coconut oil acts as a protector to prevent your ends from drying out further from washing with shampoo. How to use: On dry hair, apply warm coconut oil directly onto your hair ends. Put your hair up in a shower cap or towel and leave on for 20-30 minutes before shampooing.
2. Avoid scrubbing your ends with shampoo
While in the shower, focus your attention on your roots and scalp (which is the oiliest part), not your ends. Unnecessary scrubbing of your hair ends and midsection can lead to further breaking and frizziness.
3. Be gentle when drying your hair and use a microfiber towel
Microfiber towels are extremely absorbent and help dry hair quickly, without additional abrasiveness. If you don’t have a microfiber towel, use the softest towel you have (like a beach towel) and gently squeeze and pat hair dry.
4. Do not brush your hair when it’s wet
Hair is more fragile when it’s wet and breaks easily. Avoid brushing your hair while in the shower or immediately after to prevent unnecessary damage. Instead, allow your hair to air dry and wait to use a conventional brush until it’s almost dry. Alternatively, you can use a wide-tooth plastic comb while your hair is wet, but make sure to start from the ends and work your way up.
5. Don’t use full heat when styling your hair
High heat will further dry out your hair and cause frizziness. Allow your hair to dry at least 80% before blow-drying to cut back on drying time, and the need to use high heat to speed the process up. While blow drying, always focus heat on your roots and not on the ends of your hair. This will further protect your hair from frying and frizziness.
6. Make sure your hair is completely dry before flat ironing
A common mistake people make is to straighten hair while it’s still damp or wet. Hair straighteners apply high heat directly to strands, which when wet, suck out existing moisture and essentially ‘cook’ them. As a result, hair becomes very brittle and prone to breakage. To further protect hair, always use a cream-based (not liquid) heat aid before styling. Liquid products are fine to use before blow-drying, but can dampen hair too much when using a flat iron.