Gorgeous hair doesn’t happen by accident. Those walking the red carpet may have good genes on their side but you can bet they also have a bevy of stylists, makeup artists and beauty consultants at their side as well. Since you likely don’t have that, the bevy of pros that is, let’s give you (almost) a dirty dozen of cool ideas or what we’re calling the Golden Rules for Gorgeous Hair that can put cute hair within your reach.
Why Your Hair Needs Heat To Look It’s Hottest
Ever wonder why heat does wonders for your hair? Well there’s actually some science behind it. The heat relaxes the hydrogen bonds in your hair allowing you to reset the shape and structure of the strands. This is what makes is more receptive to straightening or curling. Yet too much heat results in strand damage. The trick is to find the right amount heat for your hair type so as not to stress out your mane. Which is why investing in tools with adjustable thermostats is a must. Because fine hair would require lower heat to get the same results as coarser or curly hair would need with higher temps. The stylist trick to remember is to avoid disrupting the style when your hair is in cool down mode. Which means you don’t want to fuss with it until it has cooled completely.
No Unprotected Hot Styling
We all do it. We all use hot styling tools on strands not thermal protected. It’s risky. Because any steam you see rising from your hair is your hair going up in smoke. Well almost. For sure you are frying it in a big way. Hair so abused will be anything but soft and shiny. For sure it won’t be cute. So any ideas for using the right product that acts literally like a heat shield between the tool and your strands.
Five Secrets to a Professional Blow Out at Home
Five top pro tips for a blowout that looks good the first day and beyond done at home. Use a powerful dryer to get the job done fastest. After having let your hair somewhat air dry, but while still damp, make use of a round brush taking at most two inch sections pulled through your brush with the dryer doing its job. This produces hair at its smoothest. Three, to refresh your second day hair spritz with bottled water and blow dry. Use dry shampoo as needed near the roots to clean things up smoothed with a comb. Finally use a drop or two of smoothing cream run over your hair to calm things down.
Coldly Soup Up the Shine
During your shower your cuticles will open up due to the warm water. But to have them all nice and shiny you want them clamped shut. Achieve that by one, rinsing in cold water and two, blasting each just dried section of hair with a cold shot from your blow dryer. One other way to gloss things up is to use a shine spray applied on damp hair just before you blow dry it.
Long Hair Begs For Layers
Some feel long hair that’s all the same length is boring. Besides fine, thin hair being all one length may not do much for the movement or give you much shape to speak of. Which is why layers are suggested. Styling pros would recommend having layers cut in from the bottom of your ears on down. You want some to frame your face and use the rest to remove the bulkiness and weight. This will pump up the volume and add lots of sexy movement while still leaving you with luscious long hair. If you like you can add some highlights to the locks around your face to finish the look.
Elegant Updos Should Look Effortless
The one word to remember when it comes to updos should be “effortless”. The most glorious of these styles, even if your hair is shorter, would best be describe as easy updos for short hair. Yes, easy. In other words leave those complicated, hair sprayed to within an inch of their life creations to prom queens or toddler beauty contest contestants. Surprisingly if you have at least six inches of hair on top and maybe three inches down at the nape of your neck to work with simple and pretty updos can really be yours. Even if your hair is on the shorter side. And remember for best results work with unwashed hair. The texture second day hair has naturally plus and residual styling products offers better hold and less need for cases of hair spray.
Don’t Let Shampooing Become Routine
I know. It’s not true that your hair gets used to a shampoo so it stops working. But it is true your hair has different needs at different times that can be best met by different shampoos. So a creamy moisturizing shampoo is great when you hair feels pretty much normal. Is it starting to look weighed down by product residue? Time for a wash with a clarifying shampoo. Just beware their power and don’t over use. And be sure to find a hair type appropriate one for everyday use.
Drink Up: Deep Condition to Hydrate
Do anything to your hair, and by anything I mean blow dry, flat iron, color or hightlight and deep conditioning has to be nonnegotiable. Under those circumstances you must deep condition if you have any hope of maintaining healthy hair. You want one that coat and seal to fill in any pits your strands may have picked up from heat abuse. So you should look for protein (keratin) and silicon (ends in -icone) laden conditioners. Styling experts would also recommend deep conditioner for damaged hair focusing on those thirsty ends regularly to keep them in the best shape possible.
Dust Off Those Splits
If your hair is hopelessly dry and damaged it’s likely loaded with split ends too. Repair is out of the question. Can’t be done. It’s at moments like this that only time with scissors can help clean up those frayed tips. Most of the time you don’t have to cut swaths of hair off. In fact if you have your stylist do a dusting at regular intervals you can snip off the affected portions without noticeably affecting length. While restoring your hair to the health it once enjoyed.
Fine Tune Hair Color By the Calendar
Don’t you just love the bronzed summer look? Did you know golden skin calls for lighter hair color? Then as the cold and snow descends your skin will not be as tanned so you can go a shade or two darker to bring out the most in your overall look. Remember to also cut first then color. Otherwise you are simply cutting away freshly colored hair. And the last thing you want to do is speed up the fade of your new found color. Cleaners designed for color treated hair are your best bet since they will not suck the color molecules out of the cortex of your strands. Plus cute hats will keep the fast fading rays of the sun from reaching your locks in the first place.
Which Bangs Boost Your Look Every time?
Many stylist feel long side swept bangs are the closest to a hair styling sure thing you can get. I know mine does. Few can go wrong with a fringe like this. Especially if you know that if you want to keep them straight to blow dry them from the side. Hit them head on with a blast of hot air and they’ll go all crazy on you and you’ll never get them to cooperate and lay nice. Another trick is to blow dry them in the opposite direction you wear them. Then flip them for perfect final results.
So that’s a quick list of some golden ways to get your most amazing, shiny sexed up hair ever!