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, how about a dirty dozen of cool ideas or what we’re calling the “Golden Rules for Gorgeous Hair”. They can easily put dangerously hot hair within your reach.
Why Your Hair Needs Heat To Look It’s Hottest
Ever wonder why heat does wonders for your tresses?
Well believe it or not 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 it more receptive to straightening or curling. Interesting, huh?
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 but still let you get the desired styling affect.
Which is why investing in tools with adjustable thermostats is a must so you can adjust for your hair type.
I mean think about. Fine strands require lower heat to get the same results as coarser or curly tresses.
The stylist trick to remember is to avoid disrupting the style when your locks are in cool down mode. Which means you don’t want to fuss with them at all until they have cooled completely.
No Unprotected Hot Styling
We all do it.
We are all guilty of using hot styling tools on strands not thermal protected.
It’s risky because any steam you see rising from your hair could well be your mane literally going up in smoke.
For sure you are frying it in a some way.
Hair so abused will eventually be anything but soft and shiny. For sure it won’t be hot. So any ideas for using the right product that acts literally like a heat shield between the tool and your strands.
Cut Back On This Kind Of Heat Too
Can we agree dry hair doesn’t look fetching at any length?
So if you want your mane to look smokin’ hot avoid hot showers. That means no standing with your head under the shower letting all that heat sap the moisture out of your locks.
You know what that does to your skin. (That’s why God invested hyper-moisturizing lotions like Itch Defense.)
Well that hot water does pretty much the same to your mane. That’s right. It sucks the moisture right out of it.
So don’t just stand there.
It also can’t hurt to do this.
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 with a cold shot from your blow dryer.
One other way to gloss things up is to use a shine spray applied on damp strands just before you blow dry it.
Which Bangs Boost Your Look Every time?
Many stylist feel long side swept bangs are the closest to a styling sure thing as 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 however and they’ll go all wonky 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.
Five Secrets to a Professional Blow Out at Home
Here’s five top pro tips for a blowout done at home that looks good the first day and beyond.
- First use a powerful dryer to get the job done fastest. Attaching a concentrator gets you bonus points.
- After having let your mane 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 smooth sleek strand at their finest.
- Three, to refresh your second day strands 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 lightly over your locks to calm things down.
Long Hair Begs For Layers
Okay not always. But some feel long hair that’s all the same length is boring.
Besides fine, thin tresses of 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.
Don’t Let Shampooing Become Routine
I know it’s not true that hair gets used to a shampoo so it stops working.
But it is true your locks have different needs at different times that can be best met by different shampoos.
So a creamy moisturizing shampoo is great when you things feel 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 take care to find a hair type appropriate cleanser for everyday use.
Time To See What Condition My Condition(er) Was In
Conditioner is a terrible thing to waste. Yet many do it every day.
Which is to say two mistakes are common with conditioner.
One, you dilute the product. Don’t do that because that’s where the waste comes in. Diluted product equals disappointing results. For that reason gently towel dry your mane before applying product to avoid watering it down.
Two, start at the bottom applying to the oldest, most stressed and damaged parts of your strands first. Mid-strand down is the perfect target. Then comb through.
Applying too high on your head risks creating limp lifeless weighed down strands that just cling to your head. Not a pretty picture.
Drink Up: Deep Condition to Hydrate
Do anything to your hair, and by anything I mean blow dry, flat iron, color or highlight and deep conditioning has to be nonnegotiable.
Under those circumstances you must deep condition if you have any hope of maintaining healthy mane.
You want a conditioner that will coat and seal to fill in any pits your strands may have picked up from heat abuse.
To achieve that you should look for protein (keratin) and silicon (ends in -icone) laden conditioners. Styling experts would also recommend any deep conditioner for damaged hair be focused on those thirsty ends regularly to keep them in the best shape possible.
So go deep for locks that are healthy, smooth and shiny.
Dust Off Those Splits
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 chop swaths off.
In fact if you have your stylist just 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.
Take Your Hair In For a Good Glossing
Got color treated hair?
Spent too much time frolicking in the sun or with your legs dangling in the pool or the ocean?
Then sounds like your locks might could use a shine boost. Or a little something to boost the color if it’s fading prematurely and doesn’t it always fade prematurely?
Gloss, color glaze or glaze treatment can bring your color back to life while giving you blindingly glossy locks – or something like that.
Still gloss or glaze – which is which?
Glaze is like a top coat on your nails in a way. It’s good for maybe 10-14 days. You know a quick boost?
While most glosses actually penetrate the cuticle of your strands smoothing out the surface – hence the added shininess. In addition to bringing on the shine glosses can adjust the tone too to both enhance and revitalize the color.
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.
The point is to match your color with the season.
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 color love.
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.
So that’s your quick list of golden ways to get your most amazing, hot, sexed up hair ever!