Six Hair Resolutions You Are Sure to Keep
Be regular with haircuts
Depending on the length, it’s best to get a trim or full haircut every four to eight weeks. Waiting longer between cuts can make hair look frumpy, frayed, and fuzzy from split ends, while the original cut loses its style and intended shape.
Shampoo and condition correctly
Shampoo is designed to cleanse your scalp, conditioner nourishes the strands, and strengthen your hair. On wet hands, lather the shampoo and apply to the scalp, massaging the whole scalp before rinsing thoroughly. Squeeze out excess water before applying conditioner—it dilutes the product and its effectiveness. Starting at the ends, apply conditioner and work toward the scalp. Let the conditioner soak in for the recommended amount of time, then rinse thoroughly. While seemingly simple, taking short cuts can result in limp, dull, and difficult-to-manage hair.
Use a heat protectant
Damage from hot tools is one of the most common and avoidable hair concerns. The high temperature of blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can cause the outside layer of your hair to swell, making it appear dull, frizzy, and dry looking. Products like DESIGNLINE Hot Stop Style Primer or Redken Pillow Proof Primer Spray are designed to protect your hair, keeping it healthy and free from hot tool damage.
Choose the right brush
The brush you use makes a big difference in achieving the look you want. Want more volume? Use a vent brush. Choose a round brush for lift, wave, and curl. A paddle brush is great for directing and preparing long hair for a smooth look. Not sure what’s right for you? Just ask your stylist.
Go for a treatment
While the chemicals used today for color and texture are much less damaging than the ones used years ago, there is some level of damage every time they are used on your hair. Professional salons like SmartStyle offer Redken Chemistry Shot Treatments—or similar hair treatments—that nourish hair, protect color, and deeply condition to keep your hair heathy and lush.
Don't try this at home!
Correcting at-home hair coloring gone wrong is one of the most common guest requests. The cost to fix a bad at-home color treatment can be as much as two to three times more than if you'd just had the color done professionally the first time. So instead of trying to save money by doing it at home, leave color services to the professionals.