You get a blowout every other week, and you shampoo, condition, and mask religiously—yet your hair, defiant as it is, never seems to reach bombshell status, à la Blake or Gisele. It’s enough to make any woman want to tear her strands out at the injustice of it all (or worse, go for the emotional chop, and wallow in a pile of regret afterward). But before you reach for the shears, allow us to interject—a few simple changes are all it takes to help your hair reach its full potential. Keep flipping to find out what they are!
If your strands stay dry and frizzy no matter what you do, the sulfates hiding in your shampoo could be to blame. Sulfates give you that satisfying lather and squeaky-clean feel, but they can be extremely drying. Curly-haired girls especially should consider sulfate-free shampoos.
A shower cap seems harmless enough—but it could be the secret cause for your limp strands. “Shower caps are great, but I feel they tend to flatten your hair and cause your head to sweat,” Blo Blow Out Bar partner David Babaii says (the other partner happens to be the always well-tressed Gwyneth Paltrow). “A cotton towel allows your head to breathe,” he adds. Babaii suggests wrapping your hair in a small, cotton towel before showering to keep any moisture and humidity from seeping into your ’do between blowouts.
In case you haven’t heard, the silicones that make your hair so smooth and shiny post-shampoo and conditioning can also build up over time. Enter: residue city. To restore your hair to its natural state and remove buildup, incorporate a clarifying shampoo (like Klorane’s much-loved formula) into your hair routine. (Ouidad makes a creamy clarifying version for curly-haired girls as well!)
Think scrunchies are passé? Your hair doesn’t agree. “As we all know, your hair can become a tangled mess while you’re sleeping,” hairstylist Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo says. “Since rubber hair elastics break your hair and leave unwanted creases on your locks, what’s a girl to do? Putting your hair up in a fabric, cloth scrunchie is the perfect way to keep your locks in line.” He suggests wrapping your hair up in a high bun at the crown of your head and using a scrunchie to secure it to make your blowout last longer and keep your strands kink-free.
In case you didn’t know, hair dryers need to be cleaned. If they aren’t, then dust and lint builds up in the vent and causes them to overheat—bad news for your already damaged strands. Follow the instruction manual for directions on how to clean your dryer—though we think a toothbrush always does the trick.
Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, learn how to air-dry your hair like a total pro.