Unknowingly, I’ve been going through a haircare revamp the past few months. A few tweaks here and there have left me with a great routine that leaves me with more beautiful hair with less damage in less time.
Given my particular routine may be less applicable for certain hair types, today’s post will share my top 8 ways for revamping your mane.
- Invest in the right products. I was always a believer that hair responds better to changing products, so I would go from one premium drugstore brand to another. When I had my hair coloured a few weeks ago, my stylist suggested I use the Essential Repair line by Pureology and I was shocked by the $30/bottle price tag! How can shampoo cost that much?? Does it contain gold particles? I found it for $25/bottle at a small beauty supply store near my place, and had my doubts it would be worth it. While it’s hard to say it’s revamped my hair on its own, I have found my hair to feel healthier, look shinier, and stay cleaner longer. I’m not suggesting you break the bank on your hair products, but recommend being deliberate in choosing the right ones for your hair type and listen to what professionals recommend. Even choosing the right shampoo for your hair texture (fine, thick, curly, etc.) can go a long way in giving you the results you’re looking for.
- Treat your hair’s needs. If you’re using product in your hair (dry shampoo, mousse, etc.), you may want to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove build up and get your hair squeaky clean (more about that here). Those with dry and/or colour treated hair may want to pick up a mask or treatment, too to use on a weekly basis.
- Don’t be afraid to use heat… I used to blow dry my hair only once or twice a year, since I figured that using a flat iron and curling wand were already a lot of heat. Now, when my hair is about 90% dry, I spray some volumizing spray at my roots (like AG’s Big Wigg) and blow dry the crown (often with my head upside down to maximize volume) and any damp patches. This gives my hair extra va-va-voom and speeds up the drying process.
- …but use it in a targeted way. As I mentioned above, waiting until your hair is mostly dry will help cut down on blow dry damage. Another huge shift for me has been combining my flat iron and curling routine into one. Now, I curl my hair with a curling iron without flat ironing it first. Not only does this cut down on time and reduce another step of heat styling, but it maintains a ton of natural volume and bounce. My hair now has the volume my stylist achieves when blow drying it at the salon.
- Use the right hair spray. I love a flexible hold hairspray for my overall style as it provides hold without crunchiness, but use a firm hold hairspray for my roots if I am going to be teasing them.
- Perfect your styling routine. I wear my hair wavy or with loose curls about 90% of the time and used to use a clipless wand to achieve this look. While the technique worked relatively well, I found most of the volume to dissipate in a day. I recently watched this YouTube video by MissMaven.com and have adopted her curling technique. It gives me more polished curls, incredible hold, and gorgeous volume. I also love how it uses a more affordable tool, and one that is more fool-proof to use!
- Style your hair with a centre part. This way, if you choose to wear it parted in the centre your sides will be symmetrical, and if you part it on the side, you’ll get extra volume at the roots.
- Comb through your style with a wide tooth comb. This will help blend the curls/waves and/or polish your look without brushing out the style. You can repeat this throughout the duration of your style too, to add more shine and loosen up your curls/waves if you have them.
I hope those tips help you revamp your haircare routine and give your locks a boost! What is your #1 haircare tip?