Hair care basics begin by using gentle shampoos and condition your hair regularly. Always follow product instructions of use. Be sure to get your hair soaking wet before applying shampoo. If your hair is dry don’t shampoo too often. Rinse thoroughly.
Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair only. If you want healthy and shiny hair condition your hair 1-2 times a week for half an hour. If you have heavy hair, use a light conditioner.
When styling apply mousse, styling cream, or wax to the hair ends only. Some gels should be put on roots so hair will not be weighted down.
Use a product to remove chemical buildup on hair when changing shampoos and/or conditioners and during the summer with chlorine buildup.
Stay away from trendy styles unless they flatter you. In general, tall and/or young women look better with long hair than short and older women. Long hair makes older women look older unless they wear it up or tied back. Also short women look better with shorter hair styles; the proportion is better. Stiff looking hair is aging.
If you are thinking of trying something new, take a look at the latest fashion magazine(s) and check out what hairstyles are “in”. But only make a change if it will work for your face shape. Discuss your lifestyle and grooming habits with the stylist. Ask for clarification from him or her if you don’t understand what he or she plans to do.
Take into consideration how much time you have to fix your hair each day. If you are busy with little time, opt for a style that is easy to take care of.
Choosing a Stylist
A top salon in your city usually has good stylists. If you see someone with a fabulous hairstyle, ask her who does her hair. Bring a photo(s) of the hairstyle you like with you when you go to the hairdresser. Make sure your hairstylist agrees that your face shape and hair texture are right for the hairstyle you would like to have.
As one ages, usually hair gets lighter. If you color your hair it is better to go lighter around your face verses darker to look more youthful. Highlights or low lights can give you an added lift. Generally, warm tones give the skin a more youthful, healthy glow. You should stay away from one color and extremes. Dark or gray roots never look good. Change the tone and /or color occasionally. Remember less is more.
If you get a bad hair cut go to a good stylist ASAP and get a professional blow dry for a month or two so that you look great on the job, etc.