Getting more organized and losing weight tend to be at the top of most people’s New Year’s Resolutions. But starting great habits shouldn’t exclude your beauty routine! If you’ve long lusted after luscious locks yet never seem to take the steps to get there, we’ve got your ultimate guide on the 6 great hairstyling habits to start right now.
1. Schedule Frequent Trims
You’ve heard it 100 times and you’re going to keep hearing it again and again: one of the very first secrets to sultry tresses is keeping them in tip top shape with frequent trims. That means every 6 to 8 weeks ladies, regardless of whether or not you’re growing your hair out. Keeping those ends maintained will make for healthier hair that’s easier to style, too. If you aren’t great at remembering to schedule those trims, book them far ahead of time! So next time you go in for your haircut, go ahead and book the next one right there. Better yet, schedule all of 2013 if you can! How does every 8 weeks at 5pm sound? Like your hair is healthier already.
2. Remember to Deep Condition
You don’t need to condition your hair every day, in fact it’s listed as one of the six bad hairstyling habits you should stop now. But you should make an effort to deep condition your locks at least once a month. It’s one of the great ways to revitalize your hair, especially if it’s color treated or you use hot tools often. An overnight conditioner, hair mask or salon treatment will add some much-needed moisture to your locks, soften the hair and restore shine, too.
3. Be Patient
For a lot of us, the words “patience” and “hairstyling” just don’t mix. We don’t have the patience to wait for curls to set, don’t have the patience to dry it right or don’t have the patience to grow it out and pass through that “in between” phase. A little more patience when it comes to your hair can really go a long way. You only have fabulous hair to gain so why not give it a try this year?! Be a little more patient in all things hair care.
4. Relax with the Hot Tools
If you’re addicted to your curling or flat iron, it’s time to relax, just a little bit! There are plenty of alternative hairstyles that don’t require hot tools. Try some fun braids, a pretty bouffant or the famous top knot. If you still need some more ideas, check out our hairstyle inspiration boards on Pinterest.
5. Swap Out Your Brushes
Be honest: how long have you really had that hair brush? Just like our makeup brushes, tress tools should be swapped out regularly. Brushes full of hair cause frizz and worn bristles can mess with your hair’s cuticle. Just for good measure, make it a habit of changing out your hair brushes every six months.
6. Change Your Shampoo
Did you know that you should be changing your shampoo every few months? Your hair actually benefits from a bit of change every now and then so if you’ve noticed it’s been a bit less manageable than normal, it may be time for a quick shampoo swap.