Having a good hair depends on a bunch of different factors: Everything from your workouts, to how you sleep, to your scalp’s production of natural oils, or sebum, impacts your strands’ quality of life. But, there are a few things that essentially hold true for everyone. We tapped hair stylist extraordinaire Halli Bivona from the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman for her advice about how to best nurture a Gisele-like ‘do.
When to wash your hair?
Fine hair: Ones in two days work best. This way it won’t get too greasy, but you’re still allowing your natural oils to coat and nourish the hair.
Medium to coarse hair: Anywhere from every third day to once a week. Thicker hair takes longer to absorb natural oils and appears less greasy over time than its finer hair counterparts. Bivona recommends doing a deep conditioning masque once a week for 15 minutes or longer.
Chemically damaged hair: Bivona recommends washing hair based on its texture, but leaving conditioners in overnight. Tie up your locks and put a shower cap on while sleeping—this way you’ll protect your pillow and your natural heat will warm the conditioning treatment, which allows it to penetrate the cuticle layer and give a really deep conditioning.
How much product to use for your hair?
Two quarter size helpings of shampoo will give you a good lather, and the same goes for conditioner. Work the product from your ends to your roots and let sit for a few minutes. Most of the people don’t rinse their conditioner out properly, which can compromise the blowout. Adding an extra minute or so to your rinse will ensure that you’ve washed out everything.
When to cut your hair?
Shoulder length and shorter: To maintain that precise length, you need to get a cut every 4-6 weeks.
Below shoulders: Trim every 8 weeks.
Insider tip: Bivona has been noticing a resurgence of women with long hair who avoid haircuts for fear of loss of length. But, as a hairdresser may have told you, it actually does more harm than good. The longer you leave a cut untouched, the more split ends you’ll accumulate. Split ends, then begin to travel further up your hair follicle, which can cause more dryness and damage. To avoid damaging long hair, get a cut once a season or every 8 weeks.
When to cut out hot tools?
It’s okay to use hot tools a few times a week, but if you use them every day, you are definitely causing damage.
Insider tip: Use a heat protestant serum or spray any time you’re styling your hair. A lot of tools go up to 450 degrees, but the hotter the tool; the less time you need it to achieve your desired look.
When to color your hair?
A single process: Every 4 weeks.
Highlights: Every 6-8 weeks.
Insider tip: “I love a little root with highlights,” Bivona says. “I feel that it adds some contrast to the hair while also protecting it from over-processing.”
Tips to prevent hair loss
Don’t wash your hair every day
Stop washing your hair daily. This makes your hair dry and frizzy. The harmful chemicals in shampoo make your hair dry and also lead to dry scalp. Thus, try this rising with water, scrubbing the scalp and conditioning at the end is the most important precautions to be followed while washing your hair. It is better to have a head bath for every alternative day. You can have a hair wash for every 2 – 3 days. This won’t risk your stripping and is natural protective oil that keeps you shiny and healthy. Don’t over wash your hair that can dull the vibrancy of your hair color.
Stop using too much conditioner
Apply conditioner at the end of your hair wash, as it keeps your hair hydrated, but don’t apply on the scalp. The amount and the size of a dime are trying to disperse them evenly throughout the hair. This can disperse evenly the hair. This helps to protect your hair from dust and pollution.
Never use a deep conditioner
You should not choose a deep conditioner as it can dry and damage your hair. This causes split from coloring or heat styling. The color processes your hair with a deep conditioner as a week leading up to with a chemical process. This helps to prepare your hair for battle and seal the hair cuticle to prevent breakage.
Doesn’t brush wet hair
Wet hair is weaker and dry and this helps to treat it carefully. The worst and tug a brush is by forcing tangles. Try brushing your hair before hopping in the shower to work out knots and air out the roots. Use a wide toothed comb to work the conditioner through your strands. Use a comb to work out tangles from the bottom that works your way up to the roots for least damage.
Do not rub your wet hair with a towel
The worst thing that you don’t vigorously rub is with a towel. Gently blot instead of roughing your hair with dry towel. Blotting will not rough the cuticle that causes frizz. Use a paper towel to dry your hair. Thus, the gentlest method stops rubbing wet hair with a dry towel to protect your hair.