It requires a great deal of faith and fondness to entrust your whole head to another human being. And let's be honest: anybody heavily attached to their hair generally has a healthy, beautiful relationship with their hair stylist. After all, you're spending what will surely add up to countless hours with this hair magician! As much as you want to spend time with your favorite person on the planet, it's in everyone's best interest if you can find ways to prolong visits as much as possible. Not only will you make their job easier, but the health of your hair will likely improve on top of you saving a few more bucks. Here's how to make it happen.
Avoid heat styling as much as possible.
It's a tedious pain in the butt, but nixing heat styling products helps keep your hair shinier and healthier for longer. The less heat you use on your hair, the less damage there will be. Dry shampoo is always a good bet to extend styles between washes. We know some girls who only wash once per week and they have gorgeous strands with the use of products like IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo.
Find the right products for your hair, and invest in them.
The next time you see your stylist, ask them if there are any products you can be using to make styling more manageable for a longer amount of time. If you are able to select a few that function as multiple styling products at once, it's a double win. For instance, the Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream adds strength and moisture, helps straighten out hair over time, and protects from heat up to 450°. Seriously, it's a gamechanger when you can't get in to the salon right away.
Get treatments as often as you style.
The good news here is that there are treatments you can get during your regular visit to your stylist that will hydrate/condition your hair while you process (say wha?!). If you're bleaching, it's even more pertinent that you do some reparation as soon as possible, if not during your appointment then at home. If your stylist even mentions the word "Olaplex" to you, take them up on it immediately, or snag some for yourself to use at home - it's considered to be the holy grail of hair repair.
Turn down the temperature.
Generally speaking, your heat appliances should have a temperature option that you can choose. There's no real reason to turn that knob any higher than 350° for a few reasons: first, the higher temperature will not make your hair style faster. Second, your heat styling products won't be as effective against super high temperatures. And third, it will more likely damage your hair and create more work for your stylist.
Experiment with quick root fixes.
No use running to the salon when you've only got a few gray or natural strays coming in. There are so many root retouch options depending on your preference of sprays, powders, or liquids, just pick your poison.
Know when it's time.
Other than the general lack of satisfaction with your locks, there are a few telltale signs that you gotta go back. If it's taking longer and longer to style your hair due to split ends and breakage, then it's time. If your strands are falling flat or if your shorter cut is turning into a bubble, it's time to cut. If you're constantly wearing your hair up to avoid dealing with whatever mess your 'do is doing, then it's time to go back.
So when should I book my appointment?
For those who have stylists that are booked out for months at a time, you probably do what to book out ahead of time so that you're not waiting 6 months to get your hair done. Generally speaking, we recommend visiting your stylist between 4-8 weeks depending on the type of haircut and color you have. If you're wanting something that can last for longer amounts of time, tell your stylist and see what they can do for you.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.