Your locks can be your most prized and sometimes best feature. You want to maintain that by insuring that your hair is healthy and well looked after. However, do you dread the thought of spending hundreds of dollars each month at a salon just to maintain your hair’s perfect style? Do you refuse to wake up early each morning just to prepare your hair for the world outside your front door?
You want to make sure your hair stays healthy and is easy to maintain. You also want to keep those grays at bay, if and when they show up, and find a style that you love and suits you and your low maintenance, low-budget lifestyle.
Well, look no further. The following are some of the best-kept secrets to maintain your hair’s color, style and health, while still sticking to a low maintenance routine and budget.
The 8 Top Low Maintenance Secrets to Perfect Hair
Before we delve into the 8 secrets, the first thing that you must focus on to give the best for your hair and its health, is to get to know your hair. When you understand your hair’s characteristics, then you can choose the best products and techniques for your hair type. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What is your hair’s texture? Fine? Medium? Coarse? This is important as it can influence coloring your hair. Hair that is fine absorbs colors easier compared to course hair which can be more resistant.
- What is your hair prone to? Do have challenges with your hair being oily? Dry? Brittle? Do you suffer from split ends? Thinning hair? Is it too thick? Does it Lack luster? These qualities that you struggle with can be extremely helpful when choosing the right products for your hair.
- How dense is your hair? This means the number of strands per square inch of your head. You can have a low, medium or high density. An easy way to find out, is when your hair is dry can you see a lot of your scalp? If so, then your density is low. If you see some of your scalp, then your hair has medium density. If you can’t see any scalp or barely any, then your hair has high density.
- What is the porosity of your hair? This refers to how much moisture that your hair can hold onto and absorb. Your hair can have low, medium and high porosity.
Now that you have a better understanding of your hair, it’s time to find out those top 4 low maintenance secrets:
Invest in High-Quality Hair Products
This article is based on spending the least amount of money as possible so why invest in expensive products? Healthy and gorgeous locks all starts with the quality of products that you choose to use. Now that you have a better understanding of all the important characteristics of your hair, you can easily find products that suit your hair type and needs. The main products to invest in and focus on are – a good quality shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner and a dry shampoo. Another product to invest in is a good quality hair serum.
Why a dry shampoo? Using a dry shampoo between regular washes is very beneficial as it absorbs excess dirt and grease in your hair that can weigh it down. This gives your hair that fresh natural look without stepping foot into your shower.
Skip Heat Styling Your Hair
The best thing that you can do for your hair is to avoid using hot tools like hairdryers, curlers and straighteners. This will not only save you time and money but will prevent damage to your beautiful locks. Air drying your hair, if done properly, can help your hair look gorgeous with that natural look. After washing your hair, use the hair serum to keep your hair smooth and at its best and make sure to avoid the 7 mistakes that can come up when air drying your hair.
Use at Home Coloring Kits
Coloring your hair can be a high maintenance routine, however, if you need to color your hair to hide the grays, then using an at home coloring kit can be your best option for a low maintenance, low budget hair routine. Products such as Clairol Root Touchup can be very beneficial when needing a touch-up between your hair coloring appointments or to hide those grays that you want to avoid.
Another option for coloring your hair is to try the popular ombré technique. This option is great as it can allow you to have a new look without all the root touch ups that are required when you are coloring your whole hair.
Don’t forget when using your own at home coloring kept, to follow the 48-hour allergy test on the box to make sure that you have no adverse reactions to the chemicals used.
Avoid Bangs and Short Styles
If you want to avoid frequent trims (unless of course you can trim them yourself) short bangs are a very high maintenance style that takes a lot of time to perfect. If you are the type of person who loves bangs, a similar style could be the longer bang look. This style can be swept to the side of your hair and can grow out with the layers of your hair if you prefer, without having to going under any scissors.
Shorter hair styles should be avoided as well, if you don’t want to go into the salon for frequent trims to maintain the length and shape of your short style.
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If you follow the above tips, you will find that not only will you be saving time and money but you will get to know your hair better and create a low maintenance, low budget routine that is perfect for you, your hair and your lifestyle.