In the land of women, nothing can be worse than having your heart set on a certain hairstyle and having it not last as long as you'd like. Whether you know it or not, your maintenance routine after a haircut has a huge impact on how fresh your new do lasts. After I decided to go from a shoulder length hairstyle to a short cut last year, I discovered a few things you shouldn't do after getting a haircut that helped me maintain the chic do long after I left the salon.
Maintaining my short cut cost anywhere from $50 to $110 and, at least for me, anything that costs more than a slice of pizza is something I don't want to regret spending. I'm not good at maintaining my hair, so ensuring that I follow every step my stylist provides is imperative for keeping my haircuts fresh and my hair moisturized. Though I'm in the process of growing my hair back out naturally, making sure I visit the salon regularly and keeping up with it after my trims is one of the most important things I have to remember.
If hitting the salon is only your thing when you're looking to change up your look once or twice a year, these seven tricks might help you maintain your look longer or encourage you to visit the chair a little more often.
1. Overwash Your Hair
Depending on your hair type, the frequency of hair washing can change. Washing your hair less often can balance your scalp to produce less oils and keep its natural luster, according to Stylecaster.
2. Keep The Same Hair Care Regimen
According to Good Housekeeping, following your stylist's recommendations for tools, products, and techniques will help keep your new hairdo from getting dull too quickly.
3. Not Ask For Help
While most stylists will offer upkeep tips, some don't. I remember sitting in my stylist's chair bi-weekly for almost three years, and her never telling me how to properly care for my hair once I left the shop. Stylecaster wrote that asking your stylist about certain products and how to use them will save you a lot of trouble when it comes to maintaining your hair after your appointment.
4. Trim Your Own Hair Between Visits
According to InStyle, you shouldn't trim your own hair in between visits as DIYers often aren't equipped with the proper tools to do the job right.
5. Not Manage Your Hair Texture
Knowing whether you have a fine or thick hair texture is extremely important when it comes to maintaining your hair cut. Stylecaster wrote that women with fine hair should have more of a blunt cut to make their hair appear thicker and fuller while women with thicker hair need a balance of bulk and face framing effects.
6. Cut Your Hair Again
Last year after I cut my hair from shoulder length to extremely short, I experienced a horrible haircut from the stylist I trusted. My first instinct was to go to someone else and have them fix it, but, as Stylenoted wrote, trying to get it fixed by cutting your hair again will only have you cutting more hair, thus increasing the chances of you being unhappy. Give it a chance to grow before correcting it, and use the power of a hat to hide the do.
7. Forget To Book Regular Appointments
Whether it's getting layers or completely getting a completely new style cut into your hair, ensuring that you stay on a regular hair schedule with your stylist is a must. The longer you wait in between your appointments, the more maintenance you'll have to do yourself, according to Good Housekeeping.