Cosmopolitan leaks 5 secrets your hair stylist won’t tell you.
When a hair dresser can magically transform our hair from frizzy to fabulous in under an hour, we’re pretty prone to listen to whatever they say. But what are they not saying? We had hair experts tell us the top five need-to-know tips that your hair stylist isn’t telling you.
1. You don’t need to get highlights every time you get your hair done.
The reality is if your hair has been highlighted every time its been colored, the chances of overlapping and over processing are greater than not. Try breaking your base instead of highlights when it’s time for your color touch ups. That way, you’ll give your hair a small break while saving money and looking color fresh.
2. Skipping conditioning treatments at the salon is totally fine.
Conditioning treatments aren’t bad, especially on damaged hair, however, over conditioning with expensive treatments can sometimes leave you with a big bill at check out time. Try requesting the moisturizing conditioners that are complimentary with your shampoo and ask to be sit under the dryer for 5 to 10 minutes. Compare to see if there’s a real difference in the way your hair feels after.
3. It’s OK to mix expensive and cheapo products.
Just because you love a high-end shampoo with a double-digit price tag doesn’t mean you have to use the same brand of conditioner, hairspray, serum, etc. Your stylist might try to push the whole line on you, saying they work best together, but it’s totally fine to save cash by splurging on one haircare item and hitting the drugstore for the rest.
4. Your hair won’t grow faster if you trim it.
But the truth is your hair won’t look as good as you’re growing it out if you let too much time lapse between cuts. So just be sure to tell your stylist you want it to grow longer — that way she can trim only a little bit to keep it healthy, but she’ll know to preserve as much of the length as possible.
5. You don’t have to shampoo your hair every day if it’s curly or wavy.
The “wash and wear” haircut and the daily shampoo are really only needed if you have really fine hair. If your hair is wavy or curly, it tends to be a little drier, so you really shouldn’t shampoo every day.
Sources: Got2b celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims and Redken hairstylist Rodney Cutler.