Keeping your hair healthy and happy can be a total struggle. Unfortunately, when it comes to caring for your hair there is no magic solution because everyone’s hair has individual needs. When creating a haircare routine a good place to start is by getting specific with your hair type and trying things that compliment it. Fine, wavy, or curly locks, we are breaking down the details on each to help you reach all your hair goals.
When you are working with fine hair you have to be careful with the cut. Details matter and a bad cut is far more noticeable on this hair type. That being said, don’t shy away from getting a trim (or a full-blown chop – do you!) because it can truly make all the difference. Adding some soft layers will help give you some bounce and dimension. Another tip is to ask for a dry cut. When cutting your dry the stylist can really see the movement and weight of the hair, making it an ideal choice for fine haired beauties.
The Way You Should Wash:
If you have fine hair you probably aren’t one to go days on end without a wash. Generally speaking, fine hair gets oilier faster. This is simply due to the fact that the hair is smoother and less porous than coarser hair types, causing oils to sit more visibly on top. The key to washing fine hair is to strategically place your products. A volumizing shampoo should be focused on the roots and massaged in. Conditioner should be used sparingly and only on the lower third of the hair. Conditioning the hair is going to soften it, but also flatten it, if volume is the goal, just keep it to your thirsty ends.
Styling Tips & Tricks
When styling fine hair, it all comes down to product choices. In general, you should be staying away from anything oil based, and instead, go for more lightweight options. Things like mouse, sea-salt spray, texturing mist, or dry shampoo are going to help add hold to your hair without weighing it down.
With naturally wavy hair it is important to get a cut that works with your texture. You want to accentuate the bends and curves and minimize the frizz. Head to the salon with un-styled hair, so your hairdresser can see the natural wave patterns and cut with them in mind. A wet or dry cut will work for this hair type. Just be sure to communicate with your stylist about your hair habits (do you wash it every day, do you use heat tools, how do you wear it typically) so they can create a custom cut that fits your lifestyle.
The Way You Should Wash
The perfect wavy hair starts in the shower and it is all about adding moisture. There has been an entire movement called co-washing that completely forgoes shampoo altogether. That’s an option, but for wavy hair, we recommend using a very gentle shampoo at the roots 2-3 times a week and then a deeply hydrating conditioner on the lower two-thirds of your head. Bring a wide tooth comb into the shower and lightly rinse some of the conditioner out of your hair. With some of the product remaining, gently untangle any knots with the comb, then rinse thoroughly. This will help separate and define your waves and save you from brushing your dry hair and creating frizz.
Styling Tips & Tricks
Adding product to accentuate your natural wave is an absolute must. Look for a styling cream that will help bring your waves to a whole new level and scrunch it into wet hair so it can dry with the product. Sleeping on damp hair will bring out even more texture naturally (and without any heat damage!). Sea salt and texturizing sprays will help you achieve that piecey windswept look, and a good dry shampoo will extend your days between washes.
Cutting curly hair is a skill and you want to be sure to find a hairdresser that has experience in it. No two curls are alike, and your cut should be individualized to work with your natural curl pattern. Asking for gentle layers will take off some weight from the top of your head and provide a ton of movement and bounce. A word of warning, keep away from any razors or thinning sheers since they will add frizz to your ends and never let a stylist straighten your hair before the cut.
The Way You Should Wash:
The amount of washing for your hair is going to depend on your curl type. Tight curls can shampoo or co-wash every few days to a week, kinky curl types can co-wash weekly and deep cleanse with shampoo about once a month. The key is to listen to your curls and if they feel dry, dial it back on the washing. Now, this doesn’t mean your hair can’t get wet, just co-wash and rinse more and use less shampoo. When using conditioner be sure to really work it through each strand and use your fingers to gently detangle as you go along.
Styling Tips & Tricks:
Curls love hydration so having some go-to products is essential. Oil is a great way to add shine, separation, and definition to each curl and can be used on wet or dry hair. Apply products immediately after your shower, scrunching it throughout the wet strands and then be very gentle with your curls as they form. Use a cotton shirt to soak up excess moisture and if pressed for time grab a diffuser and use the coolest setting to limit the damage. Refrain from touching your curls too much as they set and avoid brushes at all costs. This will help the curl patterns sit naturally and minimize frizz.
We know that keeping your hair in amazing shape can sometimes feel like a fulltime job, but know that you are not alone and help can be found. Half the battle in keeping your hair in great shape is finding that magic salon and hairdresser combo. You need a place that you feel comfortable and a stylist who understands your specific needs and collaborates with you. Book your next appointment with Rinse to get individualized treatments and a cut tailored to your specific hair type, every time.