Tuesday, December 12

How To Manage Unmanageable Hair

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How does one manage hair that is unmanageable?  It helps to be blessed with a respectable amount of hairstyling ability, or to at least have a budget that allows you to hire your own personal stylist.  Unfortunately, most of us do not have these luxuries and are forced to fight our daily hair battles ourselves.  Taming unruly tresses may seem like a challenge, but these five tips will help you win the war against unmanageable hair.

1.  Get the right cut for your hair type.  The top reason why women struggle with their hairstyle is because they have chosen a cut or style that is wrong for their hair type.  If you have naturally curly hair and ask your stylist to give you a sleek angled bob, for example, don’t expect your hair to look the way it did when you left the salon without putting a considerable amount of work into it.  When getting your hair cut, make sure to ask the stylist just how much maintenance is involved in keeping the style.

2.  Use the right products.  If styling products were unimportant, there would be far fewer bottles on your salon’s retail shelves.  Every styling product is formulated to work best on certain hair types.  The world of beauty is filled with wonderful potions and products, including sprays, gels, mousses, pomades, pastes, waxes, serums, creams, and much, much more.  With so many product options available, there will surely be something that works for you.  If you need help picking out a product, ask your stylist.  They are trained in this sort of thing!

3.  Use the right tools.  Different styling tools will provide different results.  If you have super fine hair, for instance, don’t expect to get a ton of volume by using a straightening iron.  Those with unmanageable hair may find that all it takes to tame their locks is a change in styling tools.  If curling irons don’t get the job done, try hot rollers.  If blowdrying doesn’t work, try letting the hair dry naturally. 

4.  Know your hair’s limitations.  You just may have to face the fact that your hair just isn’t capable of doing what you want it to do.  Making your hair look good isn’t always a matter of making the hair comply with your wishes.  Sometimes it’s simply a matter of working with your hair rather than against it.

5.  Become chemically dependent.  Salons have come a long way from the days when chemical services consisted only of bleach, perms, and dye.  Most quality salons have several chemical texturizing services, such as Brazilian straightening, Japanese straightening, keratin treatments, and other services that are designed to remove some or all unwanted curl or to change the hair’s texture.  These types of services are specifically designed to make hair more manageable.

Virtually every type of unmanageable hair can be fixed by one or more of the tips mentioned above.  If you are unsure which option is best for you, consult a professional.  Most professional stylists will gladly take the time to talk to you and answer your questions free of charge.   

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