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Apr 18, 2004
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<H1>Hair Care, Haircut, & Hairstyle Tips

Your hair plays a big factor in determining how you look and perceive yourself. There are no secrets to beautiful hair! With a great cut and style, you'll feel like a million bucks.

You don't have to spend hours on your hairstyles. Here's enough home hair care tips and tricks to deal with problem hair that won't cooperate even on the best of days -- and keep it healthy & shiny.

Basic Hair Care Tips

[*]Avoid excessive blow drying and air dry hair whenever possible. This will help prevent split ends and drying.

[*]Eating a well-balanced diet will ensure healthy, shiny hair.

[*]Hair is most fragile when it's wet, so blot it dry and don't brush it. Use a wide toothed comb and gently pull through from the bottom, up. Better yet, finger-comb it for a fluffy style.

[*]Use only mousses and hair gels without alcohol to avoid a drying affect.

[*]Use shampoo that is PH balanced and designed for your hair type.

[*]Use a clarifying shampoo when you need to remove hair spray and gel build up.

[*]Switch shampoo brands often to avoid build up.

[*]Don't use hot water when shampooing or rinsing your hair.

[*]For static electricity in the Winter, try running a fabric softener sheet through your hair for better control.

[*]Don't believe that theory about brushing your hair 100 strokes every day. That will only cause damage and split ends.

[*]Don't wash your hair every day if it's dry. Shampoo and heat appliances will make it dryer. Who's going to know?

[*]Use a cool setting on your blow dryer. This will take longer, but it will make your hair more shiny and manageable.

[*]If your hair is oily and you don't have time for a wash, rub a dab of baby powder through it. This works better for blonde hair.

[*]After swimming, wash your hair as soon as possible to remove chlorine residue.

Haircut Tips

[*]Trim your hair on a regular basis (every 6-8 weeks) to avoid split ends and fly-aways.

[*]If the ends of your hair (and layers) are getting fuzzy, you're overdue for a trim.

[*]When growing out a bad haircut, utilize accessories, bandanas and hats to your advantage. Make sure you keep it trimmed properly when it's growing out.

[*]Communicate well with your stylist. Tell him/her exactly what you want every time and don't assume they remember how they cut your hair last time.

[*]Don't walk into a salon and tell your stylist that you want a change, or you just want it short. Cut out a few pictures from magazines to let them know what you want. They can tell you if the cut and style isn't right for you.

[*]If you want to cut your long hair short, try doing it gradually to avoid major changes.

Hairstyle Tips

[*]The best stylist is one who treats you with respect and styles your hair the way YOU want it.

[*]Don't be afraid to ask for a referral from someone with a great hair cut and style.

[*]Choose a hairstyle according to your face shape and the texture of your hair. What looks good on one person can be disastrous on another.

[*]To straighten hair, don't use lots of mousse or hair gel and blow dry straight. Use a straightening serum.

[*]Wear a button up shirt to get your special style. This way you don't have to mess up your hair when you change clothes.

[*]In the summer, keep it simple. The more fluff and bounce you have, the more likely you are to have frizz and fly-aways later on.

[*]Always take along hair accessories like pony tail holders and barrettes in case your style flops when you least expect it.

[*]After washing your hair, add some mousse to the roots and blow dry upside down for volume.

[*]For special occasions, don't pick a style that you're not accustomed to. You can choose a style you're comfortable with -- just make small changes or add accessories.

[*]Experiment with your part to find the most flattering location.

[*]Never use a curling iron on damp hair. It will scorch it.

[*]For a tousled style the next day, wash hair the night before and put it up in a messy bun. In the morning, take it down and finger comb.


Feb 17, 2004
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... I add this very important double negative:

Don't forget NOT to go to Fantastic Sam's bec he ain't so fantastic.

Apr 18, 2004
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LOL, it's not the place you go or how much you pay. It is the person behind the chair. Fantastic Sam's is a great place for stylist just coming out of school to learn the ropes. I know a great number of stylist that work there and have worked there for a number of years. I would let them cut my hair. All Fantastic Sam's are diffrent.


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