The buzz in salon design has exploded in the last few years, with new styles popping up like “Dirty Hippy Hair” and the “Feminist Shampoo” for women who want to make their hair appear more feminine.
But there’s one thing you don’t want to do: leave your hair unattached.
“If you’re using a salon product, you’re going to want to keep it in your hair for a certain amount of time,” says Jessica Trosky, a senior stylist at La Maison de Parfum.
If you’re leaving your hair bare, you’ll have to remove your products, or “leave it on.”
Hair stylists recommend that you leave your shampoo in your salon for 10 minutes at a time, or until you can remove it without damaging the product.
And if you’re putting on makeup, it’s best to remove it with a blow dryer.
“That way, when you go in the shower, it won’t be clogged up with product,” Troskys explains.
But that’s not always possible, especially if you have oily skin.
“You’re going into a shower and it’s hot.
And then you’ve got all that oil.
It will be very clumpy,” she says.
So to help you get the most out of your hair, it makes sense to put on a simple, straight razor.
If using a straight razor, the tips of the blades will go down the length of your scalp.
But if you want to shave, you need to cut your hair straight or use a razor that has a “slant,” which makes the blade angle up, or downward.
If your hair is short and you want your hair to be straight, it might be best to use a comb or a hair brush to cut the hair.
Hair products can also be left on your hair overnight, for as long as you want it.
“When you put your hair on, you want the product to sit on your scalp and not over it,” says Trosksy.
And as soon as you’ve shaved, put your brush down and wash your hair.
“This is the way it’s supposed to be done,” she adds.
Troski says that you can use products from a range of companies, including Jo Malone, Kala, and The Honest Company.
But make sure you use one with a good bar of soap that you don to prevent clogging.
“The best thing you can do with a bar of shaving soap is just wash it with water and you’re good to go,” she explains.
If the product doesn’t feel clumpy, you can brush your hair again, but you’ll need to take it off with a towel or washcloth.
And to make sure the hair doesn’t dry out, you may want to dry it out on a towel.
“For the longest time, hair was just dry, but we’re moving away from that,” says Laura Matson, an associate professor of beauty and skin care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
So now that you’ve learned how to care for your hair without leaving it unattached, what’s next?
Take care of your skin, which is why Trosko recommends using conditioner and conditioning creams, and using conditioners that are formulated with SPF.
“I really like SPF,” she emphasizes.
And when you use an SPF-rated product, it will stay on your skin for longer.
“SPF is like a second layer, which protects the skin from the sun,” she advises.
So make sure that your hair product stays on the inside of your body for at least a few hours.
“There are certain things that are important that don’t change and can actually make your skin appear younger,” Tyska says.
“In my experience, I like to use conditioners and conditioners with SPFs, like Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil.”
And Troskas recommendations are not limited to products.
She also says to use products that are free of harsh chemicals like alcohol, that have been shown to cause damage to your skin and your hair in tests.