Your Year Round Hair Care Guide

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Have you ever read one of those “hair care tips” posts? You know, those blog posts or magazine article that claim to know exactly what works best for your hair even though they’ve never met you or touched your scalp (or probably anyone else’s) before?

The truth is, your hair is just like your fingerprints: completely different from everyone else’s. Because of this, these articles become a little less useful. A “definitely useful tips for everybody” post doesn’t really work if the tip is for straight hair and your locks are more of the “crazy curly unless I spend all day straightening them” variety!

However, there are some useful tricks you can use for your hairstyle that should improve not only the life of your hair but also what you get out of it. These aren’t some zany tips that work with those who have totally perfect hair – these are useful for everyone out there who wants to maintain healthy hair all year round!

Work with Your Hair Type

Like we said above, every hair type is different, and should be treated differently. The problem with many of the treatments and tips you see in magazines and such is they only work with specific hairstyles which may or may not include you!

So if you have naturally curly hair, work with what you got instead of fighting against it all the time! Or if you color your hair, choose a shampoo and conditioner that will prolong your hair color instead of sticking with what worked in the past.

If you color, we love Bain Chroma Captive because it has Zinc Gluconate that traps color pigments and stabilizes color. It also has Linseed Oil that polishes hair fiber and prevents color fading. Masque Chroma Captive is also amazing as it helps preserve color depth and shine and provides 33-50% less color fading and UV protection.

Work with the Seasons 

We’ve already written about how winter can mess up your beautiful strands if you’re not careful. But what about tips that work for any climate and any season?

For starters, maintain a schedule. It may sound a little weird, but your hair is a lot like grass: it needs maintenance on a consistent schedule! Why would you take care of your lawn better than your own hair? Answer: you wouldn’t, so get it on a schedule.

We recommend you come in for a cut, and a color refresh, if you color, every 4 to 6 weeks. This can get your hair growing on a rhythm that will benefit it for years to come. Find a favorite Jyl Craven style artist you love and stick with them so they know your hair type, your lifestyle and your preferences.

Does your hair tend to run a little on the dry side? During the drier parts of the year this can be extra dangerous. Make sure to use some product with added protein to protect extensive damage.

We’ve had incredible results with Bain Satin shampoo from Kerastase. It has infused proteins, lipids, and glucose that help restore the nutritive deficiencies of the hair. Also Lait Vital is an excellent conditioner by Kerastase that compliments everything Bain Shatin does.

Work Your Lifestyle

Taking care of your hair doesn’t just include using different products and brushing it every day! Your lifestyle, including the food you eat, can make a huge impact on your hair’s health in ways you probably wouldn’t imagine.

For example, eating the occasional fast food burger is ok, but making it an everyday event can cause your hair to lose nutrients and luster. Also, if you’re not out there getting your heart rate going once in a while or finding some other way to blow off steam, you could see a few more strands in your hairbrush than normal. Eating healthy, getting regular exercise (at least 3 times of week seems to be the rule of thumb) and avoiding stress all show through right on top of your head.

What we’re trying to say is: when you find yourself getting away from your New Year’s Resolution to exercise more, remember your hair! It needs your help, and every little bit counts…all year long.

For example, eating the occasional fast food burger is ok, but making it an everyday event can cause your hair to lose nutrients and luster. Also, if you’re not out there getting your heart rate going once in a while or finding some other way to blow off steam, you could see a few more strands in your hairbrush than normal. Eating healthy, getting regular exercise (at least 3 times of week seems to be the rule of thumb) and avoiding stress all show through right on top of your head.

What we’re trying to say is: when you find yourself getting away from your New Year’s Resolution to exercise more, remember your hair! It needs your help, and every little bit counts…all year long.

Jyl Craven
About the author

My love and passion for the hair industry started when I was very young. I have always felt very fortunate in knowing that being a hair designer/educator was my future. I constantly strive to better educate myself and my design team. Making others look and feel their best is what I strive to achieve. My specialty is hair color, but I love cutting as well. To be the best artist you can, I feel you must be well rounded in all of your skills. That is why I also train other salons across the country in all of L ´Oréal Professionnel color and cutting techniques. I have been privileged to work with the most talented artists in the industry. Thank you for visiting our site and I hope to see you in our salon.