Though shampoo companies would probably love you to wash your hair every day, the truth is, you probably don't have to. Of course, there are exceptions: people whose jobs or exercise schedules get them dirty on a daily basis, for instance. But for other people, you can probably skip the shampoo for a day... or longer. Doing so may actually be healthier, as your scalp's natural oils won't be stripped away as frequently.
There's no hard-and-fast rule to follow on this issue, though. "It totally depends on the texture of your hair, the style you are trying to achieve and your lifestyle," says Kevin Mancuso, creative director for Nexxus. "For example, fine hair needs to be washed more frequently, whereas thicker hair can benefit from the natural oil/moisture produced by the scalp."
Generally speaking, though, if your hair texture is fine, you'll need to wash more frequently than you do if you have thicker hair. In the latter case, you may want to shampoo once weekly and just rinse your hair with water otherwise; especially if you have black, natural hair, shampooing too much can make hair too dry. And though it should go without saying, if your scalp is very oily, washing once a day might be just what you need to do.
It's unofficially Kevin Mancuso week here on BellaSugar. We love the Creative Director of Nexxus because he's generous in sharing his tips. (Don't miss his advice on trimming your own bangs and maintaining your hair color on a budget.) Today, we tackle the quality-vs-quantity issue with regard to hair:
Is it better to get regular inexpensive cuts or to invest in a high-quality cut that doesn’t need to be touched up as much?
In my opinion, I think it is better to invest in a great hair cut up front and then maintain the style with high-performance products. In the long run, the quality of your hair and the shape will last much longer! Find a reliable person that’s in your budget and go for it.
Keep your hairstyle looking salon-fresh with high-performance products. FYI - “high-performance” products don’t always mean a “high price point.” There are tons of hair care products available at your drugstore that offer the same salon-quality results as an expensive alternative.
Here’s a great tip for keeping those ends in shape so you can stretch that cut a month longer. Wet your hair and before shampooing take a small amount of conditioner and apply to the tips of the hair. Next, continue with shampoo. The conditioner protects the hair from the sometimes dehydrating effects of shampoo.
Is more wisdom from Mr. Mancuso coming? You know it.
Kevin Mancuso is on a roll. Not only was the Nexxus Creative Director nice enough to share recession-proof hair color tips, he recently styled Natalie Portman's hair for the Oscars. Next up: his advice on trimming your fringe.
If women want to cut costs by trimming their own bangs, are there any good tips to ensure a good cut?
Women tend to only need one or two bang trims in between their full cuts. Since most salons offer their clients discounted (if not free) bang trims, I generally suggest leaving the cutting to the professionals. However, if you are dead-set on trimming your bangs at home, I recommend starting with dry hair. Separate out the front section of bangs that you want to trim and pull to a point in the center of your face. Twist the gathered hair three or four times. Cut straight across at the desired length. Try trimming on the long side at first to prevent over-trimmed, super-short bangs. The twisting will produce bangs that are slightly longer on the sides than in the middle and also give the ends a wispy look. The twisting also helps to prevent the over-trimmed look.
Everybody is looking to save money these days, especially when it comes to pricey treatments such as hair color. But Nexxus Creative Director Kevin Mancuso, whose hairstyling mastery has appeared in magazines such as BlackBook, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Bazaar, has a few ideas for extending the life of your cut and color. I'll share a few of his tips over the next week — so read on to find out how to keep your hair looking its best while sticking to your budget.
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