Want spellbinding hair that looks good all day long? It may seem like an unattainable goal. But trust us, it isn’t. In this article, we’ll share some expert-level tips you can use to ensure your hair looks its best from the break of dawn to sunset or even later!
Promote Hair Health at Every Turn
The most lust-worthy hair doesn’t come out of nowhere - it’s pampered and babied on a regular basis. So, if you want your hair to look good all day, you’ll want to take some (or all) of the following steps in your regular hair care routine:
Washing your hair only when it’s necessary.
Eating a balanced diet and drinking enough water.
Wearing your hair in styles that don’t put too much stress on your strands.
Using a gentle sulfate-free shampoo whenever you wash your hair.
Always balance out shampoo sessions with rinse-out conditioner or deep conditioner.
Get Yourself High-Quality Hair Tools
If you’re someone who likes to wear their hair in styles requiring heat tools, you’ve got to ensure your tools are high-quality. Low-quality heat styling tools can snag and burn your hair, leaving you with endless bad hair days. Another thing to be aware of with subpar tools is that they don’t work as well as high quality tools; you’ll often end up using more heat, considering the extra passes you may have to make. Remember to use heat tools sparingly and always use a heat protectant first.
In addition to that, you’ll want seamless combs and brushes (which also reduce hair snagging). And whenever you are detangling your hair, use a wide-tooth comb rather than a narrow-tooth one. It’ll reduce stress on your strands and the split ends and breakage it causes.
Protect Your Hair Overnight
One thing that many people don’t talk about is overnight hair protection. When you sleep with your hair out and unprotected, your bedspread and sheets can rub against it and cause unnecessary damage to your strands. This damage shows up later on, during and after styling. Instead of letting your hair go unprotected, take one of the following steps:
Sleep with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf.
Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.
If your hair is straight and you want to keep it that way through the night, read this article.
Use the Right Styling Products
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention how important your styling products are to your hair’s condition and style longevity. If you don’t use the right products, not only will you have trouble creating your desired style, but you’ll also notice that your styles don’t last all day. Here are some products you may need during styling:
Leave-in conditioner - Leave-in conditioners moisturize the hair, aid in detangling, and make hair look supple and shiny all day. You can even use them to define your hair texture and reduce frizz. They are quite literally hair wonder workers (the best of them, at least). Read about other conditioners here.
Mousse - Hair mousse provides a long-lasting touchable hold while maintaining your hair’s moisture levels and shine.
Curl cream - If you’ve got natural waves or curls you want to enhance, get yourself a curl cream. It can bring out definition and body you never knew you had.
Serums and oils - Serums and oils fight frizz and keep your style looking better for longer. They can also make styling easier.
Hair spray – Hair spray freezes your style in place, so it won’t budge as you’re out and about.
Don’t Touch Your Hair After Styling
Once you’ve got your hair how you want it, keep your hands out of your head. Whenever you touch your hair or run your fingers through it, you wipe off product residue and encourage frizz and tangles. Resist the urge and you’ll enjoy longer-lasting styles.
So, there you have it - how to make your hair look good all day. As you can see, there are many things you can do to enjoy more good hair days. If you were to make one change today, we strongly recommend getting a good leave-in conditioner in your life - they’re not all created equal. Want to try a high-quality one? Check out Daily Dose. We wish you the best with your hair now and in the future.
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.