What You Need To Have For Beautiful Hair

I’ve compiled a list of What You Need To Have For Beautiful Hair as a checklist full of helpful tips. Tips to help you achieve the looks you want. Some of you might use more or less, and that’s O.K. This blog post is to serve as a basic guideline; providing you with key items needed to always have your hair on point.

A good hair day will always invoke confidence for everyone. It’s something about that freshly styled hair, that just gives us an extra pep in our step. Because, who doesn’t want to be a little extra to nail that interview, land that audition, or simply impress your crush?

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But before we start, just know that the #1 item (no matter what), on top of everything in this list, is a stylist. A stylist is going to be important for your regular trims, coloring and expert advice. It is an absolute must to have a professional stylist that you trust 100%. When in doubt, always speak with your stylist about anything that pertains to your hair. Especially when trying out a new product you’re not sure about.


Think of it this way…A good stylist is a doctor for your hair.

Hair Essentials

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shampoo & Conditioner

The first step for beautiful fresh hair is possibly the most important product to have. I’m talking about shampoo and conditioner. The right shampoos will nourish and cleanse the hair from dirt and oils. On the other hand, the right conditioner will hydrate and fortify your hair. 

When shampoo and conditioner shopping, be sure to choose a good quality product, free of parabens or sulfates. Always be sure to consult a hairstylist to find out what would be the appropriate product for your hair

dry shampoo

Just like shampoos you use for wet hair, having a bottle of dry shampoo in stock is a HUGE plus. Dry shampoos normally come in a spray bottle (just like hairspray bottles) and are used to absorb extra oils from your hair. This is the perfect solution to freshen up that hair in between washes. 


Now, this product is meant to be used in between washes. Dry Shampoos are NOT meant to be used repeatedly for days. Too much product will make your hair look worse. 


None the less, dry shampoos are an amazing product to have. I always keep a bottle in my bedroom and one in my purse to spruce up my hair when needed.

heat protectant

The next item on the list is a Heat Protectant. No matter what type of hair, heat protectants are a must. As the name states, a heat protectant is designed to protect your hair from your hot tools (blow dryers, straighteners etc). Heat protectants can be found in spray and/or serum form. 

I personally use either the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray or the Ouai Memory Mist Heat Protectant.

By protecting your hair you will help protect against.

Split Ends
Frizziness
Dryness
Hair Breakage
Always apply your heat spray BEFORE using any flat irons or hairdryers.

blow dryer

It’s only natural to add a Blow Dryer to the list. When you come out of the shower all nice and wet; you could just let your hair air dry. Unfortunately, that will take time. And for some of us, this will make our hair end up looking like a lion’s mane. This is where a Blow dryer comes in handy.


Let’s face it though, we don’t have the time to spend on what it takes to get a true blow out. So, I primarily use the blow dryer to dry the roots of my hair. In combination with my paddle brush, I gently dry the rest of my hair. 

Dry until your hair feels about 90% dry. After, blast your hair with cool air using the cooling option on the blow dryer. If your blow dryer doesn’t have one, then, let it air cool naturally. A cool blast will allow the hair to retain some hydration and give the hair extra shine.


Once done, use one of the following tools to style it.

flat iron

After a fresh blow-dry of the hair, a Flat Iron is used to straighten your hair.


But, word of caution … NEVER, EVER use a flat iron directly on wet hair…please just don’t.


It will end up frying your hair to a point of no return. A flat iron alone is already damaging as it is, because of its high levels of heat. Fortunately, if used correctly (together with a heat protectant) you can achieve a beautiful style without damaging your hair too much.


Start by spraying the hair with a heat protectant. Proceed with dividing your hair into small 1 inch wide sections. Pass the comb first then the straightener. Take your time (but never stop) passing your flat iron through each section. Slow, but, steady is the trick. You want to take your time moving the flat iron through your hair so you only have to pass the iron once through that section.


If you have too, you can pass it a second time. Just allow that section to cool down completely before your second pass. This way you will prevent excessive heat damage. I have a pink Chi Flat Iron that has been good to me for 8 years now.

curling iron/wand

After a fresh blow-dry of the hair, a Flat Iron is used to straighten your hair.


Word of caution NEVER, EVER use a flat iron directly on wet hair. Please just don’t.


It will end up frying your hair to a point of no return. A flat iron alone is already damaging as it is, because of its high levels of heat. Fortunately, if used correctly (together with a heat protectant) you can achieve a beautiful style without damaging your hair too much.


Start by spraying the hair with the heat protectant. Proceed with dividing your hair into small 1 inch wide sections. Pass the comb first then the straightener. Take your time (but never stop) passing your flat iron through each section. Slow, but, steady is the trick. You want to take your time moving the flat iron through your hair so you only have to pass the iron once through that section.


If you have too, you can pass it a second time. Just allow that section to cool down before your second pass. This way you will prevent excessive heat damage. I have a pink Chi Flat Iron that has been good to me for 8 years now.

spray

Hair sprays are used to hold hairstyles in place. My favorite hairspray to use is the Loreal Elnett Satin Hairspray. I have naturally thin hair. In other words, some hairsprays tend to weigh down my hair. 


This hairspray does not do that. It avoids that crunch and flaky look we all hate. I can apply this baby to any style I decide to do and it just goes on so smoothly. This hairspray also gives your hair a nice volume. And, NO CRUNCH if I decide to add a little more!

combs

This one is pretty obvious! Hairstyles can not be done correctly without a Comb. At some point, you will need a comb to detangle, separate, style or simply prep your hair. Combs come in all different sizes and each one has a specific purpose. Caution: for some hair types combs, are not meant to be used constantly. None the less, they are needed.

round brush

Just like combs, Round Brushes are a given. Not all of you may need a round brush due to the type of hair you may have. Reason being, round brushes can damage some hair textures. Again speak with your hairdresser if any questions come up. 


With dry hair, I suggest starting from the bottom 3-4 inches of hair. This movement will detangle the hair with minimal breakage. 


(First, detangle wet hair with a paddle brush) 

When wet, together with a blow dryer, a round brush is used to dry and create that infamous blowout we know.

Brushes also come in handy to help distribute natural oils from the roots to the rest of the hair. Round brushes are used to detangle the hair as well. Word of advice though, do not use a bristle brush when the hair is wet. This will cause breakage because, when wet, the hair is in its most vulnerable state.

paddle brush

Speaking of detangling wet hair, this is where you need a Paddle Brush. A paddle brush is gentle on the hair, more so than a round brush, so it won’t cause hair breakage. Thus, making it the perfect wet hair detangling tool. Again, check with your stylist if you question the use of a paddle brush on your hair.


I start drying my roots with a round brush. Then, proceed to use the paddle brush in conjunction with my blow dryer to straighten my hair. This cuts the time I need with my flat iron in half. 

Accessories

Finally, but most importantly, hair accessories are a must. No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to finish your hairstyles with out hair accessories:

Bobby Pins

The best way to wear bobby pins, is to wear it wavy side down.

Hair Ties

To help keep your hair out of your face.

Hair Clips/Clamps

Hair clips hold seperate sections when styling your hair.

Headbands

When working towards a better booty, headbands are important. They will hold down the annoying fly-aways while your at the gym.

This concludes my blog post on What You Need For Beautiful Hair. I have given you a list of the basic hair essentials you need to create and maintain a beautiful mane. I hope this article was helpful for any of you looking to pay attention to our hairs. Because there is nothing better than the feeling of confidence when we feel good about our selves.

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