5 Helpful Hair Tips I’ve Gotten From Hairstylists

I have gone to several hairstylists over the years to get a relaxer touchup, get just a hair wash and trim, and even get a consultation to see if I would let them touch my hair. Some of the hair stylists were good ones. Others I could tell weren't so good so I only let them touch my hair once or not all. 

From the good hairstylists and I liked I would talk to them to get some advice on taking care of my relaxed hair. Some of them were more forthcoming than others with their tips. Here are five tips that were shared with me. There were several more but these were the common tips I received.

empty hairstylist chair in a hair salon
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1. Wash your scalp and hair regularly

Consistently cleansing your hair and scalp is crucial to keeping them healthy so they look and feel good. This applies no matter how you wear your hair. Whether it's protective styles like braids or weaves, you're relaxed or natural. 

Regularly shampooing your hair removes oil, dirt, and product residue that can accumulate and lead to scalp issues. When dirt and oil build up on the scalp it can trigger irritation, potentially causing hair dandruff or even hair loss over time.

Additionally, keeping your hair and scalp clean helps prevent unpleasant odors. Having a smelly scalp can be very embarrassing. 

When it comes to washing your hair and scalp I've got seven tips that I follow to get the best clean possible.

2. Deep condition your hair

While some may overlook its importance, adding the step of deep conditioning to your wash day can significantly enhance the health and appearance of your hair. This is probably why several hair stylists I've talked to, follow, and have let work on my hair recommend this. 

For years I never deep conditioned my hair except when I got a free deep conditioner sample in the mail or a magazine. Once I started deep conditioning my hair at least once a week, I witnessed a remarkable transformation in its texture, appearance, and manageability. 

Embracing this practice earlier could have spared me years of struggling with less-than-optimal hair health. From imparting moisture and nourishment to strengthening strands, deep conditioning is a cornerstone of effective hair care, yielding visibly healthier and more resilient hair over time.

3. Don’t use bobby pins without the bulb

If you’ve ever looked at a bobby pin, you’ll see that the two ends have a little bulb. Well, that bulb is covering up a sharp edge. A really sharp edge. Since I tend to use bobby pins for my updos I’ve had a few hairstylists tell me to make sure the bobby pins I use have the bulb on the end. The sharp edge can slice your hair and give you an unwanted haircut.

4. Use a good hair moisturizer

Not every expensive hair moisturizer is a good one. That's something a stylist once told me. What makes a good hair moisturizer are the ingredients. When looking for a hair moisturizer for your hair here are some things to look for
  • Water is one of the main ingredients
  • The moisturizer is free from mineral oil and petroleum
  • It has few to no silicones versus a lot 
  • Only ingredients that your hair likes and responds well to

5. Have a stylist do your permanent color

In the past, I’ve colored my hair myself, but only with semi-permanent color. I was and am still far too scared to apply permanent color myself. I do know some people who were able to successfully color their hair at home by themselves, but I also know some who weren’t so successful. In my opinion, the application of chemicals should be left to professionals.

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