4 Ways To Make Your Haircut Last

4 Ways To Make Your Haircut Last


With age, our hair gets drier and needs more frequent cuts to look polished. But who has the time? Follow these rules to look freshly coiffed long after your last salon visit. (Have your best year ever with our New Year, New You Rodale Challenge!)

1. Cut it to stay styled as it grows.
Fine hair needs a blunt cut with minimal layering, while thicker hair needs layers that remove weight. For all hair types, shorter styles require more frequent trims.

2. Don't overwash.
No matter how much you think you sound like Adele in the shower, resist the urge to wash your hair every day. Shampoo every other day or every few days to avoid fraying the ends.

3. Use gentler tools.
Before styling, spray wet hair with a detangler, then use a wide-tooth comb to minimize overstretching and breakage. When hair is dry, use a boar-bristle brush for max cuticle-smoothing.

4. Dry without scorching.
Wait until hair is mostly dry before blow-drying. And give your dryer the day off occasionally to minimize the stress on hair ends, where it's weakest and most prone to breaking.

Got a seriously grown-out cut? Use these tricks to hold it together before your next salon appointment: Dab coconut oil onto the ends before shampooing to protect them from fraying and to keep hair shiny; try a side French braid or messy fishtail style; or use a curling iron to add waves or curls, creating a tousled texture that disguises a grown-out shape.

From Prevention

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