It’s the middle of winter, and you’re tired of being cold. What’s worse than forcing yourself out of a warm, snuggly bed? It’s leaving the steamy rapture that’s your morning shower.
The desire to swaddle back up is so strong, chances are that you just toss your wet tresses up in a towel turban, and then apply makeup, brew coffee, and grab a bite—after all, you’ve got a great cut and products you love to do the heavy lifting.
So, why can’t you get perfectly groomed, non-frizzy, salon-worthy hair on a daily basis?
Because properly caring for your locks is supposed to start when they’re still sopping wet! That’s right, it turns out we’ve been caring for our post-shower strands wrong all along. If you’d like to decrease breakage, make your products more effective, and enjoy easier styling, follow these steps:
When Your Hair is Soaked
1. Stop Scrubbing Your Hair With a Towel
Did you know that towels can damage your hair? Since wet hair is more susceptible to damage, even rubbing hair with one can rough up the cuticle (outer layer of the hair), causing it to look frizzy or fluffy and potentially lead to more breakage.
2. Apply a Leave-In Conditioner
Especially in winter months, your hair needs more than the usual shampoo and conditioner to leave it silky and smooth. Working a dime-size amount of leave-in conditioner from ends up to mid-shaft won’t only help detangle, the extra moisture can help prevent split ends—stretching the time between cuts.
3. Protect While Your Hair Is Still Wet
You know that if you’re going to use one hair product, it should be something to protect your hair from the heat. The ingredients in thermal protectors absorb into the hair shaft to nourish and create a barrier between your hair and hot tools, and blow dryers. But, are you giving your thermal protectant time to go to work?
Instead of spritzing your strands with a thermal protectant right before styling, apply protection while your hair is still mostly damp, allowing it to fully absorb.
4. Add a Styler
Next, a product that shapes and holds. Apply after a leave-in conditioner because it works best over a product that simply includes moisturizing ingredients. For fine hair, apply only to ends to get hold without sacrificing lift.
When You’re Ready To Blow-Dry
5. Volumize Your Roots
Want to make your flat hair fab? Once you’re ready to style, apply a volumizing product—but not a minute before! Volumizing products need your blow-dryer to create lasting lift, so work this product in right before you’re ready to work with heat.
6. Grab Your Round Brush
Besties with any volumizing product, a round brush can pump up the volume in any style. To add some extra bounce, just pull your hair up and away from the base of your head while you closely applying heat.
When Your (Almost) Satisfied With Your Style
7. Go In With An Iron
If you want some extra flip, curl, or straightening power, be sure to wait until strands are bone dry! Otherwise, moisture trapped inside the hair’s cuticle can reach boiling point—causing irreparable damage to the hair shaft.
8. Spritz Some Finishing Spray
Now’s the time for lighter options like shine serum or a tiny touch of matte paste. Finish with a spritz to keep your style in place and create a barrier to wind and wet weather, both of which can flatten hair or make it frizz.
Achieving a great hairstyle every day is no easy feat, but your mane becomes much more manageable when you allow your arsenal of products to go to work in the correct order. Even if you don’t use every product listed, learning how to properly care for wet hair saves you styling grief and split ends—making for easier mornings.