Each New Year is an opportunity to make resolutions in the beauty department. With the holiday parties over, now is a good time to start giving your hair some TLC to refresh your locks. Follow Hair Trend News's 10 commandments of great hair and you'll be sure to turn heads wherever you go.
Thou shalt protect thy hair from styling tools: Before using any heat on the hair, it's important to create a shield with a protective serum or oil first. It's also a good idea to only use your hairdryer, flat iron or curling iron a few times a week so that your hair is less prone to dryness and breakage.
Thou shalt remove split ends often: To keep hair at its healthiest, a trim every six to eight weeks is recommended. However, according to hairstylist Viktor I., ''Please, never, ever cut your hair by yourself at home!'' Speak with your hairdresser to determine how often you should cut your hair, as the length of time is different for each hair type.
Thou shalt treat thy hair often: Delphine Courteille, a hairstylist from France says that ''If hair is well-treated, the color will hold a long time and the blowouts will look great.'' Try to deep condition hair at least once a week for 30 minutes, or overnight if possible. Investing in a high-quality hair mask will help treat your hair even further.
Thou shalt not overuse hair ties: We love testing new hairstyles just as much as the next person, but using a hair tie or putting your hair up every day can pull at your hair and cause breakage. Try to limit your updo styles to only a few times a week, and consider using hair bungees instead of hair ties, as they are less damaging.
Thou shalt not color thy hair too often: Depending on your personal style and how you're coloring your hair, you could potentially be damaging your locks. A good rule of thumb is to get your hair colored at the salon, as it's generally safer and your hairstylist can help you decide what treatments will be best for your hair.
Thou shalt brush thy hair gently: When you brush your hair it's important to be very careful and not tug too forcefully to get the knots out: start at the ends of your hair and work your way up slowly towards the roots.
Thou shalt communicate clearly: When you are at a hair appointment, don't hesitate to speak up about what you want, show pictures, and let your hairstylist know if you feel uncomfortable at any moment – they're there to help you achieve the look you desire, and they're happiest when you leave the salon pleased. Also, if you're not ready to try out a new hairstyle or color right away, the app Style My Hair is a virtual makeover tool that can help give you an idea of what you'd look like before taking the leap and you can share the photos with your friends and hairdresser to see what they think.
Thou shalt use products adapted to thy hair: Not all products are created equal, and each hair type has different needs. It's important to understand your hair and choose your products accordingly to keep it in tip-top shape.
Thou shalt embrace thy natural hair: 2016 is the year to rock your natural hair and personal style. Try to let your hair air-dry once a week to give it a break.
Thou shalt be sure to drink lots of water: Drinking water helps keep your body, as well as your hair, well hydrated. We'll drink to that!