Many shorter hairstyles require a little more attention than their longer counterparts. That is why knowing how to keep your haircut looking salon-fresh between appointments is important.
Most stylists will have a handful of recommended products to help you maintain your new look at home. But how exactly do you do that?
Keep it Clean
Salon and barbershop cleaning isn’t just about keeping your hair looking great – it also helps to prevent germs and infections. Many salons must comply with strict health code regulations regarding cleanliness and sanitation.
A clean salon gives the client confidence and ensures they get services from a professional working with neat tools and equipment. All salon surfaces should be cleaned regularly, from sanitizing chairs and tables to cleaning combs, brushes, and clips. This includes sweeping, dusting, and disinfectant sprays or wipes after each customer. Bathrooms should be sanitized often, and all retail shelving should be dusted at least once daily.
Towels and capes should be laundered regularly. Nonporous materials like metals and plastics should be cleaned with soap, water, or chemical cleaners first, then disinfected for the proper contact time. For example, many salons use Barbicide, a high-level, broad-spectrum disinfectant, on nonporous surfaces to kill bacteria (including HIV, Hepatitis A and B, staphylococcus, MRSA, and salmonella), fungus, and viruses.
Keep it Moisturized
Haircuts and hair color can add up to a pretty penny. And while it’s never okay to skip out on a salon visit, some tips and tricks help your haircut last longer and look fresher after your appointment.
One of the best ways to keep your hair looking fab is to moisturize it daily. Using hair serums, oils, and deep conditioners can help your hair stay hydrated and healthy, ultimately lasting longer.
Another way to keep your hair from drying out is to rinse it with cool water. Warm or hot water can strip your hair of natural oils, making it appear dry and brittle. Finally, avoid styling your hair with heat-styling tools as much as possible. It can damage your hair, especially if you have a shorter style.
Keep it Styled
A fresh cut and color can take a lot of time out of your day, and it’s important to keep your hair looking as good as possible between salon visits. With the right tips, you can easily maintain your look at home.
To help your freshly-colored strands retain their color, celebrity stylist Michelle Cleveland recommends washing your hair with cold water rather than hot. A specialized toner can also help maintain lightened strands between hair salon appointments. The purple shampoo helps counteract yellow, while silver toners work to neutralize brassiness. Investing in these products can give you that just-left-the-salon look all the time. If you have a pixie haircut, you can use a double-edged comb to trim your split ends between salon visits. This can help prolong the length of your pixie cut while minimizing breakage and frizz.
Keep it Healthy
Spritz your hair with a heat-protectant spray to help preserve the look of freshly cut ends a few times a week. This helps to keep your hair smooth and prevents split ends from forming. You can also try a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment to infuse your strands with nourishment and protection between salon appointments.
A common myth is that you must get your haircut every six weeks if it’s short, but this depends on your hair type and texture.
If your loved one has trouble at the hair salon, consider bringing them earplugs or playing music during their appointment to reduce auditory stimulation. Additionally, a shower visor can help to keep hair products and loose hair shreds off their face during the haircut. This is especially helpful for those with sensitive skin or a history of allergic reactions to certain chemicals used at the salon.