For everyone who likes to avoid the hairdresser for as long as possible.
1. Get a haircut with lots of layers.
“The longer you keep your hair the one length, the quicker it’s going to lose its lift and volume, ” says Anthony Nader, celebrity stylist and creative director of Sydney’s RAW salon. A layered cut is more likely to look styled after a few months without a trim, unlike a blunt one, which can end up looking triangular.
2. Especially if you have thick, curly, natural hair.
Basically, layers are key.
3. If you want to go short, opt for a pixie cut.
A short pixie cut is essentially layered all over, without any blunt lines. Once your ends start to get a little extra length, a styling gel or mousse can help you style your short hair back away from your eyes.
4. And if you want to keep your hair long, grow it below your shoulder blades and just embrace that appointment-free life.
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Once you reach this length you’ve surpassed that ~in-between~ length. Also, once your hair gets this long, it’s less likely that you’ll be choosing to blow-dry regularly, meaning your ends will stay healthy for longer.
5. Ask your hairdresser for a fringe trim to save time and money.
If your bangs are the only reason you’re going to the salon, you can totally ask for them to be the only section of hair that’s touched.
6. Look to split end sealing products, but remember that they’re just a band-aid solution.
“These types of products only ‘seal’, meaning they don’t actually fix your ends – only a haircut will be able to do that,” says Nader. “They cosmetically cover up the troubled area for a certain period of time until you book in for a trim.”
7. Take care when drying your hair, blotting away excess moisture rather than rubbing or wringing it out.
“When your hair is wet, it’s in its most delicate state. Try drying your hair carefully and you’ll notice a lot less breakage.”
8. Only ever unknot wet hair with a wide-tooth comb and always start to untangle from the ends upwards.
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Pulling on your hair when it’s wet causes breakage, which causes damage, which generally means a trip to the salon.
9. If you’re going to use a heated appliance, go for something ceramic or ionic, for less heat damage.
Always remember to apply a heat protectant before blow-drying, straightening, or curling too. “Heat styling sucks the moisture from your hair,” says Nader. “If you want your hair to look healthy, you need it to look conditioned.”
10. Use a cushioned paddle brush with loads of bristles when styling dry hair.
“Not only does this kind of brush massage your scalp, it also works with the natural oil and sheen of each hair strand.”
11. And instead of going for a solid colour, go for a multi-toned or ombre look.
“The more shade variations you have, the lower maintenance your colour is going to be,” says Nader.
Gyan Yankovich is a Lifestyle Editor for BuzzFeed.