Taking care of your hair doesn’t need to be a tedious chore. We are fortunate here in Nigeria that we have our hair done at the salon for a reasonable price. There are a few things that we can do to maintain healthy hair while going to a salon.
1. The stylist/salon
It is very important that you have a stylist that you trust. He or she should know healthy hair practices or be willing to learn. If you find that you constantly have to argue or he/she is pulling your hair in every direction or you feel uncomfortable in any way, it may be time for you to find another stylist. Having the best stylist for you is paramount in maintaining your hair. Rough handling can lead to breakage. The stylist and salon should be clean. Hands need to be washed before styling and the environment should be neat.
2. Products and tools
It would be best if you bring your own products to make sure that you are getting the maximum benefit for your hair. A sample of some items you could bring are:
- Sulfate-free shampoo/cleansing conditioner (sulphate-free shampoos are gentler on your hair and prevent your hair from drying out
- Deep conditioner
- Leave-in conditioner/Moisturizer
- Oil to seal in moisture
- Wide-tooth combs for detangling
3. Styling options
Prior to going to the salon for washing, I would advise applying a pre-shampoo treatment to protect your hair from the harshness of the shampoo and lubricate your hair strands for easier detangling. To do a pre-shampoo treatment, apply a conditioner and/or oil to your hair and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. You can cover it with a plastic cap, if desired. Some examples of items that you can use are coconut oil, olive oil, honey, and melted shea butter (ori). All of these items are easily accessible in Nigeria.
After shampooing, you should do a deep conditioning/steaming treatment. Deep conditioning is beneficial because it helps to impart long-lasting moisture to the hair.
You should try to deep condition each time you wash your hair. However, if you are short on time, try to do it at least twice a month.
You should try to minimize the amount of heat that you use when styling your hair. Don’t flat iron (tong) your hair every time you get it done. The excessive heat will dry out your hair and dry hair breaks easily. Some other styling options include roller setting or blow drying on low heat. It is also advisable to trim your hair every 2 to 3 months. This ensures that your ends are well maintained and minimize split ends.
With these tips you can have healthy hair while going to the salon.