One of the most important things to understand when it comes to hair is the difference between a hair style and hair care. Our hair needs a certain level of care for it to be healthy, a great hairstyle is a bonus. A hairstyle is all about the way that hair is cut or ‘arranged’. This arrangement can also be achieved with additions like braids and weaves. Hair care on the other hand refers to the actual care of the hair in a bid to keep or make it healthy.
Many women think that by going to a salon once a month and changing their hair style they are taking care of their hair. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A monthly salon visit alone is not enough. Hair needs to be taken care of between those visits. Hair needs regular moisturising for it to be healthy – unfortunately occasional visits to the salon will not give it this. In my opinion, hair care ranks higher than hair styling! If a style interferes with your ability to take care of your hair properly then rather don’t do it. Hair that is in great condition not only looks great but is also able to hold a style for longer.
It is best to rely on salons for hair styling but to rely on yourself for the hair care. Make sure you wash and deep condition as well as moisturise your hair regularly at home. Use salons mainly for getting hairstyles that you cannot do yourself at home. For a salon to adequately take care of your hair care needs, you would need to visit it almost every day.
My parting shot to you is this – next time you walk out of a salon with your style looking fantastic, ask yourself if your hair care is also up to scratch!