Most of us can manage without a team of stylists, but having someone else trim and style our hair now and then makes a big difference. Though you have to spend a little time on keeping your hair looking good, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. So, keep on reading for the 7 ways to have a gorgeous hair on a budget.
- Think of home remedies for your hair care.
Instead of resorting to chemical-based hair products, think of home remedies that can take care of your hair on a budget. You may use baking soda or organic coconut oil for healthy hair. Your hair will look shinier and bouncier if you remove all traces of styling products and conditioner every six weeks or so. According to stylists, mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of white vinegar will work to give you a healthy hair.
- Don’t wash your hair twice in one session.
Do you know that washing your hair twice in one session is just an old marketing trick designed to make you use your shampoo up twice as fast? In fact, double-shampooing will strip all the natural oils out of your hair. According to study, hair should never be “squeaky clean” because that’s the same as “super-dry.” A senior stylist at an upscale New York salon recommends using shampoo on your hair not twice in one wash, but only every second wash. “Put in a little conditioner on your hair the days you’re not shampooing,” he says, “And be sure to rinse it out very well in warm water, so it doesn’t start to build up on the strands. The days that you do shampoo, use about half the amount.” This way, you’ll have healthier hair and your shampoo costs are cut in half.
- Stay away from too much of a good thing.
If you’re using shampoo, conditioner, gel, mousse, hairspray on your hair, you’re probably using too much. For a more economical and healthier option, try using half of the usual amount of everything you put on your hair to prevent product buildup. This way, you’ll allow the products to be more effective, and you’ll make a bottle or tube last twice as long.
- Sleep on satin or pillowcase over cotton ones.
Do you know that cotton pillow covers roughen the cuticles of your hair? On the other hand, satin allows your hair to slip smoothly over the surface as you roll and turn in your sleep. That’s the reason why your hairstyle rumples less if you sleep on a satin pillowcase. According to stylists, if you’ve spent a lot of time getting styled the day before, a night on the satin will help leave it magically preserved in the morning and ready to face another day.
- Give it a natural shine.
Brushing your hair with a good hairbrush can give them a natural shine. Also, to bring out your highlights without a lot of expense, a stylist recommends using an astringent rinse last thing while washing your hair. Also, lemon juice and vinegar can be a great home remedy to give your hair some shine. For lighter-colored hair, combine 1/4 cup of lemon juice with 1 cup of warm water and pour it over your hair. To bring out the highlights in darker hair, mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of warm water.
- Baby those tresses.
If you usually pay premium prices for high-end shampoos that are specially formulated for colored or permed hair, think again. Do you know that even an inexpensive bottle of baby shampoo will treat your hair just as gently and will also allow the color or perm to last much longer? So, think of more economical and healthier option of caring for your hair.
- When it comes to dyeing, timing is everything.
If you have just colored your hair, don’t use any clarifying shampoo, either store-bought or homemade, because it can remove some of the color and leave your hair looking a lot less lustrous. However, it’s a great idea to use a clarifying shampoo just before you color your hair as removing all traces of buildup will allow the hair to take the color much better, and the color will last longer. By heeding these tricks, you’ll have a gorgeous hair on a budget in no time.