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Karen's Personal Top Ten Hair Care Tips For 1999


Over the past year I have researched and written hundreds of daily hair tips for the front page of Hair Boutique. Yes, there are lots of hair care secrets that people want to know. Some of these secrets include using ketchup to remove a green tint, applying Vaseline around the face to prevent hair dye from staining the skin and using ice cubes to remove gum from the hair.

While my head is literally crammed full of hundreds of similar hair care tips, these are not the tips that I live by on a daily basis. My personal hair care tips may surprise you. They are definitely a little different than you might expect.

As my gift to all my friends at the Hair Boutique I am sharing my own personal secret hair care tips that I live by every day. They have served me well over the years of growing my hair. I hope you find some tips that will help you. May 1999 bring you all you hair wishes and dreams.

Hair Care Tips

  1. Love your hair. This may sound obvious, but it often isn't to a lot of people. Hair has energy and spirit just like every other part of your body and it responds better to kindness and love than neglect and anger. If you hate your hair and ignore it, it will be like a flower that you don't water. It will wilt and die. Show your hair total love and respect and it will blossom and grow and be beautiful.
  2. Accept your hair for what it is. If your hair is thin, wavy, curly or stick straight, try to accept that and not torture it by using strong chemicals that may damage it just to straighten it or curl it. If you decide that you want your hair to be different, make the changes as kindly as possible to your hair. Condition your hair before you straighten or perm it and make sure that you use the best products and get the best advice for your hair.
  3. Maintain your hair with pride and consistency. Depending on the length and style, have it trimmed appropriately. If you wear your hair short, have the style refreshed every 3-4 weeks. If you are growing your hair longer, have it trimmed every 6-8 weeks to remove split ends.
  4. Find a stylist you trust who treats you and your hair with respect. No matter how famous or great a stylist is, if they don't respect your hair needs, wants and desires, you will not be happy with the results. Ask people for the name of their stylist and why they like them. Select a few that have a reputation of concern for the customer and check them out.

  5. Treat your stylist with total respect and consideration. A good relationship with a stylist is a two-way street. Always arrive promptly on time, be prepared for the visit (bring photos of any styles you want to try or new hair colors to experiment with). If you are going to be late, call in advance. If you have to cancel, give as much notice as possible. Always thank your stylist and tip them well to show your appreciation for the care they took with your hair.
  6. Invest in the best products for your hair. Everyone has a budget they must adhere to, but with the money you have, buy the very best you can for your hair. If you can't afford salon quality products, buy the best you can afford. Make the extra effort to shop for products on sale or on the Net to save money and afford you a better product.
  7. Choose healthy habits for your hair. Any habits that damage your body also damage your hair. Exercise, eat well and avoid smoking and alcohol, or at least cut back. Your hair is just one part of the holistic you.
  8. Knowledge is power. Learn as much as you can about your hair. Visit hair care websites, read articles that you see and flip through the magazines while you are waiting in line at the grocery store checkout. Observe what other people do that have gorgeous hair and ask them for advice. People love to share knowledge.
  9. Pay close attention to your hair and listen to its needs. If you notice a change in texture or condition, take time to evaluate what may be happening and make adjustments. Your hair, like your body, sends you signals about what it needs. Is it drier or oilier or frizzier? Is it breaking or falling out or acting unusual? Get to know your hair and understand what it needs.
  10. . Pamper your hair at least once a week. This can be as simple as giving yourself a hot oil treatment or taking extra Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Give yourself a relaxing scalp massage or apply a special deep conditioning pack. Do something for your hair that makes it feel special. Your hair will respond in kind.

Happy New Year. Thank you for all of your support.


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Original Publication: 12/1/1997 - Revised Publication Date: 05/22/10

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