I love having a short hair cut.
I've had a short hair cut for more than 5 years now and it's totally changed my look and personality. I always tell people that when you cut your hair, you always have to look fabulous because you have nothing to hide behind. Everyone that has a fab haircut knows how expensive it is to maintain. Short hair grows fast so between weekly to bi-weekly trips to the salon for touch ups and trims, the coins begin to pile up. Even though I manage my money fabulously, sometimes I just don't have the extra cash or time to shell out in the salon. Luckily, I pay close attention to the steps taken when the beautician is doing my hair and I brought those steps home with me. Here are 8 of my tips and tricks for maintaining your fab short hair on a budget.
Neighborhood Hair salon - when I'm short on time or strapped for cash I head to my neighborhood Dominican salon for a quick (and cheap!) wash and set. I take all of my hair care products with me and generally only get my hair straightened with a flat iron after sitting under the dryer. When Im on a really strict budget, I get a relaxer and a color on Monday when there is a salon special. This holds me over till I can get back into my regular beauticians chair.
Head and Shoulders Shampoo - I have a lot of dandruff and I started using Head and Shoulders after one of my former beauticians suggested I try it. When I wash my hair, I wash with this first to get the surface dandruff off my scalp. Because Head and Shoulders is drying (it's not made for black hair) I then incorporate my other shampoos for moisture. (Another tip from a beautician)
Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner - this is my first Shea Moisture products and I'm loving this shampoo and conditioner made especially for dry and itchy scalp. I alternate between washes and incorporate this into my wash routine with the Head and Shoulders and Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner.
Botanical Edge Tamer - everyone needs edges that are laid! I use this clear and flake free edge control on my side burns when I'm styling my hair in the morning. I came across this edge control as a recommendation and I must say it does hold my edges down all day.
Wrap Me LottaBody Foaming Mousse - on freshly washed hair applying a few pumps of wrapping mousse helps shape and mold your hair before sitting under the dryer. It's essential to the styling process but can also be drying. I came across this Lotta body mousse with coconut oil and I'm loving how it makes my hair flake free and adds some shine.
Wrapp It Styling Black Strips - these black paper strips are needed for molding your short hair when it's wet. I've learned to wrap them along the sides of my wet slicked down hair to smooth my hair and edges while drying.
XEnoch Ceramic Mini Compact Flat Iron - when flat ironing short hair yourself I find that I can never get a good grasp on the handle. Using this small mini flat iron I can get closer to my roots and have a more smoother texture.
Small Scissors - I use these just when I need to trim the hair around my ears and side burns to keep the shape of my cut looking clean and neat.
How do you maintain your fab short hair? Let me know your tips and tricks in the comments below!