Mothers are often our source of unconditional love, advice, and wisdom. And when it comes to beauty advice, they know best. Whether you got your advice from previous generations or picking up tips from watching mom get ready for the day, our moms are always there to give us the best hair care advice possible. From the best towel to use to protecting your ends, these tips have stuck with us and continue to be the foundation of our beauty regimens.
We asked a few Stylists and Associates the best hair care advice they received from their moms. Here are the ten invaluable hair care tips we learned from our moms and still practice today.
1. Use a satin pillowcase
Use a satin pillowcase for sleeping. Satin pillowcases are much kinder on the hair and help prevent frizz, breakage, and tangles. They also help keep your skin hydrated throughout the night, so you wake up looking rested and refreshed.
2. Never go outside with wet hair
One of our mothers’ most iconic beauty tips is to never go outside with wet hair. But, of course, we all know that cold weather and damp hair do not mix well, and it can often lead to an unappealing case of helmet head. So our moms always dried our hair before we left the house, no matter how rushed we were. In addition, wet hair during the winter months can be extremely damaging and drying to your hair!
3. Don’t put your hair in a tight hairstyle
Mom’s reminded us never to put our hair in tight hairstyles, especially when wet. Doing so can cause damage, especially if the hair is already weak or dry. Our moms always advised us to wait until our hair was air-dried or blow-dried before putting it in a bun.
4. Use a conditioning mask before swimming
Protecting our hair from chlorine and salt water is an essential beauty tip. Leave-in conditioners form a protective barrier around the hair so that it isn’t affected by harsh chemicals or elements. Washing your hair before the pool can also be helpful. Chlorine and salt water work harder in wet hair than dry hair, so shower before and after swimming!
5. Use a microfiber towel
Our moms always kept a microfiber towel in the linen closet. Microfiber towels are gentler on the hair and absorb excess moisture without causing damage or breakage. And if there is not a microfiber towel, use a T-shirt! They also help keep frizz at bay, so your hair looks smoother and healthier for longer.
6. Put your hair in a braid to sleep in
One of the best ways to protect your hair is by putting your hair in a loose braid before going to bed. This will help prevent tangles and knots, which can cause breakage in delicate strands. Additionally, braiding can help reduce frizz as well.
7. How to tell if your hair is clean when shampooing
How to know when you’ve rinsed all the shampoo off! Mom always taught us that when you shampoo and condition your hair , it should “squeak” when you run your fingers through it. This sound indicates that the products are rinsed out correctly and all dirt, oil, and product residue are removed. Genius!
8. Regularly trim your hair
This might seem like a no-brainer, but we would not have gotten trims if it wasn’t for Mom! Regular haircuts are significant for healthy hair growth and preventing split ends. A trip to the salon keeps your hair looking fresh, healthy, and full of life.
9. A wide-toothed comb for curls
Wide-toothed combs are less likely to cause breakage and frizz than regular brushes. They also help create defined curls without ripping through the strands. It’s best to comb your hair starting at the ends and working your way up. ( Especially on wet hair)
Who doesn’t carry at least one ponytail in their bag? Our moms are always prepared for any hair emergency, so they taught us always to carry ponytails, bobby pins, and clips in our purses or pocket. Whether we were running late for an appointment or trying to spruce up our style, these items are essential.
No matter how much the beauty industry changes, these classic tips from our mothers will always remain in-style and helpful for keeping our hair healthy . With a few simple steps, you can keep your locks luscious and beautiful like your mother always taught you!
What’s your favorite piece of beauty advice you’ve ever received from your mother or an important woman in your life?
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