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How to Care for Your Hair Before Getting an Elegant Updo

Gorgeous up-dos are among the most favorite choices for formal gatherings, Christmas parties and weddings. What’s great is that when it comes to up-dos there are lots of possibilities to choose from. A talented, creative hairstylist will always be able to create stunning looks that will be the outstanding detail of your ensemble. However, there’s always the question regarding hair care before getting an elegant up-do.

Here are some tips to consider before heading to the salon:

How to
  Care for Your Hair Before Getting an Elegant Updo

Wash vs. don’t wash your hair

Fresh and clean hair is great, however it can be quite difficult to work with freshly washed hair. Your hair has natural oils that condition it and keep it manageable and helping to keep an up-do in place. In case you choose to wash right before your salon appointment, you’ll discover that your hair will appear dry and may have static that prevents the hairstyle from staying in place. While the salon stylist will want to work with clean, dry hair, washing your hair right before the appointment can be counterproductive.

Although freshly washed hair isn’t the easiest to work with, make sure you don’t show up at the salon with a hair you haven’t washed in days. Obviously, greasy hair is no pleasure to work with, and dirty locks can be unmanageable.

Here are a couple of details to consider when deciding on when to wash your hair:

  • Hair's thickness

Thick hair takes longer to dry, so it may be best to wash your hair at least 24 hours before your appointment. Thin hair tends to dry quicker, so you may have enough drying time if you wash a few hours before your scheduled time.

  • Oily or dry hair

In case your hair is oily, it is a good idea to wash it first thing in the morning if your appointment is in the afternoon, or right before you go to bed if you are scheduled for the morning. In case your hair is dry, you may want to allow the oils to build up for about 24 hours before you visit your stylist.

Using hair products before the appointment or not

There can be contradictory advice when it comes to whether your hair should be free from products or not. It is generally suggested to use mousse or gel after washing to prepare your hair to hold the style. However some stylists prefer you not having any product in your hair.

It is best to be on the same page as your stylist, therefore try to find out whether he or she prefers working with freshly washed hair or hair washed the prior day.

Proper hair care

It is essential to have and keep a healthy hair in the weeks leading up to your special event in order to achieve the best style. Make sure to get regular trims every four to six weeks to prevent split ends. Split ends can be catastrophic to an elegant hairstyle. Additionally, try to reduce the use of heat styling products, and make sure to apply a heat protectant spray whenever you use any kind of heat.

While you make sure to use good quality shampoo and conditioner to maintain a healthy, moisturized hair, you may also want to consider weekly deep conditioners to help keep hair healthy and strong in the weeks before getting your fancy hairdo.

Regardless of whether you are planning to have an elegant, outstanding up-do or a simple bun, taking proper care of your hair should be a regular practice. And, remember that caring for your locks before getting an up-do style can make all the difference.

If you don’t have a proper hair care routine yet, it is time to upgrade your hair care products and daily hair care routine. You will see the difference soon enough and you’ll end up having the beautiful, healthy hair you’ve always wanted.


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