As someone who gets their hair professionally thinned once a month, the closing of my local salon has been a particularly brutal blow to my mane.
I know I’m not alone in this sentiment and plenty of others are currently in a battle with their thick, unruly locks during these times. Although the situation is far from ideal, there are ways you can help tame and smooth your natural texture without causing damage at home. Read on below to find out how.
1. Consult your stylist for tips
Although you might not be able to see your stylist in person quite yet, shoot your expert a text asking for a few tips on what you can do to keep your hair in tip-top shape until your next thin. They may recommend you a few products to help with any uneven patches of growth or a solid DIY conditioning treatment. In addition to what you can do, they’ll also be able to tell you what to avoid while your strands grow.
2. Tackle a DIY thin job
I fully realize it takes an incredibly brave soul to tackle a DIY thin, but I had to include this option in case you’re feeling up to the challenge. There are many tutorials on YouTube that guide you through the process, but I recommend doing a couple test pieces first before you fully and confidently dive into this. You’ll need a solid pair of shearing scissors and a serious can-do attitude.
3. Trim your ends
If you don’t feel comfortable giving shearing scissors a go on your own, it will still make a massive difference just to trim your ends. Thinning can sometimes cause your ends to look frizzy if left unattended for a while (I can attest to this), so this is a great way to ensure the least amount of drama for them. Many celebs have also documented their hair experience through quarantine, my favorite being Nina Dobrev’s. Her live Instagram tutorial trimming her own hair with her stylist was way too relatable. If Nina can do it, best believe you can, too.
4. Invest in a detangling brush
It goes without saying that the growth period after not thinning for a while is awkward AF. Your hair gets knotted much faster and easier as your natural level of thickness rebuilds itself. Having a detangling brush on hand is critical for solving this problem. Yes, it’s a total pain, but it’s also entirely manageable with one of these babies from Ulta for $12.
5. Try co-washing
Co-washing is a great option for those who are like me and have naturally curly, dry hair. Co-washing simply means that you only wash your locks with conditioner a few times a week. Many regular shampoos contain sulfates – detergents that deep clean, but can actually strip your hair of its natural oils. This can leave it extra thirsty and more prone to breakage. When you cut down on shampoo, your hair is able to maintain its moisture levels, so it can grow healthy, strong and appear less matted. It’ll also help the puff factor as well if your roots are coming in a little too hot for your liking.