How damaged is your hair? Do you need a trim or cut? Use this quiz as a guide to help you shop for products that will give you the healthiest hair possible!
By Erin Gignac
1. What's your hair type?
2. How long is your hair?
a. Above my shoulders- the shorter the better!
b. Shoulder length or a little longer.
3. How often do you wash your hair?
a. Daily- my hair gets too greasy!
b. Every other day.
c. As little as I can, I'm all about no shampoo.
4. How often do you heat style your hair?
a. Daily- I could never go au naturel!
b. Weekly, I love the shower-to-street look.
c. Never, I love an air-dried look.
5. What do your ends look like?
a. Corn stalks, there's split ends everywhere!
b. I see a few split ends.
c. No split ends here! I work hard for that!
6. How often do you get a cut or trim?
a. Once a year.
b. Once every few months.
7. Do you use heat protectant before you heat style?
a. What is heat protectant?
8. How often do you color your hair?
a. Every few months.
9. How much hair is on your brush?
a. A ton, I could donate a wig!
b. A little.
c. None at all.
Your hair has been through a lot and most likely, is damaged. A mask or treatment will give some life to your locks in need. The key is moisture. Try Joico's
Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm twice per week. Apply to damp hair, leave on for 3-5 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Your hair is doing all right, but could use some nourishment. A smoothing styling product like Onesta Smooth and Shine will protect your hair from sun damage and also control any frizz problems. Just distribute through towel-dried hair, blow dry, and iron if desired. For a natural look on wavy hair, scrunch into hair and then diffuse or air dry.
If you have color treated hair, you may struggle with cuticle damage and color retention. Try
Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Color Freeze Spray Conditioner to seal and protect the hair's cuticle layer, and keep color from fading.
Your hair is so healthy it could run a marathon! You're good in nourishment, so here are some styling products we recommend:
If you have curly hair, scrunch DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing foam upward towards the scalp, hold, and release. This foam gives protection from humidity and all over volume!
Problems with limp and dull hair? Try washing your hair daily. It will encourage hair and scalp health as well as add volume to your roots. Make sure you're rinsing the shampoo thoroughly and conditioning your hair from mid-lengths to ends. If you're not into that, try Aloxxi's Dry Shampoo to absorb some of that excess oil if hair gets too greasy.
Aging hair may benefit from a color treatment or perm, as these processes can create a thicker appearance with more body and volume. If you have gray hair,
Schwarzkopf's Color Freeze Silver Shampoo enhances silver tones on gray and white hair. The Amino Cell Rebuild Technology restores the hair's elasticity and rebuilds the hair structure from within.
Erin Gignac covers stories for Paramount Beauty.You can follow her on Twitter and find more of her work here.