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There is nothing softer than your hair right after a salon visit for a cut and style. How do they do it? It’s so soft, shiny, and even has the right amount of volume and shapes your face just perfectly—why can’t you ever get it to do that yourself?

While getting that salon look and feel may seem out of reach, here are a few tips to help you get your hair just the way you want it every time.

  1. Check your shampoo. Having the right kind of shampoo is vital to the health of your hair, which in turn has a great influence on how easy it is to style. Salons implement clarifying shampoos to help remove any product or product build-up in a client’s hair. These should only be used occasionally because it does strip your hair of everything but if its been a while since you’ve used one, it is step one to getting that salon styled hair.
  2. Follow up with a good conditioner. There are tons of products out there and there is such thing as conditioning your hair incorrectly. You need to pick a conditioner that is right for your hair type. If your hair frequently seems dry or frizzy, you need a better moisturizing conditioner than you may be using. If you have oily hair, a regular moisturizing conditioner is fine, but apply it to your ends where your hair will be at its driest.
  3. Use stylist-like skills when drying or brushing your hair. Does your stylist ever roughly dry your hair after washing it or brush it out roughly? No? Then you shouldn’t be either. Softly squeeze out water from your hair to properly dry it—don’t rub the towel roughly against your hair—and use small and light strokes when brushing out your hair. This helps minimize breakage and frizz and maximize its softness.
  4. Pick up styling products. Pay attention to what your stylist uses when working on your hair—or ask and purchase them directly from your stylist. If you love the way your hair feels when the stylist does it, you’ll need the products they use to accomplish it.
  5. Invest in quality styling tools. Salon styled hair often comes with an equivalent bill—so using subpar or cheap styling tools will likely produce similar looking results. Opt for professional styling tools, especially ones for using heat to accomplish a particular styling look. Quality grade products help provide a quality grade result—and don’t be afraid to YouTube a few techniques on using your styling tools to their fullest to get your look just right.

Styling your own hair is usually your only option between salon visits—going every day to the hair salon isn’t typically an available option for most. Achieving the salon-perfect look is possible—just takes time, practice, patience, and the right products to get the finalized look.

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