If you are going to sport a smoking-hot bikini, you better have the complete package, by which we mean beautiful, healthy hair.
Think you are taking care of your hair in the best way possible? Compare your routine to these tips from Joshua Kaplan, who has been cutting and styling hair for nearly 20 years. The Hollywood native is a founding member of Goo Salon, a style fixture on a hip stretch of Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles that serves everyone from punk rockers to soccer moms. Kaplan has worked with celebrities on numerous editorial photo shoots, music videos and awards season looks, so he knows what it takes to keep your locks looking fresh.
Don't Shampoo Too Often
Oil is actually your friend, not your enemy, when it comes to hair. “Excessive shampooing dries out the hair and strips the scalp of oils that actually make your hair look better,” Kaplan says. For everyday shampooers, he says to start by trying to limit washings to every other day, then every third day and so on. For very dry hair, shampooing once a week is more than enough, with just wetting it and using conditioner on the ends in between washings. Also, “sulfate-free shampoo is always best,” he says. Sulfates are de-greasing agents found in many household cleaning products that dry out hair and fade color. Who wants that in her hair?
“Biotin is a vitamin supplement that, when taken religiously, promotes amazingly healthy hair growth,” Kaplan says. “It gives you glowing skin and stronger nails, too.” Easy enough.
Lose The Extensions
Permanent extensions damage the hair because they are bonded to your real hair. “Our hair sheds naturally. This is a good thing. But when you have extensions, your hair isn't allowed to shed, so when you remove the extensions, you lose all that hair in one shot that you would have lost over a longer period of time,” he says. “I've seen clients missing patches of hair from extensions and major breakage. I've also heard many clients complaining of headaches.” Kaplan says to use clip-in extensions if you really want to use them. But how does he really feel about extensions? “They damage the hair and look super dated. This isn't 2006.”
Moisturize With Coconut Oil
“This is an amazing conditioning treatment you can do at home,” he says. “Just scoop out a handful of this miracle oil and saturate your hair with it. Put it up in a bun and let it sit for a good hour. Then shampoo out and condition as normal. Hair feels silky and healthy, and gives you shine that I've never seen from any other product.” Twice a month will do the trick.
Ditch The Hair Irons & Perms
Kaplan says to use heat-styling tools sparingly. “Heat tools end up being more damaging than anything, especially on chemically treated hair. Once in a while is OK, but don't get in the habit of using them all the time,” he says. “Also, I am strongly against permanently changing the texture of your hair with relaxers or perms – Brazilian straightening and Keratin treatments included. They look good at first, but never grow out well and completely thrash the hair and leave it frizzy. Avoid these at all costs!”