A new year marks another opportunity to be a better version of yourself — and your hair care routine is the perfect place to start. Whether you’ve been overusing your heat-styling tools or opting for high-tension hairstyles that can wreak havoc on your roots, now is the time to make some resolutions for healthier and better-looking hair. From washing with lukewarm water to embracing your natural texture, we have a few ideas — that you won’t ditch by the end of January — up our sleeve to get you there. Make your hair mistakes yesterday’s news and dive into these hair care, hair color, and hairstyle resolutions you can easily make (and keep) in the new year.
Hair Care Resolution 1: Stick With A Cleansing System
Mixing and matching is often a must for curating the perfect beauty routine, but that doesn’t necessarily hold true for your shampoo and conditioner choices. You may enjoy picking a shampoo from one line, a conditioner from another, and a hair mask from another — getting the benefits of all three — but it may not be the best idea. Products that are part of a hair care system are typically formulated to be used together, so you’ll see the best results by doing just that. Save playing mix master for your makeup and stick to using a hair care system that suits your hair type. If you’re looking for a system for your strands, take your pick from the options below.
For those with dry hair, try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Conditioner.
If you have oily roots, try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Scrub.
If you have color-treated hair, try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Color Care Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Conditioner.
Specifically, if you have blonde-colored hair, try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Brass Toning Purple Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Brass Toning Purple Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Anti Brass Purple Mask Treatment.
Hair Care Resolution 2: Turn Down Your Wash Day Water Temperature
Steaming hot showers can feel like the ultimate delight, but they’re not the best option for your hair. Super-hot water can strip your hair of natural moisture, leaving you with dry hair. Next time you wash your hair, dial the water down to lukewarm.
Hair Care Resolution 3: Use A Scalp Scrub
Scalp scrubs may be the last hair care product on your mind, but they come in handy if you find that your hair tends to appear weighed-down. They work to exfoliate your scalp to keep product buildup, excess oil, and dirt away, leaving you with healthy-looking roots. Try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Scrub, which is formulated with apricot seeds to gently remove impurities from your scalp.
After rinsing, be sure to follow up with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Scalp Care + Detox Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Scalp Care + Detox Conditioner. This duo is formulated with menthol and neem leaf extract and works to refresh and moisturize your mane.
Hair Care Resolution 4: Give High-Tension Hairstyles A Break
High ponytails and sleek ballerina buns may be your go-to look, but these tight hairstyles can put stress on your mane and lead to hair breakage — not cute. But that doesn’t mean that you have to leave updos behind. Opt for low ponies and buns to keep your strands stylishly tucked away without any tension and don’t sleep with your hair tossed in a hair tie.
Hair Care Resolution 5: Go Au Naturale More Often
While we’re on the topic of preventing hair damage, heat-styling is one of the biggest culprits for dry hair, split ends and other types of damage you could avoid. Instead of heat-styling your hair regularly, embrace your natural texture with heat-free products that encourage air drying, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, that helps you achieve soft and bouncy curls.
Hair Care Resolution 6: Use Protectant — Every Single Time
For the days when you just can’t resist the lure of your blow dryer, flat iron or curling wand, be sure to use a heat protectant before styling, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray. Aside from providing 450-degree heat protection, this heat-styling essential calms frizz, seals in shine, and blocks humidity.
Editor’s Tip: If you’re on your hair growth journey to trendy ultra-long tresses, you can also grab the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In, which is formulated with castor oil and also protects hair against damage up to 450 degrees.
Hair Care Resolution 7: Swap Permanent Hair Color For Temporary Formulas
Getting a mane makeover via hair color can be fun and exciting, but if you’re indulging in color often it could also take a toll on the health of your hair. Dodge the dry, damaged ‘do and give temporary hair color options a try instead of your go-to permanent hair dye. The L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray and the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color each wash out with your shampoo, so you can play with color without the full commitment — or consequences.
Hair Care Resolution 8: Invest In Deep Conditioning
If you make it a point to regularly use heat in your hair or have color-treated your strands, it’s always important to add a deep conditioner to your regimen. This hair care staple gives your strands a more thorough conditioning to address various hair care concerns. Not to mention, it doesn’t take a ton of time or energy to show your strands some extra love. Try the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid River Deep Conditioner, which is formulated with almond, protein and a conditioning serum to reinforce the hair fiber. Use it in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner.
Hair Care Resolution 9: Make Hair Care A Part Of Your Self-Care
Whether it’s through a standing appointment with your hairstylist or you put on a hair mask at home while you knock out the Sunday crossword puzzle, hair care should be part of your self-care routine. Don’t rush through taking care of your strands like it’s a chore to check off of your to-do list. Relax and enjoy them as moments to pamper yourself just like you would a mani-pedi or facial. You’ll have a healthier mind and healthier mane as a result.
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Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photography: Chaunte Vaughn, Associate Creative Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Associate Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Digital Tech: Erik Dalzen, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Model: Alexandra Van Zant
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