Money-saving hair management

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by Rachel Harris / Beauty and Life on a Budget

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Posted on March 2, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 22 at 12:45 PM

Healthier hair starts with the basic art of your shampoo and conditioning routine. I call it art because after interviewing several experts, I have decided that it is an art, simple enough, but with steps that will also save you money.

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For my healthy hair advice, I spoke to my long-time stylist, Angelic Papadakis and our show makeup artist, Karen Hall. So, here are some hair rules from the experts....

1. Professional products work best when it comes to healthy hair.

Angelic is a real stickler on this one. She told me that the regular products have too much silicone that leaves hair coated with wax. See your stylist to see what professional shampoo line best fits the needs of your hair. For the majority of us that find paying the higher price for the pro products challenging, clip coupons for savings. Ulta stores has weekly coupons in the Sunday paper and printable coupons are available at www.sallybeauty.com for Sally Beauty Supply stores. I just checked today's Sally coupons and there is an offer that gets you a free ion Moisturizing Treatment with a shampoo purchase. And if you pay to have your hair colored, then Angelic says that the best products are Amplify by Mattrix and the Bedhead line. Using these brands will lengthen the life of your hair dye which saves you money in the long run.

2. Just say no to 2-n-1 products.

Angelic says that your hair needs both a shampoo and a conditioner. She goes by the motto that if it is too good to be true, then it probably is. According to Ang, you need both a shampoo and then a separate conditioner.

3. To save money, use a half dollar size of product for your hair.

4. Shampoo is for the scalp and conditioner is for the ends.

When shampooing, start with the scalp. When using conditioner, start at the ends. Plus a cool trick that will stretch your beauty budget is to only apply conditioner to the ends and strands of the hair. Skip the scalp. Instead take the ends and flip it up to let the conditioner run over to the top of your head. Since the crme rinse is really for the ends and not the scalp, you save money by using less and by using the same amount for the entire head.

4. Daily hair cleansing is unnecessary and is actually not as healthy for your hair then bi-weekly washing.

This is great news if you want an extra 10 minutes of shut-eye in the AM. If you can, wash your hair only twice a week which saves on shampoo money and is good for your hair. If your scalp gets too oily for that, Ang says that you can just wash the scalp and not the entire head of hair which is another time-saver. A great trick to know about is a product by Aveda called Hair Potion. This light powder goes on the scalp and quickly dissolves into a paste that absorbs oil and gives hair body. So, if you have some of this on hand, you can buy yourself another day of skipping shampoo. It is sold in the Aveda stores located in Valley malls.

5. On wet hair, use only a wide-tooth comb to the get tangles out.

Any other type of brush is too rough for damp hair which is vulnerable when it is wet.

6. Be gentle when drying your hair with a towel.

Even though we've seen tons of movie clips with actors towel-drying hair by quickly rubbing a towel back and forth, the experts tell me that Hollywood has it wrong. Instead, gently squeeze the moisture out of your hair. Quickly rubbing a towel back and forth is too rough on damp hair, which is delicate when wet.

Believe it or not, the simple basics I just listed will give you healthier hair and even better, stretch your beauty budget. For more information about makeup artist Karen Hall visit www.johnhallphotography.com or call 602-274-5165. For appointments or questions for hair stylist Angelic call 602-321-7005.

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