We always think the grass is greener on the other side, right? If your hair is limp and fine, you wish desperately for more body and volume. Your hair may grow at a snail’s pace while you dream of gaining inches. So much of our confidence is tied to our hair, and yet we somehow manage to always find something wrong with it.
Here at RevAir, we believe ALL types and textures of hair are beautiful. But on a personal level, we know it can be a struggle to accept and work with what you have. Here are a few tips that we think might help guide you to a happier, healthier relationship with your hair.
Knowledge is Power
The first step of any hair love journey is to better understand your hair type. It’s tempting to wing it by grabbing things at random while you are at the beauty store, or buy that hair product that promises to completely transform your hair in a single-use, but doing a bit of research on the front end will eventually save you time and money.
There are a bunch of factors to consider when taking care of your tresses. Is your scalp oily or dry? What is your hair type and porosity? Since every head of hair is different, it is important to understand how these factors interact with one another. There may be ingredients in certain products that are a godsend to some but will leave your hair a complete mess. This is why it is so important to tailor your searches to your specific hair needs.
Learning about your hair is also an essential step in acceptance. Once you know more about your hair, the better you will understand how to take care of it. The better you take care of it, the more gorgeous it will look and feel!
If you need help getting started, check out some of our other blog posts. Many of them focus on specific hair types and are a great resource.
RevAir is a good option for those looking to style regularly or on special occasions, without causing damage to your natural hair pattern or texture. It utilizes Reverse Air and tension to help pull the moisture out of the hair while sealing the cuticle for a sleek finish. Unlike a standard hair dryer, RevAir uses low heat-saving your tresses from damage or stress over time, so you can rock your natural style whenever you’d like.
Look to the Stars
Back in the day, people would flip through magazines and agonize over how to achieve the glamorous hairstyles of celebrities, but it is 2020! Achieving the look you desire is only one YouTube video away.
The internet is filled with interviews with celebs and their stylists on how they manage to get their look. Some may even share videos of secret industry tips and tricks that you have never seen before (of course, they might be using products that may cost your next month’s rent, but there are plenty of dupes out there that are kinder to your bank account).
While you are scrolling, keep an eye out for celebrities that share your hair type for inspiration. They are constantly changing up their looks, so googling two or three will bring up a bunch of different style options for you to try. You can even search for how influencers across the globe are expressing their individuality through their hair. Save photos to your Pinterest page or Instagram collections to bring to your stylist at your next appointment.
Listen to Your Stylist
Now that you have studied up on your hair and found some inspiration, it’s time to go to the pros. Your stylist is the most invaluable ally you will have on your hair journey. Think of them as your hair coach; it is their job to get your hair in shape and make sure it is performing at its best.
When looking for a stylist, it is important to find one that is not only talented but honest. A good stylist will not be afraid to tell you “no” if they think that your hair goal of going from jet black to bleach blonde in one sitting is unrealistic. While it may be a tough pill to swallow, know that they are looking out for you and your hair health.
It is also important to be honest with your stylist about your expectations vs. your reality. If you want highlights but can only make it to the salon every two months, then your stylist may suggest a color option that may be different, but works better for your schedule. If you are nervous about going natural, your stylist can suggest several protective styles that will work for you. Going into your hair appointment with an open mind and a willingness to collaborate means you will leave with the best style for you.
Beauty Starts on the Inside
When you think about your hair, do your thoughts tend to fall on the negative side? You’re not alone. We live in a society that teaches us to seek our flaws, rather than celebrate our strengths. This is why the final and most important step on your hair love journey is to take a good hard look at how we think and talk about our hair. If you have already made the decision within yourself that you do not have “good” hair, no haircut or color is going to make you feel beautiful. There will always be some flaw to overcome in your mind.
A good way to start retraining how you think about your hair is to acknowledge when you are thinking and talking about it negatively. If you catch yourself being self-critical, try asking “Would I talk to my best friend this way?” The answer is probably not. You would want to build her up, not shame her for things outside of her control. So be kind to yourself. Try to find things you DO love about your hair. We guarantee the more you do it, the easier it will be.
It is also important to consider how we talk about ourselves with others. We know how easy it is to fall into conversations with our friends that center around swapping insecurities and comparisons. But we also know that these conversations are like eating a whole pizza in one sitting: it feels good at the moment, but afterward you will probably feel worse than you did before. Instead, what if we share what we are proud of about ourselves? What if we appreciate the beauty in others while we recognize our own uniqueness?
When we stop trying to make ourselves conform to narrow ideas of what beauty is, we begin to understand and appreciate our own beauty is precious and unique. How we treat and style our hair should be a reflection of our self-love and individuality, not the expectations of others. As we grow older our hair will change, but as long as we learn to love and accept ourselves we will always feel beautiful.
As always, know that our RevAir team of Advisors is here to support and answer any questions you may have about the RevAir device, products, or team.