5 Hairstyling Tips for Beginners

5 Hairstyling Tips for Beginners

At Calista, we’re all about giving you the tools and resources to create a hair routine that makes the most sense for you. Whether you’re interested in simple hacks that make your hair look a little more polished or you just don’t know where to start when it comes to upgrading your haircare routine, we’re giving you five simple tips that can really take you to the next level. 

Clean Your Tools

It seems simple, but most people don’t even think of this as a necessary task. The truth is, styling tools and hairbrushes that are being used on a regular basis consistently take in dirt, oil, and dead skin from the hair and scalp. Constantly using these tools without taking the time to clean or replace them can result in hair looking greasy, dirty, and even cause damage or breakage. First of all, make sure you clean the hair out of the bristles of your hair tools after every third use. Fun Fact: Calista provides a small tool called The Glide that actually comes with every Perfecter tool. It is a small, plastic comb that easily allows you to remove hair from tool bristles. It can be used on other styling tools as well! As for cleaning hairbrushes – while there are cleansing solutions available for purchase, a great at-home remedy is mixing a clarifying shampoo with a teaspoon or two of baking soda in water. Just soak your brush for 3-5 minutes and scrub it clean with an old toothbrush!

Loosen Up Your Curls

Here’s an incredibly simple tip that often gets overlooked. Do you ever wonder how celebrities and stylists are able to accomplish a true beachy wave, a glamorous Hollywood curl, or lived-in volume that looks natural and chic? It’s not because they’re using different tools or some miracle styling product – it’s because they brush it out. After you’ve styled your hair with your preferred size wave or curl, use a medium hold or strong hold hairspray and allow it to set. Many people stop here, thinking that the curls look perfect and the hairspray needs to remain completely undisturbed for the curls to hold. On healthy hair, this is not the case! After you’ve allowed your curls to set with the hairspray, lightly brush through them with a flexible hairbrush and fluff out your hair. This will give your hair a more lived-in look that makes your curls look natural, healthy, and full.

Fill It In

Another hack that is pretty straightforward: filling in your hairline or thinning spots. Just like many people use an eyebrow pencil to make their brows look thicker, there are endless product options out there for filling in your actual hair. If you want to make your hair look thicker, give yourself a more consistent hairline, or even cover up a few greys here and there to create the look of a perfect hair color, use a root touch-up product to fill in your hair. An at-home hack for those not interested in making a purchase: find an eyeshadow in your repertoire that best mimics your hair color, take a makeup brush, and shade away!

Eliminate Frizz

Something that can often have a negative effect on the appearance of well-kept hair is frizz. No matter how healthy or clean your hair is, a ton of untamed frizz can really tone down the polished appearance of any hairstyle. A few tips we know to work: sleeping on a silk pillowcase, using cold water after you shampoo, finding a shampoo free of the  sulfates and parabens known to dry out your hair. There are plenty of tips out there that can help tame frizzy hair, but the best thing to do is to talk to the person who knows your hair best: your stylist! In the meantime, try using a hydrating shampoo and a hair mask treatment. Even small changes like these can take you far when it comes to de-frizzing!

No Daily Shampooing

Speaking of shampoo, did you know that you’re really not meant to use it every day? This is especially true if your hair is prone to oiliness! For all hair types, over washing your hair actually strips it of its natural oils and leaves it looking dry and lifeless. A good rule of thumb is to only wash your hair two or three times per week. For those with curly or coarse hair, it may be better to wash your hair only once a week. As always, we recommend consulting your hairdresser for what is the best course of action for your specific hair type.

Do you have any hairstyling tips that changed the way you do your hair? We want to hear them! Let us know in the comment section or comment on one of our recent social posts on Facebook (Calista by Maria McCool) or Instagram (@calistatools).

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