I used to be a hairdresser. I loved the job, but I quit it when I became a stay-at-home mom.  I still cut the hair of family and friends (and myself, it’s tricky, but I rarely trust anyone else), but I only do it for fun now. Hair is usually the first thing that I notice when I meet a person. I’m not a style-snob, but I’m no fan of dirty hair, no matter what the excuse. Dirty hair does not look attractive, it smells bad, and can lead to breakouts. Yuck.

I read some advice in a magazine the other day that said something along the lines of scrub your hair in a circular motion, not up and down, or you’ll suffer permanent hair loss. I thought that sounded crazy (unless you are scrubbing like a mad man) and I’m going to call a dermatologist to get to the bottom of that claim, but in the meantime, here are a few hair tips that I use on a regular basis.

Sarahs long hair michelle*Styling products and even some conditioners can build-up on hair and dim your natural shine. Once a month I do a vinegar rinse. I mix a 1/4 cup of vinegar (white or apple cider) with water in a 32 ounce cup or a small pitcher. I shampoo normally, then pour the vinegar mixture through my hair (close your eyes, tilt your head back, do this in the shower!). I rinse well, then shampoo again and condition to get the vinegar smell out.

*If you have wavy or curly hair, then mix together equal parts of a leave-in conditioner and hair gel – a small amount, about the size of a quarter. Style as usual. This mixture is great for taming frizzies. It gives you a little more control, but not stiff control.

*I have long hair and I use this simple trick to put beachy, bed-heady, natural-looking waves in it. Wash your hair, let it dry naturally. At bed time, pull it into a low ponytail (don’t fasten it). Twist the tail, then loop around into a circle bun. Fasten with a couple of bobby pins, then go to sleep. In the morning, pull the pins out and finger comb. For waves that begin higher up the head, do the same thing, but make the ponytail and bun at the top of your head.

Image credit: Michelle Smith