It’s the start of a new year—and a new decade!—which means there’s no better time to recharge and reset. Resolutions are on everyone’s mind and, after the busy holiday season, resolving to incorporate some self-care rituals into your everyday routine is the perfect way to regain a little “me time.” Whether you want to combat winter dryness, test drive one of the buzziest beauty trends of 2020, or ditch your hot tools (temporarily, of course) and embrace the natural look, we’ve got a range of haircare resolutions to last you all year long.
Winter air can be especially harsh, drying out both your hair and your skin. Quench thirsty strands with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner duo, like usmooth’s Hydrate Cleanse and Hydrate Condition, and add a weekly or bi-weekly hair mask for extra hydration and nourishment. We like the Therapy Rejuvenating Recovery Mask from label.m.
February: Practice Protective Hairstyling
Split ends are a common hair problem in winter, and excessive heat styling is often to blame. Your goal for February? Swap out your hot tools in favor of protective styles this month. Try soft, bejeweled braids like those seen on the Alice + Olivia Spring 2020 Fashion Week runway, or twist hair into a rope braid, à la the look at Gabriela Hearst’s Spring 2020 show. Need a time saver? Wrap hair into a low nape knot for an updated version of last season’s “messy bun.”
March: Lighten Up
With the start of spring officially beginning on March 19th this year, it’s the perfect month to opt for a lighter look. Try a subtle lift for natural-looking dimension or go for bright, sun-kissed strands and celebrate the fact that warmer days are right around the corner! Need a little #inspo? Ask your stylist for Banglights (made famous by Beyonce), a face-frame or simply add a gloss to your salon appointment, these are quick and easy add-ons for a fresh shade!
The fastest way to spice up a “blah” hair day? Accessories! Try a blingy barrette clipped to one side, tie a skinny velvet scarf around your ponytail, or stack a few metallic clips for instant cool-girl texture. Pro tip: set your style with hairspray before placing accessories to avoid product buildup.
May: Protect Your Color
Keep your hair color’s vibrancy and avoid unwanted tones with products specifically designed to protect your color. We like Redken's Color Extend line. Those with fine hair should opt for a specialty product that focuses on color protection without weighing down strands, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s ANGEL.RINSE.
June: Extend Your Wash
The “no ‘poo”—that’s no shampoo—trend has gone from a fad to a full-on movement. And there’s a reason! Reducing how often you wash your hair can dramatically limit damage, extend the life of your hair color, and give you healthier, happier strands. Extend your wash with a hard-working dry shampoo, like Redken's new Dry Clean Dry Shampoo.
July: Get a Handle on Humidity
When the humidity levels rise, nix frizz by practicing a little hair self-care. Use hydrating shampoos free of sulfates and parabens, indulge in a weekly hair mask, and utilize your diffuser when blow drying to help keep frizz under control. We also like KEVIN.MURPHY’s EVER.SMOOTH treatment styler for smoothness and heat protection.
August: Do Some Damage Control
Summers can be harsh on hair—warm temperatures, high humidity, and chlorine-filled pools can all leave your strands feeling less-than-stellar. This month, practice hair self-care with damage control. Incorporate a strengthening shampoo, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s BALANCING.WASH or try a leave-in treatment, like STAYING.ALIVE, for extra nourishment.
September: Simplify Your Beauty Routine
When life gets busy, your beauty routine can start to take a backseat. When you need to save time—but still want to look and feel your best—invest in multi-tasking products that handle all your hair needs in a flash. Try One United from Redken, which tackles twenty five common hair concerns, from fly-aways to breakage to heat protection.
October: Focus on Hair Health
Love the low maintenance look but can’t seem to achieve that perfectly imperfect “lived-in” look? It’s easy to roll out of bed and go when your hair is at its most healthy. Use nourishing products, reduce washes, and keep up with your salon visits for regular trims. Low-maintenance color, like balayage instead of traditional highlights and embracing the “rooted” look, can also seriously save your strands.
November: Style in Your Sleep
Who says self-care has to be a major time investment? Test drive overnight styling techniques—like loose French braids before bed for beachy waves in the A.M. or leave-in smoothing products, such as KEVIN.MURPHY's LEAVE-IN.REPAIR—for “woke-up-like-this” style.
December: Try Something New
Want a total refresh before the year is out? Switch up your look with something completely new! Whether you opt for a subtle change, like trendy face-frame highlights, or go for something major, like a blunt bob, a new look is a perfect way to welcome another new year.