Hair Rules You Can Break
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Rebel Belle1 of 9
By Gigi Anders
In the summertime, you should be able to relax and let your hair down—literally. To help make your hair care hassle-free, here are eight rules that you can ignore, all given the stylist's stamp of approval by Sade Williams of the Ted Gibson Salon in New York City. Who knew being bad could look so good?
Matching Is a Must2 of 9
Break It: Hair and eyebrow colors do not—we repeat, DO NOT—have to match precisely. Brows that are slightly lighter or darker than your hair color actually look more natural and modern. The key is to keep the shades in the same tone, either warm or cool. If you're a deep, dark, chocolate brunette, for example, then slightly lighter brown brows help soften your color's severity. "A platinum blonde with tawny brows looks balanced, fresh and pretty," says Williams.
Long Hair Is for the Young3 of 9
Break It: Let Georgia O'Keeffe, Diana Ross, Demi Moore, Jerry Hall and Jane Seymour be your inspirations. "As long as your hair is in good condition and suits your personality, go ahead and grow your hair long if you like, no matter your age," says Williams.
Trim Every Six Weeks4 of 9
Break It: Unless you're maintaining a super-short style, monthly cuts aren't necessary. Go every three to four months for a proper trim, and perhaps a glaze, deep conditioning or texturizing treatment. These treatments will seal in moisture and protect hair from split ends, so it will look healthier for longer. Getting haircuts more often than once a season is excessive, especially if you're trying to grow out your hair, notes Williams. "Once you have a good shape and design, you're set for a while," she says.
Rinse Thoroughly5 of 9
Break It: Unless your hair is super baby-fine, you don't have to rinse out every last drop of conditioner. "Leaving a trace of conditioning product in your hair will keep it nourished, protect it from heat styling, and tame flyaways," says Williams.
Highlight Every 6 to 8 Weeks6 of 9
Break It: Go ahead and play hookie on your highlights. Nothing beats natural highlights from the sun, so you can skip the foils until fall. Instead, Williams suggests using a little lemon juice on hair to help accentuate lighter tones. "Just don't forget your SPF," she adds—good advice for both your skin and your hair.
Don't Go Out With Wet Hair7 of 9
Break It: Leaving the house with damp strands is hardly a felony—especially when it's 95 degrees out. During the summer, ditch the hairdryer and "use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to apply a moisturizing, leave-in styling product after you shampoo," says Williams. Then, let it dry naturally and scrunch it up a little with your fingers once it's completely dry. Hello, beachy hair.
Don't Shampoo Daily8 of 9
Break It: "Washing your hair every day is perfectly fine," says Williams. "The key is to use a gentle, moisturizing, low-lather shampoo, followed by a good, rinse-out conditioner. Then use an extra-light, protein-based, leave-in conditioner before blow-drying to keep strands healthy."
Brush Strands to Detangle9 of 9
Break It: It's OK to not even own a comb or a brush—if you have curly hair. "Your best tools are your fingers," says Williams. "Don't be afraid to use them." If you want to manipulate how your hair will fall once it dries, then use duck clips (slide them through sideways, not flat on your head) to set it away from your face and across the crown to create lift. Then blow-dry with a diffuser or allow the sun and warm breezes to do their work.