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Top 4 ways to keep short hair healthy

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Keep short strands in shape

Not all haircuts are created equal. While you might think shampoo and conditioner are all you need to keep your strands in shape, short hair has its own needs to consider. With that in mind, we put together four hair care tips for keeping more closely cropped locks looking lovely.
Woman with healthy short hair

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The most important thing to remember when it comes to keeping short hair looking great is to maintain the shape. This means regular trips to see your hair stylist, even more so than if you had longer locks since one of the biggest challenges when it comes to shorter hair is the fact that it needs more maintenance. Short hairstyles need to be cut every four to five weeks to keep it looking its best.

Develop a healthy hair routine

While you might think hair is hair no matter the length, shorter hair needs its own set of products. Use a custom blend of products that work specifically for short hair to maintain the style. Maintaining a good shampoo and conditioner routine is important because even though the hair is short, it still needs to be kept healthy and shiny. Shampoo and condition hair as usual, and we suggest using an argan oil-based styling product to keep hair soft, manageable and looking great. Also be sure to condition on a daily basis to keep hair from looking dry.

Don't forget about your scalp

You might not realize it but your scalp should get the same attention you give the rest of your skin. Just like dead skin and pore-clogging debris can build up on your face, your scalp can get weighed down, too. Build-up on your scalp can mean flakes, dryness and irritation (no thanks!). Think about adding an exfoliating scalp treatment to your short hair care routine. These treatments are great, as they serve as a facial for the hair and stimulate the scalp.

Avoid product overload

If you've been relying on an array of styling products to keep your strands in shape, it might be time to take a break or at least be choosier with what you use. Certain hair care products can do more harm than good in the long run. Don't overuse products like gels and pomades that can make hair look dull and greasy. It's also good to keep in mind that over-use of these popular short hair products can clog the hair cuticle and make hair lackluster, causing strands to look oily and lifeless.

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