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4 Ways You’re Aging Your Hair — And How to Fix Them

Hairstylist to the stars Aaron Carlo sure does know a thing or two about styling locks to keep them looking young and vibrant!. We quizzed him to find out his top celebrity styling tips that he swears by that can be used on all hair types.

1. Not using a concoction of styling techniques.

Limp hair can age you. Fortunately, creating Hollywood-worthy volume is easier than it seems, whether you have straight, wavy, or curly hair. Aaron’s top tip for this is to “pin up your hair while styling, as this helps the volume to stay at the root of the hair,” which is exactly where you want it. So, if you’re curling your hair, pin up each curl using a bobby pin, just as you would with rollers.

He also swears by using a mixture of “dry shampoo and a good grip spray,” like a back-combing spray, to really hold the style and body of your hairstyle.

2. Not using a heat protectant.

Aaron admits that the best way to keep your hair looking young and healthy is to always, always use a heat-defense spray. He uses this on all of his celebrity clients. Spritz TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer ($8.30, Amazon) onto your hair before straightening or blow-drying to protect it from heat damage and hair burnout,  which is frazzled-looking, dull hair that’s been prone to too much stress and heat damage. Aaron admits, “I always put heat protection spray on before styling, and then oil on the ends to blend any split ends.”

And when it comes to styles, according to Aaron, the easiest red-carpet hairstyle to pull off is the underrated ponytail. “It works well, suits any age, and always looks cool and effortless.” Noted!

3. Not choosing your tools wisely.

One of the most sought-after A-list hairstyles is bouncy, Hollywood-style waves — but if you don’t choose the right tools, you’ll end up with a bird’s nest. Aaron tells us that achieving this style is all down to the tools that you pick. He loves a good “old-fashioned barrel curling tong. Let the hair twist as you wrap it around the barrel, and then pin the curl up to let it cool before you brush it out.” 

He also revealed that the temperature he uses for heated styling tools is “around 360 degrees Fahrenheit” for optimal style and hold. Remember to always use a heat-defense spray before using hot styling tools to protect your strands from damage. “Protecting your hair makes it so much more manageable and easier to achieve styles,” says Aaron.

4. Straightening all your hair at once.

Aaron tells us that to keep your hair looking ultra sleek and pin-straight, it’s imperative to “straighten it in fine sections.” This way, you won’t have to go over the same section of hair multiple times, which will result in less damage. Fried hair is another no-no that will age your look. Use a bulldog clip to separate your hair, and work with 1- to 2-inch wide sections.

This post was written by Arianna Chatzidakis. For more, check out our sister site, Grazia.

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