Blake Lively has the hair we all want, but will probably never achieve (see also: Gigi Hadid). The internet is full of how-to guides to help mortals like us score hair like them—but it’s not very often we actually receive tactical advice from an insider in the know, like Lively’s hairstylist. In a recent interview with W Magazine, the Gossip Girl star’s hairstylist, Rod Ortega, dished some surprisingly easy-to-follow knowledge that can help us all get one step closer to bouncy, shiny, Lively-esque hair. The secret? Switch up your shampoo depending on the season.
During the winter, to help stave off hat-hair, Ortega recommends a volumizing shampoos that give your locks a lift. During the summer, when the sun and other environmental factors are more likely to damage your hair, Ortega recommends a moisturizing shampoo to keep your hair hydrated. “It’s always good to switch off shampoos every once in awhile,” Ortega told W Magazine. “You could do a volumizing shampoo in the winter because you might be wearing a lot of hats, or a nice moisturizing, hydrating shampoo during the summer because there’s more sun.”
The advice doesn’t stop there either. Ortega also said how often we wash our hair should differ for all of us. Apparently, it depends on our body chemistry. For some, shampooing every other day is best, while others can wait three days before a wash. Regardless, he praises second-day hair as the best day for styling. “I would say every other day but it depends on your body chemistry,” he said. “If you produce a lot of oil, then it would be more frequent. But second-day hair is always the best. You could also go three days and put dry shampoo at the roots.”
Ortega also recommends keeping your hair healthy through winter by using a regular mask and getting a trim every six to seven weeks “for dursting and shaping.” While he says you can go two months, he says after three months your hair starts to become brittle. “It’s maintenance like doing your manicure, pedicure or eyebrows,” Lively’s hairstylist explained. Need some new moisturizing or volumizing products to switch up your routine this season? Start here.