Whether you’re slicking it into a tight ponytail or stabbing it with bobby pins to secure the perfect bun, your hair is constantly being put under stress. But that doesn’t mean it has to look like a broom! Read on to find out how to keep your locks healthy and beautiful.

How often should I get my hair trimmed to prevent split ends?

Ideally you should visit the salon every six to eight weeks, but if that’s not possible, go every three to four months.

Is dyeing your hair bad for you?

Dyeing or highlighting will put more stress on your locks. If you’re going to change your hair color, use gentle shampoos designed specifically for color-treated hair.

How often should I wash my hair?

Every other day. You may feel like washing it more often because you’re sweating and using product, but rinse with water and apply a small amount of conditioner on the ends instead.

Can I brush my hair when it’s wet?

Wet hair is more prone to breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet and brush when it’s dry. With tough tangles, start from the bottom and work your way up.

What’s the best way to get the product (hello, helmet head!) out of my hair after a performance? 

Before washing your hair, gently brush it out, starting at the ends. Sometimes regular shampoo doesn’t do the job, so use a clarifying shampoo once a week to ensure you’re getting rid of all the product.

BALLERINA BALDNESS, or traction alopecia, is hair loss caused by a constant pulling of your hair (like always having it yanked into a bun). You can prevent this by switching up your hairstyles and where you put your pins and clips. If you start to see extreme bald spots or hair loss, visit a dermatologist.

FACT: According to a recent study at the University of New England in Australia, dancing the tango can boost your happiness. Researchers found that the exercise, music and close-contact partnering of the tango can help beat depression and significantly reduce stress.

DID YOU KNOW? Bananas can be as effective as sports drinks during a tough rehearsal. A new study at Appalachian State University found that cyclists who ate bananas during an intense workout performed as well as those who drank sports drinks. But bananas also have antioxidants and are loaded with fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. So the next time you’re heading to class, skip the sports drink and reach for a banana.

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