How to Take Care of Your Hair.
The question today is not whether your hair is damaged but how bad the situation is in an era of blowout bars, extreme dye jobs, and perms. Researchers say you can revive even wrecked hair by making a few tweaks to your routine before you start feeling hopeless about giving up your flatiron. With so much information online, so many tutorials, and new hair care products being introduced daily, it may be challenging to determine the best hair care routine for you. The good news is that there are some basic rules for taking care of your hair that everyone should adhere to, regardless of the type of hair you have.
As hair types, textures and thickness vary widely, you must pay attention to your hair's needs to maintain a healthy, shiny look. In order to achieve healthy hair, we've created a guide to hair care routine steps that will leave your hair looking and feeling healthy!
Healthy Hair Care Routines
A basic hair care regimen should consist of these steps: cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing, detangling, styling, and treating. Your hair type, lifestyle, and preferences will determine how often you should follow these steps.
Hair care routines begin with cleansing. As with cleansing your skin every evening, you should also cleanse your hair - though perhaps not every day, based on its dryness and the products you use. A good hair wash removes grease, dirt, dead skin cells, and product residues that have accumulated on your hair and scalp.
Tips for Cleansing:
- To maintain hair and scalp health in the long run, choose a shampoo that is gentle and free of parabens and sulfates.
- Make a lather with your fingertips rather than your fingernails on your scalp.
- Hair may lose natural oils if washed too frequently, disrupting the microbiome on your scalp. Two to three times a week is ideal for keeping your hair healthy.
- Hot water is damaging to the hair, so it is best to use lukewarm or cold water when washing and rinsing.
Conditioning and Nourishment
After washing, you need to condition your hair. Detangling, sealing the cuticles, and providing moisture are all benefits of treating your hair with conditioner.
Tips for Conditioning:
- Make sure your hair is wet before applying the conditioner. After removing excess water, apply the conditioner evenly throughout the lengths of your hair and rinse with cool water after 1-2 minutes.
- The conditioner should be evenly distributed through your hair using a wide-toothed comb after it has been applied.
Your hair needs to be disentangled to minimize breakage and eliminate knots. Leave-in conditioners can make detangling easier. Using this method will smooth your hair, making it easier to detangle them with a brush or wide-toothed comb.
Tips for Disentangling:
- It all begins in the shower. To remove any large knots in your hair, gently comb them using your fingertips after applying conditioner.
- When brushing or combing your hair, you should always begin at the bottom and work your way upward.
Protect, Prime and Style
When using heated tools like a straightener, curling iron, or blow dryer, always prep your hair first. Your hairstyle will last longer, preventing breakage as well as improving styling. When styling hair with heated tools, use a lightweight styling primer for the best hold and to prevent frizz. Your next step in styling your hair should be to use a heat protectant, to prevent damage from styling tools, blow-drying, and the sun. If the hair is damp or dry, section it and spray evenly at arm's length, prior to using heat tools or UV exposure.
Tips to Protect, Prime and Style:
- When styling wet or damp hair, never use heated tools. The hair should be air-dried for a few minutes following the application of a heat protectant.
- You only need a small amount of primer.
- Consider finishing off your styling routine with a texture spray to enhance your hair's texture.
Apply a Moisturizer
You might want to add a little moisturizer back into your hair once you've styled it or let it air dry. Your hair may also benefit from an increase in moisture if you do not wash it every day. The use of hair oils prevents dryness and controls frizz. Additionally, it helps seal in moisture and strengthen your hair. Moisturizer can be used on damp or dry hair, as well as at any time during the day or night.
Tips for Maintaining Moisture:
- When it comes to hair oil, a little goes a long way. Fine hair should be treated with 1-2 drops, medium hair with 2-3 drops, and thick hair with 3-4 drops.
- You should warm up the hair oil by rubbing it between your palms prior to using it. With your fingers, apply the oil in a comb-like motion to ensure even distribution.
- For added moisture, apply a leave-in conditioner in between washings.
While every person's hair care routine will differ, here we have outlined a few steps that will help you keep your hair looking beautiful and feeling good. It may take several days or even weeks to figure out an appropriate hair care routine. However, once it has been resolved, you are well on your way to obtaining your desired hairstyle.