Do you want healthier hair?
Overwashing, coloring, and styling can all wreak havoc on your locks, causing them to look dull and become damaged. But you don't have to settle for less than stellar hair.
Read on for 9 hair regimen tips to keep your hair healthy for life.
You may be surprised to learn that some people avoid brushing their hair.
Yes, it can make it a bit poufy, but a common belief is that brushing hair can break or damage it.
What you may not know is that regularly brushing your hair (at least once per day) can move the oils from your scalp to the rest of your mane, hydrating your hair.
Have you ever noticed that your hair looks shinier after a good brushing? That's because the oils have dispersed and helped moisturize it.
Be sure to use a soft bristled brush and gently move it through your hair. Yes, a hard bristled brush can cause breakage so be as gentle as possible. Removing tangles can also keep hair from breaking.
The amount of times you wash your hair is important.
While you want to keep it clean, you also want to avoid overwashing as it can strip your hairs natural oils, causing it to become brittle.
Unless you have an extremely oily scalp, try to avoid washing your hair daily. Washing your hair every other day or every few days allows your hair to produce and reap the benefits of its natural oils.
When you do shampoo, be sure to focus on scrubbing the scalp as opposed to the tips. The ends of your hair don't need washing and will become dry and split if you scrub them too hard.
The purpose of shampoo is to clean your scalp, so concentrate on that area.
You want to take the opposite approach when conditioning in the shower.
Focus mostly on your ends and the tip of your hair. This will help restore moisture and hydrate any split ends, avoiding breakage.
Unless you have an extremely dry scalp, you don't need to condition it specifically.
Conditioner will inevitably get onto your scalp but concentrating on that area can cause your hair to feel greasy and oily after your shower.
Sleep In a Ponytail
To avoid damage from tossing and turning on your hair all night, you should sleep in a loose, low ponytail.
Try to use a soft hair tie; something made out of cotton or another plush material as opposed to a stiff rubber band or a hair clip.
Sleeping with your hair in a loose ponytail will help keep tangles at bay and prevent you from having to go hard with a hairbrush in the morning. You'll also help your skin out because the oils from your hair won't touch your face.
So this regime has two benefits!
Protect Your Hair from Chlorine
If you spend a lot of time in a pool, especially during the summer, you should take more care to protect your hair from the chlorine.
Chlorine can be extremely damaging to hair; causing dryness, breaking and split ends.
If you swim a lot, consider wearing a swim cap. You can also wash your hair with non-chlorinated water immediately after swimming and deep condition it regularly throughout the summer months.
Do a Mask
Every now and then, treat your hair to a mask the same way you would treat your skin.
There are conditioning masks that you can wear overnight or for a few hours at a time that helps lock in moisture and penetrate through the hair follicle, healing damaged hair.
There are tons of masks you can purchase or simply try soaking your hair in coconut oil.
Just be sure to wrap it in plastic wrap so the oil doesn't get all over since coconut oil can be runnier than other pre-mixed hair masks.
Get a Trim
Getting a trim every 6-12 weeks can do wonders for the health of your hair.
When you get a good trim, your stylist is removing damaged hair and split ends, making room for the fresh, healthy follicles to breathe and grow.
If you're trying to grow your hair long, don't freak out at the thought of a haircut.
Regular trims can actually make your hair grow faster since it will be healthier. Damaged hair tends to split and stop growing.
Avoid Excessive Heat
Whenever you can, say "no" to the blow dryer, straightening iron or curling wand.
We understand that you may have hair that needs regular heat styling in order to make it work for you, but do your best let your hair rest and put down the tools whenever possible.
Excessive heat can not only damage your hair but make it fall out. If you've been experiencing hair loss, click here for more info.
If you can opt for putting your hair up in a cute ponytail or bun instead of styling it with a hot tool, do so.
If you have to use a styling tool, try to make sure you don't put it on the highest heat setting. It isn't necessary and the lower setting is better for your locks.
Be Cautious with Color
It's fun to experiment with color and maybe you've committed to regular coloring or highlights because you love it.
If that's the case, try to give your hair a break when you can and be cognizant of the kind of hair color your stylist is putting in.
Don't use bleach unless you absolutely have to because this is the most damaging hair dye you can apply.
Maybe try letting your roots grow out a little longer than you normally would in order to give your mane a rest. There are also popular styles like hombre and balayage which have the look of partially dyed locks and are less damaging.
Try a New Hair Regimen Today!
With the guide above, you're on your way to a new hair regimen.
It's important to treat your hair the same way you would treat your skin.
Hydrate and protect your hair whenever possible and try implementing some of these new steps to get yourself on the road to healthier hair.
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