Hair Care Tips: 7 Steps to Maintaining Healthy Hair
Whether your hair is long, short, natural, or relaxed, taking care of it is important. What if I told you what you’re doing now is not enough, would you believe me? Well, taking care of your hair is more than just combing and holding it in a pretty bun.
Many women have adopted the use of heat on their hair not realizing the kind of damage it has. This should however not scare you because no matter how damaged your hair is, it can always be repaired.
Do you want to have hair that is as thick and silky as the ones you see on commercials? Well, achieving this is possible in real life you just have to put in some work.
Here are a few things you can do to achieve and maintain healthy hair;
Trim Your Hair Frequently
The concept of trimming your hair seems a bit counterproductive especially if growth is your goal. However, this is not the case. When you get a trim, you get rid of split ends and damaged hair that would otherwise tamper with your hair’s health. Keep in mind that the only way your hair will grow is by keeping it healthy.
It is advised to go for a trim every 10-12 weeks before the split ends appear. If possible get your hair trimmed by a professional who understands that they need to trim an eighth of the hair. However, you can also do it yourself at home, all you need is a pair of scissors, a mirror, and the patience to carefully do it.
Invest in the Right Products
There’s a wide range of products for you to choose from but that does not mean that each product is meant for your hair. You need to first understand the type of hair you have. Is it straight, curly, or kinky? Understanding this is important because each hair type has different porosity, which means absorption and retention of moisture will vary.
Once you understand your hair type, you can now research and find the best brand of products for you. You could also look into popular hair care product manufacturers to better understand the ingredients they use on their products.
Develop a Cleansing and Moisturizing Routine
At the end of every week, you find that your hair has accumulated dirt and is a bit flaky on the scalp. Flaking occurs when your scalp produces natural oils but they don’t get distributed down your hair shaft. In light of this, consider washing your hair at least once a week. Invest in a good sulfate-free shampoo and a good moisturizing conditioner.
When washing your hair, put your focus on your scalp, and watch how much shampoo you use. A little goes a long way. Using too much shampoo might just end up drying out your hair. Use the conditioner after rinsing and be very generous with it. Conditioner adds moisture to your hair and helps you detangle any knots with ease.
Your routine should also include an after wash regimen. Now that your hair is clean, what next? Well, this is where you apply either a leave-in conditioner, cream, or oil to add to the moisture and seal it in.
Wear Protective Styles
Protective styles vary from one person to the next. When you want to protect your hair, the only way to do that is by keeping the ends of your hair tucked away. This is what it means by protective styling. You could decide to wear a wig, install some braids, or even hold your hair in a bun. All you need to make sure of is that even as you protect your hair, you leave it well moisturized.
Avoid Using Heat
Where possible, it is advised that you completely stay away from the hairdryers and flat irons that every girl loves so much. I know I might be asking for the impossible but just give it a try. Research on other ways you can straighten your hair without having to use heat. However, if it proves to be impossible then invest in a heat protectant from a reputable brand. This will work as a shield on your hair to prevent the heat from causing any damage.
Pay Attention to the Fabric You Use on Your Hair
What do you use to dry your hair after washing it? I bet you use a regular towel right? Well, this is wrong. Using a towel to dry your hair leads to breakage which damages your hair. If you need to use a towel, invest in a thin microfiber towel that is soft and won’t cause any breakage. You could also opt for one of your clean old t-shirts. This is by far the best option especially if you don’t have access to a microfiber towel.
Also, remember that as you sleep all that tossing and turning could lead to some breakage. This is why investing in a satin hair cap or pillow is advised.
Avoid using too much force when combing or brushing your hair. Remember that your hair is prone to tangles so combing too hard may cause some damage. If possible just use your fingers to detangle then you can comb it out.
No matter how damaged your hair is, it can easily be repaired with simple adjustments to your hair care routine. All you need is to free up some time each week and work on cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your hair. This is the only way to get to healthy hair.
Now that you know this, what will you include or change in your hair care routine? Take your time and decide what will work best for you.
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