When you try your best and realize your efforts are not bearing any fruit, you definitely know there’s something you are not doing right. To tell the truth, hair has a mind of its own from time to time, and always decided what it wants to do including how it wants to grow. Sometimes you wonder why your hair extention goes out of your control. On these days, you wish you had a way of gaining your boss position, to dictate what should be done. This can only be done if you have a proper hair care regimen.
No, I am not advocating for a complete overhaul of your current hair care products and routine. There are some simple tips that if followed, will yield massive results within a short time. Read on to find them out!
- Hair wash tips
You probably are thinking that I am suggesting the wash routine you’ve had ever since you started caring for your hair is wrong. Well, there are some things you could be omitting or doing wrong, and as a result, your hair has not been producing the expected results. Some of the tips to try out include:
Oiling your hair: When done before washing your hair, pre-pooing helps in sealing the hair’s moisture and protecting it from the harsh chemicals in the shampoo. Gently massage almond, olive or coconut oil into your scalp and hair before stepping into the shower.
Lukewarm water: You don’t want your hair to be dehydrated just because you washed it. You are trying to take care of it, not damage it! This is why lukewarm water is recommended as opposed to hot water. Doing the final rinse in cold water seals the cuticles, and is a great way of moisture retention.
Diluted shampoo: You probably have never heard of this one, but owing to the frequent use of shampoos, it is important to use it in its mildest form (diluted). Mix 2 pumps of shampoo with half a mug of water before applying it to your hair.
Gentle massage: Use small, circular motions to rejuvenate your scalp and activate blood flow to your hair cuticles. Harsh rubbing of hair results in massive tangling and breakage.
- Hair drying tips
You may not be aware of the kind of damage you are exposing your hair to when drying it. The following tips will give you an idea of how to handle your hair properly when drying it.
Microfiber towel: As soon as you step out of the shower, wrap your hair in a microfiber towel to pre-dry it. Avoid terrycloth towels as they tend to increase tangling, increase frizz and breakage.
Stay away from the bow drier: Exposing your hair to heat from styling tools damages it there and then. You may start seeing the repercussions after a while, but the damage is not reversible. Allow your hair to air dry once you have applied a leave-in conditioner.
- Hair brushing tips
Tangles and knots are the major cause of hair breakage. This is how to handle your hair when brushing it:
Detangle while in the shower: Use a wide-toothed comb to gently detangle your hair while still in the shower. This is where your hair is still soft and easy to handle. In addition, it is less painful and easier to detangle while in the shower.
Use wide-toothed combs or boar bristle brush: If you have been using a metal brush when detangling, its time you put it away. Such brushes should be used when blow drying. For everyday use, you are safer with a wide-toothed comb when detangling and remove knots.
Start from the ends towards the scalp: Combing your hair from the scalp before attending to the ends could lead to more knots and tangles. This ultimately leads to more breakage. Start from the ends, and work your way downwards towards the scalp.
- Heat styling tips
Without sugarcoating, I will mention the two things to have in mind when heat styling your air:
Keep away from heat styling tools: This is the biggest favor you can ever do to your hair. I understand how hard this can be for you, and that’s why I advise sticking to once a week on the upper limit. Too much heat weakens your hair and encourages split ends.
Use a heat protectant: Never apply any heat on your hair without a heat protectant. This forms a protective barrier that safeguards your hair from untold damage.
- Protecting your hair from the sun
Any time you step out, you are exposing your hair to the sun’s glaring rays. Protect your hair from air pollutants and the sun by:
Wearing a scarf or hat: Be sure to wear a hat or scarf during summer, as it will go a long way in safeguarding your hair from damage.
Don’t expose your wet or oily hair: In such a state, your hair is gullible and can attract dirt and dust.
Apply sunscreen: Invest in a quality hair sunscreen and apply it religiously to safeguard your hair from UV rays.
Tie it up: Leaving your hair loose and open exposes it to dryness and easy damage. So tie it up and protect it from damage.
Deep conditioning: Regularly deep condition your hair, at least once a week to restore any moisture that may have been lost during the day.
Well, this is it! Those are some of the hair care tips that will ensure your hair is healthy and strong. Did you come across one that took you by surprise? Let us know by commenting below!
Candice Hall is the Marketing Manager of Dynasty Goddess Hair, with a factory in Thailand & Office and Shipping Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, they are one of the top retailers in Virgin Remy Hair Extensions in the USA.