Tips on Taking Care of Your Hair
Did you know that anyone can have healthy and lustrous hair? And you don’t even have to spend a great deal of money for it. To give your locks that extra oomph, here are some perfectly practical tips on how to take care if it.
Tip #1: Shampoo your scalp
Washing your hair often can make it dry. That’s because shampoos strips away your hair’s natural oil to clean it. This is why you should focus on shampooing your scalp when washing your hair—so that the shampoo won’t remove as much natural oil.
Tip #2: Condition your tips
There’s also a certain way to apply conditioner on your hair, and it’s different from that of a shampoo. Here’s how: slightly pat dry your hair with a towel, then apply the conditioner at your hair’s tips. Avoid spreading conditioner on your scalp—this will make your hair limp and heavy. Remember that your scalp produces its own oils, so it doesn’t need a conditioner. When you’re done, leave the conditioner on for a minute then rinse it with cold water to lock in the moisture.
Tip #3: Dry your hair gently
Don’t rub your hair using your towel; doing this will weaken your follicles and damage your hair. Lightly pat the towel against your head and squeeze the hair gently to remove the extra water. Allow your hair to dry naturally then just comb it to remove tangles.
Tip #4: Use a wide-toothed comb
Speaking of combs, use a wide-toothed comb, or natural fibre comb when you groom your hair. Run the comb from your hair’s roots to its tips. However, don’t brush your hair too often—excessive brushing (e.g. 100 brushes a day) can cause irritation and split ends.
Tip #5: Choose the right hair products
Not all hair products are suitable for your hair. Take the time to read the labels and find one that’s right for you. For instance, if you have dry hair, look for shampoos with collagen to moisturise your locks. Frequently dyed hair, on the other hand, would benefit from shampoo with amino acids and extracts.
Tip #6: Easy on the heating tools
Using heating tools may make your hair look good, but it can actually be bad for your hair so take it easy when using them. If you use a hair dryer or curling iron, stick to the lowest heat setting to keep it from damaging your hair. If you must use a heating tool, spend for a heat protectant spray as well.
Tip #7: Trim your hair regularly
Split ends are almost inevitable. In fact, the best way to get rid of them is to get your hair trimmed regularly (or do it yourself). Take note, however, that this isn’t just for aesthetics; regular trims prevent split ends from breaking higher up your hair’s shaft.
Tip #8: Avoid frequent treatments
Avoid having your hair frequently straightened, curled, permed, crimped, dyed, bleached or whatever other chemical treatment. There’s nothing wrong with them per se—the problem is if you do it regularly.
Tip #9: Eat right for healthy hair
Your hair is a biomaterial made mostly of protein, which means it needs protein and other nutrients to grow. A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein (e.g. poultry, fish), and whole grains can improve the health, appearance, and feel of your hair. Of course, you should give this a bit of time—a good diet won’t immediately affect the hair that’s already there, but it will help those that are growing.