It is so upsetting when you make your best efforts to make your hair look amazing but you fail to do so.
As we know, just like changing the weather, our hair also gets out of control. But then again, there is one trick through which you can show your hair who’s the boss and gain back control. And that can be achieved through a good hair care routine.
We are not telling you to totally transform your present hair care routine and buy any new hair products which may be expensive in a way. But we will provide you some amazing yet simple tips and tricks which you can follow daily and that can carry about a huge development in your hair in just a few days. So, let’s check them out now.
1. Guidelines for Washing Your Hair
You’re probably thinking we are wicked to suggest you of how to wash your hair as though you have been washing them incorrectly. Well, there are essentially a few things you could be doing incorrectly in the bath that is stopping your hair from looking its best. So, let’s look at some tips you can try out:
- Oil your hair frequently: Oiling your hair before washing it is perhaps the finest thing you can do for your hair. Massage with some coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil onto your hair and scalp an hour before getting into the shower to pre-condition it. You can also leave it overnight and then wash it in the morning. This will give nourishment to your hair.
- Use lukewarm or cool water for your hair: Hot water can harm your hair in the similar way that the heat from hair styling machines does – by desiccating your hair and producing split ends. So, try and wash your hair with either lukewarm or cool water to close the hair cuticles and recollect the moisture in it.
- Dilute the shampoo: We’re all likely to use 2-3 pumps of shampoo while washing our hair. But the dark truth is that shampoo degrades your hair of its natural oils, making it dry. To avoid that from happening, dilute 1-2 pumps of shampoo in half a mug of water and then use that to wash your hair.
- Mildly massage: Don’t rub your head severely when shampooing it. Instead, mildly massage your scalp and hair with your fingers in small, circular motions while shampooing it to stop extreme tangling and damage.
- Put on conditioner only on the ends: A large mistake we made for the longest time was applying conditioner all over our hair from root to tip. Though, doing so can make a lot of build-up on your scalp. Thus, apply conditioner only from the mid-length to the ends of your hair and wash it off after 2 minutes.
- Don’t shampoo your hair every day: The last and most important tip for washing your hair is this – Don’t. Shampoo. Your. Hair. Every. Day. Though you may think you are being very clean, all this will do is dry out and damage your hair, strip it of its natural oils, and make it more likely to breaking and hair fall.
2. Guidelines for Drying Your Hair
You may not see this, but there is a huge chance that you are releasing a world of harming your hair while brushing and drying it. So, here are a few tips you need to remember once you step out of the shower:
- Use a microfiber towel: Pre-dry your hair with a microfiber towel once you step out of the shower. Avoid using a terrycloth towel as it can tangle your hair too much, increase crimp, and causes it to break.
- Avoid blow drying: The heat from blow dryers harm your hair just as much as hair styling tools do. So, it’s better to apply a leave-in conditioner all over your moist hair and let it air-dry.
- Blow dry only after your hair is somewhat dry: If you absolutely cannot stop using a blow dryer, then just make this one simple adjustment. Blow-dry your hair once it is 70% dry. This gives time for your hair cuticle to close up and will reduce the heat damage.
3. Guidelines for Brushing Your Hair
Sure, there is a bit more tinge to brushing your hair than going straight at it with the hairbrush/comb of your selection every morning. After all, clusters and entangles are a big reason for hair breakage. So, here’s what you need to do:
- Detangle in the shower: Detangle your hair in the shower with a wide pointy comb while there’s conditioner in it. This is when your hair is smooth and blend, thus making it easier and less upsetting to comb it.
- Use a boar bristle brush or wide-toothed comb: If you’ve been combing by a round brush or metal brush to get knots out of your hair, then you need to stop right now. Those brushes are aimed to be used when you are blow drying your hair. For everyday routine, go for a boar bristle brush, wide-toothed comb or stagger toothed comb to remove the knots and tangles from your hair.
- Detangle from the ends to the scalp: You may not know this, but detangling your hair from roots to ends can create more knots and ultimately lead to more breakage. The correct way to go about it is to start a few inches above the ends and brush downwards, slowly working your way up to the scalp.
4. Tips For Heat Styling Your Hair
We won’t sugar-coat this for you. There are just two things you need to keep in mind when you use you use heat styling tools like the curling wand or straightening iron on your hair.
- Avoid heat styling: While it is best that you end up using heat styling tools completely, we know it can be impractical for a lot of you out there. So, a little compromise is to decrease your heat styling to once or twice a week. After all, using heating tools on your hair too often can cause split ends and damage to your hair.
- Apply heat protectant: Always, always, always keep in mind apply a heat protectant to your hair before straightening or curling it. This acts as a hurdle between your hair and the heat, thus guarding your manes against untold damage.
5. Tips To Protect Your Hair From The Sun And Pollution
You may not know this but every time you step out, your hair is being bombarded by the sun and the innumerable pollutants floating around in the air. So, it’s super important that you take some steps to protect your precious tresses from them:
- Wear a hat/scarf: Cover your hair when you step outdoors, especially during summers. A hat or a scarf can go a long way in protecting your hair from intense sun damage.
- Don’t step out with oily/wet hair: Don’t step out right after you’ve oiled or washed your hair as it can make dust and dirt stick to it.
- Use a hair sunscreen: Invest in a hair sunscreen and use it religiously to protect your hair from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.
- Tie up your hair: Leaving your hair open and loose when outdoors can make it more prone to dryness and damage. So, tie up your air when heading out into the world.
- Deep condition: Deep condition your hair at least once a week to restore cleanse your scalp completely and restore moisture back into your dull, dry hair.
6. Tips For Styling Your Hair
There are just a couple of things you need to keep in mind when styling your hair. These include:
- Use soft hair elastics: Only use soft hair elastics when tying up your hair. Avoid using rubber bands and the hair elastics that have a metal clasp in the middle as they can tug on your hair and cause breakage.
- Don’t tie your hair up tightly: Don’t tie your hair up in very tight braids, buns, or ponytails as it can damage your hair and hair follicles and cause hair fall. Besides which, they can give you a raging headache.
7. Tips For Hair Care At Night
We tend to take care of our hair all through the day but jump straight in the bed without paying heed to how you could be damaging your hair while you sleep. So here are a few things you should be mindful of before falling asleep:
- Tie your hair up loosely: Tie your hair up loosely with a soft hair elastic or bandana if you like sleeping with your hair tied up. Tight ponytails and buns can pull at your hair and cause them to break as you toss and turn at night.
- Use a silk scarf/pillowcase: Wrap a silk scarf around your head or sleep on a silk/satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases tend to be more abrasive to your hair and cause frizz and breakage.
- Moisturize the ends: Rub a little bit of any hair oil of your choice (olive oil, almond oil, and argan oil work best) on the ends of your hair before going to bed to give them an extra moisturizing boost.
8. Simple Natural Treatments For Nourishing Your Hair
Yes, it is important that you use the right shampoo, conditioner, and styling products on your tresses. But, you also need to give your hair some of nature’s love by treating it to some natural home remedies. Here are a few that you can whip up in just a few minutes with things that you probably already have in your kitchen:
- Condition Your Hair With Olive Oil: Warm a little bit of olive oil in a glass bowl and massage it onto your scalp. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes before washing your hair as per usual.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Mask For Dry, Damaged Hair: Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 3 egg whites together and apply it all over your hair. Put on a shower cap and leave this hair mask on for 30 minutes before shampooing your hair.
So girls, follow these remedies and tricks on a regular basis and you will feel the difference in only a few weeks itself. So, what are you waiting for? Just start it right now!