No matter what your hair type is, check out the following simple do's and don'ts for healthier, happier and more manageable tresses and banish bad hair days forever.
1. Wash your hair two to three times a week, max
How often should you wash your hair? Your hair's natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses, so when you shampoo daily, it strips these vital oils away. It creates a vicious cycle of over-production of oils and a need to shampoo very often. Ideally, to keep your hair healthy, you only need to wash two to three times a week, max.
2. Don't over wash colored hair
This is especially true for colored hair, which can lose its sheen quickly with too much washing.The biggest mistake people make is over-washing colored hair.
3. Take into account your hair type and lifestyle choices
Of course, how often you need to wash your locks also depends on the type of hair you have. It depends on how active your scalp is in producing oil.The curlier your hair is, the longer you can go between washes. And lifestyle choices like going to the gym may also affect how often you shampoo your tresses. But even here, there are ways of cutting back - you could try simply rinsing your hair rather than adding in shampoo. You may not be able to imagine not washing your hair after a workout (we totally get that), but you can can always rinse out sweat without shampooing.
4. Avoid hot showers and shampoo your scalp, not your ends
There's a technique to good hair washing and overdoing things on the product front will do more harm than good.Healthy, beautiful, shiny hair starts in the shower so make sure to use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and level of damage.
The volume of shampoo you should use depends on the length and thickness of your hair.
5. Aim for the scalp not the ends
It's not just how much shampoo you use, but where you apply it that counts.Use shampoo on the scalp only - not on the ends of your hair. The shampoo will rinse down in the shower, but you don't want to scrub the ends. Massage your scalp to encourage circulation
6. Towel-dry your hair before applying conditioner
What conditioner you use and how you use it is, if anything, more important than the shampoo stage. Make sure you invest in a few good quality conditioners and leave-in treatments or hair masks, especially if you have colored hair.
For curly, highly textured hair, always deep condition. No two minute conditioners here. Deep conditioning involves a conditioner that will add moisture and strength (protein) back to hair. You should use heat by either applying conditioner to hair while taking a shower and let it sit while showering or by covering the hair with a plastic cap and applying heat from an outside like a hair dryer. Gently towel-dry the hair before applying conditioner
7. Avoid the roots and concentrate on the ends
Try not to put the conditioner on the roots, because that can cause your scalp to get greasy faster.It's also a good idea to think ahead and anticipate situations where your hair might dry out.
While you exercise, you perspire, which means that your hair gets damp with sweat that can actually make it dry. Before you hit the gym (especially during the summer, but this works year-round too) wet your hair and add in some conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends. Rinse out the conditioner post-workout and you'll be left with shiny, hydrated hair.
8. Brush your hair twice a day, from the bottom up.
Healthy hair needs regular brushing but don't tear through your locks mindlessly.For perfectly shiny, healthy and untangled hair, you need to brush your hair twice a day.
When your hair is soaking wet, it is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage. Try not to rough-dry hair with a towel, and instead gently press the water out. Also, do not brush your hair while it is wet. Use a wide-tooth comb, working from the ends of your hair on up.
9. Keep your brushes clean ; Use a low-heat setting for hair drying and point the nozzle down, not side-on.
Don't use heat-styling tools daily. Flat irons, curling irons and even blow drying can damage the hair shaft. Damaged hair is not able to retain color the way that healthy hair can.