Start with the Basics: Your Guide to Getting Healthier Hair
Don't you love shiny, silky, and smooth hair? Well, for some, that's not impossible to achieve. With the proper hair care routine, patience, and dedication, you can have healthier and more manageable hair in no time! But first, you must know that it's essential to commit wholeheartedly to bettering your hair, it will take a lot of time and self-discipline, in the end, the results are worth it, and you'll be thanking yourself that you did it.
Its just like skincare - you need to identify your skin type, know what your skin lacks, and determine your problematic areas. It can be simple. That's why we've curated these 5 simple steps on how to take better care of your hair. (and they're perfect for beginners!)
1. Determining your hair type and problem areas.
Almost all of the time, the first step to finding a solution is determining the problem. With haircare, you need to be able to identify your concern; whether you're stressed because of dry hair or you're trying to get rid of split ends, it's vital to follow a step-by-step solution. Don't rush into repairing your damaged hair by using too many chemically formulated products in one day.
Identifying your hair type is the most basic and easiest step of all. From there, you'll be able to pinpoint what your hair needs and how to respond to hair damage. Nothing happens overnight, so make sure to be careful and thorough.
2. Choose the right products for your hair
Just because the bottle says it's organic doesn't mean it's COMPLETELY organic. It may mean that there's an active organic ingredient in the formulation, but there are still chemicals. Now don't be scared; not all chemically-formulated hair products are harmful to your hair. Sometimes you need to know what works for you and what doesn't.
If you have dry hair, it's best to choose a hydrating and moisturizing shampoo. Dry hair is often caused by chemical damage from permanent hair coloring or relaxants, mechanical damage from grooming, and heat damage from curling and flat irons.
If you want to get rid of split ends, consider getting a trim at your favorite salon. It's best to do this every 6-8 weeks, and anywhere from 1/2-inch to an inch is great for a trim; make sure that it cuts the split ends. Split ends are your hair splitting into two, and letting it go away on its own is not a practical solution.
For tangled hair, always use a wide-toothed comb as it effortlessly glides through the stands of your hair without hurting your roots. The key is to start brushing at the tips and work your way up to your roots to avoid pulling. This technique gives you more control over your hair. Never use a fine-toothed comb unless you want to lose more strands, damage your roots, and break off your hair and birth split ends.
If you're suffering from hair fall, use a mild shampoo with minimal chemicals and wash your hair regularly to keep your hair and scalp clean. Since hair loss is caused by several triggers, including hormonal imbalance, stress, scalp infections, and more, it's important to take care of your body and take vitamins, and hydrate.
3. Use a hair mask
I'm sure many of us aren't new to masks, well in skincare at least. Just like facial masks, hair care masks are also available in drugstores all around you. Hair masks are great for delivering nutrients and vitamins to the hair and scalp. As most of these hair masks are added with a natural ingredient—the most common being Argan Oil—it's an excellent choice to have at least one jar of hair mask in your stash of hair products. You can use it 2-3 times a week to get the best results and make sure it's the suitable solution for your hair type or you won't be able to get your money's worth.
4. Always use hair protection
Whether you're going out or preparing to style your hair, it's always best to add a layer of protection to keep your hair guarded against external aggressors. If you're going to curl or straighten your hair, a heat protection serum is your best bet. A simple lather onto the strands of your hair makes a huge difference. Hair protection serums coat the strands of your hair to provide a layer of protection, so your hair won't come into direct contact with heat.
If you're going to the park and take a stroll, your best choice is a hair protection spray of serum. This solution works by coating your hair with a layer of protection and shield your strands against harmful UV rays, dust, and other triggers. (plus, some serums smell great, so that's a bonus!)
5. Switch to Silk
If you're probably wondering what pillowcases have to do with hair care (and skincare), then you're in for a treat. Cotton and linen pillows can cause hair damage due to the material's rough texture. It's common knowledge that cotton and linen have super absorbency, and this super absorbency might just strip your hair of natural oils and overnight hair treatment as you sleep. The friction these materials that cause are not suitable for the hair and the skin. Using a Silk or satin pillowcase and sheets effortlessly support proper hair maintenance, as these materials are soft and smooth and won't rub against your locks and skin.
We hope these tips are of help to anyone who wants to get healthier hair. And remember, these are just a few of the many tips and solutions to achieving softer, smoother, and gorgeous hair. It's never too late to start taking care of yourself, it's never too late to focus on yourself. This way we want to keep the mantra alive: New hair, new you!