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How to Start a Hair Care Routine for Healthier Hair

Say goodbye to bad hair days by following these tips to achieve happy, healthy hair.

Take Care of Your Scalp

When you think about hair care, you don’t often think about your scalp, or how various hair treatments and products can affect your scalp health. Maintaining the health of your scalp is every bit as important as preventing split ends and dry strands, and since your hair grows from your roots, maintaining a healthy scalp is the first step on the road to healthy hair. Make sure you are addressing your hair and your scalp separately when shopping for haircare products. If you have a dry scalp but oily strands, getting a product that addressed only your hair will have negative impacts on your scalp. You can learn more about choosing a hair products by reading our post here. In addition to making sure you have the right products, you should use clarifying shampoo or hair scrub every so often to help cleanse your hair and scalp of product buildup.

Use The Right Hairbrush

Different hair types means different hairbrushes. Figure out which type of brush is best suited for your hair type and hair needs by reading our post on brush types. Whether you have fine, coarse, oily, curly, or thick hair, and whether you heat style or not, there is a hairbrush out there for you.

Limit Use of Hot Tools

Frequent heat styling leaves hair vulnerable to heat damage. If you can’t bear to part with your curling wand, make sure you use a heat protectant. You can read more about those here. However, you can still achieve beachy waves or bouncy curls without heat to save your strands from breakage and fried ends. Try soft rollers, braids, or pin curls.

Don’t Wear Your Hair Up Everyday

Wearing your hair in a tight ponytail every day can lead to breakage and frizz, as well as headaches caused by the tension of a tight hairstyle. Give your locks a break by opting for a looser hairstyle, such as loose braids, or pick up some scrunchies for a looser grip.

Protect Your Hair From Heat Damage

If you regularly heat style your hair, or spend a lot of time in the sun, you need to use a heat protectant. This is especially important for color-treated hair. Hair can become damaged, dry, brittle, or prone to breakage if exposed to excessive heat. Heat protectants are available as serums, sprays, and creams, and you can double up by wearing a hat or head scarf to shield your locks from UV damage. See our post on heat protectants for more information.

Take Time to Treat Your Hair

To keep hair hydrated, introduce a weekly deep conditioning treatment or hair mask. Extra moisture is always beneficial to curly hair which is often dry. Making sure your hair stays moisturized aids in preventing split ends, damage from heat, and boosts the overall health of your hair.

Protect Your Hair While You Sleep

Your haircare routine shouldn’t end when your head hits the pillow, and taking care of your hair overnight can lead to better hair when you wake up. Simple changes such as swapping out your cotton pillowcase for a silk one, or braiding your hair before bed can shave minutes off your morning routine and keep your hair healthy. See our post on overnight hair tricks to wake up with fabulous hair.

Don’t Over-Wash Your Hair

Washing your hair too frequently can be damaging to your hair and lead to brittle, dry strands that could result in breakage and split ends. Try limiting your wash days to three or four times a week. Depending on your hair type, develop a wash day schedule that works for you. As an example, if you have curly hair, you can go longer between washes as curly hair tends to be dryer than straight hair. On no-wash days, try dry shampoo if your hair feels oily.

Use The Right Products For Your Hair Type

It is important to use the right products for your hair type otherwise you may have unhappy results. Different hair types have different needs, and using the wrong products can lead to a variety of hair predicaments such as limp strands, breakage, dry scalp, or oily tresses. See our post on choosing the right products for your hair type to learn more.

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4 Hairstyle Ideas For Fall


Buns are a simple yet versatile hairstyle that can be dressed up or down. Try switching things up by adding a braid!


There are endless ways to style your hair with braids, and they work for day or night, so grab a comb and some hair ties and start braiding!


Hats are great for days you don’t have a lot of time to do you hair, just throw one on and walk out the door!


The half-up-half-down look is both simple, and a classic. Try twists or braids for more versatility.

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7 Ways To Wake Up With Great Hair

Wake up with flawless, healthy hair by avoiding these common overnight hair mistakes and discover some tips for your best hair yet.

1. Make sure your hair is completely dry before bed

Your hair is more vulnerable when it’s wet and therefore more prone to tangles and breakage. If you prefer to shower before bed, either dry your hair completely or dry it halfway before braiding it to wake up to beachy waves!* If you braid your hair immediately after your shower, it will not dry completely by the time you wake up.

*see #7

2. Invest in a silk pillowcase

Trading in your cotton pillowcase for a silk one will reduce frizz and the soft fabric will help prevent breakage and pulling.

3. Avoid wearing your hair up

Wearing your hair in a ponytail or a bun while you sleep may seem like a good way to keep your hair out of your face, but it can lead to hair damage later on. The tension from wearing your hair pulled back tightly while you toss and turn can lead to breakage, frizz and damaged tresses.*

*See #7

4. Bring back the scrunchie

If you do need to tie your hair up overnight, opt for a fabric scrunchie instead of a traditional elastic hair tie. Scrunchies are less harmful to your strands, won’t leave creases, and won’t pull.

5. Try dry shampoo

If you apply some dry shampoo to your roots before bed, it will work to absorb any oils and sweat produced while you sleep so you can wake up to effortless, oil-free hair.

6. Wrap your curls in a silk scarf

Sleeping on your curls can cause ringlets to go flat and frizzy. Just like using a silk pillowcase, tying your hair up in a scarf will help prevent frizz and breakage while preserving your curls until morning.

7. No heat curls and waves

Braiding your hair overnight can help prevent breakage and comes with the added bonus of waking up to gorgeous waves. You can also try soft rollers, pin curls, or twists! Again, make sure to dry your hair a little bit before bed so you don’t wake up to still-wet hair.

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7 Popular Hair Myths You Should Stop Believing

You’ve probably heard these “old wives’ tales” before, but do they have any truth behind them?

1. If you pluck one gray hair, two more will grow in its place: Myth

Since only one hair grows per follicle, there is no way that tweezing a few grays will lead to a head full. Gray hair is determined mostly by genetics, but over plucking can lead to thinning so it’s best to leave them be – or call your stylist.

2. Cutting your hair frequently will help it grow faster: Myth

Frequent trims can help your hair appear longer by trimming off split ends and making the hair appear fuller and healthier, but the actual cutting of the ends does not affect your hair’s growth from the roots.

3. Your hair gets used to your products, so you need to keep switching them up: Myth

Since your hair is not a living thing it cannot become “immune” to anything. However, if your hair does change it is generally because of environmental factors such as hard water, humidity, or indoor heating – or a hair treatment such as a color or texture service. If you have a shampoo and conditioner you love, keep on using them! You might need to swap to adjust to seasonal changes, or if you color your hair, but otherwise your products should keep working for a long time.

4. Having dandruff means you have a dry scalp: Myth

Dandruff is most often caused by a yeast that thrives in oily conditions. You can try washing your hair more often and picking up a medicated shampoo specifically formulated for dandruff to help with flakes.

5. Using conditioner causes oily hair: Myth

Conditioner does not cause oily hair. Instead, it is a result of too much sebum being produced at the scalp. You should be using a shampoo for oily hair and applying your conditioner only to your mid-lengths and ends, avoiding the scalp.

6. You need to brush your hair 100 times a day: Myth

Brushing your hair can help distribute natural oils from your scalp through your strands, but 100 strokes is excessive. Over-brushing your hair can lead to frizz and breakage. You should be brushing your hair gently to detangle or style and making sure you use the proper brush for the task.

7. Cold showers make your hair shiny: Myth

Cold water will close the hair cuticle slightly and help it appear shiny if it is already shiny, but there is not scientific backing behind this one. If shiny hair is what you’re after, a good conditioner and healthy, clean hair is the first step.

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