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.