Introduction: Everyone has their own tips for hair care- from Mom’s special oil and massage to a fancy salon’s shampoo and conditioner- that they will tell you to follow. Conditioner- good or bad? Oil- how much is too much? Everyone’s hair is unique so it's hard to generalize hair care but there are some basics you should follow.
The first thing you have to know is your hair type. Do you have oily hair or is it dry? Is it straight but filled with split ends or is it curly and frizzy? There are many things to consider but you must understand your needs in order to address them. Once you do figure that out, we’ve made the rest quite simple. Use this list of 7 hair care tips to maintain healthy hair and customize it to fit you!
1. Wash Regularly
The first and quite possibly the most common hair care tip is to wash your hair regularly. Washing your hair gets rid of all the dirt and dust that accumulates during the day. This makes it frizzy and dry to the touch. A common mistake people make is washing their hair everyday. DON’T wash your hair everyday. That is almost as bad as not washing it at all. A good rule of thumb is to wash your hair twice a week for dry hair. If you have oily hair it's ok to do it every other day.
2. Understand Your Shampoo
Another problem is that people use any shampoo they find or keep changing their shampoo too often. The cheapest shampoo isn’t always the best choice but the most expensive one on the shelf might also not be suited for your hair. Understand your hair type and choose a shampoo that targets what you need. If you have frizzy hair, you need to get one that answers that problem and not a dandruff reducing shampoo.
We’ve all collectively stopped reading the labels on shampoo bottles and instead put our faith in ads. A lot of shampoos contain sulphates and parabens which give you that lather and get rid of dirt and oil. New studies, though, have shown that these could also be getting rid of essential oils. If you see your hair feeling dry and barren, it is likely that the sulphates and parabens are harming your hair. A good hair care tip for maintaining healthy hair would be to consider switching to a paraben and sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. It’ll help you retain the good parts of your hair and get rid of the dirt.
3. Deep Condition
This is a hair care tip to die for! Normally conditioner can be applied whenever you shampoo your hair but nothing beats a good deep condition. Special deep conditioners include minerals and proteins that can penetrate the roots of your hair and help make it stronger. Every once in a while, you should deep condition your hair. Once you finish shampooing, towel dry your hair and take a dollop of conditioner. Apply it to the roots of your hair and use a wide tooth comb to get it throughout your hair. Loosely tie up your hair for ten minutes and then wash it out completely with warm water. Beautiful is just a deep condition away!
4. Comb Gently
Combing your hair is something you do on a daily basis but are you doing it right? The biggest hair care tip anyone can give you for combing your hair is that you should never comb wet hair. Be gentle with your hair when it is wet, since it is more susceptible to breakage and split ends. The best hair care tip anyone can tell you when you have to brush wet hair is to use a wide tooth comb or brush. Do it slowly from the top to bottom or try getting some of the bigger tangles out with your fingers first. On normal days, use the larger side of the comb first and start from the bottom and get rid of the tangles as you move up. Don’t yank your hair or roughly comb it. Take your time especially with bigger tangles.
5. Dry & Style
Tying up your hair in a towel twirl might look fancy but it could not be worse for your hair. We’ve already mentioned that wet hair is fragile. If you tie it up roughly in a knot, even more hair will break. A better hair care tip is to gently dry your hair with a blow-dryer. If you let your hair dry naturally, it attracts more dirt and strips your hair of moisture.
Even though drying your hair with heat might be a good idea, styling your hair with it definitely isn’t. The concentrated heat from curlers and straighteners can be bad for your hair. Instead you can straighten your hair with a blow dryer, too. A good hair care tip for curling hair is to twirl your hair in a towel like a crown around your face.
6. Eat Right
“What you eat is what you are.” Sound familiar? That’s because it’s true. If you eat healthy, your body can function properly but if you don’t it will do what it can to survive. Your hair isn’t a necessity for life and so if your body lacks nutrition, it will cut off your hair first. That means it will take all the vitamins and minerals it requires from your hair. To maintain healthy hair, a common hair care tip is to treat it with eggs but there is so much more to it than that.
This next hair care tip is one we guarantee you’ll like. It involves food! It is said that you should increase your intake of zinc and omega fatty for healthy hair. Zinc deficiency causes excess hair loss. Food rich in zinc like vegetables and nuts can take care of this. Fatty acids won’t necessarily grow out your hair but they make for stronger roots and a better scalp. They can be found in cottage cheese, salads, and yogurt. See, these are the makings of a great dinner table. We knew you’d fall in love with this hair care tip!
7. Take Supplements
It isn’t practical to eat healthy everyday because of our busy schedules but there are solutions to that. Hair care supplements come in all forms and they contain all types of vitamins and minerals that your hair requires. That means that if you don’t get your daily dose of zinc or other essentials, your supplements have you covered.
Skin Project’s Hair Vitals are a great example of these supplements. They contain biotin and zinc among other nutrients. Our Hair Vitals come in tablet form that you can dissolve in water. The tablets become just one cup packed with nutrients for better hair and better health. It's our own way to take care of your hair when you can’t!
You’ll come across lots of hair care suggestions but if you want to know how to maintain healthy hair, we know you’ll love these 7 hair care tips! From a good wash with shampoo and deep conditioner to the way you should comb, dry, and style your hair you’ll have the perfect hair care routine the next time you want to do your hair right. Eating healthy is just as important and we even recommend taking supplements if you can’t get on the perfect plate everyday. With these 7 hair care tips it’s like we always say, a little care goes a long way!
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