Your hair is your crowning glory!
We all go through a lot to look good. But our hair is one of the first things people will notice, and it can say a lot about our health, style, and personality.
In the perfect world, a weekly visit to a professional salon would be ideal. But, in today’s busy world, this is not always possible. A hair care routine can be a challenge, but once it’s established, it’s easy to follow!
Keeping your hair in style and healthy can go a long way to making you feel attractive and confident.
What is a hair care routine? This involves keeping your hair healthy by brushing and applying nutrient feeding products to your hair. Thankfully, taking care of your hair can be done once or twice a week.
Let’s find out how to establish a hair care routine to help you achieve healthy and shiny hair.
Factors Affecting Your Haircare Routine
There are some factors to take into account before you establish your hair care routine.
Know Your Hair Type
We all have different hair and therefore must be treated and cared for differently. Get to know your hair type.
Hair types fall into wavy, straight, curly, thick, fine, oily, or dry.
Has Your Hair Been Chemically Treated
You may have to add extra steps to your hair care routine if your hair has been bleached or dyed. It is advisable not to wash your hair every day if your hair is dyed. Also, bleached hair will require extra nutrients like protein masks.
Your Hair Style
Different hairstyles require different managing. For instance, short hair is easier to handle than long hair. You may have a hairstyle that requires the daily usage of heating tools such as straighteners or hairdryers.
Start a Hair Care Routine
Although your hair type will change your hair care routine somewhat, there are a few basic steps to establish a hair care routine for all hair types.
Washing Your Hair
Clean hair is the first step in maintaining a head full of healthy hair.
The majority of people believe that your hair needs to be washed every day. This is not necessarily the case. Most hair types only need a wash every second day or even once a week.
Wash your hair when you feel it is dirty. Generally, people with fine, oily hair need to wash more often than people with thick, curly hair. Here are some guidelines:
- Dry hair should only be washed every three days
- If your hair is oily, wash it every second day
- Normal hair should be washed every 3 days
There is no set rule as to how often to wash your hair. Washing it too much will wash away natural hair oils and can damage your hair.
Wash your hair with lukewarm water, not hot water. Hot water can strip protective oils from the hair strand and you could lose any natural shine and will make your hair dull.
Choose a good shampoo for your hair type. Do not always go for the cheapest brand.
Right, you have washed your hair, now what?
Conditioning your hair is very important in the process of keeping your hair healthy. A conditioner adds moisture, softens, and adds shine to your hair.
Apply conditioner to your whole head of hair. Start from the crown down the length of the hair shaft to the tip. Leave it in for a couple of minutes, and then rinse off.
If you are caught out without store-bought conditioner, you can use simple ingredients found in your kitchen. Bananas, avocados, and honey are excellent natural conditioners. Simply mash them and apply to your hair, leave in for about an hour, and wash off with shampoo.
Oil Bath Your Hair
A very important thing to add to a hair care routine, irrespective of the type of hair, is a hair oil bath. Coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are examples of oils used.
Massage oil into your scalp and down the length of your hair and leave in for about an hour. Massaging will encourage blood circulation and add moisture to your hair.
Wash oil away with shampoo. This will leave your hair soft and shiny!
Detangle Your Hair While Still Wet
Detangling is a key step in the hair care routine. It stops your hair from breaking.
However, never use a brush to detangle wet hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb. A brush will catch and pull hair, causing breakages.
Use a wide-tooth comb and start from the bottom of your hair working slowly up. Don’t tear your hair out!
Follow a Healthy Eating Plan and Take Vitamins
A healthy body leads to healthy hair. So it goes without saying that following a healthy eating plan and taking supplemental vitamins will provide the correct nutrients for a healthy head of hair.
The nutrients and vitamins particular to the health of your hair are as follows:
- Essential Fatty Acids
Omega 3 is a fat commonly found in Salmon, tuna, nuts, and seafood. These foods are rich in natural oils.
- Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 aids in the growth of healthy hair as it helps in protein metabolism. Some foods that have natural vitamin B6 are potatoes, bananas, spinach, fish, chicken, and eggs.
- Folic Acid
Red blood cells need folic acid to keep them healthy, which helps keep hair healthy. Natural foods that contain folic acid are fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains
Chewable hair vitamins and tablets will go a long way to supplement your vitamin intake.
Regular Hair Trimming
All hair is susceptible to split ends. Your hair should be trimmed at least every 3 months.
You needn’t visit a hairdresser every time your hair needs a trim. You can do it at home quite easily.
Let’s Tie It Up
Whether you are young or old, pay more attention to your hair! A good hair routine can leave you feeling more self-confident.
If you are still maintaining the same routine since your teenage years, it is time to pay more attention and make a change to your hair care routine!
When buying hair products, remember that hair types differ, so not every product will work for your hair type. Read the labels and make sure it suits your hair, and this will help your hair to be in tip-top condition.
We have covered some tips for hair care routines, but ultimately remember that it is completely up to you and your hair type how you improve your routine to enjoy a healthy mane!
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