Whether your hair is healthy and you’re trying to maintain it, or if your hair is unhealthy and you’re trying to improve it, these tips are essential to helping you achieve your goal.
1.) Work with what you’ve got and choose the right products.
Attempting to style your hair opposite of its natural tendencies is only going to contribute to unhealthy hair. So, choose products that will work with, and enhance your hair’s natural look. It’s okay to go against the grain from time to time, but doing so on a regular basis will lead to damaged hair. Along with choosing products that work with your hair’s natural tendencies you also want to look for products with natural ingredients. Avoid products that have a list alcohol in the first couple of ingredients, as it will strip your hair of essential oils and lead to breakage.
2.) Avoid highlighting or coloring your hair.
While avoiding adding highlights or color to your hair altogether is best, if you choose to have it done, go with a semi-permanent color. It will fade over time, but on the positive side it’s easier on your hair and won’t leave a prominent line as your hair grows out. Remember too that it’s less traumatic on your hair to go darker than your natural color than to go lighter.
3.) Limit washing.
Try to keep at least one day in between washing. Rinsing your hair with cold water will help to close the ends and help prevent breakage. When towel drying your hair, carefully squeeze out the excess water, rubbing your hair can cause breakage. If you’re concerned about your hair becoming too oily, your hair will eventually adjust to the new schedule. You can also take some steps to prevent and mask having too much oil in your hair. Changing up your shampoo to a different brand from time to time will keep your hair guessing and therefore, you’ll produce less oil. Dry shampoo is also of great help on those days when the roots of your hair look greasy. By using dry shampoo, you can target the hair near your scalp and keep your ends from going through the washing and trying process.
4.) Avoid using heat on your hair.
Constant use of a hair dryer, flat iron or curling iron can quickly dry out your hair and cause it to become brittle. Heat opens up your hair and cold closes it. If you can, let your hair air dry. If you must use a hair dryer, choose a medium heat or cool temperature setting. Before putting away your dryer go over your hair with the cool setting to close the ends of your hair. Also, be sure to use a heat protect spray or cream on your hair before applying the heat. Keep in mind that just as heat from your hot iron can damage your hair, so can the sun. If you’re going to be in the sun for long periods of time, consider wearing a hat.
5.) Trim frequently.
While split-ends may seem inevitable, getting your ends trimmed frequently will help keep them from getting out of control. Most stylist recommend getting your ends trimmed every 6 weeks. The more time that goes by between trims, the more split-ends you’ll have and the further up your hair they’ll climb.
Lastly, be patient and stick to this regimen. If your hair is already damaged, it may take some time for the damaged hair to grow out. So although you will be keeping any new growth healthy, it may be a while before all of your hair shines with strength.