Most of us would love to have head-turning gorgeous locks, but achieving and maintaining fabulous hair isn't just about the products you use; it's also about your daily hair care routine. That's why we've created this short list of our top dos and don'ts for a hair care routine that will help your hair look its very best. Let's dive in!
First, the Dos:
Do Be Gentle with Your Hair
Treat your hair like the precious gem it is - with tender love and care. When brushing or combing, go easy, starting from the ends and working your way up to avoid unnecessary breakage. And be sure to use a wide-toothed comb or a brush with flexible bristles to minimize tangles and tugging. Your hair will thank you for it with extra bounce and shine.
Do Use the Right Hair Products
Listen up, folks - using the right hair products can make all the difference. Look for a shampoo and conditioner designed for your hair type and concerns. If you've got curly hair, embrace those products designed to enhance your curls. Need some extra moisture? Look for products with nourishing oils like argan or coconut. And don't forget to indulge in a weekly hair mask for some deep conditioning pampering.
Do Protect Your Hair From Heat
Summer is great for beach days, but it can be harsh on your hair. When the sun's rays are in full force, shield your locks with a stylish hat or a cute scarf. You may also want to consider using a protective spray or making your own hair sunscreen using simple, natural ingredients. And let's talk about those hot tools - we all love them, but too much heat styling can fry your hair. So, if you absolutely must use them, don't forget to apply a heat protectant spray first to give your hair a fighting chance.
Do Regularly Trim Your Ends
Split ends are like pesky little things, aren't they? Show them who's boss by getting regular trims every 6-8 weeks. Not only will this keep your hair looking neat and fresh, but it'll also prevent those dreaded splits from traveling up the hair shaft.
Do Protect Your Hair Before Swimming
Whether you're diving into a pool or riding the waves at the beach, remember to protect your hair before taking the plunge. One easy way to protect your hair before swimming is to wet it with fresh water and apply a natural oil or leave-in conditioner. This creates a protective barrier that prevents your hair from absorbing chlorinated and salty water, which can cause dryness and damage. Post-swim, be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly with clean water and apply a nourishing conditioner to replenish moisture.
And now for the Don'ts—
Don't Overwash Your Hair
Okay, we know washing your hair can feel amazing— like a mini spa session. But washing it too frequently can strip natural oils from your hair and leave it feeling dry and brittle. Aim for shampooing 2-3 times a week. A high-quality dry shampoo can work wonders to keep your hair feeling fresh between washes.
Don't Skip the Conditioner
In our daily haircare routines, it's essential not to overlook this crucial step. Conditioner locks in vital moisture and helps your hair stay hydrated. And that's a must for maintaining healthy, beautiful hair.
Don't Go to Bed with Wet Hair
When your hair is wet, it is weaker and more susceptible to breakage. It can also become a breeding ground for tangles. Let your hair air dry, or use a gentle hair dryer on a low setting before bed.
Don't Be a Rough Towel Wringer
Okay, let's talk about post-shower behavior. Wrapping your hair in a towel and wringing it out is a common practice-- but it can be quite damaging to your locks. Wringing or vigorously rubbing your hair can lead to frizz and breakage. Instead of using a typical terry bath towel, try using a microfiber towel or even a cotton tee shirt. Then, gently pat your hair dry rather than wringing to minimize damage.
Don't Overdo Hairstyles that Pull Tight
Sure, ponytails and braids can be chic and convenient, but beware of hairstyles that are too tight and pull on your hair. Excessive tension on your hair can lead to breakage, thinning, and even hair loss in the long run. Opt for looser, more relaxed styles whenever possible, and give your hair a break from tight hairstyles to maintain its strength and health. If you love ponytails, try using hair-friendly scrunchies and varying the position to avoid putting stress on the same area of your hair repeatedly.
And there you have it - the dos and don'ts of a daily hair care routine that will keep your hair healthy and looking great!