Since my previous post got me into beauty, I shall continue and write about something on this matter. I have found myself googling and watching YouTube videos for hours in order to answer questions I have about hair care, and at times like those I wished there was some place where the most important tips would be collected. I'm here to give that to you, with 6 important things you should know about your hair care, in order to keep it healthy, shiny and strong.

 

  1. Don't wash it too often
    I know this might sound weird and a bit disgusting, but there's a reason your hair gets greasy. The natural oils that your skin releases are full of nutrients and useful elements your hair needs to be strong and healthy. By washing your hair a lot, you're stripping your scalp off of those useful oils, resulting in issues like slower growth, hair loss or even dry skin. Therefore, it is best to wash your hair 2-3 times a week, or at least every other day at worst. Your hair will get greasy easily when you change your washing habits, but please tolerate it and don't wash it; your hair will easily get used to it and believe me, it'll thank you for it.
     
  2. Avoid heat
    You probably already know this but I can't stress it enough. Heat is very bad for your hair and destroys it easily, especially if you have thin or already damaged hair. Always wash your hair with lukewarm water and, when you're done cleaning it in the shower, rinse it out with colder water -this will also help with preventing acne and breakouts, since cold water closes the skin pores. Let your hair dry naturally, avoid heating tools (I only use heating tools about once a month now and I can see a great difference on the texture), and if you really have to use heat, please use a heat protectant beforehand. In the summer, try to keep your hair away from the sun and use hair masks with heat protection if you can.
     
  3. Know about shampoo & conditioner
    There are many things I could say here but I'll narrow it down:
    -Shampoo: Search for sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates are chemicals meant to break down the oils in your hair, but cause several problems while on it. Some people with heavier hair find sulfate-free shampoos to be weighing their hair down, however we're still talking about a harmful chemical substance that is best to be avoided. Also, when shampooing your hair, be gentle and don't scrub it too hard so you don't hurt your scalp or cause your hair to fall out. Bonus tip: shampooing twice doesn't make any difference in how clean your hair will be; once is enough. Same goes for using a bigger quantity.
    -Conditioner: It has always been controversial whether conditioner is good or bad for your hair, but it probably depends on the person. An important rule is to keep it away from your scalp. You may feel like conditioner makes your hair easy to comb through and soft and all, however putting conditioner on your roots causes skin problems such as dandruff (believe me, personal experience). Only apply your conditioner from the lengths to the tips of your hair, insisting on the ends. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash out very very well. It is also advised to apply conditioner on damp hair rather than wet.
     
  4. Frequent haircuts won't change much
    You see people everywhere telling you to get a haircut every 3-4 weeks or so, because it will help in growing your hair. That is absolutely false! Your hair grows from your roots, not your tips, so how healthy and strong your hair grows won't be determined by whether you already have split ends on your lengths or not. However, keeping your hair clean from split ends and dyes will of course give it a softer texture.
     
  5. Hydration and food
    Your hair can easily get dehydrated, so remember to use hydrating masks often (store bought or DIY will do, however I greatly support the homemade masks, which you can learn how to make anywhere on the web).  Dehydration is mainly caused from heating tools and hot water when washing, things I've already mentioned here. Of course, drinking plenty of water is essential too, not only for your hair but for your skin and your physical state as well.
    Furthermore, make sure you get all the vitamins and nutrients your hair needs through food. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, do your research and make any changes necessary. You will notice faster hair growth and stronger strands overtime.
     
  6. Be gentle
    Avoid wrapping your hair and rubbing it with a towel. Towels have a hard texture and can break and damage your hair. Instead, pat it dry with it or use a t-shirt.
    To avoid hurtful detangling when brushing your hair, use a wide-toothed comb when it is still wet and comb from the bottom up (tips to roots). When your hair is damp to dry, brush gentry through it with a normal brush.
    Don't put your hair up too often, as it pulls on the roots and causes hair loss. The less you put it up the better, but if you really have to, make sure to keep it loose.

 

I'm pretty sure I know more things on this matter but I can't currently think of others, if I do I will make a part two! I might also give some tips on skin care as well.

I hope you found this helpful! Love your hair and it'll love you back.

~Ky

Published by Kyrania Layen