We all know that one girl with super soft hair, which swishes just right and never gets frizzy or greasy, and we are in no way jealous or bitter, not us! Well, maybe a little bit, but it is possible for us mere mortals to get the same healthy, happy hair, honestly. The thing is, everyone’s hair is different, so to some extent, it’s all about working with what we have to make the most of it. If your hair forms beautiful tight ringlets, it might be time to reconcile with yourself that straight, sleek hair might just not be worth the effort. In the same way, if you’re blessed with straight, fine hair which never gets frizzy, curls might be okay for a treat, but it’s a whole lot of work to get them to stay. The secret to manageable hair is keeping it healthy, well conditioned, and working with your hair type, but it’s definitely possible for everyone.
Choose the right shampoo and conditioner
Like Cinderella’s slipper, shampoo and conditioners do not have a one size fits all policy. They exist for all different hair types, and some are more effective than others. People with heavily dyed hair will know the importance of finding hair care products that support dyed hair to stop it from becoming too heavily damaged. Spend a bit more money on shampoo and conditioner, and take the time to choose one which works for your specific hair type, but also allow a period of trial and error.
Use leave-in conditioner
If you’ve got dry or frizzy hair, a leave-in conditioner or serum is an absolute lifesaver. Everyday life can really take its toll on your hair, especially the cold, dry weather in the winter, so it’s great to be able to give it an extra level of protection and some more moisture to get it through.
Keep shampoo away from the ends
Shampoo should go on the roots of the hair only, and conditioner mostly on the ends. Shampoo can have a really drying effect on the ends of hair, and since its sole purpose is to remove grease and build-up, it’s really not needed there anyway. Conditioner’s purpose is to reintroduce moisture to the ends of hair, so when there’s too much in the roots, it can cause hair to be heavy and lose volume.
Protect from heat
Heat and hair are not friends. It can cause untold damage to hair, which can be really tricky to reverse. When using heated appliances on your locks, ensure you use a good quality heat protectant spray as part of your routine – it’ll make a world of difference. It also pays to use appliances with varying heat settings, and to keep them on the lowest setting possible, and straighteners and curling devices with a ceramic coating are much less likely to do damage to your ‘do too.
Turn your shower down
Hot water can dry your hair out and cause knots and tangles, which can result in broken and damaged hair, so keep the water as low as you can stand it, and you’ll end up with much shinier locks as a result.
Don’t brush wet hair
When hair is wet, it becomes much more stretchy and weaker, and therefore more prone to breakage. Instead of using a brush on wet hair, make sure to comb it gently instead, and use the correct brush for your hair type when you style it.
Brush from the bottom up
Whether you’re combing your hair when it’s wet, or brushing it in the morning before styling for the day, ensure you start at the bottom and work up. Brushing from the top down can cause large knots to form, causing huge tangles and breakages, whereas if you start at the bottom, then little knots can be worked out before they grow.
Invest in a hair mask
There’s nothing like a good hair mask used semi-regularly to keep your hair in tip-top condition. Lush have some great options for every hair type, which smell divine as well. Hair masks are especially great for use in extreme weather to repair the damage either from the sun and humidity in a hot climate, or the cold, dry weather of winter. Investing in a good hair mask or two is an absolute must, or you could even make your own.
Don’t wash it too often
Hair washed too often can end up dry and unmanageable, so keep it to twice a week, or three times at the most. The process of shampooing your locks strips them of all their natural oils, which are your hair’s own way of protecting themselves. It can end up drying out hair and causing damage which is really difficult to repair. Instead of frequent washing, invest in a good dry shampoo and reap the rewards.
Go for a regular trim
There is nothing better for keeping your hair healthy than a good trim on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be a regular restyling, just a basic trim. Split ends on hair can dry it out significantly, and cause damage to the rest of your locks, so it’s good to get rid of them before they get serious. Keeping a close relationship with your hair stylist also means you build a good level of trust and respect, which is something worthwhile when you’re entrusting them with your entire style. Click here to see more about local stylists and the importance of getting trimmed.
Make sure you eat well
It might not seem relevant, but a poor diet can make hair greasy, drag, and lifeless. A good diet involving a lot of leafy greens and protein will help to create strong and healthy hair, but fatty or processed food can cause your body to overproduce on oils, which doesn’t mean good things for your locks.
Hair is far more easily damaged than you might think, so the best way to guarantee soft, healthy hair is by taking steps to protect it from heat, dryness, and overwashing. If you follow these steps, you’ll be guaranteed gorgeous locks every day.