Simple Hair Care Tips For Healthier Hair & Scalp
by Beatrix Kang |
Hair is one of our main features that continues to make a statement and impression on the community we have around. However, as routines grow increasingly busy and taxing, there can be less time to groom and maintain our hair. Despite that, here are a few tips that can be implemented on the go daily without compromising daily routines to have some impressive hair quality for both aesthetics and health.
1. Change your washing habits
Surprisingly, hair is pretty resilient upon growth, but rather it is the external influences that cause it to deteriorate in quality. Namely, a huge factor comes to how hair is being washed.
Firstly, test the temperature of your water when washing your hair. Using warm temperatures during shampooing and conditioning opens up the pores to be more receptive to the products, whereas washing hair with cold water to wash out of the conditioner allows the pores to lock up and seal in the products as well as increase blood circulation in the scalp.
Secondly, wash your hair less. In the most tropical weathers, it can be hard to resist shampooing hair every day considering the sweatiness we can acquire from the humid climate. However, shampooing hair every day can easily strip the natural oil from your hair and make it dry. For oily hair, it’s best to wash it once every two days, and for dry hair, every 3 to 4 days. You can use just water to wash out the sticky and sweaty feeling, but it's best to shampoo less for better hair.
2. Stress out your hair less when styling
The way we wear our hair also can influence how our hair reacts. In fact, improper styling is probably what contributes most to our hair breakage and thinning.
Firstly, opt for heatless styling options. This is because heat is often used to manipulate how our hair is shaped. Even though our hair has a layer of keratin to protect it from the heat, over time, this built-up heat exposure can break down the integrity of the keratin. Hence, to curl or straighten hair, it is best to opt for less heat or if you really have to, do apply some hair serum beforehand. For example, overnight curls like Bantu knots or paper towel rolls can create beautiful waves without having to resort to heat tools. However, if you want to use heat tools like straighteners or curlers, it is best to put a layer of heat-protective spray so the heat will not be directly applied to the hair.
Secondly, reduce tension in your hair. Imagine a rubber band being pulled. If you pull it, then release it after a short duration of time, it will maintain its elasticity and be flexible. However, if you pull it and only release it after a long duration of time, it snaps easier. Our hair is like that rubber band.
So when your hair is constantly pulled back in tight ponytails, braids, buns or gelled and pulled in place, your hair is under tension and its elasticity and shininess is compromised over time. Hence, it is important to literally, let your hair down.
Take time off your schedule to let it down if tight hairstyles are needed in your profession or reduce putting it in tight hairstyles on the weekend. Alternatively, you can try other hairstyles that are not as taxing on your hair but still put together like low loose ponytails or braiding your hair looser. Hair wax is also a viable option to replace the more unforgiving hair gels.
3. Reduce friction between hair and your pillowcase
Did you know what you do to your hair before you sleep can also affect your daily hair loss?
This is because the friction our hair often makes with our pillow as we roll around in your sleep can generate and cause hair to break or fall out easily. Hence, to solve this issue, if you have the budget to, you can change your pillowcase to a silk pillowcase. A silk pillowcase has a smoother surface, so hair is less likely to be caught in between the strands of fabric and not fall out.
Besides that, if you have medium to long hair, you can also braid it or bun it loosely before you sleep. So, you can still sleep comfortably but have a hairstyle that will reduce the surface area of hair from making contact with the pillowcase.
4. Rejuvenate your hair consistently
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Although daily habits are gonna maintain the health of your hair, why not take it to the next level with some once a month treatments? For example, you can promote hair quality by trimming your split ends. This helps prevent further breakage to the hair by not allowing it to split further, hence maintaining its integrity.
Even if you do not have time or money to go to a salon, you can do this at home by yourself. Do this by twisting your hair and snip the edges that poke out. This will prevent the hair from splitting further and thinning out the rest of your hair.
Besides that, you can also deep condition your hair with coconut oil or a hair mask. Just cover your hair with coconut oil or a hair mask, starting from the ends before rubbing it to the roots, leave it in for thirty minutes to an hour before shampooing it out. This can help add oil and shine back to your hair, rejuvenating your hair and adding some vibrancy back into it.
Ultimately, the best hair care routine for you would be a hair routine that is based on your style of hair. All hair types require different kinds of grooming, so experiment around and search for hair tips based on your hair types for a more cohesively tailored hair routine for you beyond the general tips.
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