For many people, their hair is their crowning glory. It is one of the easiest parts of our body to style exactly how we want, as we can chop it and dye it however we please! So there is no wonder why hair is important to so many people and want to look after their hair. If you don’t give your hair all the love and care that it needs, it could get very unhealthy, which will result in either greasy roots or extremely dry ends. Want to know how you can look after your hair as best you can? Read on for my ultimate guide to hair care!
Understand Your Hair Type
Each one of us has a different hair type. The best way to understand your hair and figure out which kind of type you have is to wash it so that it is completely clean and leave it to dry naturally without any products. First of all, you need to figure out the shape of your hair. You will either have straight, curly, or wavy hair. This shape will affect the overall health of your hair. For instance, straight hair often gets greasy and limp very quickly. However, curly hair can frizz very easily and is often very dry. As you can see, your type of hair is going to impact how you clean and style your mane. Those with straight hair will need to use shampoo suitable for oily hair that isn’t going to add too much moisture to the hair. However, those with curly hair should use shampoo and conditioner that helps the hair to repair itself, as this kind of hair is very fragile.
Use Protective Products
There are lots of styling tools that use heat to style hair. For instance, hair straighteners, curling tongs, and hair dryers all heat up the hair in order to create certain looks. However, there is one major downside to this – your hair can’t deal with all this heat, and it can strip the strands of moisture and damage them quite severely. So, if you regularly use these kinds of methods to style your hair, you need to find some productive products that can guard your hair from the heat. There are lots of serums and heat-protective sprays that you should apply to your hair before using these kinds of styling tools. If you don’t, then you should expect to see a lot of damage to your hair such as split ends.
Use Silk Pillows
Did you know that the type of pillow on which you sleep can also have a big effect on your hair? Cotton pillows can be very rough on your hair as they can cause it to tangle and get very roughed up. In some extreme cases, you could even wake up to find you have lost quite a few strands of hair! So, if you don’t want to have to think about hair transplant options after a bad night’s sleep, you should switch to a silk pillow. This will provide a slippery surface which your hair can simply glide off without too much friction.
Use Coconut Oil
No matter what type of hair you have, coconut oil will be a remarkable product for it! There are various ways you can use it on your locks. Firstly, you can try using it as a deep conditioner. To do this, you should cover all your hair with the coconut oil and leave it for at least twenty minutes. However, for the best results, you should wear a shower cap and sleep in the oil. Then you just need to wash it all out with your regular shampoo. The oil can stick to your hair quite a bit so it might take two washes to get it all out. You will find that using the oil like this will deeply nourish your hair, leaving it silky smooth. You can also use your coconut oil as a daily detangler. To do this, you just need to massage a small amount of coconut oil into your tresses before you brush and style it. As you are leaving the oil in your hair, you will find that it continues to nourish your locks throughout the day!
Don’t Dye Your Hair Too Often
Do you wish your locks were a completely different color? If so, you may be tempted to dye them. But no matter how great this looks, it just won’t do your hair’s health any good at all. This is especially the case for people whose hair is naturally very dry. Dying it will only dry it out even more, and could irritate your scalp. You should also think carefully about dying, as you may never get your natural color back as it once was. Even if you let the dye grow out, you may be surprised that your natural color comes back a lot duller than it once was. If you are desperate to color your hair, though, be sure to use natural dyes that do not contain ammonia, which can cause a lot of damage to your natural hair color.
Go No Poo
Did you know that your shampoo might actually be damaging your hair, even if it seems to be leaving it in good condition? That’s because many shampoos contain sulfates and other artificial chemicals. Even though these leave your hair looking silky smooth, they are actually stripping your tresses of their natural nutrients. There is a growing trend for going “no-poo” which means using shampoos that contain no sulfates. In fact, some girls are turning their back on shampoo completely as, over time, hair gets used to not being washed and will keep itself healthy and shiny on its own! So if you have always wanted to save a lot of cash on your hair products, then this is certainly one option to consider! It can be very daunting going a long time without washing your hair, but there are lots of online guides aimed at helping no-poo beginners.