Feeling like you’re missing some things in your hair routine? No worries- most of us are! The majority of people do not have their hair’s health on the list of their top priorities, which is understandable; but it’s definitely worth considering. Your daily routine has more impact on the health of your hair than you know, especially if you live in a hot, dry state like Arizona!
If you feel your hair is dry, brittle, dull, or you’re experiencing breakage, it’s time to change up your hair life. Like any part of the body, your hair needs nutrients to maintain itself. The phrase “use it or lose it” applies to the health of your hair has much as it applies to your muscles, so don’t neglect those tresses! With that, let’s dive into this short list of things you should add to your daily hair routine!
Healthy Hair Habits
1.- Get Regular Trims!
Is your goal is to have super long, super healthy mermaid hair? One of the first steps in reaching that goal is to get regular cuts and trims! I know it may seem counterproductive, but I promise it’s not. Once the ends of your hair have split apart, it is impossible to repair them.
These dead ends can keep your hair from growing and cause more damage; so instead of trying to keep your broken ends together, give your hair stylist a call and make an appointment for a trim! The recommended time between trims is about 6 to 8 weeks, but your stylist may recommend a different time frame that aligns with your hair goals. (Check out our post on when you should get a haircut here!)
2.- Wash With Lukewarm Water.
Like most people, I enjoy a nice scalding shower! However, showering and washing your hair under super hot water can be extremely damaging. Hot water can strip your hair of the natural oils it needs, which will leave your hair dry and dull-looking. Lukewarm water is just as cleansing as extremely hot water, so consider turning the temperature down. Do it for your lovely locks!
3.- Make Sure You’re Properly Conditioning.
Everybody knows that conditioner is an essential ingredient to healthy hair, but did you know that you’ve most likely been using it incorrectly? I know, it’s shocking, but let me explain. Your hair usually starts to get greasy at the roots first, right? Use this as a reminder that conditioner only needs to be placed on certain sections of your hair!
Skip applying conditioner to your roots; you’re less likely to cause build-up and extra grease this way. Allow the natural oils that your body produces to do the hard work for you at the roots, and focus on conditioning your hair from mid-length to your ends. Conditioning at your roots can weigh down your hair, which means you’ll get less volume in your style!
A good tip for applying conditioner would be to try using a wide-tooth comb after you use your conditioner! This way you’ll better distribute the conditioner, and it will make detangling your hair much easier.
4.- Shampoo that Scalp, Girl.
In stark contrast to how you should be conditioning, you should focus on your scalp and roots when you use shampoo! Focusing on your strands with shampoo can cause them to dry out and appear lackluster, and your scalp is what really needs cleansing. Your scalp constantly produces oils, sheds skin cells, and can occasionally have a build-up of hair products if you use them daily!
So, when you’re shampooing your hair, give your scalp a good scrub. Massaging your scalp daily can also help your hair grow faster by increasing blood-flow to your hair follicles! Also, be sure to scrub with your finger tips and not your fingernails. (Nobody wants a scratched-up head!)
5.- Use a Brush When You Blow Dry!
Blow-drying your hair is no easy feat, but you’ll have a much easier time if you get a round brush involved! You’ll want to make sure that you’re brushing your hair in the same direction that you’re pointing the blow-dryer.
Pull your hair straight with the brush as you blow dry for a smoother look, and try to use low heat if you have the time! To help prevent frizz, dry from your roots to your ends, and finish your blow dry by using the “Cool” setting on your dryer.
6.- Air Dry When You Can, and Use a Heat Protectant When You Can’t!
I know how hard it can be to put the hot tools down, but if you’d like to keep your hair soft, shiny, and healthy, it’s good to take a break. Letting your hair air dry a few times a week can help keep you from severely damaging your strands. Heat styling, especially at high temperatures, can cause dehydration, split ends, breakage, and holes in the protein molecules that hold your strands together.
So, consider taking a break and letting your hair dry on its own; especially if it’s terribly hot outside. (Looking at you, Arizona peeps!) If you’re like me and have a nasty habit of waking up too late to let your hair air dry, a wise investment would be a heat protectant, like the Melu Hair Shield or Blow Dry Primer!
Products like these form a barrier around your strands to keep out excessive heat, form an anti-humidity barrier to keep out frizz, and add shine to your look. Add a few spritzes of these products to your damp hair before blow-drying and see what awesome results you can get!
7.- Use a Silk Pillowcase!
For our curly-haired friends especially, sleeping on a silk pillowcase is a must! Cotton pillowcases are unnecessarily rough on your strands and tend to stretch them as you sleep, which can cause breakage and extra tangles. Cotton will also absorb your hair products and sweat, which can cause breakouts in your skin! Switching to a silk pillowcase will help you prevent frizzy hair, breakage, and product build up. You can find silk pillowcases like this one on Amazon and similar websites for low prices, so make the switch and get the most out of your beauty sleep!
8.- Pamper Yourself with a Deep Conditioning Treatment.
A deep conditioner is a must-have in your hair care routine no matter your hair texture! If you color-treat your hair often and find that your hair is starting to feel brittle, dry, and has lost its shine; a deep conditioner, like the Nounou Hair Mask, can help you bring your strands back to life. You can come into the salon and have a stylist give you a special deep conditioning treatment, or pick one up to use at home!
Deep conditioners are generally formulated to hydrate and soften your hair, and some are specially formulated to repair broken chemical bonds in your strands; like Olaplex No. 3! Use your deep conditioner once a week. You can apply the conditioner to damp/wet hair, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm or cool water for the best results!
9.- Be Gentle with Your Wet Hair!
Wet hair is MUCH more prone to breakage than dry hair, and being rough on it is likely to break your strands. To avoid ripping your hair, try using a wet brush or a wide-tooth comb to detangle your wet hair. Be as gentle as possible, and try not to rough-up your hair with your towel to dry off. Gently dab your hair with your towel instead of pulling or pushing the towel over it, and start at your roots! If you can, investing in a microfiber towel or a hair wrap and letting it soak up the water from your strands is a great way to protect your wet and fragile hair.
10.- Change Up Your Part!
Sometimes, the smallest changes in our routines can have the greatest impact. An easy step to getting a fuller, more voluminous look is to change how you part your hair! Try parting your hair on the opposite side and you will instantly notice that your roots have more lift.
Thanks for Reading!
Thank for reading this week’s edition of the TouchUps Beauty Blog! We hope you found these 10 things you need in your hair routine helpful, and easy to do! If your hair ain’t healthy, not evening having the most beautiful color in the world can make up for the damage. Make sure you take good care of that beautiful hair, and we’ll catch you next time!