There are ton's of Ways to Change Up Your Haircare Routine for More Beautiful and Healthy Hair, and among them we give you our top seven to start implementing into your routine immediately.
1. Brush The Right Way
You may or may not know this, but brushing your hair when it’s wet is a no no for hair health. Hair is more frail and breakable when wet, so instead of roughly towel drying it and then vigorously brushing it, keep a wide tooth comb in your shower, and as you condition it, lightly work the comb through to get rid of any tangles and knots.
If you are going to dry brush your hair, be sure to choose a nice, gentle brush. Work from the tips up to the roots until your hair is smooth and tangle free.
2. Shampoo Less
Don’t be weary if you notice that by the end of day one or heading into day two, after shampooing your hair, it appears oily/greasy. Naturally, the glands in your skin produce oil (sebum) which hydrates the skin and hair in support of their health. The production of sebum is most abundant on the scalp, face and chest, which is why you may notice that these areas become more oily quicker than other areas of your skin.
There is certainly such a thing as oil overproduction though, if you were concerned with how oily your hair/skin gets. People with naturally oily skin may run into more greasy hair then those with normal to dry skin. This is where genetics come into play, and thus the oil can most effectively be monitored with shampoo and dry shampoo. Other elements such as hormones, stress and weather can also effect the production and secretion of sebum.
The most pressing question here is how often do you really need to wash your hair? Well, we’re going to break it down by hair type.
Fine Hair / Oily Prone Skin:
Wash daily or every other day.
Normal Hair & Skin:
Wash every 1-3 days, depending on preference.
Thick Hair / Dry Skin:
Wash every 2-3 days.
The bottom line? Continuing to strip hair of it’s natural oils completely will lead to the glands over producing oil, and you will have yourself an unhealthy, vicious circle! Use a mild shampoo to reduce the risk of clarifying your hair too much, and shampoo appropriately.
Note: If you deal with extremely oily hair, this Natural Clarifying Shampoo + Conditioner may be a good option for you to try.
3. Moisturize More
There are tons of ways to keep your hair hydrated– but don’t worry, we aren’t insinuating that your roots have to look at all greasy to keep up a naturally hydrated head of hair. Use a natural conditioner like castor oil or coconut night from mid-shaft to the ends of your hair to prevent breakage and splitting. It can be applied over night, or any time you’d like. Also keep up that once a week deep conditioning. This should help to maintain healthy, moisturized hair.
4. Up The Quality Of Products
Investing in good, natural and high quality hair products is worth the while in the long run. Purchase products that work for your hair, not against it, and steer away from brands that use harsh chemicals. The less ingredients the better when it comes to buying a new product for your arsenal. Look for small ingredients lists, and do not be fooled by marketing words like “natural” and “organic” which do not hold credibility.
Our best advice is to study up on toxic ingredients which may lurk in your everyday haircare and beauty care products. See our post on toxic ingredients here.
5. Don’t Tease
We aren’t talking about the “joking” kind of “teasing.” We’re more referring to the back combing kind of teasing. The bottom line is that it just isn’t good for your hair, and easily leads to breakage. Use alternative methods to create volume, like using hair spray, salt spray or other volumizing products.
6. Nix The Box Color
It’s a popular notion that boxed hair dye is not a good option for coloring hair, but often this claim isn’t fully explained. Though it may be the easy and cost affordable option, you’d be surprised to find that boxed dye does in fact have definite negative effects on hair.
Boxed color is made as a “fit for all hair types” coloring product, but not all hair types call for the same dye strength, length of application, or pigmentation. We will illustrate the different harmful effects in the following examples:
Example One: If you have fine hair, and you apply boxed dye X to your hair for twenty minutes, it’s going to give you a more saturated pigment, and is going to penetrate your hair follicles much more easily that someone with thick, stubborn hair. The strength of the color is going to “stick” to your hair very harshly, and come time to change it, you may have a difficult time working around it.
Example Two: If you have thick hair, and you apply boxed dye X to your hair for twenty minutes, your hair may not have enough time to really take in the pigment, giving you a weak or uneven pigment. If your hair does take the color fine, you have achieved something, though again, come the time for change, you may run into issues with this stubborn dye.
Regardless of the outcome of your boxed hair dye experience, the dye itself is made to be very strong and harsh, so that it compensates for all hair types, fine, normal and thick. Roots may take quicker than ends, due to the heat of your head, which leads to uneven coloring. There is an array of other problems that can come from boxed dye and this is why is should be avoided when at all possible.
All in all, if you can fork up those extra pennies to get your hair done professionally, it is worth it.
7. Avoid Frequent Color Changes
Moderation is the key word here, as we talk about coloring hair. Try to keep things consistent, and when you do decide that it’s time for a change, do it the right way. If you want to go from brunette to blonde, obviously don’t bleach your entire head all at once. Go to the salon, and have your stylist high light it gradiently. This will help to maintain the health of the hair.
Who can deny that there's nothing better than a beautiful head of hair when it comes to beauty. It's pretty fair to say that when your hair looks good, you look good (relatively speaking). If you put that little bit of effort into your hair in the mornings, it's likely to pay off short term. Even better, put a little extra effort into maintaining good habits and it'll pay off long term.
Enjoy using these 7 Ways to Change Up Your Haircare for More Beautiful and Healthy Hair, and please let us know your results in a comment!