As your schedule becomes busier, it often begins to feel as if there’s simply not enough hours in the day, which starts to take its toll on your body. Although healthy eating, exercising and ensuring that you get enough sleep are all the most important aspects of self-care, it can often be tricky to stay on top of an effective hair regime. Luckily, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to deal with dull hair and say goodbye to luscious locks. There are a few quick and easy lifestyle changes that you can incorporate into your day to ensure that your hair remains in immaculate condition with a healthy shine.
With this in mind, we have devised a list of our top ten best hair care tips, so keep reading!
The Best Hair Care Tips
As an established hair salon in Milton Keynes, we’ve seen our fair share of damaged heads of hair crying out for a little TLC. It is understandable that when you’re constantly on the go, your hair does become neglected and is rarely one of the top things on your list to care for. While it would be fantastic to have time to carry out maintenance tasks such as applying a deep conditioning mask after each wash, for many, it is unrealistic. Taking this into account, instead of creating a list of ‘to-dos’ for healthy hair, we have, instead, combined all of our best lifestyle change tips. All of which will help you gradually notice a visible difference in the condition of your hair.
1. Washing Routine
Even on the busiest of days, we all ensure to schedule in time to wash our hair if it is greasy. So, we thought that it would only be right to begin with how to improve your washing routine.
Ideally, your hair should only be washed a maximum of three days a week as this allows the scalp and follicles to maintain all of their natural oils, ultimately reducing dryness and breakages. While you may believe that your hair needs to be washed daily to avoid the ‘greasy’ look, you are, in fact, doing incredibly more harm than good.
When you do wash your hair, avoid using hot water and instead, opt for a lukewarm setting. We are all aware of the impact that excessive heat styling has on our hair, but are less conscious of the fact that hot water causes the same level of damage. Using lukewarm water as an alternative allows you to achieve cleanliness while maintaining moisture in your cuticles.
During the shampooing stage, aim to massage the product into your hair gently. Not only will this lower the likelihood of tangling, but it’ll also encourage the blood circulation in your scalp, therefore, promoting healthy hair growth. Conditioner should also only be applied to the ends of your hair rather than all over. Over time, the product will begin to buildup on your scalp and will cause your hair to become greasy quicker.
2. Use Microfibre Towels
After washing, almost all of us wrap our hair in a towel to begin the drying process. Although often less considered, your towel choice can begin to have an impact on the condition of your hair.
Over the past few years, the use of microfibre towels has grown in popularity for cleaning equipment, but are also equally as effective when drying your hair. Microfibre is thought to be around 100 times finer than hair, which means that these towels are able to absorb moisture considerably quicker than opting to use a regular towel. In just half an hour, your hair will be almost completely dry.
As microfibre towels are capable of drying hair naturally in minimal time, it eliminates the need for adding friction against the hair through rubbing it dry. Friction is one of the main causes of brittleness and breakages, which causes the hair to become frizzy after washing.
If you’re interested in purchasing your own microfibre towels, head over the Paragon Microfibre, where they can be picked up for less than £3.00 each!
3. Protect Your Hair
Although styling hair with heated tools isn’t the best for its health, many of us cannot live without straighteners or curling irons. They are essentials for styling hair, which means that if you do hope to use heated equipment, always protect your hair beforehand.
Using a heat protection spray or serum will work towards building a barrier between the heat and hair cuticle, stopping the heat from causing excess damage. There are many different affordable heat protectants that are filled with added features to promote shine, keep hair in place and even act as a leave-in conditioner. For 9 of the best heat protecting sprays, take a look at The Independent.
4. Weekly Hair Mask
On a Sunday, when you are unwinding on the sofa watching your favourite television series, why not use the free time to your advantage and pop on a hair mask while you relax?
It is your choice whether you treat yourself to a deep conditioning mask or use tailored ingredients to create your own. The advantage of making your own is that you can alter the ingredients used to meet your hair type and requirements. For example, those who have dry hair would want to include essential oils such as argan and coconut oil, along with banana, avocado and honey. Whereas, for oily hair, yoghurt, apple cider vinegar and egg would all prove beneficial.
Luckily, even if you are pushed for time, yet still want to nourish your hair, there is a wide choice of sleeping masks which can be applied before going to bed and washed off the next morning. Bumble & Bumble, Keihl’s and Living Proof all specialise in overnight hair masks which can be easily applied; just place a cap over your hair and wake up with silky, smooth locks.
5. Use The Correct Brushes / Combs
It is imperative that you use the right tools on your hair to detangle. As brushing your hair is the most detrimental task that will impact the condition of your hair, you want to keep pulling and tugging at a minimum.
Wet hair is considerably more fragile than dry hair which means it should always be detangled using a wide tooth comb. Not only will a wide-toothed comb prevent breakages, but it will also reduce the risk of split ends, making it gentler on both the hair and scalp. When combing through wet hair, section your hair into two then start at the ends and work your way up to the root; this will minimise the amount of hair that falls out during detangling.
If you regularly blow dry your hair after washing, we recommend using a round heat retainer brush. As a heat retainer brush is filled with bristles that have small holes in between, it allows the hot hair to circulate and therefore, dry the hair quicker. The quicker your hair dries, the less heat you will need to use.
6. Trim Regularly
Split ends, unfortunately, are inevitable, which means that at some point, you will need to book in to have your hair trimmed. If you’re hoping to grow your hair, only a few centimetres will need to be taken off, which will also work towards helping it to grow quicker and stronger. Ideally, you should book in for a quick appointment with your hairdresser every six to eight weeks to ensure that all split ends are cut away before they have a chance to travel further up each strand. If left to worsen, split ends will continue to multiply, causing what has a similar appearance to a feather.
7. Invest In Silk Pillowcases
Silk pillowcases are a fantastic investment to benefit both your hair and skin. Due to the natural properties in silk, the material is ideal for creating a super smooth surface to sleep on. Many of us toss and turn throughout the night, which is causing constant friction between the pillowcase surface and our face and hair. As mentioned earlier, friction is the main culprit for causing brittle hair and breakages.
Opting to sleep on a silk pillowcase over any alternative material means that you will no longer have to worry about tackling your daily ‘bed head’, as the surface will help towards keeping your hair in control during the night. It is also ideal for retaining the moisture in your hair, particularly useful if you choose to apply a hair mask or leave-in conditioner before bed.
For a range of different coloured silk pillowcases, take a look at Myza.
8. Consider Your Diet
You would be surprised how much of an impact your diet can have on your hair – being healthy on the inside will reflect on the outside! There are many different foods which can help towards maintaining healthy hair, and it includes more than just the traditional ‘drink milk for strong hair and nails’.
One of the best ways to incorporate hair nourishing foods into your diet is through swapping your sugary snacks for healthy alternatives. Instead of grabbing a packet of crisps or biscuits when you feel peckish, go for options such as berries, nuts and seeds. Berries, in particular, are filled with antioxidants and Vitamin C, which helps the hair follicles to fight against harmful molecules which work to disrupt their growth. A combination of nuts and seeds provide the body with a huge amount of nutrients such as Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
9. Avoid Tight Styling
Although they look sleek and stylish, a high, tight ponytail is often doing more damage to your hair than it is worth. Tight hairstyles harm the root of the follicles, which will eventually cause the hair to fall out, not to mention tension headaches that you may begin to experience by the end of the day. Ponytails, in particular, put a lot of strain on the finer hair at the front of your head, which increases the likelihood of a receding hairline in the future.
When you do put your hair up, avoid using elastic bands or hair bands that have a metal clasp as, throughout the day, they begin to tug on your hair and cause breakages. Instead, we suggest using soft endless fabric bobbles or scrunchies!
10. Treat Your Scalp
Just like your skin needs moisturising, your scalp requires just as much care and hydrating as your hair does, especially if you have noticed your scalp becoming dry.
Treating your scalp is super easy and can be done as little or often as you feel is necessary. One ingredient that every effective scalp treatment includes is oil, as it is proven by dermatologists to seal hydration into your scalp. Similarly to hair masks, you can either purchase a ready-to-use scalp oil filled with other ingredients or use organic oils from places such as Holland & Barrett.
When using oil to nourish your scalp, for maximum results, aim to apply the oil and allow it to soak into the skin for around an hour. You can then continue to shampoo and condition the hair as normal.
Keep Your Hair In A Healthy Condition!
Even on the busiest of days, you can still ensure that you provide your hair with the care and nourishment that it needs to stay healthy and strong. When you have spare time, it is always recommended to apply a hair mask or treat your scalp with oil to give it just that extra bit of TLC. In the meantime, simply follow our easy tips and we can guarantee that you will notice positive results within a few weeks.
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