Having a bad hair day also means we feel less attractive and less confident than we usually do. This could greatly affect our whole day as these little concerns can influence our mood, even our productivity and how we interact with other people.
On the other hand, a good-looking mane can make our day. Whether it’s our hair or our mood because of our great-looking hair, people will notice and the whole day has a higher chance of being a pleasant experience just because of people’s compliments.
Having healthy hair is not as high maintenance as you think. To get healthier, good-looking hair, here are some tips that you can incorporate into your personal care routine to ensure that you have your scalp and locks pampered too.
1. Feed Your Hair
Yes, a healthy diet and lifestyle is what your whole body needs including your hair. Eat your fruits and veggies, drink lots of water and exercise regularly so your hair can grow and maintain its healthy and natural shine.
2. Moisturize Your Scalp
When our grandmothers’ told us to apply oil to our hair, it might’ve sounded gross but it is actually helpful. It not only moisturises and conditions our scalp; the massaging that it entails encourages better blood circulation so our hair can absorb the nutrients it needs to grow longer and maintain its lustre.
3. Get Regular Trims
Getting a trim regularly, like going to the dentist every 6 months, is important to maintain the health of our locks. It ensures that we are able to do away with split hair, and dull, frazzled hair ends. A trip to our favourite salon also provides us the chance to enjoy a new hairstyle too. Even if we stick to the same hairstyle, a regular trim encourages hair growth and helps to freshen up our overall look.
4. Avoid Tight Hairstyles
Tying hair too tightly can cause friction which results in strands to break or be uprooted. Try to let your hair down regularly so both your scalp and strands have the chance to breathe. If tying up your hair can’t be avoided, try to tie it a bit loose so you cause less friction and reduce any damage. Also, try to use blunt-edged hair clips or hair accessories to reduce the chances of hair breakage or irritating your scalp.
5. Don’t Go Crazy with Heat
The blow dryer can be your hair’s greatest enemy if you overdo it. Try to use the cool setting if you’re just drying your hair. Better yet, let your hair dry naturally. If you do need to use heat, try to do so after blow drying with cool air. This way, your hair cuticles are already closed when you apply hot air after. When using hot air, use a medium setting and don’t direct the heat directly unto your scalp and roots.
6. Be Careful with Wet Hair
Hair is at its most fragile when wet so be gentle when working the lather while you shampoo or while massaging your scalp when applying conditioner. When drying hair with a towel, pat to dry, don’t rub or scrub. Check out some tips for how to properly wash your hair. When combing wet hair, use gentle strokes with a wide-toothed combed to detangle. Try to comb out the knots at the ends of the strands first. This way you’ll have a smoother combing experience when you comb from your roots to the tips.
7. Avoid Teasing Your Hair
Teasing your hair may look great for styling purposes but don’t do it too frequently as it can cause permanent damage to your hair cuticle. Combing your hair towards your scalp is the opposite action of combing which helps to close the cuticles. Teasing causes friction and can damage the hair’s cuticles, making you loose the shine in your hair and may cause your hair strands to become brittle.
8. Brush Your Hair Like a Princess or a Queen
You might have heard of the tip to brush your hair for 100 times before going to sleep. It might sound crazy but it can do wonders for your hair. The brushing motion not only detangles your hair, it also stimulates circulation in the scalp, helps in distributing your hair’s natural oils to your strands to help protect it from friction and it helps you feel relaxed too. The secret is in using a natural brush instead of a plastic brush. A hair brush with bristles made from natural materials will work more effectively and cause less damage than a plastic brush. Of course, you don’t have to do it 100 times.
9. Use Clarifying Shampoo Regularly
Hair products can cause buildup which may result in dandruff or other scalp irritation and hair woes. To avoid this, make sure to use a clarifying shampoo regularly to get rid of buildup. Clearing out buildup in your scalp and hair roots is similar to a general cleaning of your house so you can start on a clean slate again. This allows your hair products to give your better results.
10. Don’t Use Too Many Products
Unless you’re styling your hair for a special occasion, you shouldn’t be using too many products on your hair. For example, if you’ve decided to use a leave-on conditioner, maybe you should skip the hair gel or hair spray. Piling on products also means piling on more things to clean out during your showers. Using more than one product may also hinder the effectivity of the other products you apply to your hair.
To Wash or Not To Wash
A lot of people are not sure if it’s okay to wash their hair daily as too much washing can strip away the hair’s natural moisture. The answer really depends on your type of hair, your lifestyle and even the climate in your area. Just be practical about it.
If you hardly sweated all day because you stayed in an air-conditioned office, then maybe you should forego washing your hair at night or maybe even skip washing your hair the next day. However, if your hair scalp is too greasy, or you came from an exercise session, or it’s summer and you can’t stand the heat, then a quick shampoo might do the trick instead of a full-on shampoo and conditioner routine, especially if you’re just going to sleep right after.
We hope these tips help you to maintain the health of your crowning glory. Remember to spend some time to pamper your scalp and strands. You may not wash it daily but be sure to spend some time on your weekends for a deep, hair conditioning session or DIY hair spa. If you’ve got more hair care tips, we would love to know about them.