What most people do not realize is that hair is already dead. While there are certain known ways that you can improve the quality of your hair, you can never permanently repair any hair damage. You only get one chance with the hair that you have.
This means that it is extremely important that you treat your hair with the care that it deserves and take precautions to prevent hair damage. Anyone who is serious about taking proper care of his or her hair needs to adopt a hair care routine as well as limit chemical interactions with your hair.
However, keep in mind that there is no single routine that fits everyone. The routine that you adopt will be dependent on the type of hair you have. Read on to discover the easiest way to start a hair care routine that best fits you today.
Understanding your hair type
If you want to maximize results from your hair care routine, you need to understand the type of hair you have. You need to find out if you hair is normal, fine or greasy, or even dry.
You have normal hair if your hair is not greasy or dry. It also cannot be permed or color-treated. It must also be able to retain its style very well as well as look great and healthy for the most part.
With normal hair, you can use shampoos and conditioners that are designed for normal hair.
Fine or greasy hair
Your hair can be categorized as fine or greasy (or even both) if it is usually limp, flat, and lacks volume. This type of hair is extremely difficult to manage because it will stubbornly refuse to maintain any semblance of style. Even after you shampoo your hair, it soon gets greasy not too longer after.
If you have this type of hair, you most likely will already have had a large number of problems with it in the past already. Greasy hair is clingy while the excess oil is always threatening to weigh your hair down. Dust will start sticking to the grease on your hair even if you recently washed it. This is all because your sebaceous glands are much more active than normal. However, do not be dismayed. You can help your hair improve.
Help keep sebum from spreading all over your hair by avoiding directly contact with your scalp. Avoid touching your hair or running your fingers through it after you have styled it. This will help you keep the oil from running all over your hair.
Make sure that your hair care routine contains shampoos and conditioners that are specially designed for greasy hair.
Your hair is categorized as dry hair if it tends to look dull as well as feel dry or rough. Dry hair will tangle extremely easily while being difficult to tame with a comb or brush. Often times, dry hair has been chemically treated, whether through perms, bleaches, or colorings. If you have dry hair, you are at higher risk for split ends and frizzy hair.
If this sounds like your hair, you need to buy shampoo and conditioner specifically designed with dry hair in mind.
Keep in mind that all of these suggestions are guidelines. If you like washing your hair extremely frequently, try purchasing a “frequent use” shampoo. If your hair is generally filled with dandruff and an abundance of scalp problems, it is always better to choose shampoos that are designed to address these problems and conditions.
How to take regular care of hair?
After you figured out what type of hair you have, you need to learn how to take care of your hair daily to keep them shiny and healthy.
Washing your hair
Washing your hair is definitely necessary in your hair care routine. However, poor practices during hair washing can damage your hair. Here are a few tips that you need to keep in your mind to prevent your hair from becoming damaged.
- Let your hair hang naturally throughout the washing. You can do this by staying in the shower or leaning your head over a bath.
- Before shampooing, make sure that you allow your hair to be rinsed thoroughly. Use warm water for this. This way, your hair will be prepared for a complete wash.
- Pour enough shampoo to create a lather for all of your hair.
- Make sure that you lather up the shampoo in your hand before application. Start from your scalp and gently massage the hair into your hair. Keep your hair hanging naturally throughout all of this.
- After you are doing, rinse your hair by letting water run through it. Move your fingers downwards through your hair to help it rinse the shampoo out. Do not be fierce in your rubbing. Otherwise, the friction will damage your hair beyond repair.
Conditioning your hair
- After all of the shampoo has been rinsed completely out of your hair, pour conditioner into your hand before applying it gently and evenly over your hair.
- Allow the conditioner to work by itself for at least a minute or two.
- Similar to how you rinsed the shampoo out, rinse off the conditioner in your hair.
Drying your hair
- Pat your hair dry with a clean and dry towel.
- Eliminate tangles while your hair is damp with a brush or even a wide-toothed comb. Make sure that you comb downwards. Start near the tips before working upwards. This will prevent split ends or any breaking.
- If you wish, you can use a styling product, including mousses and gels. Do not use too much.
- Try to let your hair dry naturally. If you have to use a dryer, make sure that you are drying your hair when it has already been towel-dried. Use the lowest heat setting and continuously move the dryer over your head. Stop drying before your hair is completely dry.
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