Taking care of our hair is a habit instilled in us at a young age. Hair is a great accessory and we wear it every day. Being gentle with our hair and washing it regularly are things we learned from our mothers, sisters, or friends but there are a few more that we should take into account. Below are 10 habits for healthy hair, all things I plan on adapting into my normal hair care routine immediately.
1 / Choose shampoo for the hair you want
If straight hair is what you desire, buy shampoo specifically for that. It has the same effects on someone with straight hair as it would if your hair is wavy or curly. The same goes for other shampoo types.
2 / Treat your tresses before dyeing it
Apply a mixture of salt and water to the scalp for 15 minutes before dyeing the hair. It helps neutralize the bleach that will be applied and prevents an itchy scalp afterwards.
3 / Nixing split ends
Treating your ends at home is completely doable when it is done the right way. Simply take sections of hair, twist them together then lightly snip above the split.
4 / Protect from heat
This is so vital and can save your hair from an overload of heat damage. Spritz the hair with a heat protectant spray before using any hot tools. Luckily, there are many different brands available on the market.
5 / Mix up your style
Wearing a pony tail in the same spot over and over again causes breakage where the band sits in the hair. Raise or lower your ponytail every now and then to give that “favorite spot” a break.
6 / Switching water temperatures
Washing hair in hot water helps cut the grease and oil from your scalp. Rinsing out conditioner in cooler water helps seal the cuticle thereby protecting the hair.
7 / Let hair air dry
Consistent heat from the blow dryer causes damage to your tresses over time. Switch up the routine and let it air dry every now and then or on weekends.
8 / Treat wet hair with care
The water in wet hair weighs down the strands causing them to lose tensile strength and become more susceptible to breakage. Stick to finger combing or using a wide-tooth comb when brushing out tangles in wet hair to prevent damage.
9 / Change your part
Years of wearing hair parted in the same place causes hair to begin receding. Switching your part to the middle or the opposite side can help keep this from happening.
10 / Squeeze dry, not rubbing
When drying wet hair, abstain from any vigorous rubbing and instead squeeze the water out which can help prevent breakage.