Most of us style or chemically treat our hair and go out in the sun without any form of protection. As a result, our hair loses that healthy, glossy shine we had pre-styling days. Before you get all nostalgic, here are 5 basic steps that will help restore your hair back into health without costing you a dime.
Don't Use Too Much Shampoo
A common mistake when caring for your locks is not to consider the basic process of shampooing. In fact, shampooing properly plays a big role in obtaining healthy and beautiful looking hair. While the amount of shampoo we use should be relative to the length of our hair, most of us apply way too much, which can cause stripping of essential oils, and consequently frizzy and unmanageable strands. So the next time you squirt from the bottle, make sure to measure an amount about the size of a quarter before massaging throughout your scalp.
Avoid Conditioning Your Scalp
While targeting the scalp is essential to cleaning your hair when shampooing, the opposite rule applies when conditioning. Once you have rinsed your hair, adequately removing suds and all traces of your shampoo, distribute conditioner focusing on the middle to the ends of your hair, all while avoiding the scalp. Because conditioner moisturizes, it also tends to weigh down your strands and flatten your overall 'do, which is more likely to occur if applied on the scalp. Once you have applied the right amount of conditioner and in the proper manner, make sure to rinse thoroughly as any residue and buildup will make your hair appear dirty and oily, regardless of the fact that it has just been cleaned. Exception to this rule applies if your hair is very coarse and/or dry and can benefit from a bit of extended time with the conditioner.
Skip the Hot Water
While hot water feels amazing, especially during the winter, it also wreaks havoc on your hair's health. Instead, wash your hair with lukewarm water and finish with a splash of cold, a process that will close your hair cuticles and prevent frizz. The end results? Not only will your hair appear shinier and brighter, it will also feel smoother to the touch, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase, "The ends justify the means."
Rather than wrap your hair into a towel immediately after jumping out of the shower, towel dry your hair, using a blotting method that squeezes the water out. Such a technique will prevent tangles and further damage that results from roughing up your hair with a towel. Once you have removed excess water from your locks in a gentle manner, give yourself about 5 minutes before reaching out to any styling tools, including combs, hair brushes and hair-dryers. By giving your mane a bit of time, you will prevent breakage and tangles, as your hair is said to be at its most vulnerable state when wet. Aim to get your hair about 90 percent dry before reaching out for your blow-dryer or iron.
Don't Use Too Many Products
Sure, there are countless of products out there that promise your hair the world and more upon application. However, the reality is that such products, especially when applied in excess, create unnecessary build-up and residue, a process that will leave your hair looking dirty and unhealthy. Rather then spend money on such products, give your hair a deep-moisturizing treatment by leaving your conditioner on overnight every 10 days or so, depending on your hair's thickness. Not only will you avoid product clutter, after a few sessions, you will notice a huge difference in your hair's overall strength and appearance.
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