This article is all about keeping your natural locks feeling healthy, shiny, and well kept!
But before we let you indulge in our secret hair care tips, let's clear up a few things.
- All hair types are different.
- Which means they require different types of care.
- Virgin hair and Treated hair can not be cared for in the same way.
- It takes time and effort and some amount of genes to keep the hair looking as gorgeous as they naturally are.
Now that that's clear let's move to the real deal!
How To Take Care Of Hair Naturally:
There are two main categories of hair we are going to talk about - Virgin Hair and Treated Hair.
Virgin Hair Care:
- Determine your hair type.
The first and foremost step towards healthy hair is determining the type of hair you have.
Each of us is born with a unique set of hair textures and colors. But with years of malpractice and limited knowledge, we have been set to practice the same hair care on each different type.
For example, Curly hair care includes lots of hydration, zero sulfates, and scrunching to maintain gorgeous curls.
While straight hair requires some good shampooing, detangling and frequent trims to keep the splits ends at bay.
Once you have your hair type determined, choosing a hair care regime shouldn’t be too hard.
- Choose products accordingly.
Each hair type requires a separate set of products.
While a conditioner is a curly-headed person's best friend; and an anti-static spray works best for a person with straight hair.
Likewise, oily hair should be treated with products that best fight the extra oiliness, such as a strong shampoo and mild conditioner.
While on the other hand, dry hair should be tended with an extra moisturizing conditioner and mild shampoo.
- Switch up your hair regimen.
Have you been using the same brand of shampoo and towel for years? Well, it's time to ditch both. Ditch the latter of the two forever - use an old t-shirt instead.
As for the shampoo, switch up the brand every 3 or 6 months. But it's not just the shampoo but your entire regime. From your hair products to your washing routine that needs changing.
Sometimes your hair gets used to the routine. A new routine helps to awaken them and helps rejuvenate them better.
Along with the usual, add in a serum, some oil replacement, and you are on your way to healthy hair!
- Too much hair washing is a leading cause of hair damage.
Did you know shampoo should only be used on the scalp and not on the ends?
Ever read the ingredients on your shampoo bottle? You'll be surprised to see labels like sulfate, lurathes, and others that are nothing but chemicals.
Chemicals that make your hair go dry.
Limit your hair wash to no more than thrice a week. I would recommend twice, the third ones for emergencies only.
Use the shampoo only on your scalp, leaving the tips of the hair to be washed with conditioner.
If your hair feels greasy or oily, use a dry shampoo instead. Give your hair some time to adjust to the less shampooing regime, and you’ll see that your hair naturally will produce less and less oil.
Because the truth is, our body adapts to the environment. Our scalp needs a certain amount of oil to remain healthy, but you rid the scalp of all the oil when you shampoo too often. In return, the scalp excretes more and more oil, and the cycle continues.
- Treat hair just as you would treat any other organ of your body.
How would you treat your lungs or skin if they start to show fault? I'm sure with utmost care and attention.
Similarly, your hair is as big a part of your body and personality. Give it some time and care.
Here are some hair care tips that you MUST follow, whatever your hair type:
- Indulge in oiling your scalp and hair regularly, at least twice a week.
- Protect it from overheating by using heat protectants.
- Use a silk pillow to tame the frizz.
- A wide-tooth comb and detangling spray to keep the tangles at bay.
- Make use of cloth scrunchies and ditch the plastic bands.
BONUS! Treated-Hair Care Tips:
We often abuse our hair by treating it with chemicals, sometimes in the name of fashion and sometimes in the name of fun!
But we barely think about the aftermath — Visibly dry and Brittle hair.
But unless you have gone bald, which is an exaggeration at most, here are a few bonus tips to keep your chemically treated hair looking gorgeous as ever:
- Choose professional treated-hair products.
After a chemical treatment, your hair is ripped off their natural oils, turning them brittle. Normal shampoo and conditioner might not help get your hair the attention they now need.
Look for professional shampoos and hair repair treatments that are made for the purpose of fixing any damage whatsoever caused to your hair.
It's best to consult your hairstylist; however, over-the-counter products and treatments are also available.
- Hydrate. Hydrate.
Chemically treated hair is mostly dehydrated, which means they need lots of moisture to replenish. While drinking enough water may help with your bodily functions. Your hair will particularly feel good with loads of conditioner or oil therapy!
You can even make a hydrating hair mask using natural ingredients. There are plenty of recipes available online!
My favorite is an avocado, honey, and olive oil mask. Whisk them up and lather on. Leave on for 30 mins. Rinse with cold water. Shampoo and condition as usual.
- Indulge in some homemade protein treatment.
Treated hair or damaged hair usually gets their protein bond broken, which makes them look frizzy and dry. A protein treatment helps nourish your hair, and you can do that in the comfort of your homes under $10.
My favorite protein pack is a simple egg and yogurt mask. Whisk and lather on hair. Massage and leave for 45 mins. Rinse off with cold water. Shampoo and condition as usual.
If you are looking for ways to make your hair grow long, protein packs are a great help!
Now that you know how to take care of your hair, with our easy-to-follow hair care tips, it's time you should also learn how to take care of a hair wig. You never know when it might come in handy.
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