Your hair is your crowning glory, so they say. It doesn’t hurt to give your mane the T.L.C. it deserves. Whether you wash your hair daily or you color your hair often, you must see to it that it stays strong and healthy. Read on to find 4 ways to keep your hair healthy.
1. Don’t wash your hair too often.
People often make the mistake of thinking that they need to wash their hair every day, but washing hair too often can actually dry hair out, or weigh it down with chemicals from hair products. For most people, washing your hair twice a week is adequate. Those with longer, thicker, and curlier hair can even go longer between washes.
If your hair gets oily and you must wash every day, use a lightweight or "everyday" shampoo, as these contain milder chemicals than others. Alternately, you can try soap nuts or use dry shampoo in between regular washes.
2. Always use a hair conditioner.
Always use a good conditioner after you shampoo. Conditioner will give moisture to your hair, while making it softer and more manageable. It will also make your hair easier to brush after washing, thus causing less damage. Only apply conditioner to the ends and mid-lengths of your hair, otherwise your hair will look greasy.
Every so often, try using a deep conditioning treatment. You can use deep conditioning treatments like olive oil, argan oil, avocado oil or coconut oil.
3. Use hair dryer sparingly.
Frequent use of a hair dryer can dry out hair, causing breakage and split ends. Try to limit your use of a hair dryer as much as possible, let your hair dry naturally instead. If you have to use a hair dryer, don't hold it too close to your hair, as this will cause your hair to burn.
4. Use a wide tooth comb after washing your hair.
Wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair, it is more elastic and more likely to break. Since hair is most fragile when it's wet, you shouldn't run a brush through it after washing. Instead, you should spray some detangler, then use a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles and minimize breakage.