Beautiful, glossy hair all year round, is something we all want, but in order to keep it that way, we need to look after our locks. I have found that having an effective hair care regime in place is key to keeping my hair healthy. So if you don’t know already, it’s worth doing a little research into finding out what your hair type is, as well as paying close attention to how often you wash it and making sure that you’re looking after it on a daily basis. If you’re struggling with your hair and it’s feeling frankly a little lack lustre, then these top hair care tips will help you design your ideal routine if you’re looking for inspiration! In the meantime, here are my 5 top tips for great looking hair.
1. Know your hair type
The first step towards great looking hair is establishing the type of hair you have. Whether it’s straight, curly, oily, dry, thick, fine or normal it’s important to make sure the products you choose suit your hair type. In addition to knowing your type it’s vital to look at the condition of your hair and assess any weaknesses, such as breakage, frizziness, dry scalp for example. Once you’ve done that you can move on to putting together a suitable routine that works for you.
2. Washing and conditioning
If you’re hair is naturally oily or you live in a city that has pollution or work out a lot, you may choose to wash your hair daily. However, I like to give my hair a little break from the hair dryer and straighteners, so I stick to every other day or sometimes I manage to eek out another day too to help my hairs natural oils nourish my scalp. There is no hard and fast rule about how often you should wash and condition your hair; everyone’s individual so it can take a little time as well as trial and error to find out what works best for you, although be wary of over washing as could lead to dry damaged hair in the long run. I condition my hair with every wash to keep it feeling silky and tangle free, but if you don’t already, it’s good practice to condition your hair at least once a week and a deep conditioning treatment every fortnight can be really helpful if you’ve got dry or limp hair.
I have just started using Maui hair products to treat my hair and am seriously in love! As well as smelling amazing and thus making your hair smell wonderful, (you’re immediately transported to a tropical paradise in your shower!) it makes my hair feel really soft and light after washing. It’s free from nasties such as sulphates, mineral oils, synthetic dyes and silicones and contains pure coconut water as well as being completely vegan! One warning I’d give though when trying out, is to be sparing with the oil if you buy it and definitely don’t spray it on dry hair (as I did!) as you will just end up with very oily looking hair. Use on damp hair only!
3. Avoiding excessive heat
Designing an effective hair care routine isn’t just about what you do, but also what you don’t do. In addition to avoiding excessive use of harsh styling products, you should limit the amount of heat your hair is exposed to as well. That means washing your hair in warm or even lukewarm water and being careful with the amount you use your straighteners and dryers. When I was younger, I overused my hair straighteners without realising the damage it was doing and it completely ruined my hair. It became almost straw like and I had to work really hard to get it back into condition. Ever since then, I have been really conscious of looking after my hair to make sure I don’t make the same mistake again..
4. Limit Sun Exposure
We are all aware of protecting our skin when we go out in the hot weather but one thing that often gets overlooked is our hair and our scalp. I have been caught out on many an occasion over the years without a hat in strong sunshine and have always ended us with a very pink scalp as a result. We may not be able to notice as easily the damage the sun is doing to our hair, in the same way we’d notice and feel it with our skin, but your hair suffers just the same and therefore it’s important to keep it protected.
To avoid sun damage to your hair, when it’s hot, try spraying in a leave-in conditioner especially if you’re heading for the beach. Spray mid-shaft to the ends of your hair to help reduce the effects of UV rays along with wind and saltwater. You can also buy heat protectant sprays which you use on damp hair before heading out but if you do get your hair wet from the pool or the sea, make sure you reapply when you’re drying off!
5. On-going care
Brushing your hair daily plays a huge part in keeping it healthy, as not only will that tease out knots that can lead to damage but it also promotes the spread of your hair’s natural oils. Booking in for regular trims is another key aspect of keeping your hair in top condition throughout the year too, especially to get rid of damaged strands and split ends.
As you can see, creating your routine is actually quite easy; you just need to make sure you know your hair type and implement some easy-to-follow hair care tips. Give these a go and your locks will be at their shiny best in no time!