Hair Care 101: Things You Didn’t Know

I used to straighten or curl my hair with my flat iron every morning until finally I realized that the damage it was doing to my hair just wasn’t worth the trouble. I had to find a way to style my hair more naturally without it looking crazy. The first step in that process was to restore health and shine to my hair after years of abuse. Today, I barely have to do anything with my hair, and it looks decent. “Decent,” doesn’t mean I look like I just walked out of the salon every day, but if you know me, you know that I can’t ever walk out of the house without looking like I’m ready to go on a date. You never know, I could run into my future husband at any moment! I’ve learned a lot about taking care of my hair in the past year; and now I’m sharing what I’ve learned with you! What’s interesting is that most of what I’m going to cover are really hair-basics, but most people still have no idea!

Wash Your Hair Less

Washing your hair too frequently can strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils, which are meant to protect it and keep it healthy and shiny. I used to wash my hair every day, and it would be so dry during the day, but by the next morning it would be extra greasy. If you’re experiencing the same things, this is because you’ve stripped those oils from your hair, and now your scalp is overcompensating and producing too much oil. Your hair will never get that nice healthy shine unless you stop washing your hair every day. You should only wash your hair every two to three days. When you first start washing your hair less frequently, you’re going to notice that your hair will get really greasy, and you’ll want to start washing your hair everyday again. But don’t lose faith! You have to train your hair to get used the new regime. This brings me to my next point:

Use Dry Shampoo

Use Dry Shampoo to get rid of that extra grease in your hair on days when you haven’t washed it. For those of you who don’t know what it is, dry shampoo is a product that absorbs the oils in your hair, and then is brushed or rubbed out. It can come in a powder form or in a spray can, and most of the time it comes on white so you really need to rub it into your hair until the white is all gone. I use Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo by spraying it on my roots and then rubbing it in. Dry shampoo is going to be extra handy while you’re trying to get used to not washing your hair so frequently.

Get The Most Out Of Your Conditioner

Most girls rinse the shampoo out of their hair, and then immediately lather it with their favorite conditioner. But you’re not getting the most out of your conditioner if your hair is still soaking wet when you use it. Try quickly towel drying your hair between shampoo and conditioner… or, you can try and squeeze the excess water out of your hair if taking a small towel with you is too much hassle. You’ll get the full benefit of your conditioner if you aren’t diluting it so much. You’ll find you can even less conditioner than you normally would!

Deep Condition

It’s impossible to complete avoid heat styling your hair… Sooner or later, you’re going to want your hair super straight or luxuriously curled for that special occasion. Fortify your hair by deep conditioning it when you anticipate you’re going to be taking the flat iron to it. Or, restore moisture to your dry hair after excessive heat styling or coloring.I’ve been using Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask.  I deep condition about once a month, by applying the mask to my freshly washed and towel-dryed hair, then leaving it in for 30 minutes to an hour. I also use it on the ends of my hair every time I wash it, and I use my regular conditioner for the rest of my hair, leaving it in for 3-5 minutes before rinsing it out. Moroccan Oil has a great line of products for dry hair, and I highly recommend it. You can get at most salons, or from Amazon.

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