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Previously, I talked about hair loss and how to prevent it. Now, let's talk about hair care.
Have you already bought all kinds of hair care products that ever hit mainstream TV but nothing works in controlling your unruly mane? Maybe you're doing it wrong. Did you know that there are simple hair care hacks that can significantly improve the health of your hair in just a few days? Don't believe me? Well, continue reading and be amazed.
✤ How to Wash Your Hair ✤
Washing hair is washing hair. It's not like it's rocket science, so why do I still need to talk about it? Well, it may not be rocket science but there are things you may be doing wrong when washing your hair.
✤ Apply oil on your hair
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The best thing you can do for your hair is to apply and massage oil on your scalp one hour before washing it. You can use olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil. Oiling your hair before showering helps pre-condition it.
✤ Rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water
Never, I repeat, never wash your hair with hot water as it could damage your hair just like the way heat styling tools do--which is dehydrate and cause split ends on your hair. You could also end up scalding your scalp. This is why you should only use lukewarm or cool water when rinsing your hair. It also helps retain the moisture in the hair cuticles by closing them.
✤ Dilute the shampoo
Shampoo contains some harsh chemicals that can strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry. You can avoid this from happening by simply diluting 1 to 2 pumps of shampoo in half a cup of water and then gently massage it onto your head in small, circular motions to prevent tangling and damage.
✤ Apply conditioner mid-lengths
If you're like me who applies conditioner from root to tip then we're both committing a grave sin against our hair. By doing so, we are just creating a lot of buildup on our scalps. The correct way to apply conditioner is to start mid-length until the ends of the hair then rinse it off after a couple of minutes.
✤ Avoid washing your hair every day
Another mistake most of us are guilty of is washing our hair every day. I know--not washing your hair sounds so unhygienic, but frequent washing can dehydrate and damage the hair, as well as strip it of its natural oils. It can also make the hair more susceptible to hair fall and breakage.
✤ How to Dry Your Hair ✤
What's so complicated about hair drying for me to even include it on my blog? Well, let me ask you these 2 questions: what type of towel are you using to dry your hair and do you use blow dryers? Yes, these 2 questions are important. Continue reading below to learn why.
✤ Dry your hair with a microfiber towel
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Upon stepping out of the shower, gently pat your hair with a microfiber towel until it is partially dry. Do not rub, twist, or pull to lessen the risk of damage to your hair. Likewise, using a terrycloth towel can cause your hair it frizz, tangle, and break.
✤ Avoid blow drying your hair
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If you can, avoid using a blow dryer on your hair as the heat from it can cause the same damage as the ones left by heat styling tools. Applying a leave-in conditioner while hair is still damp and letting it air dry is the best alternative. When applying leave-in conditioners, refrain from rubbing your hair between your palms to avoid damaging the strands of your hair.
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However, if blow drying cannot be avoided then a compromise is in order. Only use a blow dryer when your hair is at least 70% dry to lessen the impact of the heat damage as your hair cuticle already had enough time to close up.
✤ How to Brush Your Hair ✤
Don't forcefully brush your hair to get rid of tangles as it can damage and break the strands of your hair. Here are some things you need to keep in mind while brushing your hair.
✤ Use a wide-toothed comb or boar bristle brush when detangling hair
Your hair is at its softest and most pliable state when there is still conditioner on it inside the shower. So, this is the best time to detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb. This way, detangling is much easier and less painful.
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Remember to only use a wide-toothed comb or boar bristle brush when detangling your hair. Other types of brushes such as round and metal brush are not meant for detangling. Instead, they are supposed to be used for blow drying your hair.
✤ Detangle starting from the ends to the scalp
When I said 'from ends to the scalp', I didn't mean flip your hair upside down. What I meant was to start detangling several inches from the end and slowly work your way up to the roots. This way you get to avoid the painful and damaging tugging and pulling of your hair when you start at the scalp.
✤ How to Heat Style Your Hair ✤
Using heat styling tools such as a straightening iron or curling wand on the hair is one of the worst ways to damage your hair. The best advice I can give you is to not use such tools. But, if that's not possible then keep these two things in mind.
✤ Avoid heat styling your hair
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Heat styling your hair is not advisable as it leaves your hair vulnerable to various damages such as split ends. However, I also understand that it's not possible to avoid it altogether. The best compromise you can do is to limit your use of a straightening iron or curling wand to just once or twice a week.
✤ Apply heat protectant on the hair
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You should always, and without compromise, apply a heat protectant on your hair before heat styling your hair. It acts as a protective barrier between the heat and your hair, effectively protecting your mane from the damages caused by the heat.
And that's it for the first part of my hair care tips. Stay tuned for more. Before you go, here's a Querlo chat survey for you. Please do take time to answer.
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