With hair loss being an issue for 35 million men and 21 million women in the US, it's important to take care of your hair. Your hair health might get worse as life goes on, and to maintain it, you need to keep it in good condition!
Still, it can be hard to know where to start.
If you want perfect hair health but have struggled with the right way to attain and maintain it, this is how you do it.
Follow these tips and your hair will never feel better.
1. Using the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
The first, and most important thing, is to find the right shampoo and conditioner. This depends on your hair.
The brand of shampoo and conditioner should be a good one — never just pick the cheapest! Your hair health is dependent on it.
Pick a shampoo and conditioner from the same brand that are intended to complement each other.
Look carefully into reviews, and pay the most attention to reviews from people that have the same hair type as you!
Hair Type and Goals
As well as the brand, you want to pay attention to your hair type and goals. Don't pick a volumizing shampoo if your hair is already dry, pick a moisturizing one instead.
If your hair is dyed — especially if it's prone to fading or brassy tones — use a color-safe shampoo. It should be sulfate-free, as otherwise, it will clean your hair on such a deep level that it might strip out some of the dye.
You can always buy samples or travel-sized shampoos and conditioners to find what you like before committing to purchasing a full bottle! Once you pick one, you aren't obligated to stick with it.
Remember, what works for someone else may not work for you, and that's okay.
2. How Often You Wash Your Hair
It's an age-old question with many strong opinions: how often should you wash your hair?
For the average person, every 2-3 days is recommended. Some people who have curly, dry hair, however, might only wash their hair once a week. Others with oily hair might wash it every day!
Many professionals will tell you never to wash your hair every day. If it's oily, try spacing out how much you wash it and you should see an improvement over time, as washing your hair every day might encourage it to produce more oil.
This leads to you getting stuck in a vicious cycle where you can't get rid of the oil in your hair, but don't want to wash it every day!
In general, though, there's no right answer to this because everyone's different. The most important thing is to do what feels good for your hair, as your instinct here is probably right. No one knows your own head of hair better than you do!
3. How You Sleep
Hair health during sleep is another thing you need to think about carefully. You might not even have thought about this at all yet!
When it comes to how to sleep on your hair, a satin pillowcase is best. This will be gentle on your scalp and won't pull at your hair if you have a tendency to move around in your sleep, as many people do.
If you want to sleep on wet hair, wrap your hair in something that's gentle. Do not sleep in a towel, as this can be incredibly harsh on your hair and it won't feel very good when you take it out in the morning.
4. Color Carefully!
The main way many people ruin their hair health is by over-coloring or bleaching.
If you're going to dye your hair, there are a few rules to follow.
No Box Dye
Inexpensive box dye may seem like a life-saver, but it introduces harsh chemicals to your hair that can damage the condition. Don't get tempted to pick one up!
No At-Home Bleach
Don't use a bleach kit to dye your home at home.
Bleach is one of the most damaging substances on hair, and should always be done by a professional.
Even then, you might notice some damage for a while.
Lighten Hair Slowly
If you're going to lighten your hair, listen to a professional and make the process gradual.
Bleaching dark brown hair platinum blonde in one day is going to fry the ends. Instead, opt to add highlights slowly and gently or strip the hair one shade at a time to achieve the desired result.
It will take longer, but it's worth it.
5. Minimal Heat
Many of us use heat on our hair every day — hairdryers, for example. Instead of a hairdryer, opt for a microfiber twist that will dry your hair without putting heat on it.
Try not to use a hair straightener or curling wand every day and instead, stretch out the time your hair is styled.
If you must use heat products, make sure you get a good protection spray for your hair.
Take These Things Into Consideration For Perfect Hair Health
Keeping up perfect hair health can seem like an impossible task, but it doesn't have to be! Be cautious when coloring your hair (and have a professional do it), use as little heat as possible, and use all the right products, and your hair should be kept in great health with little issue.
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