Every year 80% of New Year’s Resolutions made around the world are broken by mid-February.
We have put together a list of 21 tips and habits if “Take better care of my hair” is on your list of Resolutions. With these guidelines, sticking to your resolution will be as easier than ever!
1. Wash hair with lukewarm water
A warm shower is relaxing, but that hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, which can lead to dry and dull-looking hair. Lukewarm water is just as effective in getting your hair clean, so turn down the temperature when you’re washing your hair!
2. Apply shampoo on your roots
When applying shampoo, it is best to focus on your scalp since this is the area that really needs cleansing. Once you’ve thoroughly washed your roots, quickly wash your lengths and ends and rinse.
3. Avoid roots when applying conditioner
Conditioner only needs to be placed on the mid-length to ends of your hair. Applying conditioner to your roots can cause your hair to get oily and weighing down your hair. Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb to ensure even distribution and leave it in for a few minutes to give your hair time to absorb the moisture!
4. Rinse thoroughly
Once you’ve applied shampoo and conditioner, make sure to rinse out any remaining as leftover product can lead to build up.
5. Finish off your wash with a cold blast
Once you have rinsed your hair, finish off your wash with a blast of cool water. This help close the hair cuticle and gives strands a smoother look.
6. Avoid washing your hair every day
Avoiding washing your hair every day to allow your natural oils to build up and moisture your hair.
7. Dry your hair with an old cotton shirt
You probably reach for a towel straight after a shower, but drying your hair with an old cotton t-shirt is more gentle on your hair than a towel.
8. Protect your hair before using heated styling tools
As excessive heat styling can damage your hair, it’s important to protect your hair against the potential damage. Use a protective product every single time you use a straightener, curling iron or blow-dryer.
9. Only heat style dry hair
On the topic of heat styling, it is important that you only use straighteners and curling irons on hair that is completely dry to avoid extra damage.
10. Give your hair a break from ponytails
Putting your hair up in a ponytail is super convenient, but can also put unnecessary strain on your hair. Try wearing your hair down more often or using soft hair ties that is gentle on your hair.
11. Keep your hair in place with hairspray
Lock in your look with hairspray. Whether you’re wearing your hair down or up, hairspray will help keep your hair sleek and in place! A quick coat of hairspray will make all the difference in your hair a few hours into your day or night.
12. Sleep on silk
Cotton pillowcases can absorb hair products and be harsh on your hair. A silk pillowcase, on the other hand, is softer on your hair!=.
13. Deep condition regularly
All hair types need deep condition from time to time. Get a good quality treatment, leave it in for a minute or two, and rinse and style as usual.
14. Air dry your hair when possible
Air drying your hair when possible can help it to recover from the damage caused by heat styling. When air drying your hair use a serum onto your hair while it’s damp to enhance your hair’s natural shape and definition.
15. Trim your split ends
Once split ends have formed, no product can get rid of them. As soon as you notice split ends, book an appointment with your hairdresser and get them snipped off.
16. Use a wide-toothed comb
Hair break easily when brushed. Using a wide-toothed comb when detangling damp hair can decrease the amount of breakage caused by brushing.
17. Take care of your scalp
A healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair growth. Use a good scalp scrub once or twice a month to make sure your scalp is always in good condition.
18. Use dry shampoo when your hair gets greasy
If your hair is getting a little greasy, use a refreshing dry shampoo to keep your hair looking clean and washed even after you gave the shower a skip.
19. Regularly clean your hair styling tools
Product and oil form your hair can build up on your styling tools. Clean your tools regular to keep the build up from forming.
20. Use a diffuser for soft curls
A diffuser is probably the most underrated hair tool you have. You can use this tool to get beach waves without adding the excess heat of a curling iron.
21. Embrace your natural hair!
Colouring, heat styling, snipping and styling is all good and well, but remember to love and embrace the natural texture and look of your hair, enhancing your strengths and letting go of your flaws.