Everyone has some tricky, bad-hair days – but given that we tend to overuse our trusty blow dryer, smother our hair in dry shampoo, or mistreat it with aggressive brushing, it’s probably a sign that your hair is in need of some serious TLC. If you want healthy, happy hair all year long, you’ve got to show it a little tenderness. Not sure how? Check out these 5 professional secrets to healthy hair.
Get the right tools
If you’ve been using the same old, budget hair drier or el-cheapo flat iron for years, it’s time to consider an upgrade. You wouldn’t use a smartphone from 10 years ago so why would you use a flat iron that came out when chatting on Mxit was still a thing? Technology has vastly improved, and so have hair dryers, such as the ghd Air and Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which can dry hair extremely quickly and prevent damage to your precious locks. Consider upgrading your tools to professional-quality ones, especially if you use them on your hair often. The cost might be higher at first, but investing in good quality products and tools will keep hair looking and feeling healthy and strong.
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Put down the dry shampoo!
Look, we get it, dry shampoo is convenient but it’s important not to overdo it. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you don’t use dry shampoo instead of regular wet shampooing. If you’re using it after gym class or to get an extra day or two out of your post-washed hair, that’s great but using dry shampoo too often in place of traditional washing can cause residue to build up on the scalp which can, in turn, lead to inflammation and an itchy scalp. If you’ve overdone it on the dry shampoo, a good clarifying shampoo once a month should help you deal with the trouble of product build up.
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Go easy on knots and tangles
Remember to take it easy on your hair, even if you’re in a rush! Aggressive brushing after washing can lead to breakage, split ends, and frizzy hair. Instead of muscling through tangles, invest in a kinder solution like a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush that will glide through knots and tangles with ease. When your hair is dry use a flat paddle brush that incorporates both natural and nylon bristles to make detangling a cinch.
Say goodbye to towels
Rather than rubbing your hair dry with a rough towel, which can cause breakage and frizz, adopt a gentler approach with an old, clean T-shirt. A cotton T-shirt is much gentler on your hair and than a hand towel and it doesn’t rough up the cuticle as much, so you don’t have to work as hard to smooth the hair and make it look healthy.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase
If you struggle with frizzy hair every morning it’s time to invest in a luxurious silk pillowcase. While regular cotton pillowcases create friction and cause frizz and breakage, a smooth silk pillowcase will help keep your hair sleek and frizz free by allowing your hair to slide and glide over the surface during the night. Switching to a silk pillowcase will help prevent that matting effect and protect your hair aggressive rubbing as you toss an turn at night.
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