5 Keys to a Successful Hair Care Routine
Establishing and perpetuating a hair care routine will help you maintain healthy hair. By implementing these 5 key steps as part of your regimen, you will have less bad hair days and flourishing tresses. Some of the beneficial side effects will translate into clearer skin, an upbeat attitude, and happier hair.
Hair Care Key #1:
Choose the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type
Listen, there are many, many, many products on the market. Companies competing for your every dollar. Making ridiculous promises and selling products that are complete bs. Loaded with bs and giving you bs hair. You have to read ingredient labels just as you would nutrition facts in your food. I found a couple books to be so helpful in helping me determine the best products to use for myself and for my clients.
Hair Care Key #2:
Understanding your hairs texture, curl pattern, overall condition
This is so, so, so important. Often times one can be in denial about their hairs true identity. If you have dry, brittle hair that’s over processed from chemicals, that’s ok. Having healthy hair is a journey. Acknowledging the attributes of your hair, will help you achieve the ultimate hair success by helping you establish a roadmap for what your hair needs. Here’s a little guide to help those with curly coils:
Hair Care Key #3:
Use satin pillow cases, Ponytail holders, satin lined hats/caps
Using satin items in your hair will allow for hair to maintain its moisture and natural oils. Cotton can be very drying and damaging to the hair. It’s also important to wash these items frequently to avoid the onset of acne. Oils from the head getting on to the face. I would even go as far as using a satin pillow case over my car’s headrest. Hairs can sometimes snag depending on the fabric of the headrest (if its not leather).
Finally, if wearing a hat make sure its satin lined. This will help avoid abrasive fabric rubbing against your hair, drying it out, or even snagging the hair and ripping it out.
Hair Care Key #4:
Use appropriate combs & brushes
I’m a fan of a good Denman brush or legit bone comb, but here’s a quick list of some comb & brush options Allure magazine compiled last year. Invest in yourself. Going the inexpensive route usually leads to spending more over time, so save your coins.
Hair Care Key #5:
Consistent hair & scalp treatments and trims
Hair grows on average 1/2” per month. If using heat on your hair is a must, I suggest a good trim at least every 2-3 months. For curly hair, every 6 months. Deep conditioning treatments can be done weekly if necessary. Be cautious of the ingredients in the products used. Too much protein is bad for the hair. Dryness doesn’t always equal the need for oil. The body produces oil naturally, so using oil on the hair is overkill. If you have an under active sebaceous gland, please see a medical professional. Dry hair can come from product buildup on the scalp and hair.
Here’s an amazing scalp treatment which I’m looking forward to trying. It’s a Japanese technique I came across from one of my distributors.
Let me know your thoughts.