Let’s face it; at least thirty percent of our overall appearance is credited to good hair. A haircut can either make or break the beauty of your face, and that is why you should always be in the hands of a great hairstylist, a master of the trade who knows which cuts are flattering to your face shape. Still, a great haircut is only one segment of having great hair, and most of the work then falls upon your shoulders. We cannot afford to run to our hairstylist every day, but there are things you can do on your own and look like you just came out from a hair commercial. Proper hair care is essential to maintaining those silky, shiny strands, and we have the golden rules for you to abide by, so let’s get started.
The age old question
How often should you wash your hair? This is the basic hair care pickle every gal finds herself in. Well, the answer is here, and it is two to three times a week, but no more frequently than that. If you have hair that gets greasy more often, step away from the shampoo, and don’t fall into the temptation to wash more frequently. Your hair’s natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses, so when you shampoo daily, it strips your hair of these vital oils, according to celebrity hair stylist Dan Sharp. To keep from falling into this never-ending cycle, stick to the advice of those who are in the know. In addition, know your hair type, and choose the right shampoo for you. Just any shampoo from the rack will do your hair no favours, so make sure you know what you are buying.
The friendly sidekick
Yes, we are talking about dry shampoo. If this were a movie, your hair would be the star, and the dry shampoo would be the sidekick best friend. It is always here to your rescue, on those in-between days, something to tie you over until it is time for your next wash. It gives you instant refreshment and adds volume without stripping your scalp of natural oils. It is a win-win.
Moderation is key
If you are a lover of scalding hot showers, you might want to turn the temperature down when washing your hair. Water that is excessively hot not only tangles your hair, but it is also a major contributor to its dryness. Turn the shower knob on the cooler side, and take your time gently massaging your scalp. Just as with water, aggressive head rubbing will do your hair no good, remember, gently and in moderation.
Reverse the steps
Drying your hair with a towel before conditioning it allows for better product penetration. If the hair is too wet, then the conditioner will just slide down with it, but if you do it this way, your conditioner is given a proper chance to do its job right. Of course, remember to condition the ends only – the roots have oils of their own.
Sixty seconds, two times a day ‒ that is the amount of time you need to take in order to brush your hair daily, once in the morning, once at night, and make sure you are using a high-quality, wide paddle brush, like the kind Cloud Nine has in their offer. Tangled hair today means hair breakage tomorrow, so don’t let this happen to you. Also, take good care of the tools that are good to your hair. According to Anna Jimenez, filthy hair brushes that are covered in hair, oil and product build-up are breeding grounds for bacteria. Clean them at least once a month with a mixture of baking soda and lukewarm water. A toothbrush will help you to get into all those tiny bristles. Hair experts do know best.
Patience, my dear
Don’t reach for a blow-dryer as soon as you are done with the washing part. Let your hair sit snuggled in a towel for a bit. Wait fifteen minutes, put on your body lotion, do some grooming and let the towel soak up as much moisture as possible, as this will minimise blow-drying time, which in turn means your precious locks will be subjected to less heat damage.
Finally, don’t forget to show your hair some extra love by giving it a mask treatment every so often. Good hair deserves to be loved.