Improve Your Hair With These 6 Tips
Hair care should be part of your daily beauty and hygiene routine. Every person’s hair is different, so finding a one-size-fits-all approach is difficult. However, here are a few things you can do today to improve the health of your hair and scalp.
Define Your Goals
Take some time to evaluate the current condition of your hair and scalp. Is your hair wavy or straight? Is your scalp oily or dry? Online resources like Function of Beauty reviews can help you determine your goals for your hair. Once you identify how you want your hair to feel, you can purchase products with that in mind. Some hair care goals include:
- Control frizz
- Protect from heat
- Strengthen strands
- Heal scalp
- Define curls
Establish a Washing Schedule
Hair typically does not need to be washed daily. Take into account your hair type, scalp moisture, and humidity level. People with thick, curly hair can wash their hair every two or three days. If your hair is thin, you may benefit from daily washing. Dry shampoos can help control the amount of oil but damage hair if used excessively.
Tie It Up
Many people pull their hair up and out of their face for professional or personal reasons. Using a tie that protects your hair is important. These types of ties limit the damage to your hair:
- Scrunchies have a layer of fabric over the elastic, protecting your hair strands from breaking.
- Bungee bands provide support if you have cornrows or thick hair that you want to pull back.
- Hair wraps keep your hair off of your face, limit strain on hair strands, and express your personal style.
- Coiled hair ties limit breakage and maintain a sleek look when you remove them.
Let It Down
Limit the length of time your hair is tightly pulled back to prevent damage to hair follicles. Damaged hair follicles can lead to hair loss. If you wear your hair pulled back for several days, try changing the type of ponytail every day, or let your hair down for a few hours. For braided hairstyles, ask your stylist to change the braids every two or three months. Thicker dreadlocks and braids can limit damage to your hair.
Your bedtime routine is just as important as your daily habits. Loosely braid your hair to prevent knots. Sleep on a silk pillowcase to prevent frizz. Nourish your hair with an overnight serum.
Massage Your Scalp
A daily scalp massage improves the health of your scalp, increases the thickness of your hair strands, and encourages blood flow to your hair follicles. Massage tools are just as effective as your fingers. For an effective massage, move your fingers in small circles along your head, applying light to medium pressure. Aim for a five-minute routine. Be sure to massage the entire scalp. Add coconut oil, or other treatment to your massage routine to receive the benefits of both.
With a little planning and some flexibility in your routine, you can have nourished, healthy-looking hair.