How to Take the Best Care of Your Hair
Getting stuck at home is no excuse to stop taking care of your hair. While you’re not exposed too much to outdoor elements such as heat, grime, and dust — this time indoors is actually a great opportunity to invest in the best hair care possible! Don’t you just want healthy, strong, and beautiful hair to flaunt once this is all over?
Of course, good hair care depends on the type of hair you have. It’s never one-size-fits-all! Check out our simple tips for gals with straight, wavy, and bleached hair.
For Straight Hair
A hairbrush is your best friend!
The most common problems with straight hair can be fixed with this one solution. A hairbrush can detangle knots, massage your scalp, and encourage healthy production of natural oils to keep your strands moisturized and healthy.
Use a comb for wet and damp hair.
There’s always an exception to the rule: your hair is more fragile when wet, and using a hairbrush might cause breakage. A wide-toothed comb right after showering is an easy fix to detangle your hair and keep it damage-free.
Shampoo only every other day.
You do NOT want to dry out your hair by shampooing it every day. On the no-shampoo days, applying a good amount of conditioner would do.
Avoid too much heat.
You’re indoors all the time now, but in case you need to hear this: don’t straighten your hair or blow dry it every single day! The only excuse you have is a Zoom meeting or a grocery run.
It’s the perfect time to let your hair breathe, relax, and let its natural shape take form. Trust me, your hair will thank you for it!
Wear protective hairstyles to bed.
Long hairstyles should be kept tangle-free, especially in bed. Tossing and turning at night can cause a lot of friction that may damage and break the hair. Wearing your hair in a loose braid, loose bun, or a silk cap can save you from detangling your hair the next morning. It’s a lifesaver.
Hydrate your hair!
Frizziness is the number one enemy of wavy and curly hair. Investing in a good hydrating shampoo and conditioner is the best thing you can do to maintain those lovely locks.
A wide-toothed comb is your best buddy.
That’s right. Never use a hairbrush — unless you want your head to look like a fluffy nest. Wavy hair looks its best when the natural locks form and a hairbrush would just mess up your lovely waves. Get yourself a comb, air dry your hair, and watch your natural locks fall into place.
Use leave-in conditioner.
On the occasional video conference, online presentation, or an essential outdoor errand, one of the best ways to naturally style your hair is to apply leave-in conditioner when damp.
Once you’ve spread it on the ends, scrunch up your hair to help the waves form. Air-dry it, and voila! Say hi to your heatless, effortless, and all-natural hairstyle.
Opt for a blow-dryer.
Wavy hair is usually thinner and more breakable, and damaging it with heat won’t do any good! But on the days when your hair needs styling, opt for a blow-dry and embrace your waves.
It’s always better than using a straightener — it’s less damage, and you won’t lose all that natural volume. Check out this multi-functional hot hairbrush that’s perfect for styling your locks.
Avoid dry brushing.
Never brush or comb your hair when it’s dry. It’s an instant way to lose all the definition and make it look frizzy.
Keep it simple.
You may often see endless recommendations of products when it comes to damaged hair, but keeping it simple is the easiest and most effective way to revive it.
Using a lot of products together may cause more damage that you can’t easily undo (and it will burn a hole in your pockets) — so stick to a simple routine of moisturizing, combing, and using less heat. Patience is key, especially when trying to nurture back damaged hair.
Condition, condition, condition.
Shampoos with harsh chemicals can easily dry out your hair, and we don’t want that, do we? For bleached and damaged hair, shampoo only 2-3 times a week, and use a conditioner daily.
Get professional treatment.
When it comes to damaged hair, there’s only so much you can do on your own. Know when to ask for help!
For extreme damage and hair loss caused by bleach and other products, go to your nearest salon for a proper and thorough treatment. Do NOT be shy to ask for your specific needs. Your hair deserves good care!
You can read more tips on our in-depth guide to caring for bleached hair here.
Remember — there’s no one-size-fits-all in the world of hair care. Start with these care methods, but don’t forget to listen to what your hair needs. Research, good products, and a careful routine will vary on a case-to-case basis, but once you do it right, your hair will be picture-perfect for the outside world before you know it.
Joey is an AB Psychology graduate of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. Her life’s passions include writing, film, and spending hours on end binge-watching fashion vloggers on Youtube.