1. Shampoo only when needed.
Shampooing our hair all the time diminishes the natural oils (that keep hair strong and shiny) from our scalps. While many people feel dirty when they don’t wash their hair everyday, you can actually train your hair to not get oily so quickly and/or use a dry shampoo on days when you skip washes. Try skipping one day at a time then eventually, you may be able to have more days inbetween washes. When you do shampoo, be sure that you only wash the scalp, not the entire length of your hair. Gently rub a small amount in areas where you know your hair gets “greasy” then immediately rinse.
2. Always use conditioner and invest in a leave-in conditioner.
Keeping your hair hydrated can prevent breakage and keep it silky. Never shampoo your hair without using a conditioner right after as this will make your hair dry and knotty.
3. Don’t brush wet hair.
If you have straight hair, wait until your hair is 80% dry, then comb through with a wide-tooth comb. If you have textured or curly hair, only brush your hair when it is damp. Brushing your hair when it is completely dry or soaking wet may cause frizziness. Additionally, try to brush your hair as little as possible and only to get the knots out or style it.
4. Take a day off from the blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron.
On days when you don’t wash your hair, wear a hair cap that protects your hair from water so that your hair style doesn’t get ruined. Not only will this save you time in the long run, but it is you can cut back on damage by almost 50%. On days when you know you won’t be going out much, tie your hair up in a bun and forget the blow dry or curls. If you do constantly dry, straighten or curl your hair, be sure to use a heat protecting spray.
5. Choose the correct products.
Cheap, drugstore hairspray? While it may do the trick, it is filled with harmful chemicals that destroy hair. Long hair extensions? They may look great, but they’re constantly pulling on your scalp. If you do have hair extensions, make sure they’re loose and light enough so that they don’t damage the root of you hair.
6. Take time in between salon visits.
Yes, I know, brown roots are not the perfect compliment to your golden highlights, but constantly bleaching your hair is never a good idea. When the air is dry, like during winter, take more time before you go back to the salon as hair will naturally be lacking moisture anyway. If you do go to the salon, get only one service at a time. For example, if you get your hair relaxed, take at least two weeks before you get it colored.
7. Be a safe swimmer.
Before you go into any body of water with chlorine, try wetting and conditioning your hair before you get in the pool. This may sound strange, but it will help protect you from the damaging effects of chlorine. If you swim frequently, investing in a swim cap is a good idea and always use shampoo and conditioner specifically created for swimmers that replaces moisture.
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