Having a healthy hair care routine is just as important as taking care of your skin or your diet.
Find your hair type:
The first step in working out the best hair care routine for you is figuring out your specific hair type. Just like with skin, your hair routine will vary based on your hair type. This article has a helpful chart to walk you through the process, as well as tips and tricks for styling your hair type.
Once you have nailed down your hair type, it’s time to start building your routine.
There are a few basics that every routine, independent of hair type, should contain:
- Cleanse Your Hair. When shampooing your hair, you are essentially removing any dead skin or oil/product build up. What shampoo is right for you depends on what type of hair you have. For instance, if you have limp hair, you might consider a volumizing shampoo.
- Condition Your Hair. The main purpose of conditioning is to moisturize your hair. Many people skip this part of the process, thinking it’s unnecessary because their hair is already oily, for example. However, even if your hair tends to be on the oily side, you should always condition! According to Hairclub, conditioner not only moisturizes, it reduces breakage, protects from heat, detangles, and just makes your hair look healthy. Again, choosing a conditioner that’s right for you is dependent on your hair type.
- Styling Your Hair and Choosing Products. There are countless ways to style your hair nowadays, thanks to tools and online tutorials. Whatever style you go with, there are plenty of products to help you achieve your desired look. If using hot tools such as a curling iron or a straightener, it’s always important to use a heat protectant. It’s also a good idea to switch around your products with the changing of the seasons, as the weather affects your hair in different ways. For instance, your hair is likely to be dryer in the winter, calling for a heavier conditioner than in the summer.
- Treating Your Hair. Perhaps you’ve noticed a specific area where your hair could use some extra love. Maybe your hair is particularly dry and damaged, or it’s extra frizzy — using a mask or treatment can be just the cure for your problem hair.
It’s important to include each of these steps in your hair care routine and to adjust the steps according to your hair type. Some other basic tips for healthy hair include: getting it trimmed regularly to keep the ends healthy, avoid taking extremely hot showers, keeping a healthy diet, and allowing your hair to go all-natural once in a while.
Talk to a professional!
Last but not least, consult a professional! Sitting down with your stylist to talk about hair type and routine can be wonderfully beneficial for you and your hair. They can provide advice specific to you since they’ve gotten up close and personal with your hair.