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Hair Care Tips You Really Should Know by Now!

2 May, 2020 - 05:22pm by - First Lady | 11 Comments

 

Article by BR  Tabatha

It might seem like hair care products are constantly developing and evolving but when it comes to the basics of hair care things don't really change much at all.  Here's our top ten hair care tips, whatever your hair type or style!

1.  Rinse your hair thoroughly after shampooing and conditioning.  

Left over product and residue will dull hair, make it look greasy and weigh it down.  Aim to spend as long on the final rinse as you did shampooing and conditioning combined. 

2.  Make the most of conditioning time.  

Once you've applied conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, use a wide tooth comb to distribute the conditioner, stimulate the scalp and leave your hair shiny and tangle free.

3.  Get your ends trimmed regularly.  


Contrary to popular myth, trimming your ends doesn't make you hair grow any faster, but trims ensure your hair looks it's best by removing split ends, which make hair look unruly, dry and damaged.  

4.  Use a towel gently.  

 You know the vigourous towel drying you mum would subject you to?  Do the exact opposite!  Rubbing your hair with a towel when it’s wet will ruffle the cuticle and cause tangles, increasing frizz and damage.  De-tangle hair while conditioner and gently squeeze out excess water after rinsing.  Wrap your hair in a microfibre towel and towel dry gently, with minimum effort!

5.  Exercise good blow drying.  

 Opt for the medium heat setting and hold the dryer at least 6 to 8 inches away from your hair and direct the air blast down the shaft from the root to prevent frizz.  Use some form of heat protection when blow drying. Experiment with serums, milks, creams and sprays to find what works best for you.

6.  Don't fall for 'You must change your products or your hair will get used to them'.  

 Your hair is effectively dead from the roots down - it doesn't feel and it certainly doesn't know if you're using the same brand day after day, month after month. 

7.  Go easy with the brush. 

Brushing your hair 100 times morning and night will not leave your hair more shiny but it can cause breakage and frizz.  Brush your hair when you need to - when you're styling it.  Avoid brushing wet hair - it's at its most fragile.  Opt for a wide tooth comb or a gentle tangle brush to de-tangle wet hair, and reserve the brush strictly for styling.

8.  Volumise the easy way. 

Volume will give hair a fuller, bouncier and healthier look.  If you're blow drying flip your head upside down and blow dry until almost dry; then flip your volumised hair back and finish styling and smoothing,  A simple trick for a fuller hair do is to part and style your hair in the opposite direction to usual. 

9.  Use the right product for your hair type. 

Think product varieties are marketing hype?  Think again! For example curly hair is naturally dry (oil doesn't travel down the kinky hair shaft as easily as on straight hair) so products for curly hair will contain ingredients to soften the hair and minimise frizz, helping the oils travel more easily.  Conversely products aimed at oily hair will be light and gentle (look for a thinner consistency and clear colour).  Whether your hair is fine, limp, dry, damaged, coarse, coloured, curly or oily, look for a product range that address the specific needs that come with each type.

10.  Amp up the intensity.  

At least once a fortnight treat your hair to an intensive treatment.  For deeper penetration of the product wrap a warm towel around your head. Leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

So, there you have it/  Our Top Ten Basic Hair Care tips.  Do you have any to add?  Get chatting below!

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4th June, 2020

I've never tried to comb my hair while applying my conditioner. I will try this... Thanks

14th May, 2020

I do believe in number 6. My scalp seems to get oily after repeated use of the same stuff. I like the feeling of my hair when I alternate sometimes. I'm loosing alot of hair from stress and having my second child I also dyed it at the start of lockdown it definitely needs something I think I will try the volume tip. My top is low sulfate shampoo is less drying and silicone diamenthicone free conditioners are best for healthy hair long term yet I don't get why nourishing dead hair is helpful the scalp yes but you condition the ends of hair right? Hmmm

13th May, 2020

I use really good quality shampoos and conditioners but I always forget about treatments. I need to start doing this more. Thanks for the good reminders.

11th May, 2020

Such a good article! I wash my hair twice now, it feels and looks much nicer too ! - will always use luke warm water on my bleached hair as well!

9th May, 2020

I always shampoo twice now. It just makes my hair feel better.

7th May, 2020

Great tips! I'm so bad at trimming my hair.

7th May, 2020

I had basically forgotten about combs till recently, trying to remember to use them again.

4th May, 2020

Great tips. I find the tangle treezer brush is ideal for my hair I have one that is also ok to use on wet hair, perfect for knots and less pain getting rid of them :)

4th May, 2020

Oh I also make sure I lift my hair out of the way and rinse the back of my neck and back after rinsing out my conditioner. I find if I don't I tend to get small spots in that area

4th May, 2020

I'm trying to stick to once per week for hair washing. My hair is fragile and I'm trying everything to improve it.

3rd May, 2020

Great tips. Also pays to buy a decent hair colouring product as the one I just used has stripped my hair of all hydration and my hair is now falling out arghhh.

Mumof3Munchkins
4th May, 2020

Thanks so much for that, it's getting worse so definitely need to do something about it.

MareeB
4th May, 2020

I'm trying magnesium oil on my hair mumofthree. I spray it on my scalp and work it through my hair then leave for 30 mins before washing. After washing I put a drop or two on my hands and rub it gently over my hair to stop flyaways.

MareeB
4th May, 2020

It seems to be helping. You can buy magnesium flakes from Healthpost, mix a cup of them with a cup of boiling water and when it cools, store it in a spray bottle. Its magic stuff. Great for spraying on sore legs after standing all day too.

MareeB
4th May, 2020

Sorry something automatically double posts. You can also put the magnesium oil in the bath.

MareeB
4th May, 2020

Just a word of caution though, do not let magnesium oil near any open wounds because it's like lemon juice, it stings like crazy if it gets anywhere it shouldn't.

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