Regular hair care for women is just as important as caring for the skin or any other part of the body. If you want to keep your hair healthy and looking vibrant, you will need to follow a hair care routine to achieve that. If you fail to look after your hair, it can lead to dull, lifeless hair and the potential for breakage and hair loss. Let’s take a look at some handy hints for hair care for women in this guide.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Unless you really have to wash your hair several days in a row for some reason, try and avoid washing your hair every single day. Even the best and most expensive shampoo can strip your hair of essential oils, proteins and nutrients, so washing it every two or three days (or even less) will prove to be much kinder to your hair and help to keep it healthier.
Always Condition Your Hair After Washing
Conditioners not only make the hair softer and more manageable, many quality conditioners are also designed to restore vital nutrients to the hair following washing with shampoo. The shampoo cleans the sweat and grime from the hair, while the conditioner works as a hair restoration agent to counteract the harshness associated with hair washing.
You might also want to try a leave-in conditioner from time to time to really nourish and revitalise the hair.
Take Care When Drying Your Hair
For the absolute best results, it’s preferable to allow your hair to dry naturally as much as possible. Vigorously rubbing wet hair with a towel can do damage, cause hair to frizz and even result in hair tangles. If you must use a towel, simply pat away the bulk of the moisture without rubbing.
Whether you use a towel or not, when your hair is about 80% dry, use a hair dryer on low heat to dry it completely and add volume to the hair. A hairdryer that uses ionic technology is better for your hair than a regular hairdryer. Your hair will dry much quicker with far less chance of the hairdryer’s heat damaging the strands.
Try An Oil Massage Once a Week
Good hair oils are packed full of essential nutrients that are good for your hair. You won’t want to apply one all the time or you may end up with oily hair but once a week is a good idea to keep the hair nourished, full of lustre and hydrated.
One of the main problems many women face when it comes to their hair is that the hair gets too dry. This can occur in any climate and even if you don’t over-wash your hair. Oils are essential to lock in the moisture that maintains hydration. All you have to do is massage the oil into the hair, roots and scalp for several minutes and then rinse clean to prevent a build up of oil.
Try a Hair Mask
There are many different types of hair masks on the market today, designed to achieve a variety of results for different hair types. A lot of the masks out there have been formulated to maintain natural-looking ringlets for people who have curly or permed hair.
Other hair masks work wonders on people who desire their hair to be dead straight as if it has just been rebonded in the salon. Just about all hair masks will provide the hair and scalp with vitamins and other nutrients, along with helping to maintain healthy and hydrated hair.
Applying a hair mask about once a week is just as beneficial as the hair oil mentioned in the point above.
How Often Should You Style Your Hair?
If you’re in the habit of regularly styling your hair rather than simply wearing it “as is”, how often should you style it and is it possible to over-style the hair? The answer to that question really depends on what you’re doing to your hair and how often.
While lots of brushing, combing and blow drying will style the hair and give it lustre, too much friction and heat will eventually lead to hair damage if you’re in the practice of doing this daily. The same goes for applying a myriad of hair styling products constantly, such as mousse or gel, for example. It will lead to a build-up of products that will render hair limp, tacky and basically looking unhealthy.
Braiding hair, curling hair, plaiting hair and other styling is fine but if you do it too often, all that twisting and knotting will ultimately lead to hair breakage.
By all means, style your hair how you want it to look but perhaps minimise styling to once or twice a week only, leaving the hair in its natural state the remainder of the time.
Eat Foods Rich In Vitamin C and Protein
Consuming foods and drinks that are high in protein and Vitamin C will do wonders for the overall health of your hair. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and consume lean meat and dairy products for a regular protein fix.
Also, drinks lots of water.
What To Avoid For Better Looking Hair
Now that we’ve discovered some things you can do to improve the health of your hair, let’s now list some things to avoid as much as possible to minimise damage to the hair.
- Cover your hair or tie it back when out in strong winds
- Avoid using cheap hair products just to save a few dollars
- Don’t wash your hair every day
- Too much exposure to air conditioning or cold weather can dehydrate the hair
- Avoid washing hair in water that is too hot
- Rinse hair after swimming in salt water or in a swimming pool
- Minimise the use of hair styling products
- Avoid rubbing your hair dry with a towel
Take the time to truly care for your hair. Often, a less is more approach works best. Do everything in moderation to ensure your hair always remains healthy and full of life and feed your hair vital nutrients through hair masks, oils and conditioners, as well as consuming foods that are good for your hair.
Ashley writes the articles and posts for MyMedici and other websites. He has a background in digital marketing and provides services through www.websitestrategies.com.au and www.ashleybryan.com.au. He lives on the Sunshine Coast, QLD with his family.