Whether your hair is long or short, curly or straight, you need to know how to take care of it properly so it can look at its best. To take care of your hair, you really need information more than you need expensive products. Read on to learn the basics of hair care.
If you plan on going swimming you should wet your hair before entering the pool. Most pool water has chlorine in it and it can cause damage to hair. Wetting the hair before going in will ensure that your hair soak up fresh water instead of the chlorine filled water in the pool.
While you should wash your hair often, don’t overdo it. Washing your hair too often, strips it of its natural oils, which gives it shine and volume. For most people, washing their hair a few times a week is enough, unless their hair is especially oily. Washing too often will turn hair dry and brittle.
Are you aware that conditioner should never be applied to the roots of your hair? This is because it can make them too heavy and weigh them down, causing a flat look. Only add the conditioner to your hair from mid-length down to the bottom of its ends for best results.
Cut back on using small appliances on your hair to renew its condition and strength. The heat from blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners can severely damage hair, leaving it difficult to tame and frizzy. Make an effort to allow your hair to rest from the heat on a regular basis.
It is important that you only buy shampoos and conditioners that match your hair type. For example, if you have dry hair, you should purchase shampoos and conditioners made specifically for dry hair. Your hair’s condition will not improve if you do not buy the relevant products to help it.
When you are in the shower and washing your hair, make sure you turn your hot water down, whenever you are doing your washing and conditioning. Hot water can dry out and irritate your scalp and this can cause flaking and dandruff that is unattractive and also, hard to get rid of.
Avoid rubbing or otherwise pulling at your hair when you use a towel to dry it. Not only will this cause damage to your hair at the roots, but it will also stretch the hair and cause it become frizzy and thin. Use softer patting or blotting to remove excess water. You could also try a gentle squeeze with your towel. You should not brush or comb your hair when it is wet, if you must then use a wide tooth comb.
Use a towel to dry your hair, as much as possible, before blow drying. When blow drying your hair, use the coolest possible setting to avoid damage. Do not leave the blow dryer in the same spot for more than a few seconds and keep it several inches away from your head.
Hair care principles help you take care of your hair regardless of what type of hair you have. Now that you’ve read this article, you should understand what you need to do in order to keep your hair looking at its best. Good luck, and enjoy your new, healthier hair.