Is your hair your crowning glory or a terrible disappointment? Whether your locks have been damaged by humidity, salt water or heated styling tools, whether it’s dried out from bleaching or whether you’re just using the wrong products, the good news is that there are things you can do to improve the look and feel of your hair. Here’s our expert advice, with three top tips to get your hair looking its best.
1. Wash Properly – Use The Right Products
Washing your hair may seem like the simplest thing in the world, however, it’s all too easy to get it wrong. From the wrong technique to the wrong products, shampooing and conditioning can be a minefield!
Your shampoo bottle might state that you should “lather, rinse and repeat” however that isn’t always right for everyone’s hair. You should begin your cleaning regime by rinsing your locks under the shower. Then, pour some shampoo into your hand (a quarter-size dollop should be fine for short hair, you’ll need a little more if your hair is thick or long), and rub it into your hair, massaging your scalp well. Rinse out the suds with lukewarm water. Next, add some conditioner from the ends up to mid-length. Allow it to rest for a few minutes before rinsing out again. When it comes to drying your hair, never rub vigorously as this will cause split ends. Instead, use a towel to squeeze your hair gently.
When it comes to products, you might want to use a clarifying shampoo if you use a lot of products between washes. You should also choose a shampoo and conditioner which is right for your hair type to ensure the best results. View this page to find out how to choose the best products to suit your individual hair type.
2. Massage Your Scalp
Giving yourself a scalp massage can work wonders not only for the health of your scalp but also for your hair too. Use vitamin E capsules and rub the oil onto your scalp before you shampoo. Don’t be put off by the stickiness, it’ll wash away in the shower. Vitamin E increases blood flow to your scalp so if you massage your hair with vitamin E oil, it will feel stronger and healthier and also look shinier. If you also use a hairbrush with natural bristles you’ll find that your hair is also naturally a lot more glossy and shiny. This is because the rough and stiff brush will draw the natural oil from the root of your scalp right down to the end of the hair shaft, increasing volume and shine.
3. Leave In Treatments
If you have naturally curly hair, you should always leave some condition in your locks after your shower. Curly hair means that the natural oils struggle to get to the ends of the hair from the scalp. This results in breakage and dryness. Leave-in conditioning products bring more shine into your hair, softening it effectively and making it simpler to brush so you’ll have less snapping and frizz. An overnight hair mask is a great way to nourish and moisturize your dry, stressed hair. Coat your locks with a good quality hair mask, put a towel over the pillow and then go to sleep. In the morning, your hair will look healthy and shiny. Coconut oil represents a great choice for overnight moisturizing and it won’t break the bank. Simply massage it from the root to the tip, braid your hair, then shampoo out in the morning. You won’t need to condition again as your hair will be wonderfully soft and brushable. If you’re going to be curling or straightening your hair or using a blow dryer, you should protect it from the heat. Regularly heating the strands of hair dries them out leaving them looking frizzy and prone to breakage. Use a leave-in protective spray to keep your hair as safe as possible from harm.
Follow these three top tips and you’ll find that your hair will look better than you ever imagined. When you combine this advice with a healthy diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids, you’ll find your hair looks shinier, glossier and healthier than ever before. It’ll soon be your crowning glory once more