12 Vital Tips For Keeping Great Hair

Great HairWhen it comes to having great hair all of the time here are 12 tips to help you to achieve exactly that.

1. Skipping Conditioner

Many women often don’t use a conditioner because they feel it weighs down their hair, but they really are not using the correct product for their hair type and needs. Conditioner is essential to maintaining the health of your hair. It is similar to not using moisturiser on your face, which results in flaky, dry skin. If your conditioner seems to be weighing you down, look for a light formula, concentrate on the ends, and rinse thoroughly so the conditioner doesn’t leave a heavy residue.

2. Sleeping On Regular Pillowcases

Even if you feel silly sleeping on a full bed of satin sheets, a silk or satin pillowcase is much gentler on hair. Cotton pillowcases can cause friction and lead to damage and frizz. If a silk pillowcase feels just too posh, try wrapping hair in a silk or satin scarf.

3. Styling Damp Hair

It can be tempting to save time by pulling hair into a ponytail or up-do while it’s still wet, but an elastic band is wet hair’s worst enemy. This stresses the hair and can cause breakage, especially with chemically processed hair that is already stressed. If you have to put pieces aside, use a clip and loosely pull hair back.

4. Overdoing The Styling Products

A styling paste or pomade can create a cool structured look, but too much weighs hair down and leaves it greasy. You might have to wash more often than you should to get it all out. Start with a small amount of product, warm it with your fingers, and smooth it into your hair—you can always add more if you need extra hold.

5. Letting Too Much Sunshine In

A little sunshine is a longstanding way to promote natural highlights, but overdoing the lighteners—especially when you’re also exposing hair to UV rays—can dry out hair.

6. Using The Wrong Products

To keep hair healthy and moisturised, pick a shampoo that doesn’t contain sulphates, the detergents that can dry out your hair. Avoid over-shampooing. Focus on the scalp where natural oils collect, and don’t lather a second time unless your hair is truly filthy.

7. Putting Down The Dryer Too Soon

It’s fine to run out the door with damp hair if you want a messy undone effect. But keep in mind that wet hair can still bend and take on a new shape—even frizz. If you want a smooth, stay-in-place look, use your dryer until hair is fully dry, then set with a cool blast—or in a pinch, by sticking your head in the freezer for about 20 seconds.

8. Use Your Styling Products Wisely

One of the major mistakes that women make when using hot tools is to spray the section with hairspray before putting the hot tool on it. Hairspray contains alcohol, and when you apply heat over a layer of hairspray, it dries the hair out even more and can create static as well as causing your curls to drop. Stick to alcohol-free products (look on the ingredients list for names that end in -ol) designed to prep hair for heat-styling.

9. Coming On Too Strong With Your Hair Dryer

Use a nozzle or diffuser when blow-drying and hold the blow dryer away from the hair—otherwise the dryer can get too close and burn hair very quickly. If you don’t have a nozzle, make sure to hold the blow dryer at least 13 centimetres away from the hair. And be sure to clean out the filter in the back of your dryer from time to time. Too much debris in there can weaken the air flow, meaning you’ll spend more time exposing your hair to damaging heat.

10. Creating Too Tight Braids

Gently tucking damp hair into loose braids creates effortless, wavy texture. But pulling hair into very tight braids while hair is wet—and thus more prone to breakage—can lead to damage. If you want to create a really precise and tight braided style, wait until hair is fully dry.

11. Towel-Drying Your Curls

A lot of curly girls use towels to dry their hair, but the strands tend to catch on the cloth and cause split ends. It’s always better to use a microfibre towel or a even t-shirt.” The fabric of an old T or microfibre cloth is less abrasive so it won’t rough up your hair as much.

12. Picking Up Tools Too Early

For those in a rush, a common mistake is using a flat iron or curling iron before the hair is completely dry, which breaks the hair and requires you to flat-iron the same strand over and over again, causing more damage. It is important to completely dry the hair before using any heat tool, since that will smooth and seal the cuticle and facilitate easier styling.

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