DIY Hair Care

woman lying in a white floor with her healthy long hair

Whenever we think our hair needs to be maintained, we usually go to our nearest barber or salon with a pair of hair scissors to get it done. However, that’s not the only time your hair needs maintenance.

As one of the most visible parts of our body, our hair is subject to a lot of strain and stress throughout the day. As a result, it’s surprisingly easy for hair to get a little dinged up and damaged as time goes by, and it’s usually a little difficult for us to notice it getting that way unless you happen to be finicky about your hair.

Throwing in the price of getting your hair cut and maintained, and you have a pretty good reason to make sure to take care of your hair regularly. So if you’re curious about how to make sure that your crowning glory can shine in all its splendor, here are some tips you can follow.

Ease back on the tying

One of the biggest culprits of fallout is when you tie your hair a little too tightly in a ponytail or knot. While your hair won’t necessarily fall out because of that, it does put a lot more strain on the hair not around the center of your head, weakening them and making it more prone to hair fall.

Ditch the brush

Leaping off of that, it’s also a good idea to not be so aggressive with your brushing — or in fact, ditch the brush entirely. Your fingers are a perfectly fine way to straighten and untangle your hair, and it’ll give your hair a different finish rather than one you can get with a brush…but if you must, have more than one

Remember this: not all brushes are created equal. There are some that can enhance your cuticles and make them shiny and smooth, while others are specifically designed to detangle your hair.  Some brushes even work with dry hair to give them more volume!

Avoid conditioning the scalp

If you have long hair, chances are your use conditioner fairly regularly — but did you know that working your conditioner into your scalp can be very bad for you? It’s more than enough to use it one the bottom three to four inches of your hair to avoid it from being weighed down.

Use the cold-air setting

Ever wondered why your hair dryer has a cold air setting? It’s usually to lock in your hair when you want to achieve a particular look, unlike the hot air setting where you mold it to your taste. The recommendation is to use hot air in styling generally, then finish off with a few blasts of cold air to get your hair to stay still.

Get the right shampoo

woman's hair being wash in a salon

Like brushes, not all shampoos are the same — depending on the kind of hair that you have, you may be better going off with one brand over another. It’s best to do your research about the types of shampoos that you’ll be using, but consulting with your hair stylist isn’t a bad idea either.

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