Hair care is a combination of protecting your hair, and creating the right scalp conditions for optimal hair growth. Once your hair is grown out, it is essentially dead and cannot be repaired. The key is therefor to prevent the damage in the first place, by being mindful of protecting your hair.
Protect your hair from external factors
Wear hats or scarfs to protect your scalp from the sun. Alternatively apply a leave-in conditioner, and spray your hair with a UV-protecting spray before going out in the sun.
Salt water is healing for your skin, but not a good friend of your hair. Too much salt water will dry out your hair completely, and leave it in a rebellious state. If you’re going to the beach, try soaking your hair with a leave-in conditioner, coconut oil or olive oil, to prevent your hair from soaking up too much salt water. If you have longer hair, put it in a bun and finish off with a sun-spray for the ultimate beach protection.
Chlorine is added to the water in most swimming pools to remove bacteria, but unfortunately it also removes the natural oils protecting your hair. Try soaking your hair in clean water before entering the pool, as your hair won’t soak up as much chlorine water when it’s already wet. If you’re swimming for exercise on a regular basis, getting a swimming cap will make your hair thank you sincerely.
Wear a beanie or a scarf to protect your hair from the drying winter wind.
Using heating tools can make your hair look more healthy, because it closes the cuticles and makes the hair look more shiny. But using hair tools with too high temperatures, will make the moisture inside the hair evaporate and dry out the hair, causing damage over time. Be cautious if your hair starts to smell burned, if you have frizzy ends or if your hair breaks easily, as this is a sign that you need to lower the temperature on your styling tools.
Hair accessories like hair elastics with a metal piece around the loop, or hair elastics made of rubber, can be very damaging to your hair. Go for fabric covered hair elastics, hair ties made of fabric, or hair ties shaped as an old telephone cord, as they are fare less damaging.
Minimize perms, relaxers and other chemical treatments. Always avoid using chemical treatments on hair more than once, as this will severely damage the hair structure.
Coloring your hair can be damaging, especially when going lighter than your natural hair color.
The most natural hair color will always be your own. Dyeing your hair in the same color as your natural hair, will be less damaging as you won’t have to bleach the hair, and will intensify your natural color beautifully.
Highlights are the least damaging way of coloring your hair. It won’t be as obvious when your hair is growing out, and usually only requires 2-4 upkeep appointments a year. Getting highlights in different colors, can also make your hair appear either lighter or darker, while creating a lot of volume and dimension.