Happy Wednesday loves! I frequently get asked from others what I do to keep my hair looking so healthy, so today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tips for maintaining healthy hair.
Most of my tips are pretty basic, but it’s what I’ve found to work really well in keeping my hair strong and looking and feeling its best. I’m also sharing some of my favorite hair products that I use at the end of this post, so be sure and check those out as well.
10 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Hair
Get a Trim Regularly– One of the best things you can do in keeping your hair healthy and strong is giving it a regular trim. Although there are many people out there who think you should only visit the salon when getting a full-blown haircut, I personally recommend visiting about every 2 months for a ½ – 1 inch trim. This is to cut away any damaged or split ends and actually helps strengthen your locks to improve hair growth.
Brush Your Hair Before You Shower-Do you sometimes get frustrated with how ridiculously tangled your hair gets when you wash it? Well, here’s a tip that you’ll definitely want to try! Up until a few months ago I had never thought to brush my hair BEFORE getting in the shower, but since trying it out I’m hooked. Brushing your hair prior to washing actually helps get out all those annoying tangles and makes hair easier to manage once dried.
Only Brush Dry Hair– Speaking of brushing, did you know that brushing your hair while it’s wet can actually cause quite a bit of damage? That’s because your hair is at it’s most vulnerable state when wet and harsh brushing can cause splitting, breakage, and even hair loss. Instead, let your hair air dry until it’s about 85% dry before using a comb or brush to gently work out all the kinks and tangles. I personally use this brush from Conair and love it! Your hair will look and feel so much smoother and you’ll no longer have the issue of pulling out an unnecessary amount of hair when brushing.
Don’t Shampoo Daily-This is a tip I didn’t start using until a few years ago, but washing your hair everyday can really strip your hair’s natural oils, making it appear dry, brittle, and dull. Too frequent shampooing can also make your hair more prone to split-ends and breakage. Not to mention, if you color-treat your hair it’s going to be make the color fade a lot quicker, if you’re washing your hair daily.
In general, you should be washing your hair once every 3-4 days depending on your hair type and thickness. Oddly enough the thicker your hair is the less you need to wash it, while fine hair requires more frequent washing. I’ll also add that choosing the right shampoo for your hair type is an important part of your hair routine as well.
Also, if you’re curious my friends over at Product Advisor recently tested out color care shampoos from 22 brands (both professional and drugstore) in the quest to find the best shampoo for color-treated hair. I’ll let you check out the video they created above for the full results, but I’ll add that as a drugstore beauty fanatic the findings were pretty interesting to me.
Always Condition Your Hair– Most people assume a conditioner is only for moisturizing the hair so in order to prevent oiliness they avoid using it daily. In reality, conditioners offer several benefits including detangling the hair and protecting the hair from damage, and come in several formulas for different hair types. No matter the hair type, you really should condition your hair every time you wash it, in order to keep your hair both looking and feeling healthy.
Extra Tip: Avoid conditioning the scalp area, and only condition from the mid-section of your hair to the ends, showing extra love to the ends of your strands which are more prone to breakage.
Use a Hair Mask Twice Monthly– Even if you’re conditioning your hair every time you wash it, your hair could still stand some TLC a couple times a month to help nourish it from all the heat and styling. I love having a little pamper time on the weekends and like to apply a deep conditioning mask to my hair to help strengthen and moisturize the hair. I’ve talked about it several times on the blog, but my absolute favorite hair mask is the Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Mask in Honey Treasures. It smells so good and really does strengthen and soften the hair.
Avoid Sleeping on Wet Hair– Just like the cardinal sin with sleeping in your makeup, it’s best to avoid sleeping on wet hair as your hair is the most vulnerable when wet. If you’re pressed for time and absolutely can’t avoid it, loosely braid hair or put in a loose, messy bun to reduce frizz and damage while sleeping. This method will also work in creating loose, tousled waves for the next day.
Avoid Using Heat Styling Tools Daily– It can be tempting to want to flat iron or curl your hair every single day, but unfortunately this can be SUPER damaging to your hair strands. I personally recommend only using heat tools to style your hair every 2 days or so and focus on using products that make your style last as long as possible. In between days that I’ve styled my hair, I’ll also throw my hair up in a messy bun using these no-damage hair ties. It’s a simple and easy styling solution on busy days!
Always Use a Heat Protectant– To protect your skin on a hot, sunny day you always wear sunscreen or a hat when outside, right? Well the same rule should apply for your hair! When you must use heat styling tools, it’s best to ALWAYS use a heat protectant prior to styling. I’m really loving the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protectant Spray at the moment, as it’s light-weight and smells really nice! I always spritz it on my hair prior to flat-ironing and I feel like it makes the straightening process easier too.
Lower the Temperature– Another tip of mine when it comes to styling is to check the temperatures on your styling tools regularly to ensure you don’t have them on too high of a setting. Just because there’s a high setting doesn’t mean your hair needs it that high, so adjust as necessary to meet your hair’s individual needs.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had my flat iron accidently turned all the way up and my hair unfortunately felt the damage from it. It’s best to start low and work your way up to a setting that feels comfortable without causing damage. My current flat iron goes all the way up to 50, but I only have it on 20 typically and sometimes will lower it even more if I’m just doing a quick straightening touch-up.
*This post has been sponsored by Product Advisor. As always, all opinions are my own.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed today’s post with my 10 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Hair, and I’d love to hear what methods you use in keeping your hair healthy! Also, be sure and leave me a comment with hair products you’re loving at the moment- I always love trying out something new! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!- Cara