Every woman has a set beauty routine that she follows to ensure her hair looks its best. Through washing, drying, straightening, and curling, women tend to do more damage to their hair than they know, all while failing to see the perfect results they desire. The key to amazing-looking hair is healthy hair, so if you’re struggling to get the luscious locks you deserve, try these three hair care tips to improve your hair health.
Turn Down the Water Temperature
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It’s common knowledge that hot styling products will damage your hair, but did you know that hot water in the shower could also have the same effect? Washing with incredibly hot water can damage your roots and make your hair easier to break. Meanwhile, cold water reduces frizz, makes your hair shinier, and keeps your scalp cleaner by closing up your pores.
Turning down the temperature is particularly important for women who dye their hair, as the hot water opens up the surface of your hair strands and washes out the dye. Your love of long, hot showers could be why your color fades so quickly. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend the whole shower shivering. Try to turn down the temperature when the water comes into contact with your hair, and then resume your normal level of heat when you’re rinsing off.
Condition Before Swimming
You might love your summer highlights, but your hair is suffering through the endless beach trips and pool parties that come with warm weather. Make sure you take care of your hair when you’re spending time in the sun, especially if you’re going near water.
Start by conditioning your hair before you jump into the pool. This will help your hair absorb moisture and nutrients instead of chlorine that dries it out. If you swim a lot during the summer, invest in a specialty shampoo that works to remove chlorine from your hair, so you won’t feel the effects of it days later. Similar advice can be followed on beach trips, with an emphasis on aloe and moisturizing when you get out of the water.
Invest in a Conditioning Hair Mask
Most stylists swear by deep conditioners as a way to treat their clients’ hair. Next time you’re in the chair, ask what kind of deep conditioner or conditioning mask they would recommend. Most stylists will point to a brand that you should use every few weeks (or once a month) and will give you instructions on how to leave it in and for how long.
Deep conditioning treatments infuse moisture into your hair, increasing elasticity and reducing breakage. Along with repairing damage, it prevents future breaks so your locks will look good weeks after treatment.
Once you master the art of moisturizing and conditioning, then you can look for hair advice to style your locks exactly how you want them. Remember: heat, brushes, pins, and ties aren’t your friends. While they might help your hair look great, they’re pulling and breaking strands every time they touch them.
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