You know that glorious feeling when you leave the salon, and your hair looks and feels its best? Your confidence soars, and you feel like a whole new person. But then comes the hard part — keeping it looking fabulous. Your hair goes through a lot between horrible weather, sweating at the gym, and tossing and turning during sleep. It can be hard to keep your hair looking salon-styled for long.
But, with a few simple adjustments, you can make sure your hair stays happy and healthy. These simple tips and accessories will help you protect your hair from (nearly) anything life throws at it.
Use a Silk Pillowcase
Try as you might; you can’t control how you sleep. As you toss and turn throughout the night, your hair rubs against your pillowcase, causing friction which leads to breakage and frizz. A simple solution is to switch your pillowcase for a silk one.
Compared to other fabrics, the smooth texture of silk allows your hair to move naturally, without getting caught up in coarse fibres. And, unlike cotton, silk doesn’t draw moisture out of your hair as you sleep. Not to mention that sleeping on a silk pillowcase is so luxurious that you’ll feel like a queen.
Invest In Quality Hair Ties
If you have long hair, you know that having a hair tie readily available is crucial. One in your handbag, one in the glove compartment, a slightly dusty one in your office drawer, you might even have one on your wrist right now. But while cheap elastic bands are a dime a dozen, they might be causing more damage than you realise.
Elastic hair bands pull and tug on your hair, damaging your hair in the process. Ditching the cheap bands for something gentler can do wonders for your hair. By opting for a cute scrunchie or spiral hair bobble, you can prevent damage and keep your locks under control.
Use The Right Brush For Your Hair Type
It’s easy to think that all hairbrushes are made equal; they all do the same job - don’t they? In fact, brushes are designed to target different hair types and styling needs. Choose the right brush to protect your hair from damage and frizziness.
Identifying the best brush for specific hair types can’t be done in a paragraph, but here are a few things to consider. Do you want synthetic or natural bristles? Do you need the bristles to be close together, for thin hair, or farther apart for thicker hair? Are you using your brush while you dry your hair or when it's wet? Consider these questions when choosing your perfect brush.
Avoid Heat Damage
Blow drying, straightening, and curling can wreak havoc on your hair, but you don’t have to give them up for healthier hair. Instead of avoiding the heat altogether, make sure to safeguard your hair with good quality heat protection.
Treat Your Hair To A Spa
Whether it’s damage, frizz, dryness, flakes, or greasiness, your hair needs regular nourishment to stay healthy and silky smooth. Adding a simple at-home treatment to your regular beauty routine can work wonders for dull, dry or lacklustre hair.
You can even create your own treatment with products you already have around the house in a pinch. A simple one to combat dry hair is to use 1 tbsp of coconut oil on your hair before bed. Just melt the oil in the microwave, lather through your hair, slap on a shower cap and wash the following day.
Get Timely Trims
Finally, one of the best things you can do to encourage long, luscious hair is to keep up with regular trims. Even with the best of care, breakage occurs naturally over time leading to split ends.
But by opting in for regular trims, you can keep your ends in the best condition. How often depends on if you want to maintain or grow the length, but as a general rule of thumb, a trim every 12 weeks is best.
Damage to your hair is part of life, but you can keep your hair looking picture-perfect for longer.