Healthy happy hair is full of bounce, and shine. It’s not sure much what your hair care routine is but instead about how healthy your hair is and also how healthy your hair looks. We all have ways of caring for our hair, some routines are more involved than others. Some just wash and go, others wash, condition, blow dry, curl and then go.
Good hair care is essential to keeping your beautiful mane looking beautiful, manageable, soft and worry free. Yet we have all had those bad hair days as well, when it just seems like our hair just doesn’t want to behave.
With everyone having different types of hair types, not all hair care routines are the same such as what I do for my thin blond hair isn’t going to work for all those blessed with curly hair. That’s just the facts. Despite the uniqueness of everyone’s hair we all seem to have the same concerns. What do we do to fix damage hair? What are the causes and how do we prevent them? A lot of damage control can be done by the hair care routine you follow.
Just what are basic hair care routines?
First off you need a good hair cut. And if you are growing it out or use your hair dryer and curling iron/flat iron most days getting your hair trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks is a must!
Your shampoo and conditioner should be chosen carefully based on your hair type, length, and other products and treatments you use.
For starters everyone washes their hair. Some do it everyday others do it every other day and some can go as long as almost a week before washing their hair. It depends on your hair type, hair length and the condition of your hair. Those with oily hair probably want to wash it more other than those with dry hair. Using luke warm water is better for your hair than hot water is.
When it comes to shampoos some brands are better than others. And they say that you should change your brand of shampoo up every so often cause your hair gets used to it. Don’t know if that is true or not. When you shampoo you don’t need more than a dime size amount or you are just wasting it. Also it makes a huge difference if you take the time to thoroughly ensure you wash out every last bit of shampoo.
Because I happened to have fine hair, I use a shampoo and conditioner that adds volume and even texture and thickness to my hair.
For those that color their hair, you’ll want a shampoo that will protect your color from fading when you wash cause if you just use a regular shampoo all that money you are spending on your color is wasted. Now if your hair happens to be very dry, you’ll want to avoid washing every day, as even a gentle baby shampoo will strip your hair of its natural oils. If your scalp is oily, however, daily washing with a shampoo specially designed to combat oil is a must. As you can see there isn’t just one type of shampoo that works for everyone.
Next comes your conditioner. There are the types you leave in or rinse out. There are also deep conditioners that you leave on for 20 minutes or so and then rinse out. It depends on the condition of your hair to know which conditioner to use. You don’t need more than a quarter size amount of conditioner. If you have fine hair like I do, then don’t put the conditioner right onto your scalp! Start at the ends and I personally flip my hair over and work the conditioner from the tips to almost the scalp. This way your roots don’t get oily faster.
Once you have rinsed your hair, do the final rinse with cold water. It really makes a difference!
At this point many just towel dry their hair and out the door you go! Others like myself blow dry and use a curling iron. There are products you can use to help keep your hair healthy even if you do use the hair dryer a lot! And there are even products that help your style hold and creates volume and shape. It all depends on what you do with your hair to know what works for you! I have fine hair I use mousse on mine and then a really good hair spray that holds! If I don’t then the curl just falls out!
If you take good care of your hair, there will be less bad hair days. And we all want less of those.
Copyright Kim Snyder 2009
Update: This was a paid for review for Aveeno