There are so many factors such as pollution, season change, stress, heat or hair dyeing that tend to damage your hair which leads to dullness, thinning, dryness, breakage and more. Your hair needs to be pampered ! For that reason, there’s nothing more important than following a good haircare routine to keep it healthy and stimulate hair growth.
1. Get a trim regularly
You need to trim your hair regularly to make sure that your strands stay healthy and get rid of damaged ends. It will help maintain your hair lengh. You may wonder how often your hair should be trimmed… Well, it depends on your hair type and hair lengh goal. But more frequent haircuts can help prevent over-drying and breakage.
2. Protect your hair from heat
Use hair heat protectant while straightening or curling your hair to protect your hair against breackage and prevent your strands from burning or getting dry. Make sure to lower the temperature. Try to stay under 200 degrees. It’s better to take a break from flat iron by adopting heatless hairsyles more often.
3. Use a sulfate-free shampoo
Sulfate has become very controversial over the last decades since it is a harch chemical that belongs to a class of cleansers called anionic surfactants. Sulfate can make your scalp sensitive and cause irritation like redness, dryness, and itching. That’s why you should opt for a sulfate-free shampoo and especially a shampoo packed with keratin protein.
4. Take a deep conditioner
Deep conditioning is an essential part of a healthy haircare routine as it will help keep your hair soft, strong and nourished. It will also restore hydration and prevent breakage. Apply a generous amount throughout your hair and focus on your ends. Let it penetrate to your hair a few minutes (follow the indications on the product you chose).
5. Gently detangle from end to root
Start detangle the ends then slowly work upwards to the roots. Doing this everytime you detangle your hair will reduce breackage. Take your time and don’t be afraid to use untangle spray or your fingers to untangle knots. A lot of experts confirm that detangling the hair while it’s wet (and while applying conditioner) it’s easier. Plus, it will minimize breakage.
6. Lower the temperature of the water
Start with warm water. Massage your scalp with your sulfate-free shampoo. Warm water helps the pores open up. The open pores allow the scalp to absorb moisture and natural oils which are good for healthy hair and hair growth. Make sure to lower the temperature to avoid making your scalp sensitive and dry. Cold water helps keep the scalp hydrated. It closes the pores and gets the excess dirt and oil out of your hair. So, start with lukewarm water and after conditioning your hair, wash off with cold water to close the pores.
7. Keep your scalp healthy
It’s not uncommon that scalp becomes sensitive sometimes due to dry skin. For that reason, you must avoid exposing your scalp to hot water. Instead of skip blow-drying, let your hair naturally air dry. Always massage your scalp with your fingers when you wash your hair and make sure it gets enough hydration.
8. Moisturize your hair
Choose the correct mask or treatment with the right ingredients such as coconut oil, argan oil, aloe, avocado to hydrate your hair and scalp or castor oil to boost hair growth. Moisturizing your hair is the most important step of your hair regimen since without hydration your hair will stay damaged. Go for nutrient-rich moisturizers or hair masks. You can wear a heating cap or steamer for about 20 minutes. Afterwards your hair will be rehydrated.
9. Wear protective hairstyles
Exploring non-chemical options for your hairstyle (e.g. buns, braids…) will give your hair a break and protect it even more. Your hair will grow without any disruption.
10. Sleep on silk pillowcases
Sleeping on silk pillowcases or wearing a silk bonnet at night will prevent hair breakage by avoiding potential frictions while sleeping. It will also protect cuticles and scalp.
11. Use a suncreen spray
Yes ! Sun protection is essential for your skin but also for your hair. You should use a sunscreen outdoors to protect your hair from sun’s UV rays and avoid hair damage.
12. Make sure to follow a balanced diet
You have to pay attention to what you eat since healthy and longer hair also comes from within. Make sure to eat food rich in proteins and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E (e.g. meat, egg, cucumber, fish…). It will increase collagen production and make your hair stronger.