Everyone wants to have silky smooth hair each time they leave the house. While there aren’t any miracle concoctions that will make your hair softer overnight, there are six things that you can keep in mind for your routine, to have your strands looking commercial-ready.
Shampoo with Care
Shampoo washes away most of the oils in your hair and scalp, but you shouldn’t be trying to get rid of them all. The natural oils that your scalp produces act as a moisturizer and as protection for the skin and hair. Unfortunately, shampoo can’t tell the difference.
Everyone has a threshold for how oily or texturized they want their hair to feel, but unless your hair is very oily, only wash your hair two to three times per week. Use a light, creamy shampoo that has no parabens, SLS or SLES.
But remember not overdo the “no poo” movement. If it’s day five and your style is falling apart, or if your head is starting to itch and become uncomfortable, give it a wash. When shampooing, massage your scalp well and apply only minimal shampoo to the ends, to avoid drying out your hair. If you want to re-energize your style without washing away your natural oils, try a dry shampoo. It will give you a burst of volume at the roots and it can help absorb any excess oil that’s sitting on the scalp.
While over-shampooing will dry your hair out, it is very difficult to over-condition. Using a daily conditioner each time you shower (or even each time your hair is wet) will replenish your hair with moisture, and make it shinier and more manageable over time.
The key to getting the best results from your daily conditioner is in the application. Make sure to only apply conditioner to the ends of your hair, since it’s the oldest part and the most damaged. Putting conditioner near your scalp can actually clog your follicles and make your hair oily rather than silky. Also, fight the urge to rinse everything out. Leaving a bit of the slippery stuff in your hair will keep it soft and silky throughout the day. (Not sure what type of conditioner you should use? Use this guide to find the conditioner for your specific hair type.)
Blot Your Hair, Don’t Rub
Wet hair is delicate. Aggressive rubbing with a cotton towel after you shampoo and condition will reverse the care you just gave your hair, and can even rip and tear at weaker strands. Instead of rubbing your hair dry, blot it. If you want to take it a step further, try a microfiber hair towel that absorbs moisture faster and with less irritation.
Use a Comb on Wet Hair, Not a Brush
Using a round brush or bristle flat brush on wet hair is one of the most damaging things you can do to your hair. Brushes stretch strands and cause breakage. When hair is almost dry but still silky from your conditioner, grab a wide-toothed comb and gently remove tangles starting from the bottom up. Comb through your hair in short strokes, a little at a time until you can run the comb down the entire length of your hair.
If you have thicker hair, you can do this in two cycles: one with a large wide tooth comb and again with a fine tooth comb with more teeth. You really shouldn’t use your bristle brush until your hair is about ¾ of the way dry. Once you can run your hands through your hair and see that the tangles are gone, you are ready to begin styling.
Always Use Thermal Protection
If you’re going to use any sort of hot tools on your hair, like blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons or rollers, heat protectants are a must. Heat styling opens up the hair shafts, leaving strands susceptible to damage. Some of these tools can heat to more than 400 degrees! You don’t want that touching your hair without some protection.
A quality thermal protectant adds moisture to your hair, preventing the natural moisture from evaporating. It also creates a protective barrier over the cuticle which helps your hair keep its shine. Look for a protective spray or serum that contains natural oils like argan nut oil, olive oil and/or coconut oil.
Make sure your hair is dry before applying. Divide your hair into small sections and spray enough so that your hair has a little bit of moisture from the serum, but isn’t soaking wet. Then, style away.
The Magic of Shine Spray
After you’ve got your hair styled to a tee, a shine spray is the last step to take before leaving the house. It’s great for curly-haired women dealing with frizz and straight-haired women looking to minimize static. A quality shine spray or serum will promote silky hair and, as the name suggests, some serious shine that will give a new energy to your hair.
Making your hair look smooth and shiny everyday isn’t complicated, but you have to stay committed to the process. As you get more into the routine, it will become natural and your hair will look amazing, even if you miss a day. Support your pursuit of beautiful hair with a proper hair growth vitamin that supports beautiful hair from the inside out.