Just like your body, your hair needs proper care and nutrients to retain its shine, smoothness, and vibrancy. If you have dry hair, though, don’t worry! Here are easy remedies and tweaks to your hair care routine. So read on to find out how your tresses can look both beautiful and healthy from root to tip.
1. Match your shampooing frequency with your hair and scalp needs
Hair washing routine varies from person to person. The main purpose of using shampoo is to rid your hair and scalp of oil and dirt that’s been accumulated throughout the day. While it’s great to keep your scalp clean and fresh, over-washing may actually dry your hair out as it strips your hair and scalp of natural oils.
While there’s no hard and fast rule to shampoo frequency, you can base it on your activities for the day. Did you have a heavy workout in the gym? Did you have a sweaty commute? Then wash your hair when you get home. But if you just stayed in an airconditioned office all day, or just lazed around watching your favorite TV series, you can skip it.
Editor’s tip: Refresh your roots by spraying TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo. Its powder-based formulation helps absorb excess oil and get rid of dirt. This way, you get clean hair even if you’ve skipped a wash or two.
2. Stick to a tried and tested shampoo
It is tempting to try out different shampoos because of the various scent, bottle design, and the promises several shampoos offer; but better think twice if it’s worth the risk. If you already have a shampoo that has faithfully cleansed and maintained your hair’s healthy appearance all these years, think hard before risking your scalp, hair, and even skin to damage. Some shampoos with poor formulation may even lead your hair to breakage. Don’t risk it all in a whim; stick to the one you already formed a bond with.
3. Never skip your conditioner
Conditioners are an equally vital part of any hair care routine. It smoothens hair strands making it less susceptible to tangles and breakage while also making your hair feel smoother and shinier. When your hair is in tiptop condition, then it’s easier for you to manage and style the way you please.
4. Use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners
Sulfate-free hair care products are often recommended for colored hair because they don’t dry out your hair as much as regular shampoos do. Sulfates are responsible for that bubbly foam you get when you shampoo your hair. While that foam helps give your hair that squeaky clean feeling, they strip your hair of its natural oils.
If you have dry hair even if you didn’t get a dye job, you can switch to sulfate-free and natural shampoos and conditioners to cleanse your hair without drying it out.
Editor’s tip: Wanna get out of the shower with that fresh feeling on your scalp? Wash your hair with Love Beauty and Planet Radical Refresher Shampoo. With gentle, eco-friendly ingredients, this shampoo helps clean your scalp while giving your hair an energizing vetiver scent. For best results, follow it up with Love Beauty and Planet Radical Refresher Conditioner.
5. Wet hair with warm water and rinse with cold water
Showering with either hot or cold water depends on you, but experts suggest that you should start with warm water and rinse with cold water. Why? Because warm water will open up your pores and hair follicles and the shampoo’s restorative magic will be able to do its work. To seal all that haircare goodness in, rinse with cold water.
6. Use the right kind of combs and brushes
When combing wet hair, make sure to use a wide-tooth comb as wet hair is more prone to tangles and breakage. Start combing the ends of your hair first before making your way up.
After air-drying or blow-drying your hair, use a brush with boar bristles. These don’t tug as hard on your hair strands as regular plastic or metal bristled brushes, so you don’t end up yanking out as much hair. Also, boar bristle brushes are known to improve hair texture and tame frizz. Start from your ends as well before brushing the top part.
7. Pre-dry before you blow-dry
After showering, gently wring out excess water from your hair with a towel or a T-shirt. Don’t rub it to dry because friction may lead to hair breakage and frizz. Once you’ve blotted as much water as you can from your hair, only then can you proceed with blow-drying. Set your blow dryer to medium heat only because using high heat daily will make your hair dry and brittle.
8. Spray heat protectant before blow drying or ironing
Styling with heated tools can help you create your favorite hairstyles, but it can also dry out and damage your hair. Whether your curling, straightening, or simply blow drying your hair, always prep your locks by spraying heat protectant.
Editor’s tip: Spritz TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray on your hair before styling with heated tools. Aside from preventing heat damage, this product also helps smooth out frizz. Make sure you have this in your beauty arsenal.
9. Apply leave-in conditioner
Leave-in conditioners are both a styling product and a hair treatment in one. They help give your hair that extra moisture without making your hair look greasy and sticky. They also help calm frizz, so you get smooth and manageable hair that’s ready for any hairstyle you want.
Editor’s tip: Refresh and revive your dry hair with a drop of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream. You can reapply it in the middle of the day for an instant touch-up.
10. Give your hair a weekly hair mask treatment
You don’t have to go to the salon for expensive hair treatments. Even an at-home hair mask treatment can do wonders in hair maintenance. Make it your Saturday afternoon ritual to make sure your hair gets the moisture it needs.
So don’t let dry hair cramp your style. Just remember these easy hair care tips, and you’ll soon be on the road to constantly smooth, frizz-free, and damage-free hair.