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Hair Downtime: Easy Tips to Get Healthy Hair at Home

Give your hair some downtime at home and let it recover from damage.

If you often tie, braid, straighten, or curl your hair, it might have sustained some damage along the way. But don’t worry, you don’t need to get an expensive salon treatment to nurse your hair back to health. Keeping your hair healthy at home can involve some hair downtime to let it recover. To do this, you simply need to tweak your hair care and styling routine. Here are easy ways to let your hair relax and recuperate.

Hair Downtime at Home

1. Let your hair dry naturally

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Skip the blow dryer to give your hair a break from heat. Credit: Shutterstock

Blow-drying can give you smooth, soft, and even bouncy hair. But blow-drying your hair every day can cause heat damage—same with using other heat-styling tools like a flat iron and curling wand. To give your hair some downtime at home, use a smooth microfiber towel o squeeze out excess water and let your hair dry on its own.

Bottle of Cream Silk Ultimate Reborn Standout Straight Conditioner

Editor’s tip: Dealing with frizz? Use Cream Silk Standout Straight Conditioner regularly. It has Frizz Defense Complex helps give you smoother and straighter hair, so you can keep frizz under control. 

2. Leave your hair down

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Go for a simple and neat down ‘do to let your hair breathe. Credit: Harion Halim

Take a break from tight braids, buns, and ponytails. This way, you minimize the stress that your hair is exposed to and even help reduce hairfall and hair breakage. You can still style your hair but go for loose and messy hairstyles to let your hair breathe.

3. Apply hair mask

girl is facing the mirror as she applies her hair mask
Pamper your hair with a hair mask treatment. Credit: Shutterstock

A refreshing way to give your hair some downtime is by giving it a nourishing hair mask. It can help replenish lost moisture to your hair. It can even help repair damaged strands. If you don’t have a hair mask at home, you can make your DIY hair mask using ingredients that you can find in your kitchen.

Editor’s tip: Try an easy-to-use hair mask like Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Ultra Treatment Wrap. It is infused with Tripe Keratin Formula that deeply penetrates your strands to help repair damage and restore shine. Just take the hair wrap out of the package, leave it on your hair for about 20 minutes, and rinse. 

4. Use shampoo every other day

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User shampoo every other day. Credit: Shutterstock

Shampooing your hair too much can strip away your hair and scalp’s natural oil and cause dryness. You may skip your shampoo on some days and just use a conditioner when washing your hair to keep it moisturized.

Editor’s tip: Keep your hair from getting dry and frizzy by using Dove Nourishing Oil Care 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has serum capsules that deeply penetrate your strands to transform rough and dry hair. 

Hair Downtime: Simple Looks to Try

When giving your hair some downtime, you can go for hairstyles that do not require much styling or hair products. Try one of these hairstyles and look great while letting your hair breathe.

1. Long Hair with Clips

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Jazz up your down ‘do with hair clips. Credit: Hariono Halim

Whether you have straight or wavy hair, you can instantly add oomph to your look by wearing hair clips. You can wear a matching pair of clips on each side of your hair for a symmetrical look, or you can mix different ones to give your hairstyle a fun twist.

2. Messy Pixie Cut

hair downtime: Girl is looking back and has dangling earrings that pair off well with her pixie hair
You can scrunch your pixie cut to create a messy look. Credit: Hariono Halim

Even short haircuts need some downtime, too. Disguise misbehaving strands in your pixie cut by scrunching your hair and creating a messy ‘do. It’s also a smart look that you can wear when working from home.

3. Messy Ponytail

Girl is holding her ponytail as she looks up
Make a messy ponytail and look more relaxed. Credit: Hariono Halim

Got long hair? A messy ponytail can be your hair downtime go-to look. And if your boss suddenly calls you, your hair is con-call-ready.

4. Down ‘Do with Headband

Girl is wearing eyeglasses and a headband
A printed headband is perfect for summer. Credit: Hariono Halim

Keep strands away from your face while giving the rest of your hair the downtime it needs. You can use a headscarf, fold it, and tie it around your head as a headband.

Hair downtime is also important so your strands can de-stress and recover from damage. With these simple tips and ideas, you can keep your hair healthy while you’re at home.