Hair Downtime: How to Give Those Locks a Break

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:

1. Let your hair dry naturally.

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 to squeeze out excess water and let your hair dry on its own.

2. Leave your hair down.

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 hair fall and hair breakage. You can still style your hair but go for loose and messy hairstyles to let your hair breathe.

3. Apply a hair mask.

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. We recommend Emerge Back to Life Hair Mask for hair that’s in need of a major revival.

4. Use shampoo every other day.

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. You can also try using a cleansing conditioner! We suggest Love Beauty and Planet Purposeful Hydration Cleansing Conditioner for a shot of moisture while you cleanse.

1. Long Hair with Clips

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Jazz up your down-do with hair clips.

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

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You can scrunch your pixie cut to create a messy look.

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. Easy Ponytail

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Make a messy ponytail and look more relaxed.

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 with a Headband

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A headband adds a little something extra.

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

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