Hair Care for Every Hair Type
When it comes to hair, it seems as though the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” applies – everyone always wants what they don’t have! There are almost as many types of hair as there are types of people, and what some may consider wavy, others might think is downright curly. So while there is no definitive guidebook to consult when you’re determining your hair type, there’s a good chance you’ll know where you fall generally. Once you’ve determined if you have frizzy, curly, straight, or dry, the next step is learning how to care for it. This list will give you some basic tips for caring and maintaining your hair, no matter what type it is.
We might as well start off with one of the hardest hairstyles to maintain. Some people may have naturally frizzy hair, while others only have frizzy hair on hot and humid summer days. No matter the frequency, you’ll surely want to tame that frizz and keep it under control. First, try a new trend called co-washing, which means you get rid of the shampoo and only use conditioner, letting your hair maintain its natural oils. Next, try drying your hair with a t-shirt rather than a regular towel. Towels only add to the frizz, not to mention the knots and tangles they produce as well. Lastly, make sure you use hair products little or no alcohol in them. Alcohol will make your cuticles swell and get extra frizzy.
Having a head of curls can be a blessing and a curse. Those with straight hair want the curls and those with curls often wish they didn’t have to deal with the headache that curls can bring. The first rule to dealing with curls is to never brush them when they’re dry. This will turn them to a frizzy mess. Avoid any shampoos or products with sulfates or silicones. These can make your hair shine, but they have long-term damaging effects.
Straight hair can be more complicated than one might imagine. One common problem is tangles or knots. Before you get in the shower, take a brush and try and remove the tangles as much as you can. Then, in the shower, after you add your hair conditioner, take a wide-toothed comb, and comb your hair before you rinse it out. Next, gently blot your hair with a towel, and let air dry before blow drying.
If you have dry hair, it most likely means your hair lacks the oils that it needs. So the first step to replenishing them is to shampoo less often. Next, ditch the hairdryer, curling iron, and other implements of hair destruction. Also, try using a comb instead of a brush. Lastly, try taking Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and biotin to help bring back some of your hair’s natural shine.
We would love to hear from you – tell us about some of your hair care tips! What works and especially what does not work.