It can cooperate with you and be ready to go in the morning with little fuss or it can stubbornly refuse to do what you want until you have enough metal and clips to lock it in place. We’re talking, of course, about your hair.
You have to show a lot of love to your crowning glory, but the good news is that it’s not that difficult.
If you follow these eight simple steps, you will have a healthy, happy head of hair.
1. A Little R&R
Just like people, hair follicles and hair strands need time to rest and rejuvenate. You should let your hair hang loose and free as often as possible. Resist the urge to wear tight hair styles all day and night. If you wear your hair in a tight style during the day, take it out at night and if you’re planning on wearing it in a style in the evening, try letting it be loose for the day.
2. Be More Discerning with Accessories
Generally, try to avoid metal accessories and accessories that break or damage your hair. Anything that puts a lot of pressure on your scalp or hair can cause permanent damage like hair loss to occur. A few, well-made accessories that limit damage are worth the extra expense rather than buying a lot of cheap hair accessories that will do irreparable damage.
3. Limit Tight Hairstyles
High ponytails, cornrows, buns, braids, and updos all look great, but they all mean pulling your hair tightly to create them. All that pulling can cause permanent damage to your sensitive hairline and even cause it to recede.
It’s best not to wear a tight hairstyle everyday. Try mixing things up with a loose style or just letting your hair flow freely.
4. Beware of Buildup
Remember that anything you put in your hair leaves residue. That includes leave-in conditioner, dry shampoo or any hairstyling products that aren’t thoroughly washed out. All of these products can leave residue on your scalp, which can damage hair and even lead to inflammation of the scalp in extreme cases. Be wary of what you put in your hair and make sure you rinse it out thoroughly.
5. Say Bye to High Heat
Curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers, anything that puts a high amount of heat directly on your hair can damage it and potentially burn it. If you have to use a tool for styling, don’t apply too much heat or your hair could suffer for it.
6. No Sleeping Beauty
We all know the dangers of sleeping with makeup, but a surprising amount of people aren’t aware that you also shouldn’t sleep with hair accessories in your hair. Whether curlers or elastics or barrettes, never sleep with any kind of accessory in your hair. All the pulling and damage a hair accessory can do to your hair doubles when you sleep with it in.
7. Balance Your Washing
You shouldn’t wash your hair too little, but then you also shouldn’t wash it too much because you could dry out your scalp and throw the pH balance off. You’ll need to strike a balance for washing your hair, which could mean only washing it every other day or something else that works for you. If you have a sensitive scalp, you might also need to buy special shampoo for sensitive skin.
8. Take Special Care When Dying or Bleaching
Generally, most high-quality coloring won’t do too much damage to your hair, but if you’ve been coloring a long time, it could have some bad effects on your scalp. You might have to change your coloring if you’ve built up a tolerance to it. One woman was reportedly having problems with scalp pain after years of coloring her hair and her dermatologist came up with the seemingly odd solution of putting a Sweet’N Low packet into her dye. It worked! It changed the pH level of the dye and her scalp no longer hurt when she got her color touch ups done. However, be aware that coloring in general will dry out your hair.
Unfortunately, nothing really helps with bleaching except to take some bleaching breaks.
Follow these eight hair care tips and you’ll have a much healthier and happier relationship with your locks. For fun styles that don’t do any damage to your hair, try Pony-O and Bun Barz.