Published: 01/28/2014 - Updated: 02/03/2016
If you are used to washing your hair daily and often expose it to heat from the hair dryer as well as the use of straightening irons, tongs and other tools that use heat, you should know that your hair could be extremely damaged. However, you can implement the following tips to your beauty routine to take care of your hair and prevent further damage:
How often do you wash your hair?
People who have short hair or who do daily exercise, as well as those who have an oily scalp, usually wash their hair daily, however washing our hair is also subject to our own personal habits and customs. The recommendation is to wash your hair 3 to 4 times a week, experts say, because in this way the hair does not lose as much of its natural oil.
There are shampoos that are formulated for frequent hair washing, limiting the effects of continued washing of the scalp and hair fibre, but on the other hand washing treated or dyed hair daily makes the colour or treatment fade more quickly.
Wash your hair with warm or lukewarm water.
If the temperature of the water with which you wash your hair is very hot, it affects the brightness and strength of it, so you should avoid very hot water and try to use lukewarm or warm water instead. If you have trouble following this measure, especially in winter, try washing your hair separately.
How to wash your hair
It is advisable to put the shampoo in your hands to make better use of its components. Place it on your head and massage into your scalp. Avoid using your nails, instead using the fingertips to spread the product in gentle strokes and cover your hair.
After shampooing, apply a conditioner from half-way along down to the tips and never on the root as this can grease the scalp area. Be sure to rinse the product thouroughly, unless it is a product that does not require rinse.
Finally, do not apply too much product on your hair as this can cause hair to become greasy or sticky.
Drying your hair
If you usually opt for using a hairdryer, first, use a towel to remove excess water, using an up and down patting or rubbing motion. Try not to squeeze or ruffle your hair too hard as wet or damp hair is more prone to damage. Then, use the hairdryer at a distance of 30 inches and at a low temperature. Do not point directly at each lock of hair.
Split ends is the bane of long haired people's lives as they give hair a dull, dry and damaged appearance. Fortunately today there are some products that "seal" the ends, however this effect is not permanent and wears off or disappears after a few hours or the next wash, so you have to reapply the product as many times as necessary to maintain the ends.
Hairstyles that cause hair to fall out
Some hairstyles like tight ponytails, buns and plaits among others can promote hair loss. However, do not worry! It is not a permanent problem and hair definitely grows back.
Finally, it should be mentioned that straightening irons and tongs which are widely used for the purpose of straightening and styling the hair are a source of heat that can damage the hair. However, if you use them, try to use "hair serum" or Argan oil to protect the fibres of your hair. Using straightening iron gives hair shine and sparkle as the fibre is straight and smooth, reflecting light directly on the surface and giving it a shiny appearance.