1. Decrease the water temperature. Hot water does open the hair follicle and makes it prone to dryness and breakage. Wash your hair under lukewarm water and then rinse your shampoo or conditioner out under cold water.
2. Shampoo the right way. Don’t use too much shampoo. Only use a thumb-sized portion of shampoo. Use water to help spreading the shampoo and don’t forget to massage your scalp to get rid of the secretion of sebum (an oily substance that inhibits follicles from growing). Take your time to rinse the shampoo off to avoid buildup.
3. Don’t brush your hair under the shower. You might think that it is an easier way to detangle your hair. But it actually thins your hair out. Further, when hair is wet, it is less elastic and more prone to breaking when you brush it.
4. Clarifying shampoo. This shampoo will free your hair from build-up, chlorine, mineral deposits and draws out dirt. As a blonde with chemically treated light hair you might want to use clarifying shampoo more often. Dyed and highlighted hair is more porous and absorbs unwanted minerals, smog etc. more easily.
Schwarzkopf Essensity clarifying shampoo
CHI Clean Start Clarifying Shampoo
Redken Hair Cleansing Cleansing Cream Shampoo
Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Two
Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Hair Clarifying Shampoo
Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo
5. Minimize the heat. Don’t blow dry and style your hair right away. Let you hair dry for some minutes. (First apply your make up, brush your teeth and paint your toenails and then grab your blow-dryer!) That way it will take less time to style your hair and you expose your hair to less heat. Always use a heat protector. If you can relinquish the blow-dryer and flat iron at all, – do it. Your hair will thank you later by being more shiny and healthy.
TIGI Catwalk Straight Collection Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray
TIGI S Factor Flat Iron Heat Defender
Wella Professionals Dry Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray
CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray
Schwarzkopf OSiS Flatliner Iron Serum
GHD Heat Protect Spray
6. Blot your hair with a towel instead of rubbing it. Rubbing hair with a towel can rough up the cuticle causing it to look frizzy.
7. Avoid tight hairstyling. A ponytail that is very tight might give you a very sleek look, but it also pulls on your hair. Wearing tight hairstyles for years will lead to hair loss. This type of hair loss is called traction alopecia and occurs along the hairline and temples. So let your hair down once a while and let your follicles recover.
I hope you enjoyed my 7 steps to more healthy hair. Feel free to share your tips and tricks in the comment section below.