“The rules of hair care are simple and finite,” Elle Woods claimed after her infamous Legally Blonde courtroom battle. Being that she was a girl who sent a video résumé to Harvard Law School, showed up to her first law class with a teeny notebook and toted a chihuahua into a courtroom, we may not find darling Elle to be a credible source of information. However, what she says about hair care is correct. When it comes to keeping hair healthy, there are some rules that should always be followed. So what are they?
After doing some hair-related research, it’s clear that I have to make some changes in my hair care routine. I’m more than overdue for a trim; my split ends are getting out of control this summer! Check out these 5 tips to keep hair fresh and healthy.
Banish suds: If you wash your hair daily with the sudsiest shampoo in CVS, now is your time to stop. All those suds indicate that the shampoo’s formula is too harsh, and is ridding the hair of its natural oils. Only wash the hair three times a week. If you’re like me and exercise daily, you may feel as though you need to wash your hair. You don’t. Simply rinse it out in the shower and condition the ends, and your hair will still look great!
Cut back on combing: Put down that brush! I’m fully aware that brushing your hair can make it look and feel great. However, all that brushing could be doing some serious damage. When done consistently over a long period of time, excessive brushing can cause the scales on the cuticle shaft to peel off, resulting in brittle hair. Combing wet hair can be particularly damaging.
Turn down the heat: To dry hair quickly, it probably seems natural to grab a traditional hair dryer and blast your locks dry. However, this form of drying is frying your hair. To dry hair artificially without causing a great deal of damage, consider investing in an ionic hair dryer. These blow-dryers break down the water molecules and cause hair to absorb the moisture, thereby reducing the damage done. Don’t want to spend the money? Simply switch your current dryer to a cooler setting. Another tip to further reduce blow-drying damage: Keep the dryer in constant motion. Keeping hot air concentrated on one section of hair is extremely damaging.
Stay away from alcohol: Alcohol-based hairspray, that is! Pretty much everything about the stuff is bad for your hair. Alcohol dries out hair rapidly, and the damage it causes will increase in sunlight. It causes the hair to feel crunchy and stiff. Not only is it bad for your hair, but it’s bad for the environment as well. The organic compounds in aerosol sprays contribute to increasing levels of smog. Seek out volumizing products that are low in alcohol or alcohol-free. Purchase low-VOC hairsprays, and try not to use them every day.
Snip, snip, snip: Getting regular trims about every 6-8 weeks keeps hair fresh and free of split ends. If you already have a bunch of split ends, it’s likely that they will just end up worsening. A short trim will keep hair looking healthy.
What is your favorite hair care tip, Lovelies? Do you have one that should be added to this list?