Hair care routine: How do you maintain a hair care routine?How to Start and Maintain a Hair Care Routine

Hair care can often be challenging, especially if you are limited on time, but keeping your hair healthy and stylish can help you feel more confident and attractive. Creating a hair care routine is easy and involves maintaining the health of your hair and applying beneficial products to your hair. Luckily your hair doesn’t always need attention every day and many things in a hair care routine can be done only once or twice a week.

What is a hair care regimen?

A hair care regimen is a routine one does to maintain healthy and strong hair. It’s a systematic plan that is designed to care for the hair on a long-term basis. To create a hair care regimen, you have to make a plan first. Get everything you need, then work through it and repeat.

How can I care for my Hair: Developing a Routine (Regimen)

 

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Know your hair type. Every person has different hair, and it often needs to be treated and taken care of in different ways. Learn what type of hair you have in order to take care of it in the best way possible. Go a few days with natural hair, not using any products, and observe what your hair tendencies are. You may discover that your hair is:

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Wash your hair when it is necessary. Many people believe that they need to wash their hair daily, but in truth most hair types only need to wash their hair every other day or a few times a week. Depending on your hair type, wash your hair when it’s dirty, not just out of habit. [1]

  • If you have dry hair, you should only wash it every third day
  • If your hair is more oil prone, try washing it every other day, but if it looks really oily after just one day you can wash it every day
  • If you have normal hair (not super dry and not super oily) you should wash your hair ever other day or every three days
  • There is no perfect formula for how much you should wash your hair. Just monitor your hair and wash it when you feel it’s getting dirty. Washing it too much will prevent the natural oils from restoring in your hair, which can damage your hair.

 

heating water
Avoid washing hair with hot water. Hot water can actually strip your hair of protective oils that serve as a natural conditioner. By washing hair with lukewarm water you will prevent losing any natural shine from you hair and will avoid dull hair. 

 

Comb wet hair
Use a comb when hair is wet. After you get out of the shower it can be tempting to run a brush through your hair, because it’s a fast way to get rid of tangles. However, a wide-tooth comb is the best way to remove any knots post showering. A brush often snags and pulls your hair, causing it to break and become damaged, so use a comb and start at the bottom of your hair, working your way up. 
Air dry hair
Let your hair air dry. Blow dryers are a fast way to dry your hair, but the heat from the dryer can damage your hair follicles, leading to dry, damaged hair. Allow your hair to air dry when possible, but if you need to use a blow dryer stick to one that allows for a cooler setting.
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Trim your hair regularly. Hair is prone to split ends and if you go long periods of time without cutting your hair, it can look damaged and unhealthy. Try to give your hair a trim every three months or so, and if you are really prone to split ends, trim your hair every six weeks. 

  • If visiting a salon frequently is too much trouble or too expensive, trim your hair yourself. Invest in scissors for your hair and use a mirror that allows you to see the back of your head. It’s easiest to trim your hair when it is wet or straight so that you can get even ends.
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Avoid messing with your hair constantly. Because your hair already has natural oils, and so do your hands, constantly touching your hair or moving it out of your face can increase those oils in your hair, making it look greasy. To avoid this, the best option is to get a hair cut that is manageable and won’t bother you throughout the day.

How do you get healthy hair?
Providing Extra Protection for Your Hair

How to Maintain Healthy Hair: 7 Hair Care Tips You'll Love
To condition or not to condition, to oil or not to oil – when it comes to your hair you’ll find all kinds of advice. Mothers will tell you to “oil your hair” while your hair dresser will recommend the new IT thing “hair spa, Moroccan oil, strengthening not rebonding and all.” Before you pick your choice of treatment, here are a few things you must know.The first step in hair-care is your diet and the two most important things in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are the fastest growing cells in the body but they are also the first ones to be affected you don’t eat right or suffer with deficiencies because they are not required for survival.
Medicin cabinetTry and include iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpea, soybeans and cereals in your diet. Doctors suggest that you consume around  12 mg of iron daily. You also need protein because that’s what strengthens your hair. Include complete proteins which are also rich in amino acids: like cheese, milk, soy, lentils, peas, quinoa and yogurt, fish oil and salmon or other fatty fish.

How to Maintain Healthy Hair: A Few Basic Tips

1. It’s normal to lose 100 to 150 strands of hair a day so don’t panic when you see a small bunch crawling across your tiled floor.
2. Comb wet hair with extreme care because they’re fragile and prone to breakage. Take a broad toothed comb and run it from the roots to the ends of your hair as gently as possible.

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3. Trim your hair every few weeks to get rid of those brown and rough split ends. Cut about 1/4th an inch of your hair every 6 to 8 weeks to avoid the split ends to grow out again.
4. Don’t wash your hair everyday and whenever you do, apply some conditioner on the ends. Try and use the same brand of shampoo and conditioner.
5. Rinse the conditioner off with cold water as it is good for both strength and shine.

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6. Unlike the labels on the back of our food items, the labels on the back of our shampoos are mostly left unread. In the last few years, there has been a lot of focus on sulfate in shampoos. What are sulfates? They’re the reason your shampoo lathers the way it does. They clean your scalp and hair, departing the dirt from it. But some researchers also suggest that they strip your hair of essential oils. They’re also why your eye stings when shampoo runs down the side of your face. If you feel any kind of irritation on the scalp or find your hair drying up over time then try and buy a shampoo that’s sulfate-free.

7. If you’ve got dry hair then it’s best to avoid colouring. However, if you can’t resist that gorgeous shade of brown, especially under the winter sun then follow this clever advise shared on the blog Free People. Use lemon, chamomile tea or honey as they work as great hair lighteners. You can add lemon juice to water and spray it over your hair when you’re heading out. You can rinse your hair with brewed chamomile tea after you wash them with shampoo or add honey to the water you use to wash your hair.

Besides these basic tips, here are few home-remedies that’ll take you a long way. From home-made masks to heat protecting serums, we’ve got it all.

Deep Conditioning

Even though you condition your hair after every wash, nothing quite works as good as deep conditioning. Every once in a while wash your hair with shampoo, squeeze out the extra water and towel dry it. Then take generous amounts of conditioner and apply it right to the root of your hair. Use a broad toothed comb and run it through your hair to make sure the conditioner reaches everywhere. Now, pull them up and clip them together. Leave the conditioner in for anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour. Pull them down, rinse thoroughly and enjoy silky smooth hair.

(Also see: https://www.homelifestories.com/type-4-natural-hair-care/

Home Remedies for Quick Hair Growth)

Keep Away the Heat

If you’re stepping out and want gorgeous curls or perfect waves, then there are a few ways you can get those without taking the help of a dryer, straightener or curler. Like this for example:

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If you must use your iron or curler then buy a serum of your choice or if you’ve got some time on your hands, make one at home.

1. Take some almond oil, coconut oil, hair conditioner, 250 ml water and a small empty spray bottle. Pour 200 ml of water in the spray bottle and add 2-3 drops of coconut and 4 to 5 almond oil to it. Add two really tiny drops of conditioner. Don’t use too much of it because it will lather. You can add lavender or some nice smelling oil if you’d like. Add the remaining water and shake well. Let the lather settle and it’s ready for use. (as suggested by beautytips4her)

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2. It’s all about butter with this one. Take 4 ounces of shea butter, 4 ounces of cocoa butter and 20 drops of any essential oil of your choice. Heat the butter till it’s all liquid and let it cool. Add the essential oil to an empty, sterilized jar and pour the butter. Let the jar cool down till the butter takes a solid form again.

Home-Made Hair Masks

Some might be delicious enough to eat but the rest are just downright smelly! But the great thing is that you’ll easily find all of the ingredients in your pantry.

1. Egg, curd and mustard oil – If you’ve got hay-like dry hair then here’s the answer to all of your problems. Eggs are rich in vitamin A, B12, D and E, fatty acids and protein. The protein helps strengthen the roots, the fatty acids make it a natural hair conditioner and B12 helps add volume.

2. Avocado and peppermint oil (as suggested by hellonatural.co) – Also referred to as the butter pear, avocados are creamy, rich and the only fruit combines the protein of meat, fat of butter, vitamins and minerals of green vegetables and a nutty flavour. Mash some avocado, add a drop or two of peppermint oil and apply this mask on your hair. Leave it in for 15-20 minutes and wash off.

3. Olive oil, coconut oil and egg – Suggested by Bella Fitness blog, this one’s the ultimate mask for speedy hair growth. Warm 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, let it cool, add one or two eggs and two tablespoons of olive oil and apply.

Oil is the Answer

A conditioner might work wonders for your hair but oil gives it certain minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids that don’t just strengthen your roots but also boost overall health of your hair. Coconut oil comes most recommended by hair experts and mothers! It can protect your hair from sun damage, dandruff and removes sebum build-up from hair follicles accelerating hair growth. You could also boil some curry leaves in coconut oil, strain the oil and apply. You could also use Chinese hibiscus flowers instead of curry leaves.

If you’re suffering from hair fall then olive oil would be a better bet. You can combine it with a host of other ingredients. Here are our top few:

1. Olive oil with honey and cinnamon powder (as suggested by the American Athletic Institute) – Massage this paste into your scalp, leave for 15 minutes and wash.

2. The LOC method – Suggested by Nicole Charnel on Charnels world.com, this one’s a real winner. It’s a three part method: leave in, oil and cream. First you use some water and then use a light weight oil like coconut, olive or almond. Follow this with shea butter or any creamy conditioner of your choice. Leave it in for a while and then wash thoroughly.

Pink Hair

Avoid using dyes. Hair dye has many chemicals that can damage your hair, and if done too often it’s nearly impossible to repair that damage. If you are willing, stick to your natural hair color, but if you must dye, do it infrequently and stick within three shades of your natural color. 
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Avoid tightly wound hair. Throwing your hair back in a ponytail or in a braid is always convenient when on the run, but be careful not too pull your hair too tight as this can cause damage and breakage. It’s okay to do these styles with your hair, but always let your hair free at night and try to avoid doing them every day. 
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Apply natural remedies to your hair. There are a lot of different hair products you can buy to improve the quality of your hair, but some of the best things for your hair can be found in the kitchen:

  • Olive oil: warm olive oil will help moisturize dry hair. Apply to your hair and let sit for 45 minutes, then shampoo and rinse.
  • Tea: unsweetened, brewed tea can bring shine to your hair as well as enhance your natural color. Rinse hair with a tea that corresponds to your natural color (black tea for brunettes, chamomile tea for blondes) after rinsing out shampoo in a shower. 
  • Coconut oil: this serves as a natural conditioner. Take heated coconut oil and apply to hair, letting it sit for thirty minutes. Then rinse with shampoo. 
  • Honey: honey is a natural moisturizer and can help strengthen hair follicles. Mix equal parts honey and shampoo and rinse. 
Food is medicine

Take care of the rest of your body. This is one of those obvious things, but in order to have healthy hair, you need to have a healthy body, which means eating right and taking in the right nutrients. Because hair is another part of your body, it needs certain nutrients to maintain strength and growth. Some nutrients to improve your hair are: 

    • Essential fatty acids: flaxseed oil, salmon, tuna, walnuts and almonds
    • Vitamin B6: bananas, potatoes, and spinach
    • Protein: fish, chicken, eggs, and soy products
    • Folic acid: fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and tomatoes, as well as whole grains, beans, and lentils
  • Stress and smoking can also cause damage to your hair by making it dull and prone to breakage, so avoid these things if possible 
    Replace regular shampooing with dry shampoo. If you want to maintain the best health for your hair, it’s good to avoid washing your hair too much, but you may feel like your hair just looks way too dirty. Dry shampoos are great because they are an easy product that covers any dirt or grease in your hair and makes it look fresh. Spray the dry shampoo in your roots, spread it evenly through your hair with your fingers, and then run a brush through your hair to make it look the most natural.

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