5 Hair Care Tips for Strong, Healthy Hair
When it comes to haircare, there are a LOT of articles out there that tell their readers what they should do. Some of these advice are similar while others vary significantly. To make it easier for you, we have scoured the internet and compiled the tips that we think are most useful for you.
TIP 1: Wash, wash, wash that hair
The first tip is about how often you should wash your hair. All of us have different skin and hair types so it's no surprise that some of us can go without washing our hair for days while others have itchy or greasy scalps after only a few days.
Generally speaking, the advice given is to wash your hair according to your hair type and lifestyle. By lifestyle, we mean your daily routine and habits. For example, someone who sweats a lot during their daily exercise would probably find that their hair gets greasier faster than someone who exercises 3-4 a week and produces less sweat.
These are some general guidelines for you to follow though depending on your hair type:
Wash your hair on alternate days. This is because greasy-ness is more visible on those who have fine hair as opposed to those with thicker hair.
Wash your hair 1 or 2 times a week at first and observe the condition of your hair. If your hair is not greasy or your scalp doesn’t itch with this routine in place, then you can probably stick to it. Thicker hair usually doesn’t require frequent hair washing because thicker or denser hair follicles can hide the oils better.
Some of the advice given was to wash your hair daily whereas others said to wash it every other day. It might be best to try washing it every other day first and if you really can’t stand the grease or your scalp is itchy, then switch to washing it daily. The reason why you should not wash your hair too often even if you have oily hair is because it can potentially cause your scalp to dry out which might lead to your scalp producing more oils to overcompensate for the dryness.
There is no definition of what counts as “normal” hair but if your hair doesn’t fit into one of the other categories, then maybe try washing it two to three times per week first and then observing the condition of your hair. Adjust the frequency of washing accordingly.
It depends on your hair type but just keep in mind that oils can weigh down your curls but too much shampooing can potentially dry them out or make them frizz.
If you’re looking for clean shampoos without the sulphates, parabens and nasties, try the range of solid shampoo bars from Oasis Skin and Aidilic. For hair loss, try Oasis Skin Organic Ginger Hair Loss Remedy Solid Shampoo. For those suffering from dandruff or if you have dyed hair, try Oasis Skin Organic Turmeric Scalp Cleanse and Dandruff Control Solid Shampoo. For a hair strengthening and hair loss reducing shampoo which is suited for normal hair, try out Aidilic Solid Shampoo Grow & Glow.
Tip 2: Condition your hair tips
Conditioning your hair is as important as shampooing. And a tip on how to condition it is to squeeze out any excess water after you have rinsed out the shampoo. Apply the conditioner on the tips of your hair and wait for at least 2 minutes. As a way of estimating 2 minutes, you could wash your body and face while waiting for the conditioner to be absorbed by the hair.
Tip 3: Do not comb wet hair
Another important tip is to not comb your hair or tug at it when it’s still wet or damp. Wet or damp hair is more fragile and weaker so it is more susceptible to breakage which is the last thing that we want to happen to our hair. If you have to brush it, try to use a comb with a wide tooth.
Tip 4: Pamper your hair with a treatment mask or oils
If you feel like pampering your hair or if it needs a little more TLC due to excessive dryness/frizziness caused by constant blow-drying, straightening and dyeing, then try using a deep hair treatment mask.
Using a deep hair treatment mask will help to soften, smoothen, strengthen and nourish the hair because these masks are filled with lots of hydrating and nourishing ingredients to help revive your hair. These ingredients are often more concentrated in deep hair treatment masks than the usual conditioners.
As for how often these products should be used, it really depends on your hair and scalp type. Generally speaking for normal - dry hair, once a week should be enough but adjust the frequency accordingly after observing your hair's condition. While for oily hair, doing it once every couple of weeks should be fine but again, adjust the frequency accordingly after observing your hair's condition.
Other hair treatments you might want to use could include treatment oils. These have different purposes depending on the oils used but basically they are meant to nourish, strengthen and improve the condition of your hair. We would recommend trying out Oasis Skin Hair Serum, Nhanz' Olive Oil and Saffron & Rose Almond Oil.
Tip 5: Trim your hair regularly
Our last tip for hair care is to trim your hair regularly maybe every 2 to 3 months if you are just maintaining the length but if you’re growing your hair out, maybe you’d like to wait until about 6 months for your first trim. Trimming your hair regularly helps with getting rid of split ends and gives a healthier look to your locks.