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Basic Haircare Tips to Spare Your Hair!

by Jenny Mae Wong |

Everyone has always cared about how their hair looked, no matter the age or culture. A good hair day always lifts up my mood and confidence while a bad hair day makes me not want to see anyone. So why not try to make every day a good hair day with these tips!

The cuticle layer dictates how glossy and shiny our hair is.  Once the hair is damaged, the hair will appear frizzy and a lot drier. Hair is 90% protein, it’s basically made of amino acids linked with peptide bonds which could easily be damaged with everything that we do.

Chemical damage is the most obvious type of damage.  This can be done by dyeing, bleaching, perming your hair, etc. Once you’ve compromised the environment that protects the hydration,  there won’t be enough of the cuticle layer left to make your hair shiny. The good news is, if you stop all this, hair can always go back to its natural healthy state. If you have colored hair, you have to condition your hair way more to create a protective barrier. You can use hair masks for this, just 5-10 minutes twice a week can make a huge difference.

Water damage is not something most of us think of. The main two factors that matters are the quality of water and the length of exposure to water. Different hair reacts differently to soft or hard water. If you live in a place with hard water, you can do a vinegar rinse by diluting vinegar into water.

Long exposure to water is not good for your hair, especially if it’s a hot shower. Once your hair is wet, it displaces the cuticle of your hair - it also depends on how damaged your hair already is. You can cause more damage to wet hair with physical or heat damage. This is done by combing, styling, or drying your hair with a hairdryer. It is better to use a hair wrap to naturally dry your hair. We offer a soft and absorbing one that is made with charcoal fiber! If you are going to apply heat to your hair, you should also be applying heat protection products.

Product damage is usually done by over-shampooing. You should extend between washes as long as you can. If you are shampooing your hair daily, you can try to wash it every other day to build a tolerance to shampooing it even less. Your head will adjust but it will take some time.  If you shampoo daily, you are stripping away the natural oil in your hair which will make your head overproduce oil to compensate. When you are shampooing, only apply it to the scalp and avoid the ends of your hair.

If you still think you have to wash your hair daily, you can go straight to conditioning and skip shampooing. Avoid applying too much product to your hair as it is hard to completely wash off. If you use a lot of hair styling products, try to brush it out before your shower to lessen the build-up.

So there you have it – take these tips into consideration and start being a little kinder to your hair!

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