Establishing the right Hair Care routine for you!

Finding the right hair care routine can feel like a lengthy daunting process, but for most of us, once we’ve found what’s for us we’d never look back! The key is going through a step by step system that’ll help you choose the right products for your hair type. The best way to essentially cut costs and keep product wastage to a minimum. There are a few elements that will alter the routine you end up choosing.

Your hairs natural texture and type:

1.Straight (type1) 2. Wavy hair (type 2)

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3.Curly (type 3) 4.Coiled/kinky (type 4)

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Factors –

Each and every type comes with its ups and downs. For example, straight hair can be easier to maintain as it doesn’t knot as easily and doesn’t take as many products to keep it at its best, however it can look and feel greasy far more quickly than curly hair so you’ll have to wash it more. This is due to the fact that oil can make it to the end of the hair shaft quicker as it doesn’t have to take curls and coils into account.

Whether you have any bleach, dye or chemical treatments. This could mean you’ll have to take extra care and think longer and harder not just about the products you use but the routine in general.

Some hairdressers advise not to wash the hair everyday as it could cause premature colour fading and dry, brittle hair. Bleached hair may require other comestibles through hair masks and conditioners, you may also be advised to use satin hair ties and pillowcases to reduce the friction and prevent breakage if the hair has been over processed and is extremely weak..

Another deciding factor would be how you like to normally wear your hair when it comes to your daily go to styles. Do you curl your hair? Straighten it? Leave it completely natural? Are your edges suffering from an overuse of extremely tight ponytails? All of these have to be considered, especially if its adding to the damage.

It’s also great to come to terms with exactly what you want to address in your hair routine. Is it a flaky scalp? Existential frizz? Splintering strands? Yes, finding the problem is only 50% of the work in this case, the rest involves you finding the solution.

Even though we’ve seen that there are many variables that can alter your hair care routine, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t universal basics that 90% of us will follow, lets take a look.

Cleansing-

Cleansing the hair is essential. It’s a balance between removing unwanted product build up and dead skin without stripping the hair of its natural oils.

Did you know that without a good wash the dead skin cells will cause a build up of sebum (a natural oil) creating the dreaded over oiled scalp? The skin renews itself around every 28 days so can be very noticeable if your hair isn’t kept clean.

What you might use:

Clarifying shampoo-

Clarifying shampoo often known as purifying shampoos are products that are made to cut through the product build up and sebum (grease) in your hair, this will in-essence detox the hair leaving a blank canvas for your products to work with but nonetheless very soft hair.

Daily shampoo-

This shampoo is what you’ll use a lot more often if not daily in your hair care routine. This will lightly break down most product build up without stripping the hair away too much.

Conditioning

The main benefit of conditioning is the moisture it gives the hair. This helps hair feels silky smooth for most as when the hair is wet the conditioner sticks to it and replenishes any moisture that was lots during the cleanse (shampooing). However some conditioners carry other benefits for different hair types. Curly girls tend to go for a conditioner that helps hydrate their curls but also help detangle. This will help them decrease the amount of shedding during their wash days as the hair wouldn’t need to be manipulated as much.

What you might use:

Deep conditioner-

This’ll give a lot of hydration to the hair so its best to only use this if your hair type calls for it. Applied to wet hair after shampooing most are left from anywhere between 5 minutes to overnight depending on what you feel your needs are.

Leave in conditioner-

Need I explain? It’s in the name! It’s applied the same way a deep conditioner is but just isn’t removed. This will help continuously nourish and hydrate the hair so again is best to use on hair that needs it. This type of product is for more curly and coiled/kinky hair types.

Moisturise and Seal-

During this step you’d add a product that hydrates the hair further this will just help keep the hair healthy and hydrated for longer as its more popular to wait longer to wash curly/coily hair as frequent washing strips the hair of what it needs. Sealing it with oil and then a light curl gel will keep the hair hydrated but also reduce frizz.

What might be used:

Oils-

This is where you can test out what works best for you, but remember a little definitely goes along way when using oil. Each oil may serve a different purpose for example you may use a growth oil if you’re looking to grow out your hair but the bottom line is they will always provide moisture.

Hair lotions-

Once you’ve cleansed and conditioned your hair it might be best to opt for a hair lotion as it can offer protection against dryness and even breaking whilst providing a light hold for some hair types.

Detangling-

Detangling Is something we all need to think about, keeping the hair manipulation to a minimum is definitely something that benefits us all. However the method may depend on the hair type, using a wide tooth comb to avoid pulling out hair by mistake. Some hair types may need to detangling more often than others and with the far end of type 4 hair may find it beneficial to detangle daily.

What you might use:

Wide tooth comb-

A wide tooth comb is best used for detangling hair types 3&4 as it pulls minimal hair resulting oil less hair shedding.

Serums-

There are also many serums that aid with detangling. They further condition the hair causing it to be extremely soft, this’ll help you detangling with ease.

Brushes-

We live in a day and age where there are millions of brushes that all do different jobs. They might help slick the hair, they might help section the hair and there’s also a fair share of detangling brushes. They have wider bristles as to be careful not to pull on all the hair. It’s always best to opt for a plastic detangling brush as other bristles might be too hard on the hair/ scalp.

Styling-

How the hair is styled is pretty much up to the individual thanks to all the nifty products we can use to alter the hair and its texture. Although I will say if you’re using heat its always best to use a heat protectant to minimise the damage.

What might be used:

Mousse-

Mousse adds texture and volume to hair and can even enhance curls. What’s more, it doesn’t leave behind a sticky or clumpy feel.

Pomade-

For a long-lasting, super shiny look, opt for pomade. This styling product should be used on damp hair, as it doesn’t dry, leaving you with a sleek finishing touch.

Shine serum or spray-

These products sit on the surface of the hair, resulting in that smooth, glossy look. Apply from the ends up to the middle.

Spot treating-

Spot treating is essentially just picking one problem to deal with at a time. If your scalp is feeling a little more on the dry side then you might choose to deep condition just to add some hydration. Or maybe some hydrating creams/ leave in conditioner will suffice.

Protein treatment-

 Frizzy or broken hair may need an extra dose of protein. These monthly treatments fill in gaps in the cuticle, strengthening and smoothing strands.

Scalp treatment-

An exfoliating scalp treatment can unclog follicles, stimulate circulation for growthTrusted Source, and calm issues like itchiness. Use once or twice a month.

The final factor that we will mention is the order your products are applied. This is an absolute game changer as once you’ve got it locked down you’ll be able to see just how much your products aid each other to form the perfect barrier! One thing to keep in mind is that it can take some time for your hair to get used to new products, usually a week for most but could take up to a month before you notice any results on brittle damaged hair, so consistency is key.

Hopefully I don’t need to point out the obvious but shampoo, conditioner and in shower products should be applied first as they would need to be washed out. For those with hair on the straighter side you then might apply  heat protection, a volumizer or mousse, and shine serum. Then you’ll be able to dry and style your hair, setting it with a gel or hairspray.

For those with curly to coiled/kinky hair you might try moisturising and sealing whilst wet, after the detangling process. If the hair starts to dry while you’re detangling or styling its best to dampen it as it will reduce hair shedding and manipulation. Only then is it ready to style.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s hair is different so what works for you might not work for others but keep trying, your perfect formula is closer than you think if you follow these handy steps!

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