5 Tips And Tricks To Foster Good Hair Health And Long Term Silkiness
By: Kratika Wed, 12 May 2021 1:34 PM
We all know, owning shiny hair is equal parts of good luck and genetics. But what we are yet to understand is that we can have more control over our hair appearance than we might think. Everything from colouring your hair to styling it with hot tools can cause damage and brittleness to the hair making it lacklustre.
Do you often find yourself struggling to make your hair look smoother and shinier? Sure, the results aren’t that easy to achieve, but incorporating few tricks into your everyday hair routine and adapting good hair habits can make the process a lot easier.
The following are a few tips and tricks to foster good hair health and long term silkiness.
# Comb When Wet, Brush When Dry
Looking for a gentler way to detangle your hair? Use a comb (or a brush that is purely designed for wet hair) when it is wet and a brush when the hair is dry.
Not being delicate enough while brushing can prevent your hair from looking its best. The detangling noise that is created while we brush our wet hair with a paddle brush is nothing but the sound of hair ripping. Instead of smoothening, it creates damage to the outside layer. Therefore, the best way to detangle your hair is by working through the knots and tangles at the ends before moving to the middle and roots. Working from roots to ends can worsen the problem.
Also, invest in a wide-tooth wooden comb and a boar bristle brush. A wide-tooth wooden comb helps in detangling the hair while preventing static and hair damage. After detangling, use a boar bristle brush to pull down the oils from roots. This way, you can keep your hair well-nourished and protected.
# Use A Cotton T-shirt Instead Of Towel
Rough drying our hair by rubbing a towel back and forth is a long term practise we are used to since childhood. Rough drying creates friction which fluffs up the cuticle (the outer layer of each individual hair). When the cuticles are fluffed up, they catch up on one another causing knots and breakage which in turn results in frizz.
Open cuticles result in super tangly hair. The tighter the cuticle, the more it is resistant to opening. The more the cuticle is resistant to opening, the smoother the hair is. So swap your towel with a super smooth cotton T-shirt. Wrap the T-shirt around the ends and squeeze it to get rid of all the water out and then work it from the roots to the ends. Blot drying without rubbing your hair prevents breakage and frizz.
# Do Not Wash Your Hair With Hot Water
Always wash your hair with cold water. This is hard to do, especially during winters, but, trust us, the results are worth the effort. It is a tried and true trick to get smoother hair. Washing your hair with hot water opens up the hair cuticle. On the other hand, cold water helps seal the cuticles encouraging the strands to stay flat.
Also, never skip conditioning. Conditioning your hair every time you shampoo is very important when it comes to maintaining good hair health. Conditioning nourishes and strengthens the hair thus improving the elasticity of hair strands. Well-conditioned hair also takes less time to style. Try conditioning hair regularly to enjoy silky, smooth and manageable hair. Deep conditioning once or twice a week using an extremely hydrated homemade mask is also helpful. If your hair is very dry and uncontrollable, it is best to invest in some leave-in conditioners.
Talking about washing hair, don't overdo it. Washing hair more than twice or 3 times a week can strip your hair of its natural oils thus making it dull and lifeless.
# Avoid Heat Appliances And Treatments
Stop using hot styling tools and treatments. They might make your hair ‘appear’ smooth, but in the long term, they cause some serious damage. It is always advisable to look up for some no-heat styling and to take a break from using heat. If you are a big fan of the straightener, add a healthy coating of hair protectant spray before you touch your hair with the wand. A hair protectant spray can shield your hair from damage to some extent.
Also, let your hair air-dry instead of using a blow dryer. How to air dry? Gently squeeze out the water using a cotton T-shirt and leave it open until it dries.
# Treat Your Hair With Hot Oil Massage
Treat yourself with a hot oil massage at least once a week. Oil massages with natural oils help in adding that extra shine to your hair by restoring moisture in it. Hot oil massage helps in nourishing your hair, promoting healthy hair growth, avoiding hair breakage, repairing split ends, and preventing any further damage to your hair.