Hair care doesn’t just go through proper washing! Find out now with us how you can take care of your hair in 7 simple steps!
Hair care is very important for every woman: who among us does not want beautiful, silky, bright and above all healthy hair? Below you will find 7 moves (simple, but essential) to get a really shiny hair.
Sometimes it really only takes a little more attention in the gestures we make every day, from shampooing to using the straightener. And those who learn how to take care of their hair will never stop! Are you ready to get started?
Hair care starts with washing
The first rule for taking care of your hair is to wash it properly, to be done gently. First, wash your hair every three days. More frequent washing can cause excess sebum, which makes the hair greasy.
Shampooing is a fundamental act of beauty. Always choose a product suitable for your hair type (dry, oily, coloured, etc.) and a delicate formula that respects the pH of the scalp, hydrates and softens the hair fibre.
To get your hair in full form, start by wetting it well, leaving it for a long time under the water jet. Then put a little shampoo in the palm of your hand and apply it to your hair. Gently massage the scalp and then let it rest for a few moments.
Avoid doing two shampoos, so you’ll unnecessarily sensitize the scalp! To rinse your hair, you can mix cold water with white vinegar or lemon, to obtain a bright hair with brilliant highlights.
To renew the protective layer of the hair, regenerate it and make it more beautiful, apply a conditioner. Leave the product on for the indicated time and then rinse thoroughly. If you are brave, you can finish with a jet of cold water to shrink the scales of your hair and make it shine.
Drying is also essential to take care of the hair. The best solution would be to let it dry naturally: take advantage of the warm season to forget about the hair dryer! If you are forced to use it, start by absorbing the excess water in your hair with a towel and then adjust the thermostat on the appliance to a moderate temperature. Excessive heat will damage the cuticle of your hair and your hair will look duller and rougher to the touch.
The hairdryers with diffusers are preferable: they allow the heat not to concentrate too much on a specific area, making the heat circulate and harming the skin less.
When choosing the brushes to use, favour natural material models that respect the hair fibre. No to combs and brushes made of plastic and of bad quality: these are tools worth investing in! Avoid untangling your hair while it is still wet, because it could break more easily. Brush them not too much, so as not to damage the lengths and ends.
Hair mask: the best way to take care of your hair
If you want to take care of your hair, don’t forget to make a mask at least once a week. Hair masks give your hair shine and volume, strengthening it and improving its combability. There are many specific masks for the most diverse needs.
Masks are not a substitute for conditioner: they require more time to be applied and their nourishing and moisturizing action is more intense, reaching deep into the hair structure making it stronger. In summer they are particularly necessary because our hair is subjected to greater stress (from sea water and swimming pool to simple exposure to the sun).
In order for a mask to be valid in hair care, it must be able not to weigh down the hair by occluding its pores, not to damage the scalp, protect the colour, give body and texture by fighting opacity and electricity, protect and restructure, eliminate greasiness and restore shine.
The masks on the market, as we said, are many, but you can also try to prepare a natural homemade one. For example, try the one we recommend in the video below. You will only need linseed oil, white clay, apple vinegar and cinnamon essential oil. After mixing a tablespoon of clay with apple vinegar, add a few drops of linseed oil (rich in essential nutrients for the hair fibre) and a few drops of cinnamon oil (it will make your hair smell great). After mixing everything together, apply the mask to wet hair starting from the skin and along the entire length.
It may seem a contradiction, but it’s not: to take care of your hair, you need to cut it regularly. A frequent cut will help it grow more luxuriant and faster than before.
According to an average that obviously has many exceptions (the result depends very much on age or ethnicity), hair grows about 1.2 centimetres per month. The older you get, the slower the growth will slow down.
The hair should then be cut at least every two months: nobody asks you to make a radical haircut! All it takes is a few millimetres to strengthen it and eliminate the split ends that end up ruining the lengths. The hair, in fact, is subjected to so many stress factors (from humidity to hair dryer) that it takes very little to wear out.
A correct lifestyle
Assuming a healthy lifestyle is important to get your hair in good shape. In fact, good habits are enough to improve our health and, consequently, also that of our hair, which suffers so much from all forms of psycho-physical stress that we suffer!
Choose the ideal treatment according to your hair type
Each type of hair requires different and appropriate care and it would be a mistake to generalize. So always follow a specific treatment according to your hair type.
1) If you have oily hair, for example, know that the cause lies in excess sebum, which makes your hair and scalp greasy. To treat them, you need to normalize sebum production and treat the skin. For this reason, you should act gently but deeply on the skin, massaging it gently with a suitable purifying lotion.
2) Is your hair dry? When sebum secretion is insufficient, the hair scales and dries out. There is only one solution: you have to moisturize it! The combination of a moisturizing shampoo and a nourishing mask is the winning combination to cure a dry hair. Brushing it often with a soft boar hair brush helps to distribute the sebum well.
3) If, on the other hand, your hair is dull and dull, it means that the scales on the hair shaft reflect the light badly. Here’s how to treat them: rinse your hair regularly with a rinse product that will restore shine and brightness to your hair.
Limit the use of your hair straightener!
The damage of the hair straightener is well known and, although the latest generation of hair straighteners are much less harmful than the old school, its daily use is still strongly discouraged.
The hair straightener seriously damages the cuticles of the hair, which should never be exposed to temperatures above 180°C. In addition, the movement used to iron the hair causes it to tear. The scalp can also be damaged by high heat.
That said, if you can’t do without the straightener, be very careful to use it properly. First of all, use it on hair that is always well dry, to avoid excessive thermal shock and dehydration of the hair shaft that would make it dry and dull.
- Always divide the hair into locks no wider than 2 centimeters and, before using the straightener one by one, spray on each one a special protective spray to limit damage to the cuticles.
- Never get to the root of the hair and, above all, never exceed a maximum temperature of 220°, without going over a certain section too many times: 2-3 passes will be enough.
As already mentioned, the latest generation straighteners are the best: choose carefully a hair straightener made of materials such as ceramic, even better if with ions, which will make your hair less electric. Remember, finally, that the straightener needs to be cleaned and needs due maintenance.