#1 Limit how often you style your hair with heat
One of the easiest ways to damage your hair is by using excessive amounts of heat. Washing your hair with hot water strips it of oils and opens up the cuticles, while blow-drying and flat-ironing or curling at high temperatures will damage the cuticles and leave your hair more brittle and dry. Avoid going higher than 180 degrees Celsius when using a straightener, and invest in a better quality styling tool that has better materials and temperature regulators.
#2 Always use a heat protectant
Even at lower temperatures, heating tools are still going to damage our hair. A simple pre-styling heat protectant spray or serum is going to help coat your hair and help it survive the heat damage better. Hair is fragile enough on its own that you want to protect it before using a styling tool that’s hot enough to burn your skin!
#3 Choose tight hairdos less often
Tight buns or ponytails tug a lot at your scalp. First off, they can give you more frequent headaches over time, and secondly, the constant tugging on your hair follicles can damage your hair. If you want a secure hairdo for something like your regular workouts, try putting your hair into a braid.
#4 Always condition your hair
You may feel like your hair is healthy enough to not require conditioner, but if you have long hair, conditioner is going to help with the detangling process, which means your hair will be smoother and more manageable and less prone to breaking from knots. If you have really fine hair, choose more lightweight conditioners or try the reverse shampoo process where you use conditioner first and then shampoo it out after a few minutes.
#5 Avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet
Your hair is at its most fragile when wet, so you should avoid brushing with any dense brushes. Tools like wide-tooth combs are more gentle on the hair and can be used for detangling or combing conditioner through your hair. Even if you’re blow-drying your hair, you should do a rough blow-dry using just your fingers and a hair brush, tousling your hair until it’s almost completely dry before going in with a brush to smooth things out.
#6 Opt for silicone-free products
Products like hair serums that contain silicone may make your hair feel nice and smooth, but they are also going to weigh your hair down more easily and make your hair feel greasy sooner than a silicone-free product would. This will mean you’re more inclined to wash your hair frequently, which in turn will strip your hair of more natural oils and dry it out further.
#7 Wash your hair less often
If you have particularly dry hair, it could be a result of washing it very often, and with water that’s too hot. Of course, our weather means we perspire more often, so if you do need wash your hair frequently, opt for less harsh shampoos like ones specifically for daily washing, and focus the shampoo where it’s needed most like your scalp.
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