1. Never iron wet hair
Whether you are using a straightening or curling iron, applying direct heat on wet hair is a surefire way to fry it.
2. Start with the scalp
Don’t put off using a scalp treatment until you see problems like hair loss. Starting a regular scalp care regimen will help your hair grow healthily.
3. Make waves while you sleep
Wash your hair and towel-dry it. When it is almost dry, make two to three braids on either side of your head, then go to sleep. When you wake up, undo the braids and, using a little hair serum or oil, rake your fingers through your hair to tame the flyaway strands.
4. Keep a toothbrush handy
Spritz some hairspray on the bristles and gently brush it through flyaway hair to tame it.
5. Maximise your dry shampoo
Dry shampoos are the perfect go-to for absorbing excess oil from your scalp, which can make your hair look limp and flat. They’re also great when you can’t find time to wash your locks. Spraying dry shampoo onto hair creates volume, but also zaps away precious shine. Do this instead: Flip your head over and mist dry shampoo on the underside of your hair – you’ll get the volume, while keeping glossiness intact.
6. Condition before and after shampoo
As hair is weakest and most prone to breakage when it is wet, applying a hair conditioner before you shampoo can help protect the strands. The conditioner also prevents hair from tangling up as you shampoo. You’ll also need to use a conditioner after rinsing out as the shampoo gets rids of sebum, dirt and chemical residue, but it can also dry out hair, so you need to protect it.
7. Instant texture and volume
On towel-dried hair, mist a sea salt spray all over, then use your fingers to comb through and fluff it up. Let it air-dry. This adds texture and fullness to your tresses without extensive styling.
8. Say no to rubber
Don’t use rubber bands to tie your hair as they pull at your hair and scalp, weakening the strands and causing breakage. Use a fabric-covered elastic band instead, to reduce friction between your hair and the elastic band.
9. Subdue frizz
You can’t fight frizz in our humid weather – not without using a hair product. The problem is, dry hair is a magnet for water in the air. Your hair just absorbs it and then frizzes up. Calm the kinks with an anti-frizz hair serum, oil or cream.
10. Use rollers
Go heat-free by putting aside the hairdryer and using hair rollers instead. Set the rollers into towel- dried hair and leave to air- dry. The result: Natural-looking, bouncy curls!
This article was originally published in Simply Her May 2013.