At Home Care Tips You'll Love
Caring for your hair at home is as easy as ABC if you follow a good hair care routine. Besides the obvious washing, drying, and styling, there are many other factors to ensure your hair stays healthy and shiny. But, before you rush out and buy your hair products and appliances, there are a few factors to consider.
A. Consider Your Hair Type
Is your hair thick, thinner, prone to oil or needs more moisture? It’s easy to determine your hair type by doing a few simple hair tests.
Take a single strand of hair between your fingers: if you can hardly feel the strand your hair is on the thinner side. If you can feel the strand, your hair is thicker and probably has more texture.
Take a handful of hair from the front of your head and gently pull it to the side. If you can clearly see your scalp between the hair that you pulled aside, you have thin density. If you can barely see your scalp, your hair is thick.
This is important as it tests your hair’s ability to absorb moisture and product. Fill a bowl with water and place a single strand of your hair in the bowl. If it sinks to the bottom, it is porous and is absorbing the moisture. If it floats just under the surface, it is well balanced. If it floats above the surface, it has low porosity. High porosity can be a result of heat or styling damage on hair, or a lack of moisture, while low porosity tends to feel more oily as it absorbs a lot of product.
B. Gather Your Equipment
Now that you know your hair type, it's time to gather your products and equipment.
- Shampoo and conditioner based on hair type
- Microfiber towel
- The best hairdryer you can afford with adjustable heat settings
- A diffuser for curly haired girls
- Heat protection spray
- Styling product - spray, gel, mousse etc.
- Paddle brush -– these are great for all hair types, just choose your bristles wisely. If you have thick hair, choose sturdy bristles, which run smoothly through textured hair.
- Straightener or curling wand
- And last, but not least, a good hair mask
C. Wash, Condition, And Style
Washing your hair always begs the old question of how often you should wash your hair. Most hair stylists will advise that ideally, you should wash your hair up to three times a week. But, if you are highly active or workout every day, your hair may get oily or dirty faster – so base your hair washing routine on your schedule. The general rule of thumb is that hair that is lacking moisture, thick hair or more textured hair is best washed once or twice weekly. Those with hair prone to getting oily quickly may want to wash it three or four times a week.
Regardless of how many times you wash your hair, always use conditioner as it helps to nourish your hair after shampoo. Apply your conditioner from mid-shaft through to the ends. Massage it in well and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing with cool water - or leaving it in if it’s the leave-in variety. For some extra TLC, use a scalp massager; it will help to circulate oxygen and leave your hair looking healthier.
Make TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo our ”must have” product. It’s designed to make hair softer, detangle knots, boost shine, and add silky softness for up to 72 hours.
Hair masks are your best friend. After shampooing, apply a hair mask and leave it on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Masks will provide your hair with strength, nourishment, and moisture.
Drying & Styling
Now that your hair is clean and conditioned it’s time for drying. First blot excess water with a microfiber towel – it’s much kinder to your hair than ordinary towels. If you’re blow-drying, flat-ironing, or curling, apply a heat protector first. Keep heat to a minimum to protect the health of your hair.
Adopting a good hair care routine at home is easy, with TRESemmé’s wide range of products, which keeps every hair type and texture looking as if you’ve spent hours at the hair salon.