It doesn’t matter what type of hair you have, because some rules are the same for everyone’s hair. Many people are taught skincare from an early age, but hair is often taken for granted. Unfortunately, nine times out of ten that leads to damaged hair. Many factors can lead to damaged hair – from dying and bleaching to excessive use of styling tools. They can damage hair ends, dry your hair, so it ends looking dull and like a broomstick. And so, whatever is the season, a consistent daily hair care routine is always a must. Healthy and shiny hair is something everyone deserves.
Even if you are busy, and you don’t have much time to devote to the hair care, you will find that many of these tips include how you do something you are already doing, rather than adding more steps to your hair care routine.
Haircare habits to repair damaged hair
If your hair is already damaged, and you don’t want to cut it completely, you should adopt as many hair care tips from this list as possible. Most of them are really low effort, and once they become your habit you wouldn’t even think about them.
Avoid Using Heat Tools (Iron, Curler…)
If you use heat tools such as a straightening iron or a hair curler on a daily basis, your hair is probably pretty damaged. What happens is that heat opens up cuticles leaving your hair dry and therefore prone to breaking. If a flat iron is the first thing you pick up in the morning, you need to stop and rethink how you can style your hair in a more subtle way. Of course, the best solution is to let your hair air-dry as often as you can. And at least for summertime, we can follow that advice. However, if blow-drying and styling your hair with heat tools is a necessity you can’t figure how to avoid, make sure you always apply excellent pre/post-heating products before and after to keep your hair. See also at the end of the articles how you can style your hair without using hot styling tools.
Cut back on coloring your hair
Yes, we are all addicted to dying our hair. Using hair color to enhance one’s looks may provide temporary satisfaction, but the constant use of hair dye for that purpose will likely have the opposite impact. Whether you went from brown to platinum blonde or to mermaid blue, the natural moisture of your hair will be reduced with dyeing.
However, there are a few tricks to get around the damaging effects of hair coloring.
You should stay in shades that are close to your natural color and extend the dyeing from three to eight to ten weeks. Use different hair color technique. If you haven’t, try doing highlights or balayage on your natural hair color. That way, you can still add depth and dimension to your hair, but avoid getting it colored too often, as you don’t need to touch up the roots every few weeks. If you are concerned with covering your greys, and you need to color your hair every few weeks, then opt for a natural hair dye. There are plenty of products on the market you can find, from traditional henna to big-name beauty companies’ herbal hair colors, such as Botanea by L’oreal Professional.
Trim your hair regularly
Prolonging the time between haircuts will only lead to split ends. If your hair is damaged, we suggest getting a trim every 6-8 weeks until fully recovered. If you want to keep the length of your hair, don’t worry, regular trimming wouldn’t affect it. That is mainly, because your hair will break less, and every time you go to the hairdresser you will need to cut less of your hair because less would be damaged. On the other hand, if your hair is healthy, trimming three or fours time a year, just to dust the ends, will suffice.
Wash your hair less often
Frequent washing is known to really damage hair by drying out the natural oils. Believe it or not, wet hair is prone to breakage more than dry hair. When you use shampoos every day, along with dirt and debris, they also remove natural hair oils. There is a pretty easy solution to this problem – wash your hair less!
Or if you are a frequent hair washer, be careful of the shampoos you use. Use mild shampoos and avoid artificial ones. You can even entirely skip every second time you wash the hair the shampoo, and just wash with water.
Massage scalp for strong hair
Most of the women forget to massage their scalp when washing hair. It might sound ridiculous, but aside from the relaxing factor, it is actually a proven way of making your hair looks better. The strength, health, and shine of your hair start exactly in the scalp, so we have to make sure it has been taken care of. Apply gentle pressure in a circular motion to stimulate muscles, nerve endings, and blood vessels, therefore stimulating blood circulation and feeding hair follicles. From washing and massaging your hair in the shower to massaging it before going to bed – it will not only make your hair stronger and thicker, but you will also relax, and fall asleep faster.
Any time you shampoo your hair you should condition it
To add moisture back, after shampooing your hair, you should use a conditioner. If you’re not doing this already, you should probably start. Conditioner will bring back the shine to your hair, and prevent flyaways and frizziness. A great conditioner both moisturizes and protects your hair. Conditioner creates a layer around your hair that protects each strand from external elements such as pollution.
Deal carefully with wet hair
Believe it or not, you preferably shouldn’t brush your wet hair. It is more prone to damage and break than the damp hair. When your hair is wet, it becomes elastic so the brush or a comb can easily break your roots or cuticles. You can always use your fingers rather than a brush. Also, a wide-tooth comb is better for removing tangles on your wet hair than any kind of hairbrush. Start with your ends, and then work your way up. The same rule applies as with styling tools, air or towel dry your hair at least 80 % before using your regular brush.
You might not even be aware that towels damage your hair, but the fact is they can! Wrapping and rubbing your hair with the towel can cause damage, frizziness, and fluffiness. So what you want to do is use a soft towel(consider microfiber one) or even a t-shirt. Using a softer material will prevent your hair from getting tangled and thus getting damaged. Before using a towel, gently squeeze out the extra water, and don’t twist your hair while doing so. Also, don’t aggressively rub your hair with a towel, but gently blot and squeeze the sections of your hair. Let your hair dry naturally – by around 80% before you turn to the heat styling tools.
Nighttime routine – wake up with great hair
Now, when we went through some general hair care routines, remains a question – what else can we do for our hair? Just like your skin, your hair needs care and pampering. If you would like to wake up with perfect hair, you need to establish a nighttime hair routine as well. You wouldn’t go to bed with your makeup on, right? Going to bed without brushing or oiling your hair can be equally harmful as hitting your pillowcase with makeup on.
From static hair to untamed hair that simply won’t listen to us – all these happen when you wake up in the morning. Simple things that you can do before going to bed can actually make your hair look fabulous in the morning. These are some tested-and-proven things that you should definitely list as your before-bed routine if you want to wake up with great hair. Having a nighttime hair routine is as important as having a skincare routine, before calling it a night. By taking these measures we have listed above, you will wake up with great hair.
Sleep on silk and satin pillowcases
Sleeping on a pure silk or satin sheets and pillows shouldn’t be a luxury but the key to healthy skin and hair. Rubbing hair against cotton can cause frizziness and make your hair static. Smooth materials like silk and satin mean that your hair wouldn’t get tangled during the night. Another benefit of smooth pillowcases is that they will keep moisture in your hair. Unlike cotton pillowcases which will suck all the moisture and keep your hair looking dry and brittle. Cotton linens can cause your hair to look frizzy, grow much slower, to appear thin, and cause split ends.
Protect your hair with a silk wrap
If you are not into silky smooth linens, we have an even better solution for you – use a silky or satin head wrap. It prolongs the time between washes and protects your hair during the night. Tying up your hair into a bun or a ponytail shouldn’t be an option anymore as well. So getting yourself silk wrap is a stylish and effortless way to wake up with great hair.
Always Dry Hair Before Bed
Before calling it a night, dry your wet hair. If you prefer to wash your hair at night, then make sure to dry it really well before going to bed. As we mentioned, the hair follicle is in its most sensitive state when wet, so sleeping with the wet hair can only cause knots and breakages. You should invest in a good blow dryer that minimizes the damage and also don’t forget to apply the heat-protecting products. They will prevent fuzziness as well as static hair that will wait for you in the morning.
Apply Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a perfect solution for those busy days when you simply don’t have time and strength to wash your hair. Also, it is a great substitution for washing your hair at night. If you don’t plan to wet your hair before bed (which is not recommended), then simply apply dry shampoo. It will make your hair look good even without shampoo and conditioner. The dry shampoo tends to absorb the dirt and natural oils during the night, so you will wake up with hair that can endure one more day without washing.
Remove Hair Extensions
This should go without saying – removing hair extensions before bed is a must as much as taking off your makeup. Even though hair extensions are not harmful to your hair, they can cause tangling if you take them to bed. And that is how you can ruin both your hair and hair extensions.
Braid it Instead of Making a Bun
As we already mentioned, tying up your hair in a bun or ponytail might make you look like you are in a movie, but it actually isn’t good for your hair. These styles can put the hair through a lot of stress during the night. Instead of making a bun, opt for a loose braid. You can pick classic three-strand braid, fishtail braid, and dutch braid. The braid will both protect your hair and provide you with some waves in the morning. Isn’t that great?
If your hair is dry and you feel that wash-out conditioner is simply not enough to moisture it, then do an overnight treatment. You should wet your hair with a bit of rose water, or purified water that you use. Then use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the conditioner all over your hair. If your hair ends are very dry, put more product there. You can put on a plastic cap or braid your hair into a few sections of hair and let it stay overnight. In the morning, simply rinse your hair with water and let it air dry (if possible).
Oil Your Hair
Since oils can work miracles on your skin, why don’t you use them on your hair as well? But be careful. Many of these oils are a bit hard for daily application. That is why hairdressers and stylists suggest applying oils overnight. You can go for some of the best hair oils such as argan, coconut, olive or castor oil. They will all soothe down your strands, make the hair ends look healthy, and nourish your hair in the best possible way.
DIY Masks for a nighttime routine
If you are a DIY type of person, there are some great hair masks recipes online that you can execute in your kitchen. These are some tried-and-true recipes that we love!
Deep Conditioner Mask with Oils
This mask is filled with some of the precious oils – argan, coconut, essential oils, as well as shea butter. You can use it before shampooing or leave it as an overnight treatment.
You will need:
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of argan oil
- 1 tablespoon of shea butter
- You can add a few drops of the essential oils (whatever you have – lavender, rosemary, peppermint)
- Melt coconut oil and shea butter in a microwave
- Let it cool and add argan oil
- Mix it until you get a creamy texture
- Comb it through your dry hair and leave for an overnight treatment
- Rinse your hair in the morning as usual with shampoo
Avocado, Coconut Milk, and Olive Oil Mask
This combination brings your dull hair back to life!
These are the ingredients that can be found in your kitchen, so don’t hesitate to make this mask whenever your hair feels dry
You will need:
- 1 soft avocado
- A ½ cup of coconut milk
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Mix all the ingredients in a blender until there are no lumps of avocado in the mixture.
- Apply it on freshly shampooed dry or damp hair.
- Wrap your hair in a towel or a cap and leave it overnight
- Rinse hair with lukewarm water in the morning.
Overnight Style Advice by Pro and Famous Hairdressers
And for the end, let’s wrap up with three style tips that you can implement overnight for fabulous hair in the morning!
Justine Marjan, personal Kardashian hairdresser, and Mark Townsend cooperate with some of the world’s best fashion magazines, and they style many famous ladies for their covers. Their advice, at first hand, will probably surprise you, just like us, because they are extremely simple.
How to get wavy hair a la Gisele
If you’ve always wanted to have wavy hair like Gisele Bündchen, a solution that the two famous stylists have will delight you, primarily because of its convenience. All that is required is that on the just washed and dried hair, you apply a little foam before going to bed, along with the entire length and then weave in a tight braid. That’s it!
How to get voluminous hair during the night
How to create a fantastic volume that hair has after a professional blow-dry? The question to which we all want the answer, and it is again very simple. In fact, you do not even need any of those super hair dryers, but just the three classic sticky rollers. Take the one medium-sized, wrap your hair at the top of your head, sprinkle it a little with a light hairspray and from at least 10 inches distance. After sleep, brush the rest of the hair with a round hairbrush, and then remove the rollers.
How to keep your hair straight during the night
Wash and blow-dry hair to flat or straighten it with the flat iron, and then tie it in a satin wrap or with a silk scrunchie. Your hair in the morning will still be flat, and it will be enough to slightly go through with the brush to fix it.
I hope these tips helped you in getting the shine back to your hair! Let us know which hair care habits you find help your hair the most!