February 27 2021
Are your demanding schedules getting in the way of your self-care routines? Do you find it difficult to make time for them? It’s quite normal to lose track of everything holding your hair together, especially with the hectic time constraints working during the pandemic. However, you’ve reached the right spot!
We’ve curated some viable techniques and helpful ways to get on track, steal the limelight with appropriately and genuinely maintained hair by simply following this list! Also inclusive are some choice added tips and tricks to help tweak your regimen and become less of an amateur and more of a pro at haircare!
It’s time to invest in the crown you never take off - your luscious hair!
This article is primarily for beginners and for those who previously were unaware of hair care routines in general. If you were under the impression that a basic shampoo and occasional combing of your hair was all that was needed, it’s time to set aside whatever you’re doing and take a quick read.
It’s highly important to educate yourself about basic hair well-being to ensure your hair strands are nourished, well taken care of, frizz-free, and strengthened in integrity. Hair Care routines vary with different people and their associated variations in hair types. We’ll take you through all the varieties in this simple yet effective step-by-step manual!
- What’s Your Hair Type?
This talks about the outward appearance and outlook of your hair. Is it straight, falling flat right from the roots until the bottom of your length, with zero curls and not requiring any straightener action? Then you probably have an oily scalp with hair strands that get greasy pretty easily.
Or is your hair downright curly, with visibly prominent curls right until the roots? That indicates drier and frizzier hair.
Your hair could also not completely fulfill either of the two categories - making it wavy, somewhere in between curly and straight. Soft, big curls may progress from hair roots right until the bottom. Even though this hair type appears rough, it makes for a great hairstyle holding material. The curls could range from being loose, medium, or tight.
Another hair type otherwise referred to as African-American is fragile and depicts extremely tight curls. Commonly, we call this the coily hair type that is easily prone to breakage if not well-catered to.
- What are some Classic Properties of your Hair?
We’ve broken this down into 5 key characteristics that one should be aware of regarding one own hair.
> Diameter: This can be determined using a simple strand test. Just gently take one strand of hair and hold it between your fingertips. If you don’t feel a thing, it indicates thin hair. If you feel the thickness or a strong texture, your hair is coarse.
> Elasticity: There is a seamless way to detect the stretchability, strength, and elastic ability of your hair. Simply take a strand of fallen hair and hold it wide apart. Try pulling it between your fingers. If it snaps immediately, you have thin hair with low elasticity. If it takes a while to snap, your hair type is thick with high elasticity. This helps tell you how well your hair can hold any styling.
> Density: This tells you the amount of hair you have. It’s best to take aside a handful of hair from the front of your forehead region to the side and check for scalp visibility. If you see a large area, your hair density is thin. When a little scalp is seen, it indicates thick density.
> Porosity: Take a bowl filled with water midway and gently place a fallen hair strand onto the surface. Hair having high porosity will sink right to the bottom and that floating above the surface of water indicates low porosity. If it’s somewhat in the middle, this denotes medium porosity, which is considered normal. Porosity is an indicator of how much moisture absorbing capacity your hair has, which in turn tells you how much of the applied product it can retain.
- Moisture is a Must
Any viable hair care routine must constitute moisture. With straight hair, water flows right until the bottom and almost all surfaces are moisturized. One the contrary, curly or wrinkly hair is tougher to absorb moisture as some surfaces get missed due to the coiled up shape. Extremely dry hair tends to break off or get disfigured pretty easily, which is why moisturizing is key. Also, if you’re under the impression that having an oily scalp is enough moisture, you’re wrong. That’s the bad kind of grease and oily residue that needs to be washed away once in a while. A few foolproof ways to provide moisture would be a simple hair wash using water or an aloe vera scrub, a leave-in conditioner sprayed onto the hair surface, or even the LOC method. This implies applying Liquid, Oil, and Cream to your hair, in exactly that order.
- Select your Hair Wash days
If you’re looking for the ideally perfect days when you should wash your hair, you’ll find that this differs across people and their diverse hair types. Washing more than 3 times a week is insanely progressive towards weakening your hair strands, damaging your scalp, and leading to prolonged cold-like symptoms. People with really dry and static hair should consider twice a week washings. On the other hand, if your hair appears the same after a wash took 3 days ago, you could even relax up to once a week. This of course changes when it’s festive and wedding season time.
- Learn the Proper use of Shampoos and Conditioners
Many of us fail to understand exactly why and how we need to use Shampoos and Conditioners. It’s important to note that a Conditioner is always used after a Shampoo. This helps to provide essential nourishment and treatment after a routine hair wash. It’s usually applied onto the midshaft of your hair and massaged into the hair right till you reach the ends. It provides massive relief to those having chemically treated hair, damaged or dry hair ends. When it comes to Shampoos, they should travel to almost all corners and crevices of your scalp and should be rubbed in carefully and gently. Ingredients for these should be non-toxic, animal-friendly, and consisting of all-nurturing contents.
- Regulate your Hairstyles
This is especially a cause for concern among people that love experimenting with different odd styles. Oftentimes, this applies unnecessary pressure onto your scalp, leading to damage to the original hair type. Constantly changing styles is viewed as a big no when you discuss hair care. The main idea is that whichever hairstyle feels comfortable and viable to you, that’s the one you should invest time and effort into. It’s natural to want to try out new styles, but taking this down a notch would work wonders for your original hair characteristics.
- Trim your Hair from Time to Time
This is recommended regardless of your hair type and style. It’s a caring mechanism for the hair ends as they’re the oldest and demand the most intense care and nurturing. To avoid weakened ends or split-ends, it’s a must to undergo a minor trimming every few months. If your hair growth is phenomenal and more than normal, trimming once a month is advised. This also helps you adopt a certain desired style with ease and even hair ends to make your appearance look neat and presentable.
- Drying your Hair is Important too
If you’ve already got wrinkled and extremely dry hair, this step can be avoided. But for the rest, drying becomes a recurring factor. There are many ways to tackle this. You could use a microfiber towel for soaking up excess water from your hair. Using a hairdryer could prove harsh on your hair’s strength, so it’s well-known to first apply hair protectant and then use a paddle brush for styling later. For a casual day curled up on your sofa at home, a mild spritz of a safe and verified styling product could be used. To maintain the integrity of your strands, limiting heat exposure would be the right approach.
- A Relaxing Oil Massage Could Help
Your scalp requires the necessary nutrients and nourishment through a gentle yet firm oil massage, touching up and exciting all your head regions with a constant scrubbing action. Oiling also provides your hair with hydration to keep the roots stronger and your hair grows longer. This could be done once or twice a week based on your schedule for hair washes, and always ensure to get rid of the remaining oils with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo.
- Your Hair needs Vital Supplements!
At Alvizia Healthcare, we’ve got all your bases covered. Here are a few organic solutions to better enhance your hair care routine, whether it be for beginners or pros, these supplements never fail to impress! So, spend wisely on this sound investment and enjoy the fruits of having luscious, shiny, and wholesome hair!
Biotin Capsules (an essential vitamin complex for complete hair well-being)
Hair, Skin and Nail Formula (specially curated to synergize your hair health)