With no salon visits in sight, it’s up to us to take care of our own hair and to adopt some healthy hair habits. We got the lowdown from premium hair care brand, John Frieda
1. Brush your hair before you step into the shower
Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage, so take the time to detangle your strands before jumping into the shower. Not only does it allow you to brush the knots out of your hair when it is dry but also it distributes the natural oils from your scalp to the ends of your hair. A paddle brush is the ideal tool to use or a soft bristle brush.
2. Turn down the temperature of your shower
As appealing as a steamy hot shower may sound, taking a super-hot shower can damage your hair – and your skin, too. The correct temperature should be enough to deep clean dirt and grime in your hair, so be careful that it’s not too hot which will cause irritation.
3. Use conditioner with care
Conditioner is like moisturiser, but for your hair. Using it helps to keep your hair hydrated and protected against potential damage. A R5 coin-size drop of conditioner is plenty for most textures and lengths. Using too much conditioner can weigh down your hair, especially if your strands are ultrafine. A useful tip: Always gently towel dry your hair prior to applying conditioner. Wet hair will dilute the consistency of your conditioner, which may lead to using more as it does not give the desired result.
4. Consider hair masks or deep conditioners
Hair masks are a deep conditioning treatment that help to heal, moisture and nourish damaged hair. Some hair masks or deep conditioners may even improve the health of your scalp and boost the strength of your hair. It is recommended to use hair masks or deep conditioners once a week or as desired/required by your hair type and lifestyle.
5. Eat a balanced diet
As tempting as it is to keep opening the fridge and indulge in your lockdown snacks, an unhealthy diet can result in sudden hair loss. When you don’t get the correct vitamins, minerals and wholesome nutrients, it can lead to a loss of hair. Good sources of hair food include berries, spinach, and avocados, along with anything else rich in vitamins C and E … all help boost collagen production, resulting in stronger strands.
6. Healthy scalp leads to healthy locks
As we transition into the autumn season, it’s important to re-evaluate our hair care routines paying closer attention to the scalp as it’s harder to keep it healthy and moisturised as the weather turns colder. Some tips to ensure a healthy scalp include … making a smart shampoo and conditioner choice. A healthy scalp is perhaps the most important component of a healthy head of hair. Therefore, it is vital to choose the correct shampoo & conditioner best suited to your hair needs. Also make sure to preserve moisture. Many common scalp problems arise from dry skin or are exacerbated by dehydrated tissue. When you shower or bath, avoid exposing your scalp to hot water whenever possible. Instead, use lukewarm water for rinsing. A useful tip: It is recommended to not wash your hair everyday but rather every second or third day. Also, invest in a good shampoo and conditioner or even purchase talcum powder which absorbs any excess moisture from the root area (be sure to brush this out after application).