The majority of the people on this planet have one thing in common: their hair. Even those who’ve shaved their heads instead of managing long, luscious length still buy shampoo and conditioner—not to mention see a stylist for regular trims. Each head of hair is unique, with its own quirks and needs. However, learning how to take care of your hair properly is a universal need—and we’re breaking down everything you need to know to keep your mane in the best shape possible.
Keep scrolling for a guide on how to take care of your hair the right way, including tips, tricks, and products that are a must-have for any healthy hair care routine.
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How do you keep your hair healthy?
Identify your hair type
When it comes to your hair care routine, understanding your mane’s texture and needs is the first step.
Ask yourself what texture you notice when your hair dries. Is there some waviness, or is it totally flat and straight? Do you often experience frizz, a crispy-feeling texture, or oiliness at the roots? Does it seem like your hair just won’t grow? Understanding your hair’s needs will help you develop attainable goals like increased shininess or less breakage.
Maintain regular haircuts
Those split ends can put a serious damper on the look and feel of your mane—which is why chopping them off now and then is essential. You should book a trim appointment anywhere from every few weeks to every few months, depending on your hair type, current chop, and hair goals. Click here for everything you need to know about how often you should trim your hair.
If you’re searching for a way to protect your mane from split ends between appointments, use a hair treatment like Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve Treatment. This strengthening formula helps prevent split ends while providing velvet-like softness and shine
Shampoo the right way
It’s a common misconception that you should always wash your hair every day. However, many hair pros warn that over-shampooing can strip your mane of its natural oils (a big no-no if your strands are already suffering from dryness or damage). Stick to shampooing twice a week or once every other day and use a dry shampoo like Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo in-between washes to give your mane a refresh.
When choosing a shampoo to add to your routine, be sure to select one that’s made for your specific hair type and concerns and complete the system with a matching conditioner. Pro tip: Get the most out of your shampoo by using the tips of your fingers to scrub your scalp with shampoo. Then, be sure to rinse the product from your strands completely. When possible, wash your hair in lukewarm or cold water instead of hot. This step can help prevent frizz and damage from occurring.
Try a pre-shampoo treatment
Yes, pre-shampoo treatments are a thing, and they can be vital for resetting your mane and helping the rest of your products work more effectively. Use a formula like Kérastase Chronologiste Gommage Exfoliating Pre-Shampoo once biweekly to exfoliate your scalp before applying shampoo for a purified, deep clean feeling. We promise this extra step is worth it!
Stocking your bathroom cabinet with hydrating hair products is key to achieving ultimate hair health. Start by incorporating a hair mask like Mizani Moisture Fusion Intense Moisture Mask into your routine once a week to keep your strands nourished. Thick and coarse hair types that are more prone to dryness can also benefit from using hair oil in their styling routine. We recommend Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil for hydrating, adding shine, and preventing breakage.
Limit heat styling
You’re likely the proud owner of a hair dryer, curling iron, and flat iron. When it comes to keeping your mane healthy, however, it’s best to avoid heat styling as much as possible. Applying excessive heat to your hair can cause damage, dryness, and color fading. Stylists recommend using any hot tool at its lowest setting and priming your hair with a heat protectant like Biolage Thermal Active Heat Protectant Spray when you do decide to heat style.
Always ensure that your product pick is formulated to handle the temperature at which you’re styling.
If you’re thinking of giving your strands a breather from the heat, add an air-dry product like Shu Uemura Art Of Hair’s Wonder Worker Multi-Benefit Hair Treatment. This air-dry primer detangles, tames frizz, adds silkiness, and boosts radiance—all without a hot tool in sight!
Brush often—but correctly
Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to detangle your tresses. Brushing incorrectly (or with the wrong tools) can cause damage and create more tangles. Click here for our full guide to brushing your hair the right way, depending on your hair type.
With these tips and tricks in mind, you’re ready to take care of your mane the right way.
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