Hair care begins at home. No matter how good or expensive the shampoo and styling products you use, none of them will improve the health of your hair unless you offer it some TLC. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; adopting a few hair care habits and following them religiously can transform the texture and overall health of your hair.
Don’t know where to start or what to do? Fret not, we’ve picked the five most effective and simple at-home hair care tips that will give you the gorgeous hair you have always dreamed of.
- Avoid tying hair too tight
- Hot oil massage
- Use a shine-boosting hair mask
- Minimise heat-styling
- Protect your hair from the sun
Avoid tying hair too tight
At home, most women prefer tying their hair into a bun or ponytail. While there’s no problem with that, make sure it is not too tight. Tight hairstyles can make your hair weak at the roots and cause the strands to break easily.
Hot oil massage
No matter what your hair or scalp type, massaging your scalp and hair with warm oil at least once a week is necessary to make it healthier. Take a few spoons of coconut or olive oil in a bowl, microwave it for 15 seconds and then use it to massage your hair and scalp. Let it stay for at least 2 hours or overnight before washing off.
Use a shine-boosting hair mask
Pollution, sun and other environmental factors can rob the moisture from your hair and leave it dry and lifeless. Using a shine-boosting hair mask even twice a month can be quite beneficial for your hair. You can whip up your own mask using ingredients like banana, eggs and oils or use one from a trusted brand. The Tresemme Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask contains marula oil among other nourishing ingredients that fight frizz, add shine and make hair soft.
Heat-styling can be pretty damaging for your hair; avoid it as much as possible. If you do have to use a styling tool, keep it at the lowest heat setting. Better yet go for the wet hair look, this season’s hottest hair trend. All you gotta do is apply a high-shine serum like the TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Frizz Control And Straightener Serum to get that slicked back finish.
Protect your hair from the sun
The rays of the sun are just as harsh on your hair as they are on your skin. Frequent and long exposure to the sun can make hair dry, brittle, damaged and in some cases even change its natural colour. Wear a scarf on your head while stepping out during the day or carry an umbrella to prevent damage.