The start of the year is a good time to begin new practices as you are more likely to follow them throughout the year. While your resolutions for this year may include eating healthy and following your skincare routine religiously, don’t skimp out on hair care. A few tweaks in your hair care routine can completely transform the health of your mane, and give you the luscious locks you’ve always dreamed of.

Don’t know where to start? We’ve got your back. Here are five simple yet effective hair care practices that will ensure your strands look healthy and luscious.

 

01. Take care of your scalp

01. Take care of your scalp

Think of your scalp as the soil on which your hair grows. If your scalp is unhealthy, your hair will never look strong and healthy. So, this year, make it a practice to scrub your scalp twice a month to get rid of product build-up and other impurities that can hamper hair growth.

 

02. Rinse hair with cold water

02. Rinse hair with cold water

Hot water baths feel like bliss on cold winter mornings, but sadly, your hair doesn’t feel the same. It can damage your tresses and cause them to turn dry and brittle. That’s why experts suggest washing your hair with lukewarm water. For better results, rinse off your conditioner with cold water. This will close the cuticles and lock in all the moisture, leaving your tresses hydrated and shiny.

 

03. Use a cotton t-shirt to dry hair

03. Use a cotton t-shirt to dry hair

Most towels don’t absorb water quickly, and their rough texture can damage your delicate tresses. Instead of rubbing your hair against a towel, here’s something you can do. Use a clean cotton t-shirt to soak excess water from your hair. Adopt the plopping method this year for healthier hair.

 

04. Invest in the right hair brush

04. Invest in the right hair brush

The right hair brush will completely change your hair game. Based on your hair type and kind of look you want, there are a lot of brushes you can choose from. For curly hair, synthetic fibre brushes are recommended, whereas those with fine hair should opt for a boar-bristle brush to add volume.

 

05. Use spiral hair ties

05. Use spiral hair ties

Using tight hair ties do keep your ponytail in place, but can be quite damaging to the roots. At times, they also cause headaches and create an ugly dent in your hair. To prevent this, we suggest using spiral hair ties. It keeps your hairstyle in place without damaging your hair or leaving behind an ugly dent.