A few months ago, a skincare trend calledskin fasting surfaced on the internet and gained a lot of popularity. If you haven’t heard about it, the trend involves taking a break from your regular skincare routine and giving your skin the time to breathe and repair naturally. Hair downtime pretty much works on the same lines.

Constant styling, tying, braiding and treating your hair to chemical treatments can leave it damaged, dull and lifeless. How about using this lockdown time to give your hair some downtime to recover? All you need to do is tweak your hair care and styling methods; let us show you how.

 

Allow your hair to dry naturally

Allow your hair to dry naturally

Stepping out of the shower and reaching for the hairdryer has become a routine for some of us, hasn’t it? But the heat from your dryer can be quite damaging for your tresses. To give your hair some downtime, use a soft towel to remove excess water from the hair and let it air dry.

 

Let your hair breathe

Let your hair breathe

Tight braids, buns and ponytails sure do keep your hair in place but also puts stress on the roots of the hair. These hairstyles can make your hair weak in the long run and are also responsible for causing hair fall and breakage. During the hair downtime, let your hair loose and allow it to breathe. With no tension and stress on the roots, your hair will become stronger and healthier.

 

Use a gentle shampoo twice a week

Use a gentle shampoo twice a week

During this time, take a break from your hair sprays and styling gels, but don’t skip washing your hair. Instead, shampoo your hair twice a week and use a mild cleansing formula that’s free from harsh chemicals. The Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree and Vetiver Aroma Radical Refresher Shampoo is a mild cleanser that does not contain silicones, parabens or dyes.

 

Take a break from heat styling

Take a break from heat styling

During the hair downtime, strictly stay away from heat styling tools. No matter how tempted you get, don’t use that straightener or curling iron. Practising this even for a month will give you healthy-looking hair.

 

Tie a loose ponytail

Tie a loose ponytail

We know it’s impossible to keep your hair open all the time, especially when you’re doing chores. Opt for a loose low ponytail, or keep those strands out of your face by wearing a headband or scarf.

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