With proper hair care routine, using correct hair care products is also equally important. Taking care of your hairs is as important as taking care of your skin and body. Is it really necessary to follow a hair care routine for your hairs? Absolutely yes! Being, busy in our fast paced lives, we find it extremely difficult and hardly get anytime to take care of our hairs. But, a correct and proper hair care routine is vital for healthy hairs. 

Many hair health problems can arise due to following a poor hair care routine or following no hair care routine at all!
Therefore, it can lead to many problems, such as: 

  • Hair loss
  • Dryness
  • Dullness
  • Oilyness & greasiness
  • Split ends
  • Dandruff
  • Frizziness
  • Premature greying
  • Breakage of hairs
  • Damaged hair

Here, we will be discussing an easy & simple hair care routine (for all hair types) :

1. Trim your hairs at regular intervals

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Trimming your hairs at regular intervals helps you to get rid of many hair damages situated at the end, making it appear thicker, shinier and hence, gives your hair a fuller look. This process also helps to grow your hairs faster as the hairs will break less. If you haven’t trimmed your hairs in a while, then, you can experience some kind of hair damage such as split ends.

Generally, your hairs grows upto 1/2 inches every month. Ideally, you must trim your hairs every 3-4 months, but if you want to keep more length then you must opt for 6-7 months.
Benefits of trimming your hairs are:
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Gets rid of split ends
  • Gets rid of heat damage
  • Diminishes frizziness
  • Reduces hair breakage
  • Detangles easily
 

2. Eat a balanced and healthy diet

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The health of your hairs indicate the health of your bodyA balanced and healthy diet completes your entire hair care routine.

Your hair follicles are made up of protein, thus it is necessary to include sufficient  protein in your diet. Here, are the list of the foods that will keep your hairs healthy, shiny, glossy and silky:

Foods to consume:

Protein, iron, Vitamin B, E, B12, biotin, omega-3 fatty acids, B5, Vitamin C.
 
Protein – egg whites, tofu, fish, lentils, yogurt, milk, green peas, soy milk, chicken, chickpeas, etc.
 
Iron – Green leafy vegetables, etc.
 
Biotin – Whole grains, almond, avocado, etc.

Vitamin C – citrus fruits (lemon, orange, sweet lime, etc.)

Omega 3 fatty acids – sea food, flaxseeds, almonds, etc.
 

3. Oiling your hairs

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Oiling and massaging hairs is an ancient practice which have given tremendous benefits to our hairs. Massaging hairs with oil gives the proper nourishment required for your hairs. Always oil your hairs a night before you shampoo your hairs.

 
Dry & normal hairs – These type of hairs need more oiling. Oiling twice a week is enough for this hair type.

Oily hairs – These type of hairs doesn’t need much oiling as your scalp is already secreting oil. Oiling once or twice a month is enough for this hair type.
 

Benefits of oiling:

  • Promotes hair growth
  • Prevents premature greying
  • Strengthens hair
  • Protects hair from heat damage
  • Prevents frizziness
  • Hydrates your hair
  • Improves the blood circulation of your scalp
  • Prevents dandruff
  • Prevents bacterial & fungal infections
  • Promotes luster and shine
  • Reduces stress
  • Repairs split ends
  • Prevents breakage of hairs

How to apply?

  • Take lukewarm oil in your fingertips.
  • Massage on your scalp with fingertips.
  • Apply the oil to the roots and to the full length of your hairs.
  • Massage for 5-10 minutes.
  • Leave it overnight.

If you have dandruff problem you can add 1 tbsp of lemon juice in coconut/almond/amla/olive oil.

4. Shampooing your hairs

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There are many brands available in shampoos according to your hair type. But choosing the right shampoo for your hair type is essential to have shiny and healthy hairs. Shampooing your hairs can remove all the dirt, odour, oilyness, debris, greasiness and cleans your scalp thoroughlyYour hairs can look gorgeous and beautiful only when your scalp and hairs are clean.

How often shampoo your hairs?

Dry hair– Those who have dry hairs, don’t need to use shampoo much often as their scalp don’t produce much sebum and maintaining some oil is also necessary for healthy hairs. Using shampoo once a week is enough for dry hairs. Always look for hydrating shampoo.
Extremely Oily hairs– Those who have extremely oily hairs must shampoo their hairs thrice a week. Straight hairs are more oily than curly hairs. Always look for purifying shampoo.

Normal hairs – Twice a week.
 

What to look while buying a shampoo?

Look for keratin, natural oils, plant extracts, vitamins, argan oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil.

Avoid sulfate, paraben, propylene glycol, DEA,  Benzalkonium Chloride, Benzethonium Chloride, triclosan, Polyethylene, Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Formaldehyde, synthetic colors and fragrances, Retinyl Palmitate, petroleum, alcohols.

Always use cold water to rinse your hair as hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils. Mix shampoo with some water and then apply it your scalp and to full length of your hairs.

 

5. Deep condition your hairs

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Deep conditioning your hairs can add a coating on your hairs with nourishing products. Deep conditioners penetrate deeper into the hair strands and also nourishes your hairs whereas, normal conditioners don’t hydrate much.

Deep conditioning your hairs can provide numerous advantages such as prevents split ends, reduces breakage, improves hair health, becomes manageable, restores moisture and also repairs dry, brittle hair. Every time you shampoo your hair you must use a conditioner.

Recurring use of heat styling tools can strip off the moisture from your hair which can leave your hairs lifeless and dull. Deep conditioning can help you retain the moisture of your hair. Look for conditioners that contain oils such as argan, jojoba and coconut oil.
 
Benefits of deep conditioning your hairs are:
  • Prevents damage
  • Improves appearance of your hair
  • Imparts elasticity
  • Promotes moisture
  • Adds shine and smoothens your hair
  • Hairs become manageable
  • Helps chemically treated hair
  • Protects against free radicals
  • Protects against damage caused by sun rays

How to choose the right conditioner for your hairs?

Different types of hair need different types of conditioners.

Chemically treated hair – You need a very deep strong conditioner.

Dry hairs– You must opt for deep conditioner whereas,

Oily hairs – People with oily hairs already generate enough sebum to keep their hairs moisturized so, using a normal conditioner is enough for people with oily hairs.

How to apply?

  • After shampooing, take a palm sized dollop conditioner. 
  • Apply it on the length of your hairs, leaving the roots.
  • Let it stay for 4-5 minutes.
  • Now, rinse your hair with lukewarm or cold water.

6. Dry your hairs naturally

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Blow drying can dry your hairs in no time but it can deeply damage your hair follicles. So, let your hairs dry naturally without using any blow dryers. But, if you still feel the need to blow dry your hairs, do it after your hairs are 80% naturally dry and keep it 6-7 inches away from hairs and always opt for cooler setting.

7. Combing/Brushing

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Did you know? Combing your hairs the wrong way can lead to many hair problems such as breakage, hair loss, split ends, etc.
 
Brushing is the integral part of this hair care routine process as it increases the blood circulation of the scalp, increases shine and  stimulates the capillaries of the scalp.
 
Ideally, you should brush your hairs twice a day that is one in the morning and one before going to sleep at night. Also, you shouldn’t comb your hairs excessively as it can cause damage in the cuticle and friction which can lead to breakage.

How to comb?

Always start combing your hair from the ends, in smaller portions, little by little and detangle all the knots before shampooing your hairs. 
Clean your comb once in a week. Don’t comb your hairs when they are wet as hairs are most vulnerable when they are wet.
 
Always use a wide tooth comb to detangle any knots caused in hairs. Using a narrow tooth brush can pull your hairs in a harsh way resulting in damaging and breaking your hairs.

8. Prevent using hot tools

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Styling your hairs by hot tools can give a gorgeous look but they can be a torture for your hairs thus, causing damage, dry hair, breakage. Whenever you use heat styling tools such as blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons, the keratin and natural oils of your hairs  gets stripped off by breaking down its hydrogen bonds.

But, if you still feel the need to use heat styling products always apply heat protectant spray.
How to use?
  • Use heat protectant spray (opt for silicone based sprays which creates a protective layer to your hair). Apply on the dry hair strands avoiding the scalp
  • Adjust the temperature setting
For ex:
 
For straight/thin hairs – You must opt for lower heat setting (under 200 degrees Fahrenheit) 

Curly/thick hairs – You must opt for higher heat setting (between 200-300 degrees fahrenheit). 

When using a  curling iron, allow the iron to wind up hair not more than 10 sec for reducing the damage

Things to remember:

  • Avoid heat styling damp or wet hairs.
  • If you often use heat styling products, then you must use hair mask once a week to retain the moisture of your hair and get protein treatment once in a while. 

How to buy good heat styling tools?

While buying heat styling tools look for different temperature setting options and buy a professional blow dryer which contains a nozzle attachment to the target air flow and a diffuser to help distribute heat more evenly.

9. Avoid hot showers for your hairs

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Washing your hairs with hot waters can dry out your scalp, which can cause breakage and can make your hairs brittle. Hot showers for hairs can strip off your scalp with your scalp’s natural oil production.
 
Instead always wash your hairs with cold water or lukewarm water as it brings shine to your hairs, also cleans your scalp thoroughly and maintains the natural pH of your scalp.
 

10. Special Treatments

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If you often do chemical treatments and use heat styling products on your hairs, your hairs are tend to get extremely dry.
 
Therefore, you can do treatments such as hair spa once in a while.
 
Spa moisturizes your hairs & scalp, reduces dandruff, reverses the hair damage, neutralizes oil secretion and removes impurities.
 

11. Wear caps/hats

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Wearing a hat/cap over your head in the sun can protect your hairs, skin and eyes in numerous ways. It protects your hairs from the harmful UV sun rays which can dry out your hair, burn and dehydrate your scalp. Adverse effects can be seen if you have chemically treated hair which will leave your extremely dry.

Conclusion:

The sooner, the better it is to take care of your hairs! All the time you will invest today will give you high returns after some years and your efforts will pay off! Even if you think that your hairs aren’t damage and you don’t need to follow a proper hair care routine, but remember prevention is always better than cure!