I know during these times of stay at home orders, unless you maybe have a hairdresser in your household or lucky enough to be bald like me (in which case you are your own barber), it might be some time before you get a trim/color but there are things you can do to keep your hair looking good. It does not matter whether you are old or young, male or female; the chances are your hair is important to you. For many of us, it is a significant part of our appearance and our identity, something that frames our face and gives people a little bit of an insight as to the type of person that we are. However, hair can be vulnerable, and if not looked after properly, it can be easily damaged, leading it to thin out or even fall out. In this article, we look at some of the things that you can do to keep your hair looking and feeling great.
Don’t wash it too often
We have it drummed into us to wash our hair every time we jump into the shower, but this is not always necessary. In fact, washing our hair too often can sometimes cause further damage.
Your hair produces its own natural oils, and when washed with harsh shampoos or cleansers, you can strip a lot of these oils out, leaving it feeling dry and looking dull.
Instead, aim to wash your hair no more than two or three times a week. If it needs freshening up in between washes, dry shampoo can be an option to absorb some of the excess oils and leave it smelling clean until your next wash.
Reduce the use of heat
These days, we all rely on heat tools, from heated hairbrushes to blow dryers and even straighteners. Every time you apply direct heat to your hair, you damage it a little bit more.
Where possible, leave your hair to dry naturally and stay away from the heated styling tools. If you can’t avoid them, apply a protective treatment first to create an extra barrier between the heat and your hair.
Take preventative measures
For some of us, hair loss is inevitable as we get older, but there are measures that you can put into place to prevent it, or at least reduce it. This can be stopping smoking and ensuring that you remain hydrated, and even doing your research and finding hair transplant doctors. It is normal to lose your hair as you age, but if it is something that you are not happy with, do something about it!
Be gentle with it
Just like heat, being too rough with your hair will damage the follicles and individual strands of hair. Whether you are washing it, drying it with a towel or brushing it, treat it with care and be gentle. Instead of rubbing hair dry, which can rough up the hair and cause breakage, try gently squeezing out the water. Avoid using fine combs or brushes when hair is wet and instead, use your fingers or a wide comb to get rid of any tangles.
By spending a little time looking after your hair and giving it the TLC it deserves, it will reward you by staying thick and youthful and healthier for longer.