For most of us, a bad hair day is just a bad day. We all want to look our best, and when our hair looks great, we feel better! But for many people, getting gorgeous hair takes time, money, and lots of styling products.
Whether your hair is straight or curly, long or short, there are a few key things you should be doing to maintain the healthiest possible hair.
Ready to get gorgeous?
Here are seven ways to make your hair look fabulous every day!
1. Stop Washing Your Hair So Much
The thicker and coarser your hair is, the less often you need to wash it.
Dry, thick hair looks best when the natural oils in your scalp get the opportunity to seep out into your locks. And when you wash your hair every day, you don’t give those natural oils a chance to work their magic.
For most hair types, washing every two to three days is usually best. At the absolute most, wash it every other day. Even people with fine hair that tends to look a bit oily can benefit from the every-other-day schedule.
The trick is to pay attention to how your hair looks and feels. If it looks or feels dirty or you’ve worked up a major sweat in the gym — it needs shampoo.
2. Buy the Right Shampoo
Always use shampoo, conditioner, and styling products made for your specific type of hair.
For example, if you have fine hair, opt for a strengthening conditioner. If you have color-treated hair, be sure to use products designed to protect your color.
And no matter how much time you want to save in the shower, do not use a shampoo-conditioner combo. These products do different things, so you’ll need two separate products to do what you need them to.
3. Use a High-Quality Conditioner
Your hair is just like your skin in that it needs moisture in order to be healthy. Every time you wash your hair, condition it. Whether you shampoo every other day or once a week, you need to shampoo and condition it every single time, no exceptions!
If you have coarse, thick, or dry hair, a leave-in conditioner can help to give your hair the extra nourishment it needs and make styling even easier.
Conditioners come in all sorts of formulas, some of which are watery, and others are super luxe and creamy. The thicker and drier your hair is, the more critical it is to choose a high-quality conditioner with a creamy, rich feel.
4. Protect Your Hair From Heat-Styling Tools
Flat irons and curling irons can make our hair look amazing! But they can also do serious damage to your strands if you don’t use them the right way.
Never apply heat-styling tools to unprotected hair. If you’ve made this mistake before, you’re probably already aware of the fact that these powerful products can burn hair with ease. And there’s nothing worse than the look (or smell) of burnt, fried hair.
Before using a heat-styling tool, apply a protectant spray. This works as a barrier between your strands and that extreme heat. Bonding oils, argan oils, anti-frizz sprays, and thermal protectant sprays all do the trick; it’s just a matter of what type of product you prefer.
5. Find the Proper Styling Products
Some people can’t even imagine living without their favorite hair gel, hair spray, or hair wax. If you rely on styling products to make your hair as gorgeous as can be, you’ll need to be patient. It can take quite a bit of trial and error to find the right one!
No one product works best for everyone. Picking the correct styling product depends upon your hair type and texture. If you’re easily overwhelmed in the hair care aisle, ask your hairstylist to make a few recommendations the next time you’re at the salon.
Once you do find products that work well for you, stick with them. Whether it’s a spray, a wax, or a paste, finding a great hair product is sort of like finding the love of your life. Once you find it, never let it go!
The same goes for hair ties, brushes, clips, and combs. There are so many products to choose from that it’s best to stick with the ones that work for your hair type rather than trying out every new version you see.
6. Sleep on Satin Pillowcases
You may not love the feeling of sleeping on satin sheets, but if you want gorgeous hair every single day, you should sleep on a satin pillowcase.
The smooth and silky feel of satin is your hair’s best friend. Cotton and flannel pillowcases often scrunch up your hair while you sleep, damaging the hair cuticles. Satin pillowcases have the opposite effect. Their silky surface lets your hair look its natural best, no matter how much you toss and turn throughout the night.
If you prefer to cover your pillows with crisp cotton pillowcases, there is another option:
Cover your hair with a satin head wrap before getting into bed. They will protect your hair, and they look pretty chic too.
7. Eat More Fish
What you put into your body directly affects the outward appearance of your skin, nails, and hair. So if fish isn’t already a part of your diet, it should be.
Fatty fishes, such as salmon, are high in Omega 3s, an essential nutrient for maintaining healthy skin and hair. But this does not mean you need to eat salmon at every meal.
The best way to get the best-looking hair is with a properly balanced diet that contains multiple nutrients. Your hair will look its best if you mix up your daily proteins among fish, meat, and chicken.
It is possible to have gorgeous hair every day if you treat it with respect and make your hair care routine a key part of your beauty regimen.
So buy the proper shampoo, conditioner, and styling products for your hair type. Eat a healthy diet that’s rich in nutrients. Sleep on a satin pillowcase or protect your bedhead with a satin head wrap. And embrace the thought of spending a bit less time washing.
Follow these simple tips, and your hair will look better than you ever imagined it could!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Dixon Place with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Dixon Place the place to call home.