A simple guide for beginners. - 2 minute read
There are innumerable articles and blog posts with care routines for all kinds of hair. This can often be confusing and overwhelming for most folks. We’ve compiled a simple & short list of things you can begin with while navigating the beautiful, big world of haircare:
1. Know your hair type
While we all are hyper vigilant about our facial skin, we are mostly unaware of the requirements of our scalp and hair. With a change in the weather, lifestyle, water quality, hormones, stress levels, diet, the needs of your hair change too. Keep switching hair products during seasons, choose care & styling products keeping in mind the current state of your hair. In winters, you may need to switch to a shampoo or hair mask for dry hair while in summers, you may need more lightweight products. Your hair shape is determined by the shape of the follicle. Selecting products specifically meant for your hair shape(curly, wavy, straight) will further help you achieve the desired finish and appearance. Experimenting with the shape is great and so is enhancing its natural state. Choose what you like and use products that compliment the same.
2. Scalp Exfoliation
Use a mild scalp scrub to exfoliate and deep clean the scalp of any excess sebum, hair styling products and dead skin, at least once a week. This improves the health of your scalp in turn boosting the health of your roots. This is very beneficial for dandruff prone scalps and hair that is frequently exposed to pool water. Scalp scrubs/hair masks for oily hair, especially those meant for deep cleansing contain ingredients that help remove buildup and give life to greasy limp hair.
3. Deep Condition
You can never go wrong with conditioning. Deep conditioning masks are different from regular conditioners as they are thicker and contain more moisturising ingredients. All kinds of hair can benefit from this. It should be done, preferably on damp hair as it helps the product spread evenly and penetrate better. If your scalp tends to get oily easily, then either use the mask pre-shampoo or apply only on the strands avoiding the scalp. If using pre-shampoo, keep it on for longer. There are a variety of masks available in the market and some are even lightweight enough to used on low porosity hair or hair that gets greasy easily. If you don't like heavy masks, look for hair masks for oily hair as they are formulated to provide weightless moisture.
Choosing the right shampoo and using it correctly are the true game-changers. The current state of your scalp should be the deciding factor while selecting a hair cleanser. Is it dandruff-prone, oily, dry, colored? There is a shampoo for all kinds of concerns. Active folks, people suffering from dandruff, those who are out and about more often in dust and pollution, can benefit from shampooing at least twice a week. Use lukewarm to cool water instead of hot water to rinse. Apply shampoo only to the scalp or dilute it with some water while applying to the strands.
5. Hair Drying
While as kids, we’ve seen various family members aggressively rub their hair with towels (those with longer hair used to assault it rather), that might not be the best way to dry wet strands. Be gentle with your hair. Use a microfibre towel or a cotton t-shirt to gently squeeze out water. This is very beneficial for people with curly/wavy hair. Try techniques like plopping and using a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer. The best way is to let your hair down and air dry. They need a break too once in a while!
While hair being wild and free is all good, until it starts looking like an abandoned forest. Though that's cool too. But most of us drown our hair in styling products to tame them into submission. Drowning it in conditioning masks is fine but not in gels, sprays or creams. Be sparing with these products and add only little to add definition to the strands. If you’re a complete newbie, start with fewer products and experiment. Make sure that you are in a big, airy room while using aerosol products. Moisturizing serums are best applied on damp hair from mid length to ends. Try to get hair colour jobs done by experienced stylists and discuss the condition of your hair in detail while going for lighter shades.