THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HAIR CARE ROUTINE

Following a hair care routine is no different than jumping on a skincare one. Once you find the one that works for you, you’ll rarely drift away. However, the process of understanding the best routine can be a little challenging, predominantly when there’s a lot of options for people with similar hair types. 

But don’t worry! It is quite easy if you know your hair type.
The more you know, the better.

Here’s a list of everything you need to understand in order to find the best hair care ritual that’s apt for you.

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Individual routine fundamentally depends on the following factors:

Your natural hair type/ texture

 Usually, there are four categories:

  1.   Wavy
  2.   Curly
  3.   Kinky
  4.   Straight

Every type has its own set of features, For example, straight hair usually looks and feels greasy quicker than other types.

Whether your hair has been bleached, dyed, or otherwise chemically processed

If your hair is bleached or dyed then you have to follow some extra measures.

They should opt for oil, wash with care, keep conditioning, and embrace apple cider vinegar. Also, it’s advised not to wash your dyed hair regularly in order to prevent premature color fading and dryness. Adding to this, most importantly bleached hair requires some extra nourishment in the form of conditioner or hair masks.

How do you want to wear your hair on a regular basis

Like do you wish to straighten your hair? Curl it? Or leave it completely natural?

If you are more prone to using damaging heat tools, then you should take more care of your hair by going for products/measures that specialize in preventing hair damage. Such products should be used only if you are consistently exposing your hair to machine heat and not otherwise as it is advised to keep your hair away from chemicals that aren’t required.
Kind of like prescribed and non-prescribed medicines.

If you have specific concerns/ issues with your hair that you want to concentrate on and address the same

Nowadays it’s very common to find at least one hair-related problem in each person, may it be frizzy, dry, damaged strands, split ends, flaky scalp, etc. In such cases, one has to follow the respective routine accordingly and should take utmost care.

Nonetheless, every routine shares a few basic components

Even though your hair care type and issues will differ from your hair routine in some patterns, there are certain few basic steps that every person should take care of.

CLEANSE:

Cleansing is a balance between removing things like dead skin and product residue without stripping the hair of its natural oils. Without a good wash, sebum will build-up, leaving unwanted oiliness and so will the dead skin if not removed. The skin renews itself around every 28 days, and this may be noticeable if the hair is not clean.

CONDITION:

Conditioners have a multitude of benefits. The major one is moisturizing, but others include detangling, shininess, and frizz reduction.

The main ingredient of a conditioner is called a Cationic Surfactant. When hair is wet, this sticks to it, coating the strands to replenish the moisture that shampoo may have removed.

MOISTURIZE AND SEAL:

To add further hydration to the hair, you may want to embark on a two-step process known as moisturizing and sealing. This can be particularly useful for kinky or oily hair that tends to be dry. The aim is to seal in moisture, not to lock in dryness, using a hydrating product and sealing oil.

DETANGLE:

Detangling is essential for stopping breakage and for making your life a whole lot easier. But you need to use the right tool, such as a wide-tooth comb, to avoid pulling hair out by mistake. 

Depending on your hair type, you may need to detangle every day or much less often.

STYLE AND PROTECT:

Thanks to a number of tools and tricks like volumizers and gels, you can style your hair practically any way you want.

But if you’re a fan of heated tools, you’ll need to protect those strands with a heat protection spray.

SPOT-TREAT

Spot-treating hair simply means picking out a particular area that’s bothering you and doing something to remedy it. For example, you’re fed up with how frizzy your hair is, so you try a protein treatment.

Or you’ve noticed that your scalp is feeling extra dry, so you apply a super nourishing product designed for that area.

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PRODUCTS AND TOOLS USED IN EACH STEP VARY WIDELY;

Cleansing and Conditioning:

  •    “Daily” Shampoo
  •    “Daily” or rinse-out conditioner
  •     Leave-in Conditioner
  •     Deep Conditioner

Moisturizing and sealing

  •      Hair Lotion
  •      Oil

Detangling

  •     Comb
  •     Brush
  •    Spray
  •    Serum

Styling and Protecting

  •   Wax
  •   Gel
  •   Pomade
  •   Texturizer
  •   Volumizer
  •    Hair Spray
  •    Heat Protection Spray

Treatments

  •   Scalp Treatment
  •   Protein Treatment
  •   Targeted Mask

The order of the routine matters and consistency is key.
You can’t expect dramatic results overnight- although the effects of masks and certain styling products can be immediately noticeable. 

It takes time for your hair to get used to new products. In some cases, this may take a week. But dry or damaged hair may take at least a month to reap the benefits.

Shampoo, conditioner, and any in-shower products should be applied first, followed by heat protection, a volumizer or mousse, and shine serum. Then you can dry and style your hair, setting it with a gel (or similar product) and hair spray. Make sure your final styling product is one that seals in moisture and helps keep hair healthy.

Natural Remedies for Hair Care:

  • Use Rice water as a shampoo and  a rinse for hair care
  • Apply warm oil on the hair, say coconut oil (boosts hair growth), argan oil(perfect moisturizer for dry hair- Vitamin E), castor oil (good for hair health).
  • Eggs can help in overall hair health
  • Usage/ Apply of onion oil over hair
  • Usage/ Apply of green tea on hair 
  • Use a Beer Rinse whenever you can
  • Apply a paste of crushed amla for hair care
  • Follow a sensible diet for hair care
  • Constantly hydrate yourself for hair care.

Simple Tips for Hair Growth:

  • Try caffeine-infused products
  • Check your protein intake
  • Balanced Diet
  • Explore essential oils
  •  Boost your nutrient profile
  • Indulge in a scalp massage
  • Look into platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP)
  • Hold the heat
  • Go easy on coloring your hair
  • Talk to your doctor about minoxidil
  • Go natural wherever possible
  • Use warm, not hot, water
  • Get regular Trims

Finally, Figuring out a hair care routine may take a while, if not a few weeks.
But once it’s sorted, you’re well on the way to getting the hair you deserve.

FAQ’s

Q1: Which oil is best for hair?

Ans. Basically, what oil you should pick depends upon your needs. Each oil has different vitamins. Coconut oil (boosts hair growth), argan oil(perfect moisturizer for dry hair- Vitamin E), castor oil (good for hair health) all are usually recommended.

Q2. How to treat dandruff?

Ans. Dandruff is a common scalp condition in which small pieces of dry skin flake off of the scalp. The most effective way to treat and control dandruff is to use dandruff shampoo and scalp treatments. 

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