Hair Hacks for Healthy Locks
Cold rinse, a smooth surface, detangled timing, and more ways to improve hair health
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
October 12, 2023
How do you get healthy tresses? Follow this advice to lock it in.
A key to healthy hair is a healthy scalp. Concentrate shampoo on the scalp and give it a solid exfoliating scrub. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is coarse and dull.
If the texture of your hair is fine or thin, swap the order of your shampoo and conditioner. Applying conditioner first could deeply hydrate the hair, giving it a fuller and more voluminous appearance.
Detangle hair while shampooing to reduce knots. Don’t wait until you get to the conditioner.
Rinse hair with cold water to protect color-treated hair and make it shiny. It can also remove excess products without stripping away all the moisturizing ingredients and help prevent the loss of natural oils.
When blow drying, start on the lowest heat setting and gradually increase heat as needed.
Down and Dry
Avoid sleeping with sopping wet hair. It’s more fragile as wet versus dry. And keep the hair down while sleeping. It will allow follicles to relax instead of being pulled on.
Consider sleeping on a silk pillowcase. The smoother surface shouldn’t tug on strands, reducing friction and breakage. Silk can also help hair retain moisture, making it less prone to frizz compared to other pillowcase materials.
Work Out the Kinks
Regularly massage your scalp. In addition to the soothing sensation, it may promote new hair growth and increase blood circulation. Using your fingertips, apply light to medium pressure to your scalp, moving in small circles.
Subdue Frizz and Flyaway
Tame unruly flyaway hairs with a toothbrush or rub a dryer sheet on a brush or comb, then style as usual. Running a sheet directly over your hair can also reduce frizz or static.
Get Cuts Regularly
Trim hair around every 3-8 weeks if it’s shorter and about every 8-12 weeks for textured or longer hair. This will help maintain the shape of your hairstyle, protect its health, and prevent split ends.
Clean hair tools every few weeks. For hot tools like irons and blow dryers, turn them off and unplug them before cleaning. For irons, use a damp cloth with water. Rub it over the barrel or plate, removing any residue. With a blow dryer, open the vent if you can, then use a damp washcloth with water to clear off the dust. Hot tools should fully dry before using them again. With a hairbrush, use your fingers to pull up hair close to the top of the bristles, then use tweezers or a brush-cleaning tool to pull hair stuck to the base of the brush. Afterward, soak only the bristles of a natural hairbrush or comb in warm, soapy water using a mild shampoo for about 10 minutes. Let them completely dry before using them again. If soaking a plastic hairbrush, you can submerge it in the suds, then let it dry before using it again.