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How to Protect Your Hair and Keep It Healthy

Hair is often considered a sign of beauty for both women and men. It comes in different shapes, styles, lengths, and types, and the way you care for your hair directly influences how healthy it looks. Unfortunately, not all hair is created equally. Some people seem to be able to do whatever they want and still have healthy hair, while others dedicate a lot of time, effort, and money and still struggle to have the hair they want.

Here are some tips to help you protect your hair from the rigors of life and keep it healthy and beautiful, no matter what kind of hair you have.

Know Your Hair

Knowledge is power. This applies to most subjects, including hair health and beauty. As mentioned before, different people have different hair. You can have hair types ranging from 1a to 4c, and some people even have multiple hair types to contend with. You also have to think about how dry or oily your hair is. 

Someone with very fine, straight hair will have very different needs than someone with thick, tight curls. So, research different types and see where you sit on the scale. This will help you determine the best ways to take care of your hair.

Choose the Right Products

Knowing your hair type will also help you figure out what products to use. 

The basic hair products are shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo cleans your hair and, depending on your hair type, you might need to wash your hair as often as every day or you might be better off leaving it for a week between washes. 

Shampoo can also dry out your hair, which is why it’s often paired with conditioner. Rather than using a 2-in-1 product, use a separate shampoo and conditioner. Read the ingredients and reviews. Many shampoos and conditioners also explain what the product is best at, so if you want more volume, pick volumizing products. If you have dyed hair, pick specialist products designed for that.

Finally, you should also consider hair care products outside of washing your hair. Some people have low-maintenance hair, but products like hair oil or mousse can help you style it and make sure it doesn’t dry out.

Heat Damage and Styling

When styling your hair, you risk damaging it to make it look the way you want. While some products are designed to help your hair stay healthy, some products can be harsh on your hair and scalp. Avoid these whenever possible, because unhealthy hair is harder to style and rarely looks as good.

Choose styles that work with your hair type, rather than trying to force it into a style that is difficult to maintain. You should also consider how often you harshly style your hair. It’s one thing to put a lot of effort into it for an event, it’s another thing entirely to use harsh style techniques every day.

Speaking of which, heat damage is by far the most common causes of breakages and dry, unhealthy hair. Hairdryers, straighteners, and curlers all use heat to set hair into a certain shape and style, but this can cause issues. Look for ways to protect your hair from this damage.

Hair dryer diffusers are a great way to protect curly hair from excessive heat from hair dryers, as it’s often difficult to completely dry very thick hair. You can find a guide to help you use a diffuser at https://www.hair.com/how-to-use-a-diffuser.html

You can also use products designed to protect and treat heat-damaged hair, either before using these tools or after. If you need to dry or straighten your hair regularly, these will maintain your healthy hair.

Hair Care on the Move

It’s also a good idea to prepare a small set of hair care products for when you’re traveling. At home, you have everything you need to look after your hair, but when you travel, you have a limited amount of space.

It’s often hard enough to look after your health while traveling, let alone your hair. Pack a small grab bag with your essential products. If possible, put some of your products in smaller containers, so you can still travel with them on a plane. This can prevent any dreaded holiday disasters. 

Bear in mind that in countries that are drier or more humid than you’re used to, your hair might react in unexpected ways. So do some research before you go and you can pack accordingly.

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