With the cost of living crisis here with a bang it's more important than ever to find free ways to treat ourselves. And there's no better treat than healthy hair that makes us feel like we're wearing our own personal crown.
So what can you do to ensure long, thick strands that are less prone to breakage and more prone to shine and strength?
1. Shampoo your hair twice
Ever noticed that in the hairdressers your hair is shampooed twice? If it's good enough for a salon; it's good enough for your shower.
You might be worrying about doubling the rate of product used, but more often than not people find they get away with shampooing less and using less product when shampooing twice. This is down to the fact that it's easy to miss areas with one shampoo so areas of your scalp won't be clear of sebum and product buildup. Leading to your hair feeling greasy faster.
You can also reduce the amount of shampoo you use each time you're cleaning your scalp. Next time try using less shampoo and emulsifying it in your hands before applying it to your head.
2. Squeeze out excess water before conditioning
Lots of us are accidentally diluting our conditioners in the shower by applying it to soaking wet strands. Meaning you'll have to use more product to do the same job.
To get the most out of your conditioner give your strands a good squeeze (or even towel dry) after shampooing. Not only will your hair thank you, but you'll find your conditioner lasts longer, and who doesn't want that?
3. Avoid hair ties
Classic hair ties are tough on hair and can cause unnecessary breakage to that hair you've worked so hard to look after.
To keep hair out of your face in a way that's kind to your strands opt for a claw clip, silk scrunchie or invisibobble.
4. Avoid heat
Ok, we know this is a tough one. But giving your hair a holiday from heat can work wonders. We often don't realised quite how much heat we're applying to our hair, from too hot showers to daily straightening, and everything in-between.
Make your heat holidays easier by blow drying on the lowest setting and finding a style that works to show off your natural hair type. We're a big fan of a low slicked back bun or a messy top-knot.
5. Use your products in the right places
Shampoo and conditioner each have their own purpose, and with that comes strict rules on where you should be using them.
The role of your shampoo is to clear your scalp from sebum and oil build up, and to your scalp it should be kept. Resist the urge to massage into your ends where it isn't needed.
Your conditioner on the other hand, is made to nourish your ends and is packed with hydrating ingredients. Adding conditioner to your roots causes your hair to get greasy, and means you're going to be coming out of wash day with product build up already occurring on your scalp. So apply your conditioner to your ends first and work upwards through your mid-lengths, stopping before you reach your roots.
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