For many of us, it can feel like a bad hair day lasts for longer than a day, resulting in dry and lacklustre locks. No matter what you do or what products you try, you may not be achieving the results you want. But have you ever thought about the small stuff? Simple things like your pillows and routine can affect your hair quality, and at Additional Lengths we are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to rectify your situation. Read on to find out six different ways you can get the best hair of your life.
1) Don’t shampoo every day
A lot of us think that when our hair is oily, it must be washed. In fact, this is not always the case. When you wash your hair with shampoo, you strip it of its natural oils, meaning that the hair works harder and produces even more. This can actually result in your hair becoming greasier faster, which means you’ll probably wash it again. It’s a vicious cycle but one that’s simple to get out of. If you feel like your hair needs a wash, but it’s only been one day, try some dry shampoo. After a while, your hair will get used to this routine and will retain more vitamins and nourishment.
2) Change your pillowcase
Are you using a pillowcase made from cotton, or not washing it at least once a week? Research has shown that cotton is a very drying material, meaning that when you sleep on it at night, it dries out your hair. Avoid this by using a polyester, silk or satin pillowcase instead. These are much gentler on your hair and will avoid frizz in the morning. Not washing your pillowcase often enough is also a cause of greasy and flattened hair, so be sure to pop it into the washing machine and use light, sensitive detergents.
3) Follow up your shampoo with conditioner
Sometimes we all have those days where we think that we won’t need conditioner, but a good rule of thumb is to always use it regardless. Start by applying it to the middle of your hair and work it down to the ends – never apply it on the scalp as it can cause oil to produce more. Leave it on for a couple of minutes for it to do its trick and then wash off. It will leave your hair silky smooth, hydrated and shouldn’t cause excess grease.
4) Nourishing hairspray and dry shampoo
Hairspray can often be a very drying substance to put on your hair, which can mean that your hair becomes brittle and weak. Try looking for a hydrating and nourishing hairspray, rather than a generic one, and we’re certain that your hair will thank you. Better yet, try using dry shampoo as a substitute – it sounds strange but it definitely does the trick!
5) Started from the bottom now we’re here
The above is what your hair brush should be singing! Always brush your hair by starting at the bottom, working your way through the tangles and the frizz. After the ends have been sorted, you can start going higher and higher, until you finally reach your roots. Doing this will leave less split ends in your hair and will also make it smoother. Also, try not to brush your hair when it’s wet, but if you have to, ensure you use this method.
6) Don’t delay and go to the hairdressers
It’s easy for us to delay getting a haircut, as we all understand how life can get in the way. However, it’s very important to make time for a haircut as regular trims can do wonders for your hair.