Hair speaks volumes. It punctuates our style, it influences our self-confidence, it’s fun, and it’s a huge part of how we present ourselves and who we are. And of course, the way hair is cared for depends on many factors!
In order to keep your hair health at its best, we’ve broken down a few tips and tricks to help keep you on the right track. Read on below to fine-tune your hair care routine!
DETERMINING YOUR HAIR TYPE
There are 4 main hair types in which most people are categorized. Hair is usually classified as straight, wavy, curly, or coily.
Within each hair type, we can find different textures. For example, those with straight or wavy hair can find themselves with either finer or thicker individual hairs. Curly or coily hair types can find themselves with tighter, looser, thinner, or denser curls/coils.
EVALUATING YOUR SCALP STATUS
Your scalp health also comes into play when it comes to determining your hair type. Scalps are usually classified as dry, oily, or balanced.
Most people can easily determine their scalp type depending on the frequency they must wash their hair. An oily hair/scalp type may have to wash every one to two days to avoid looking greasy, while a normal/balanced hair type may be able to go about three days without starting to feel greasy. Those with a dry scalp may be able to postpone a wash for a week or more.
SO NOW…HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE?
The trick is to determine which combination of factors your hair best falls into, and from there, pinpoint the products that best target your needs.
For Straight / Fine / Oily Hair Types, we recommend:
- Use a sulfate-free shampoo that helps you get rid of excess grease and dirt. Washing your hair once in 2-3 days is recommended, unless your scalp is extra greasy or dirty due to other reasons (like working out or being outside frequently). Fine, straight hair needs to be washed more often as compared to textured or curly hair.
- Use a light conditioner and avoid using leave-in conditioners, as they can weigh your hair down and cause it to feel too heavy. Apply conditioner only to your shaft and avoid the roots.
- Using a volumizing mousse or mist, like the Wella Volume Boost Uplifting Hair Mist––can prevent your hair from falling flat at the roots. Apply it to damp hair before you leave it to dry.
For Wavy / Normal Hair Types, we recommend:
- Wavy hair doesn’t need to be washed as often as straight hair, as it tends to be drier. Wavy hair should be washed once every 3-4 days. Using a sulfate-free shampoo specifically designed for wavy hair types is recommended.
- Condition your hair every time you wash it. Wavy hair tends to be drier than straight hair at the ends, so you should use a hair oil to prevent this and keep the hair shaft nourished at the tip.
- You can use a leave-in conditioner and opt for hydrating hair masks once a week.
For Curlier / Dryer Hair Types, we recommend:
- Wash your hair using a sulfate-free shampoo and focus on the scalp. Shampoos tend to remove natural oils and moisture, which can make your hair excessively dry and frizzy. Therefore, you can try to wash your hair only once a week to prevent it from getting too dry.
- Always use conditioner on your hair shafts after washing.
- Using a deep conditioner or a hair mask––such as the Nutricurls Waves and Curls Mask––on your hair every 3-4 days can help keep it soft and nourished.
- Finish off your styling with a hair oil, such as Dr. Hauschka’s Hair Oil.
For Coily Hair Types, we recommend:
- Using a mild sulfate-free, hydrating shampoo to prevent your hair from getting too dry.
- Focus on the roots and scalp while avoiding scrubbing the hair shafts.
- You can co-wash with solely a conditioner every 2-3 days in a week for extra hydration without the dryness.
- Deep-condition your hair at least once a week to provide it with nutrients and hydration. This will help prevent it from getting frizzy and dry.
- Use a moisturizing spray on your locks every day to keep them soft and hydrated.
- Oil your hair an hour before you wash it off with shampoo and conditioner.
- Detangle your hair when you are in the shower, once you condition it. This will prevent breakage.
On that note: make sure to check out our updated haircare section to find the perfect product match for your hair type!
Until next time,
The BSE Team