By: Marty S.
When it comes to getting soft, shiny hair with no split ends, nothing beats the power of an all-natural hair care routine, comprised of 3 products: shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil. Your shampoo and conditioner work hand in hand; as you wash your hair, these two products should be lathered from your roots to the tips of your hair strands in order to properly clean your hair. Meanwhile, your hair oil can be used before or after you wash your hair to nourish your hair follicles. By using these products as part of this routine, issues like dryness, split ends, and dandruff become far less frequent.
But what about right after you use your hair care routine? A hair care routine can restore and nourish your hair, but if you don’t know how to take care of your hair after you wash it, all of that hard work may not pan out. Luckily, we have the perfect tips for you and your hair. Today, you will learn 3 post-wash tips that will help you avoid dry, brittle hair and split ends. We hope that by learning how to care for your hair after you shower or bathe, it will start looking thicker, longer, and more lustrous in no time.
1. Towel Dry & Air Dry Your Hair After You Finish Washing It
Air drying and towel drying are popular methods to dry your hair, and you may have heard just how effective they are than blow-drying. However, you might not be doing either of them correctly. To start, you shouldn’t wrap your wet hair in a towel and allow it to dry by itself. That’s because the longer your hair is wet, the more vulnerable your hair cuticles are. The natural process of washing your hair opens up your cuticles. Normally, this is good in order to allow your hair to absorb the nutrients from your shampoo and conditioner, but if they are left open for too long, they become more prone to hair breakage, frizziness, and split ends.
Instead, it is recommended to do a combination of air drying and towel drying. While your hair is wet, pat your hair dry, ideally with an old t-shirt or microfiber towel. Since a regular towel can be too rough on your hair and may cause dryness, brittleness, or split ends, using an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel will be more gentle on your tresses so that you aren’t doing any damage to your hair. Once your hair is damp, you are free to allow it to air dry.
This isn’t to say that blow-drying is bad for your hair. Blow dryers are notorious for damaging your hair with too much heat, but blow dryers are handy if you don’t have the time to let your hair dry by itself. If you want to use a blow dryer, you will still need to towel dry your hair until it is damp to remove that excess water. Then, using a blow dryer on medium or low heat, dry your hair out in sections, and always start from the root to the tip.
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2. Brush Your Hair Before You Wash It & After It Dries
Given just how pliable our hair is when wet, it comes as no surprise that many people brush their hair while in the shower or after they get out. Yet, you could be doing more damage to your hair than you may think. Combing or brushing wet hair isn’t necessarily the wrong way to do it, but as we mentioned earlier, wet hair is more vulnerable to developing breakage. This means that if you aren’t gentle, you could be contributing to brittle hair, more split ends, and potentially hair fall.
To brush your hair properly, you will need to do so before you wash it and after it air dries. Combing or brushing your hair beforehand will help remove hair tangles that could be exacerbated as you wash your hair. Dry hair is more durable than wet hair so you can use a hairbrush to get those knots out. Then, after you towel dry and air dry your hair, use a wide-toothed comb to finish up. Remember to be gentle; your hair might be dry but you should still avoid pulling or tugging at your hair to get it in the shape you want.
3. Use a Hair Oil to Style & Condition Your Hair
In general, a hair oil should be a part of your hair care routine because it helps protect and revitalize your hair strands. If you have dry, dehydrated hair, you already know that issues like split ends, frizziness, and hair breakage are common. By taking the time to apply a hair oil on your scalp and along the length of your hair, you can nourish your hair and scalp with fatty acids, antioxidants, and other compounds that nourish your hair follicles and seal in moisture. Over time, this can help stop dryness, brittleness, and split ends.
As we mentioned in the introduction, your hair oil can be used before or after you wash your hair. The main reason to use a hair oil afterward is that it can make your hair look more gorgeous. You can use a hair oil as a styling tool to get your hair in the shape that you desire and remove any flyaways or frizziness. A hair oil can also provide a little bit of luster to your hair so that it starts to look shinier in no time. Just be careful to only use a few drops so that you don’t end up with greasy hair.
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