Washing every day is a mistake, no matter how much you might crave clean-feeling locks.
Your hair's natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses, so when you shampoo daily, it strips these vital oils away.
Don't over wash coloured hair.This is especially true for coloured hair, which can lose its sheen quickly with too much washing. Simply rinse and condition the hair every other day as shampoo can wash out the colour.
Use a special shampoo for colored and chemically treated hair and a special protein rich conditioner .
Take into account your hair type and lifestyle choices.Of course, how often you need to wash your locks also depends on the type of hair you have.
Your hairdresser can advise how often you should be washing – it depends on how active your scalp is in producing oil.The curlier your hair is, the longer you can go between washes.
The straighter it is, the faster the oil wicks down, so that can make it oilier faster. If you have superstraight hair, you may not be able to go more than two days without washing.
And lifestyle choices like going to the gym may also affect how often you shampoo your tresses. But even here, there are ways of cutting back - you could try simply rinsing your hair rather than adding in shampoo. A water-only rinse will remove salt and sweat without stripping hair oils.
Invest in some good dry shampoo.
And finally if you're aiming to scale back the amount of times you wash your hair per week, remember dry shampoo is your friend. It will help reduce the oil build up in your hair and gives amazing texture.
Dry shampoo will help to refresh your hair at the roots and the tips whilst helping you to retain all the essential moisture your hair needs.
Avoid hot showers and shampoo your scalp, not your ends. Healthy, beautiful, shiny hair starts in the shower so make sure to use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and level of damage.
The volume of shampoo you should use depends on the length and thickness of your hair, but a blob the size of a 50 paisa coin is a good start.Longer hair needs a 1 rupee-size dollop.
Keep your brushes clean
Aim for the scalp not the ends
It's not just how much shampoo you use, but where you apply it that counts.
Use shampoo on the scalp only - not on the ends of your hair.
Massage your scalp to encourage circulation
Having strong, healthy hair is the best way to make any hair look expensive. A lot of it is about properly shampooing and conditioning and taking care of your scalp - massage it well while washing to get circulation going.
Use cold water. Blasting your scalp with extremely hot water will dry out your hair and create tangles that could result in breakage.
Towel-dry your hair before applying conditioner.
What conditioner you use and how you use it is, if anything, more important than the shampoo stage. Make sure you invest in a few good quality conditioners and leave-in treatments or hair masks, especially if you have coloured hair.For curly, highly textured hair, always deep condition.
Deep conditioning involves a conditioner that will add moisture and strength (protein) back to hair. You should use heat by either applying conditioner to hair while taking a shower and let it sit while showering or by covering the hair with a plastic cap and applying heat from an outside like a hair dryer.
Gently towel-dry the hair before applying conditioner
Make sure you towel-dry hair after shampooing and before you apply conditioner: excess water in your hair means the conditioner won't be able to penetrate the hair shaft and deliver the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy and shiny. Avoid the roots and concentrate on the ends
While you exercise, you perspire, which means that your hair gets damp with sweat that can actually make it dry.Before you hit the gym (especially during the summer, but this works year-round too) wet your hair and add in some conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends. Rinse out the conditioner post-workout and you’ll be left with shiny, hydrated hair.
Avoiding too much sun helps too.
Comb wet hair, don't brush it
When your hair is soaking wet, it is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage.
Try not to rough-dry hair with a towel, and instead gently press the water out. Also, do not brush your hair while it is wet. Use a wide-tooth comb, working from the ends of your hair on up.
Brush from the bottom up
Brushing from the roots causes damage – always brush from the bottom and work up.
Use different brushes for blow-dying and styling
At home, you should have a round brush for blow-drying.or styling and a tail comb to move hair around a little.
Keep your brushes clean
Filthy hair brushes that are covered in hair, oil and product build-up are breeding grounds for bacteria. Clean them at least once a month with a mixture of baking soda and lukewarm water. A toothbrush will help you to get into all those tiny bristles.
"To make sure your hairbrush lasts, look after it. Do this by regularly removing all of the hair that gets stuck in the brush. Clean once a month with warm water and a small amount of shampoo.
Use a low-heat setting for hair drying and point the nozzle down, not side-on.
As a general rule of thumb, one of the worst things you can do for your hair is overheat it with excessive blow drying. If you want to avoid dry and damaged locks, you need to either rein in how often you use a hairdryer or pay attention to how you're using it and take care to apply heat protection products beforehand.
Don't use heat-styling tools daily. Flat irons, curling irons and even blow drying can damage the hair shaft. Damaged hair is not able to retain colour the way that healthy hair can
You can also bypass hot tools by multitasking your hair style
Use protective treatments
Always using protective styling products before blow-drying.
Wait before blow-drying your hair and use lower heat settings
Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after shampooing.Ideally, you should allow your hair to first dry for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on the hair exposure to the blow-dryer.
If at all possible, don't use the high heat settings of your blow-dryer. The air stream should feel comfortable on the back of your hand.
Keep the dryer at a distance your hair
Keep the hairdryer nozzle two inches away from your hair
Move your hair around. The perfect the at-home blow-out- it’s not as hard as it sounds. Start by flipping your head upside down, and shake your hair around while you blow-dry - the more you move, the more volume you’ll get. Once it’s about 80 percent dry, flip back up and blow-dry hair in sections to smooth, focusing on polished ends. The last three inches are key: Move your brush and dryer right down to the very end of the strands and take your time. It will make all the difference.
Please oil your hair regularly. Try castor oil, hair oil and dry shampoo
Just like applying facial oil can help regulate oil production on your skin, hair oil can do the same for your scalp. There’s no need to go crazy with applying oil, but don’t be afraid to use oil if you have oily hair. It’ll actually help to regulate how oily your scalp is, because your hair won’t feel as though it needs to naturally overcompensate for dryness.