Today I have prepared my favourite and at the same time simple ways to be able to take care of our hair with a little effort and time. For as long as I can remember I have always been interested in the topic of hair care and for a good few years I got into it. I like to search for new masks recipes and use natural products. I have found out more than once that natural products that we can often find in our kitchen can significantly change the condition of our hair. However, we do not always have time to prepare new masks or for complicated multi-stage hair care. That’s why I put together only those favorite yet simple ways that significantly have changed not only the visual appearance of my hair but also have a very positive effect on their condition. I use many of these methods regularly and they come handy not only at home but also while travelling.
1.OIL YOUR HAIR BEFORE SHAMPOOING
Introducing oiling to your hair care routine is a real game-changer. This is the fastest way to improve hair condition. There are many ways of oiling and with different types of oils. The most popular seems to be oiling it overnight and wash your hair in the morning. However, over time, I discovered the method called ”wet oiling”. Few hours before washing hair, I spray my hair with water and apply oil for as much time as I have. I liked this method much more, despite saving a lot of my time it works better on the hair giving even better results than overnight oiling. How do I exactly use it? I spray my hair with water, apply oil, put on a plastic cap plus a towel and heat it with the dryer for a few minutes. Sometimes I leave the oil on my hair for a few hours and sometimes I wash it off after an hour. With regular hair oiling we will be able to see improvement very quickly. I have already tested a lot of available oils on my hair. I found the ones that work best for me, although I still like to search and test new products. My favorite is linseed oil, avocado oil and also Ayurveda Sesa oil. In the beginning, it is totally fine with any oil that we have available such as coconut oil. Although my hair does not always like it, from time to time I still use it when I want to oil my hair for example while travelling as it can be easily found in the supermarket.
2.CONDITIONER – SHAMPOO – CONDITIONER
It is a method of washing hair using conditioner twice. It is a different method to commonly known co-washing method. In this one we apply the first conditioner, then shampoo and then conditioner again.
By applying conditioner on your hair first this prevents strip the hair of its natural oils. Foam coming from shampoo flows down the hair where the conditioner is located and gently cleanses the hair along the length. I rinse thoroughly with water. Once again, apply the conditioner to the length of the hair from the ear down (never to the scalp). After a few minutes, I rinse best with cool water, which will additionally close hair cuticles and give them shine. It is a hair washing method that works great on thick, dry and dyed hair – the conditioner protects the colour for longer. I also like this method because it allows you to use conditioners or masks that have not worked for me. What conditioner we apply as the first one does not matter, and thus you can get rid of these.
3.APPLE CIDER RINSE
I still remember this method from my childhood, when my mum used to rinse my hair after washing with a vinegar rinse, to make combing easier, and I didn’t like combing. To this day, I remember the smell in the bathroom, like when pickling cucumbers 🙂 Today I use this method very often, mainly because whether I’m travelling or not, apple vinegar is very easy to find in every supermarket. I pour 2 teaspoons of vinegar into one litre of lukewarm water and pour this mixture on the scalp and hair. I don’t rinse my hair with water afterwards. Thanks to the acidic Ph, the vinegar rinse works very well on the scalp: it helps with greasy scalp or dandruff and also gives the hair incredible shine, flow and smoothness and helps to prevent tangles. I do not use it after each wash, but from time to time, not more often than twice a month.
4.REGULAR SCALP PEELING
While taking care of the hair, we can not not forget about the scalp, which just like the skin on other parts of the body needs exfoliation of the epidermis, so it’s your hair routine to add a regular head peeling. There are many ready-made peelings in pharmacies and drugstores. I do the peeling of the scalp once every two weeks, for me it’s the optimal frequency because I don’t use too many products that could build up on my scalp. Often when I’m on the road and I don’t take the peeling to my scalp with me and I see that my hair is getting clapped and lifeless, I add a little sugar (preferably brown sugar) to the shampoo that I have with me. I just do it in the shower, I mix sugar and shampoo and massage softly my scalp. In addition, sugar perfectly nourish hair from the roots and adds volume.
5.USING MILD SHAMPOO
If we really want to take care of our hair, it is worth first checking with what type of shampoo we wash our hair and how we wash them. In this case, the milder and less strong detergents in the shampoo, the better. What does it mean that we can call shampoo mild? Often this name is associated with natural or herbal shampoo, which is not entirely true. Many shampoos that contain natural extracts still contain silicone and detergents. That is why it is so important to read not only the front label of the product but also the ingredients. It is not very complicated, and you can learn it quickly. Personally, as a holder of long and quite thick hair, I use stronger shampoo every 3 or 4 washes to cleanse the scalp more thoroughly but I use mild shampoos on daily basis. Although these strong shampoos are the most readily available, our scalp does not need strong detergents every time after washing, which often cause problems with the scalp such as dandruff, itching or excessive greasiness, due to the fact that detergents deprive the scalp of its natural protective barrier, as a result, it produces even more sebum. Although the list of detergents used in shampoos is very long, the most common ones include Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), so before buying another shampoo you should check whether the shampoo has them among ingredients.
A few times per year, I like to give my hair more complex care, for which I normally do not always have time. I like to include in my care, as a rule, for 3 months a hair treatment. usually it is scalp rubbing treatments. Although on the market there are hair treatments that addressed to various hair problems, I usually focus on those that affect the growth and improves overall condition of the hair. Such hair treatments are great way to prevent hair fall out.
Sometimes I choose hair treatments that should be applied before washing, but my favorites are those used after or between washes. I expect nutrition, regulation of sebaceous glands, support in the treatment of scalp diseases and stimulation of hair growth. I pay attention and always check if hair treatment is easy to apply and does not weight down hair. I will write a separate post about my favorite and most effective hair treatments products. This list is quite long.
7.MASK AND CONDITIONER DEDICATED TO HAIR TYPE
Since I got to know my hair type, it is easy to choose the right products for my hair. My hair because it is medium porosity, quite thick and very easy to get dry, too frequent application of the mask with proteins can easily ruins my hair and give the opposite effect on my hair. Therefore, when I see in a drugstore that the mask is protein-based, I immediately know that it will not work for me. Knowing your hair porosity can really help.
8.CONSTANT ENDS PROTECTION
An obligatory and very easy point in my hair care routine. I always have a small bottle with natural oil or silicone serum in my bathroom and in my travel case. Such oils perfectly protect hair against mechanical damage and external factors, and those that have a UV filter in them help protect against the sun.
My hair reacts very easily to stress, which unfortunately often causes hair loss. And once they start falling out they can fall out in a very large amount. I tested a lot of supplements and vitamins for hair loss. Over the years it has been confirmed to me that in my case a few months of biotin (vitamin B7) treatment, works best. I don’t have my favorite supplement, sometimes I only buy biotin and sometimes a hair vitamin complex, it is good when it contains other vitamins and ingredients that have a beneficial effect on hair, but I always check that the biotin is as high as possible.
10.BALANCED DIET AND HYDRATION
Supplements cannot replace a healthy and balanced diet in which we nourish not only our hair but the whole body with the right amount of vitamins and minerals. Another important factor that has a huge impact not only on the condition of the hair but also the skin or even on well-being is adequate hydration. Drinking water as often as possible with small sips. It also can be green tea or herbal tea. it is important to provide our body with enough water every day because water participates in most of the processes that take place in our body. Also now ending this post, I encourage you to walk to the kitchen and grab a glass of water.