Luscious, voluminous and silky hair does not happen by accident. If a friend with beautiful and long hair tells you they do nothing to make their hair look like that, well, they’re either lying (we hope that’s not the case!) or don’t know what they’re doing right (totally possible).
Your friend might not have noticed, but is most likely using products that suit her hair type, making it the envy of those around. She might also have superb genes that play a huge role in how her hair looks.
But if you don’t, there’s no need to feel disheartened, as you too can achieve silky, smooth and shiny hair by building a basic hair care routine, incorporating the right practices and effective products.
It’s very easy for hair to become dull, dry and even brittle if one regularly skimps on using the products meant especially for their type and puts little effort in taking care of them. A consistent, well maintained hair routine, tailored especially for your hair type (more on that coming up) is bound to bear fruit.
So are you wondering what the perfect hair care routine should look like? Well, read on to find out!
Identify your hair type
As each hair type reacts to different hair products and routines in completely different ways, identifying your hair type is the first thing you have to do. The four basic hair types and categories are:
While determining your hair type you also have to consider more than just the hair texture. The strength of your hair and its ability to hold on to moisture also shows what your hair requires and needs the most. By doing so it'll make it a lot easier for you to formulate an effective hair care routine.
Things to keep in mind before starting your hair care routine
As each head of hair is not the same the hair care routine won't be either. The way you design your hair care routine depends entirely on what your hair has gone through and what your main concerns about it are. Following are the main points to keep in mind before starting a hair care routine:
Is your hair chemically processed?
Chemically processed hair such as hair that's dyed, bleached, or has gone through excessive chemical treatments all are taken care of in different ways.
While dyed hair is advised not to be washed very frequently, as it could lead to dryness and quick fading of hair color, bleached hair needs to be deeply conditioned with rich creams and hair moisturizers to bring back the elasticity and moisture lost in the process.
Before incorporating any new product for chemically treated hair in your regime, it’s advisable to consult your hairstylist as they are experts and can recommend the right products according to the procedures your hair has undergone.
Your preferred hairstyle
Your preferred hairstyle can say a lot about your hair health. While a sleek ponytail looks classy and cool, at the same time it can make your hair weak and itchy from the scalp with all that tugging and pulling. The colorful strands that peak from your high bun show a lot about your chill and creative personality, but it sure makes your hair dry and brittle making it more difficult to grow. Long and silky straight hair looks great with your jaw-dropping outfit but can be a major cause of split ends.
Keeping in mind your preferred hairstyle, you can tell a lot about your hair needs and how you should design your hair care routine.
Your specific hair concerns
It's normal to have more than one hair concern. It could be dry and flaky scalp to frizzy and damaged hair. Your hair care routine should be the solution to all these concerns without any need of complicating the entire process.
Basics of Building a Hair Care Routine
A basic hair care routine should have few products and simple steps that can help you achieve silky and damage-free locks. No matter what your hair type is, the steps are applicable for all and are quite easy to follow:
Cleansing your hair using a gentle shampoo is an important step to remove all the excess oil residue and dead skin cells without stripping your hair of its natural moisture and leaving your scalp feeling dry. Without this step, the pores in your scalp can get blocked by all the dirt and bacteria leading to more hair fall and slower hair growth.
Restoring moisture to your hair is just as important as cleansing it. A good quality conditioner moisturizes your hair leading to not only great shine but also helps in detangling and managing frizz. However, conditioners with silicone should be avoided as they can block the penetration of further hair products into your hair resulting in dry and damaged hair from the core.
Detangling your hair with a good quality hair comb or brush can help you to avoid a lot of hair breakage, reducing brittleness and split ends. The Leovard luxury comb, made of stainless steel is a perfect hair grooming tool. It’s a three sided comb, promising to keep your hair from tangling, breaking or becoming frizzy, giving you a sleek look with no flyaways and stray hair.
Hair masks are used to target your specific hair concerns. You should always look for natural and organic ingredients like jojoba, hemp seed, olive, argan, coconut, and grapeseed oil as they have been scientifically proven to promote the regrowth of your hair while conditioning the scalp with their hydrating and nourishing properties. All these oils present in the Leovard Oil Fusion consist of healing and hydrating properties that only improve the hair texture by facilitating the blood circulation in the scalp but also help your hair to grow thicker and stronger than before.
Hair Care products
No matter what, never leave your hair naked. Use hair products to protect your hair from different styling factors. A heat-protecting spray should always be used to protect your hair from getting heat damage from the styling tools. Foams and gels on the other hand help you to style your hair better, reducing the use of heated tools and overall protecting your hair from further damage.
Longer and thicker hair is one's dream but taking care of them is not as easy as it sounds. Using proper hair products and a hair care routine that suits your hair type can help you achieve a classy and elegant look in no time, making you feel confident and bold.