I’ve been meaning to write this post since I’ve recently been trying to put more effort into taking care of my hair. I’ve previously dyed and highlighted my hair two or three times, in the past few years, so not very excessively. However because of my active lifestyle and the weather in Singapore – hot and humid twenty four-seven, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, I feel a pressing need to wash my hair at the end of each day. Otherwise I just feel gross and icky.
While dry shampoo works for some, I prefer a good ol’ wash down, especially since I lead a pretty active lifestyle. But of course, washing your hair every day can lead to dry, brittle ends and coarse hair. However, I’ve managed to settle into a haircare routine – of sorts – that has been working really well for my hair. It generally feels much softer and splitty (I know that’s not a word) at the ends.
1. Hair Mask in Dry Hair
Right now you must be thinking ‘SAY WHAT”. But trust me, once you give this a try, you will never use a hair mask on wet or damp hair ever again. Okay that’s a tad dramatic, maybe you will if you hate this method, but its still worth a shot because I have seen the most difference in my hair after doing this in particular.
I love to do this when I’m teaching yoga classes in the evenings. So I’ll pop my hair mask into my hair and throw that up in a bun before I leave the house. Usually it helps to comb it through with a brush or tangle teaser to make sure the product is evenly distributed. When I get home I’ll wash my hair as per usual with shampoo and conditioner. No fuss or faff, nor do you have to be wandering around the house with damp or dripping wet hair while waiting for your hair mask to work. Its an added bonus to leave the hair mask in for a few hours, then it really deep conditions the hair.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Mix and Match
The moment we notice dry or split ends in our hair, we often are quick to reach out for any product that says “hydration”. But it is important to take note of your hair type as well. For example, if you have an oily scalp but dry ends, using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner can cause scalp build-up and an uncomfortably itchy scalp.
Instead you could try a clarifying shampoo for your scalp and a moisturising conditioner for the ends of your hair, and maybe use less of that on your scalp. It also helps to leave the conditioner in for a couple of minutes. And no, you don’t have to stand around the shower bored, find something else to do like wash your body or..you know..shave. Legs, armpits, moustache – I won’t judge. You don’t necessarily have to use products from the same brand as well. I know most of us prefer to, and I do too. But I’ve recently been using shampoo and conditioner from two different brands and my hair has been feeling amazing.
3. Trial & Error
This may seem like a bit of faff, and of course not everyone may be bothered with this. But the fact is, if the products you are currently using don’t seem to be working for your hair, change it up! Finding the right products for you will always take some trial and error and there is nothing wrong with that. Of course there is the whole “I just spent so much money on this and its not working but I don’t have the heart to throw it.” So don’t. Just because it doesn’t work for you, does not mean it won’t work for someone else. You could always give it to your mum, or, if its barely been use, ask an interested friend if they are willing to buy it from you for a lower price.
Personally, finding products that not only suit my hair type, but have plus points for me, e.g.) natural ingredients, smell lovelyjubly, have taken me awhile. Not to mention there are always new things out there to try. I’m all for trying new products, just remember to use the products suited to your hair. And of course, find products you enjoy using. Its the small things like this that make a world of a difference to life your mood at the end of the start of the day.
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