Growing up I used to resent my thick, wavy hair – I always wanted sleek straight hair that didn’t take 30 minutes to blow-dry and instantly turn into a mass of frizz the minute it got damp. Luckily, hair straighteners were invented during my teenage years when I was at secondary school – thank the lord.
But really my hair has been good to me over the years and has (just about) withstood the countless (home) bleach applications, daily straightening/curling, and even those two times when I thought I’d look good as a brunette. I didn’t, and had to go to the hairdresser with my ponytail between my legs, begging them to fix it – quick.
I’ve always been an ‘enhanced blonde’ – sporting highlights for most of my teenage and adult life, but over the last year I’ve been on a mission to go white blonde and between various home applications, trips to the hairdresser and toning blue shampoos, I did reach the silver/white shade I was after. But boy has my hair paid the price! It is most definitely in the worst condition it’s ever been and I’ve made the decision to go back to highlights and start to try and restore the condition of my hair. I always find that when I feel that my hair looks good, I feel so much better in myself – and at the moment, it’s in desperate need of some TLC.
So when the team at Tangle Teezer got in touch to discuss top tips for healthy hair, it was pretty good timing. I’ve always been a big fan of my Tangle Teezer and would’t use anything else to brush my hair when it’s wet as it prevents breakage. Here Tangle Teezer share their top ten tips for smoothing your style.
Ten top tips for healthy hair
1. Don’t blow dry hair when it’s dripping wet
You’ll usually only blow dry your hair when it’s dripping wet if you’re in a hurry. However, while you think you may be saving time, dripping wet hair takes longer to dry than hair that has been towel-dried. Before you reach for the hair dryer, gently pat your hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. This will considerably reduce your blow dry time.
2. Don’t rub your hair
Towel drying your hair is simple, right? You just grab a towel and rub your hair — wrong. Rubbing your hair can cause frizz and damage to your hair. Instead, remove moisture by gently patting your hair.
3. Don’t over-colour your hair
Many women dye their hair, but it can do a lot of damage. Try to limit how often you dye your hair — if you just need to recolour your roots, look for specific root touch-up kits that only need to be applied to the problem area, minimising damage to the rest of your hair. No-ammonia hair dyes are a great choice too, as they are gentler than some other colourants.
4. Don’t wash your hair too often
How often do you wash your hair? Many women only need to shampoo their hair around three times a week. If you’re washing your hair every day, you could be removing too much oil from your scalp, leaving your hair feeling dry and more prone to breaking. Washing too often will also expose your hair to the blow dryer more frequently, which could cause even more damage.
Try to space out your washes through the week. If your hair does start to feel and look greasy, use a dry shampoo to refresh it in between washes.
5. Eat a balanced diet
Tempted by that greasy burger? Think of your hair! Many people don’t realise that what they eat can impact the strength and overall appearance of their hair. By eating a diet of the 13 essential vitamins, including Vitamin A and E, you can keep your hair strong, shiny and healthy.
6. Be careful with wet hair
Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair, so brushing it straight after washing is a big no-no. Before you brush, allow your hair to dry first. Even if it’s not completely dry, a slight delay between washing and brushing will give the bonds of your hair time to strengthen, minimising damage.
7. Keep heat to a minimum
As you’ve probably heard, heat styling can cause major damage to your hair. Whether you’re using tongs or straighteners, the intense heat can leave your hair feeling dry. Try to minimise the use of heat on your hair to improve its condition. You may need to try alternate styles to do so.
8. Braid before bed
As you starfish out in bed, your hair can become tangled and tatty. Before you hit the hay, put your hair in a loose plait. The structure of the plait will keep your hair tangle-free, and you’ll wake up with soft waves too — bonus.
9. Wash in room temperature water
Regularly hop into boiling hot showers and baths? Just like straightening and heat styling, hot water can damage your hair. It may not sound too appealing but washing your hair in room temperature water is better for it.
10. Keep products to a minimum
You may be tempted to layer up the haircare products on the assumption that it will make your hair appear sleeker and shinier. However, too many haircare products can weigh down your hair and sometimes make it appear greasy. As a general rule of thumb, you should use four products on your hair: shampoo, conditioner, protector and styling product.
Do you look after your hair or do you tend to mistreat it? What are your top tips for healthy hair?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post