Golden goddesses we are not but we can definitely put in some effort when it comes to maintaining a headful of healthy hair.
Caring for your tresses isn’t necessarily a chore, even if you’ve got waist-length hair. All the Rapunzels out there may use more shampoo than others but these five steps below can be applied to everyone regardless of hair length. The best part? They’re actually pretty basic and easy to follow.
1. Shampoo daily where necessary.
I know that not shampooing daily is kind of a trend right now but if you live near the equator like me – and Singapore is slated to be the hottest place on earth in 10 years, bless our poor souls – you’ll find that not washing your hair at least once every two days is going to give you an oily scalp. An oily scalp means that your pores are clogged with dirt and sebum, and new hair cannot grow to replace fallen ones. If this goes on for too long, you’ll start to find yourself balding.
2. Use a clarifying shampoo.
A clarifying or deep cleansing shampoo should be used at least once a week. Massage this as near to your scalp as possible. This will remove any dirt not washed away by your shampoo. I personally like the Giovanni Golden Wheat Deep Cleanse Shampoo, but if you can find another one that has mint in it, it really helps you to feel invigorated after a shower. That’s always a welcome in the summer!
3. Use a good conditioner.
I know I’ve always said I never had time for conditioners but after having my hair processed several times, hair oil alone is no longer sufficient. To maintain shine and strength in your hair, I highly recommended a good conditioner right after washing off your shampoo. You can check out the Alterna Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Conditioner on Nordstrom here.
4. Get a regular haircut.
Unless you frequent high-end salons, hair cuts don’t have to be expensive. I actually get my hair trimmed once every 2-3 months at QB House, which costs me S$12 each time for a basic trim. Trimming your hair regularly helps to prevent split ends from riding up your hair strands, and so you can get the most out of your shampoo-and-conditioner routine.
5. Refrain from using heat products often.
This includes drying your hair on high heat, using straighteners and curling irons, and using hot water in the shower. If you need to style your hair, make sure you apply some form of heat protection before using any hair tool. I currently use the Oscar Blandi ‘Pronto’ Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray, which you can get on Nordstrom here.
6. Pamper your tresses.
Taking a day off to go to a hair spa is the icing on the hair care cake. Although hair spas are quite the indulgence, a once-in-a-blue moon session customised to your hair and scalp type will be worth it when you see how it can change the way your hair looks and feels. You’ll also get to enjoy tea treats while waiting for the products to sink in, or just chill with your bestie while you’re both at it. Macarons, tea and relaxing head massages – what’s not to like?
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