Everyone has had a bad hair day. When I have a bad hair day I usually resort to styling my hair as a bun. Shabby but chic!
I’ve come across so many women with amazing hair. Whether it was straight, wavy or curly, they had a gorgeous head of hair. What were these women doing different or more, maybe? Nothing actually.
They knew their hair type and how to take care of it accordingly. Hair can be divided into 4 types mainly. This is different from the words used to describe the texture or condition of the hair like, frizzy, oily, dry and normal.
Straight hair is probably one of the most sought after hair type. Straight hair usually has fine and thin strands of hair. One of the issues of straight hair is volume. Straight hair tends to hang limp with no body whatsoever.
A few tips for straight hair
- Opt for a gentle shampoo and mild conditioner.
- When brushing your hair start from the tips to the roots. Make sure you brush carefully otherwise you can damage your hair.
- When washing your hair, use warm water, not hot water. Hot water weakens hair.
Curly hair is more prone to frizzing and becoming dry as well as coarse. This is due to curly hair being more fragile. Curly hair needs more looking after. If it isn’t moisturised regularly it can create a lot of damage.
A few tips for curly hair.
- Washing your hair everyday makes it dehydrated making it frizzy, opt for washing your hair every few days.
- If you ever use a comb, go for a wide toothed comb. Excessive brushing makes it frizzy and unmanageable. Use you fingers to lightly comb through your hair.
- For drying your hair after a shower don’t rub a towel. Squeeze the excess water onto it and apply a styling cream or anti frizz serum while your hair is damp.
Wavy hair is usually coarse and thick. Two major problems faced by people with wavy hair are frizziness and lack of volume.
A few tips for Wavy hair
- Opt for a volumising shampoo.
- To prevent frizz apply a light leave in condtioner.
- While drying your hair, don’t rub the towel against your hair. Pat it dry. This helps in keeping the frizziness at bay.
If you’re hair is bleached, dyed, relaxed or chemically straightened your hair falls in this category.
When washing your hair, it’s better to opt for a conditioning shampoo (preferably one meant for coloured hair) since your hair is likely to be damaged by the all the chemicals. Once you’re done rinsing your hair, apply a rich conditioner to the hair tips and length.
Since processed hair is porous, it will absorb anything you apply on it, which means you have to throughly rinse your hair once you apply shampoo or conditioner.
A few tips for processed hair.
- Make sure you wash every few days to prevent it from drying out further.
- Make sure you trim regularly to prevent split ends.
- Use a conditioner or hot oil for the ends of your hair to prevent dryness and split ends.
Watch out for Part 2 next week, where I’ll be covering natural remedies to treat frizzy, oily and dry hair.
- Neha Prasad