Looking for tips to take care of normal hair? Consider your entire search. Read on for expert-approved tips to keep your normal hair looking its best.
Think about your skincare routine. Chances are you’ve identified your skin type and (hopefully) follow a regimen tailored to it. The same goes for hair care. To achieve the best possible results, it’s important to identify your hair type (normal, oily, dry, or a combination) first.
Let’s say you have normal hair. (Probably a good guess if you got this far in the story, but let’s not beat around the bush.) Normal hair is often characterized by a healthy shine that is not entirely associated with oily hair. It is usually soft to the touch and easy to handle. In fact, some would say that it is very lucky to have this type of hair. Although people with normal hair types have easy things for hair care, they have not been completely spared. Without consistent hair care and maintenance, and following good grooming habits, they can also suffer from problems often associated with other hair types, such as frizz, loss of moisture, and excess volume. Below, we share tips on how to care for normal hair…the right way.
Traditional shampoos can strip hair of its moisture, especially if used too often. Instead of shampooing daily, do it just two to three times a week, depending on your hair type. Since normal hair does not usually have excess oiliness like oily hair, this should not be a problem.
After shampooing, be sure to apply conditioner to the strands of your hair to help re-introduce lost moisture and add shine and softness to your hair. Bonus points if you use a conditioner from the same range as your shampoo. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse out any residual shampoo or conditioner.
Considering all the aggressors your hair can come into contact with on a daily basis—think pollution, UV rays, chlorinated water, over-styling—we recommend giving your highlights a little more affection from time to time. To help improve the overall quality of your hair and address specific issues, consider hair masks. Hair masks are easy to use, take very little time, and can be used while multitasking. It is beneficial wherever you see it.
Just because your hair is normal doesn’t mean it’s immune to bad hair days, unwanted frizz, or flyaways. To recap, frizzy hair is due to a loss of moisture in the strands. To help keep hair frizz at bay (especially on the most humid days), give hair the nourishment it needs so it doesn’t seek moisture from the air around it. If you’re in a pinch, look for a hair oil or serum that can tame unruly, frizzy hair right away.
Forget what you may have heard about it. You don’t have to brush your hair strands 100 times a day to have perfect hair. In fact, it’s probably best not to. Unless your hair is curly, brush it when it’s dry. When hair is wet and full of moisture it is more fragile than when it is dry, and can easily break if you brush it. Also, be gentle! We recommend starting a few inches from the ends and working your way up in small sections with short strokes to untangle the hair. Removing tangles from your hair in this way is much more effective at keeping unwanted hair damage at bay.
The easiest way to get rid of split ends is—yep, you guessed it—trimming your hair regularly. See your barber for a haircut every six to eight weeks. The longer you wait, the more damage can be done to the hair as the split travels higher and higher up the hair shaft.
Are blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons basic tools in your styling routine? Maybe it’s time to reconsider. Too much heat can wreak havoc on hair, especially when used daily. We recommend that you reduce the use of heat styling tools in favor of air drying. If you don’t want to leave the house with soaking wet hair (we don’t blame you), use a microfiber towel to remove as much water as possible. If you have no choice but to use these hair tools, apply a heat protectant product and use the appliance on the lowest heat setting.
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