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The 6 Ultimate Golden Rules For GREAT Hair
1. Wash your hair two to three times a week, max
Your hair's natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses, so when you shampoo daily, it strips these vital oils away.
Buy a good-quality shampoo – Pureology ones are great – and wash it every few days using styling products in between to keep it looking fresh.
As opposed to washing your hair every day, dry shampoo will help to refresh your hair at the roots and the tips whilst helping you to retain all the essential moisture your hair needs.
2. Avoid hot showers and shampoo your scalp, not your roots
The volume of shampoo you should use depends on the length and thickness of your hair, but a blob the size of a 20p coin is a good start.
Use shampoo on the scalp only - not on the ends of your hair. The shampoo will rinse down in the shower, but you don’t want to scrub the ends.
Having strong, healthy hair is the best way to make any hair look expensive. A lot of it is about properly shampooing and conditioning and taking care of your scalp
Blasting your scalp with extremely hot water will dry out your hair and create tangles that could result in breakage.
3. Towel-dry your hair before applying conditioner
Make sure you towel-dry hair after shampooing and before you apply conditioner: excess water in your hair means the conditioner won't be able to penetrate the hair shaft and deliver the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy and shiny.
If you're short on time, at least squeeze out excess water - "hair that’s saturated with water doesn’t have room to absorb anything else,"
Try not to put the conditioner on the roots, because that can cause your scalp to get greasy faster.
For curly, highly textured hair, always deep condition.
No two minute conditioners here. Deep conditioning involves a conditioner that will add moisture and strength (protein) back to hair. You should use heat by either applying conditioner to hair while taking a shower and let it sit while showering or by covering the hair with a plastic cap and applying heat from an outside like a hair dryer.
It’s important to use leave-in conditioners and also not to shampoo it so often. Rinse it if you want to but don’t necessarily shampoo it.
4. Brush your hair twice a day, from the bottom up
For perfectly shiny, healthy and untangled hair, you need to brush your hair twice a day,
When your hair is soaking wet, it is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage, try not to rough-dry hair with a towel, and instead gently press the water out. Also, do not brush your hair while it is wet. Use a wide-tooth comb, working from the ends of your hair on up.
At home, you should have a round brush for blow-drying, a Mason Pearson brush for styling and a tail comb to move hair around a little.
Keep your brushes clean
Filthy hair brushes that are covered in hair, oil and product build-up are breeding grounds for bacteria. Clean them at least once a month with a mixture of baking soda and lukewarm water. A toothbrush will help you to get into all those tiny bristles.
To make sure your hairbrush lasts, look after it. Do this by regularly removing all of the hair that gets stuck in the brush. You can also clean it once a month with warm water and a small amount of shampoo.
5. Use a low-heat setting for hairdrying and point the nozzle down, not side-on
Styling doesn’t always have to involve a hot tool. If you give yourself a fierce blowout on Monday, rock it out on Tuesday and on Wed do a fab high ponytail. Making your style last a few days will really help prevent damage.
Always using protective styling products before blow-drying.
Add a pea-size amount of Nicky Clarke Instant Calmer from the mid-levels to the ends of your hair to seal in moisture and smooth the cuticles down before you head out into the cold.
Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after shampooing, ideally, you should allow your hair to first dry for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on the hair exposure to the blow-dryer.
If at all possible, don't use the high heat settings of your blow-dryer. The air stream should feel comfortable on the back of your hand
The nozzle should be pointed straight down, about three inches away from the hair
6. Try castor oil, hair oil and dry shampoo
Hairspray is to hair what salt and pepper are to food. Once sprayed, you’re finished.
Yes, it can be sticky and overwhelming, but find a medium-hold hairspray to start with and spray it into your hands and then run your hands through your hair to smooth down the frizz
You need a bit of hairspray for any updo you are trying to achieve, so just start lightly with the spray
With a tiny drop of castor oil plus dry shampoo, hair has a two-days-after-shampooing feel. It's also a great, nourishing scalp conditioner, especially for African-American hair, which can be thin and brittle