Ten Tips to Healthy Hair
For us at PRÊTE, our hair is our best friend (besides you guys). The most important thing we get from our best friends is support! We’re big on supporting healthy hair and a healthy lifestyle so we wanted to share our top ten tips for healthy hair.
1. DRINK WATER. We can’t stress this enough! Drinking water has so many benefits for your skin, hair, and overall health. Your hair literally needs water to thrive and grow. Hydrated hair is happy hair. When you drink more water your hair will grow longer and stronger which makes your hair appear shiny opposed to greasy.
2. Don’t wash your hair everyday. When you wash your hair everyday you’re stripping your hair of natural oils that your scalp and hair need to thrive. Skipping washing your hair everyday can actually make your hair appear shinier. Patience is key with this tip, your hair takes time to adjust to this and may appear greasy at first but just wait the payoff is huge! To fight off grease use some dry shampoo at your roots!
3. Embrace getting a haircut. A breakup or a major life change should not be your push to get a haircut! Trimming your hair gets rid of split ends that weigh your hair down, we recommend a trim every three months.
4. Stay far far away from silicone and sulfates in your hair products. Silicon is in a TON of hair products because it gives your hair the illusion of shine but in reality it’s weighing down your hair and prevents moisture from penetrating your hair and scalp which dries out your hair. Silicon can cause product buildup on your scalp which results in dry hair and dandruff. Sulfates are also a huge no no for hair care. Sulfates actually strip your hair and scalp of natural oils that it needs to thrive and can cause redness and dryness which results in dandruff. The less chemicals you use on your hair the better. Make the switch to clean products, our favorite clean brand is Briogeo!
5. Be kind to your hair. Your shower is time to get up close and personal with your hair.
Turn down the water! Use lukewarm water when washing your hair so you don’t burn your scalp.
When shampooing, gently massage the shampoo into your scalp for around two minutes to rid your scalp of product buildup.
Be patient. When you condition your locks make sure you’re staying away from your scalp, start at the mid shaft of your hair and most importantly let the conditioner do the work. We recommend leaving conditioner in your hair for around five minutes so it can properly hydrate your hair. Make sure you’re also taking the time to completely wash the product out of your hair so there’s no residue.
6. Hair masks are your friend. Once a week you should treat your hair to a hair mask. Our hair is damaged by so many factors like the sun and chemicals in the air, excessive heat, products, and dying our hair. You can make your own hair mask with some coconut oil or treat yourself to one on your next shopping trip! Using a hair mask will deep condition your hair, make it shinier, and aid in the growth of your hair!
If you dye your hair frequently we recommend Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3, apply it to damp hair before you shampoo and condition for anywhere from ten minutes to an hour. Then proceed with your normal shampoo and conditioning routine. This mask will strengthen your hair, reduce breakage, and improve the overall look and feel of your hair.
Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask will restore hydration to your hair. After shampooing leave this in your hair for around ten minutes to hydrate your hair and prevent future breakage. This is also great if you color your hair!
7. Be gentle. After you’ve showered be super gentle with your wet hair. When your hair is wet it’s more vulnerable to breakage especially during the winter when we’re shivering the moment we step out of the shower. Our friends at Ouai recommend making the switch to a Microfiber towel or using a cotton T shirt to dry your hair. Towel fibers are rough and can damage your hair. Most importantly, avoid sleeping or stepping out of the house with wet hair, wait until your hair is dry to prevent unnecessary breakage.
8. Bottoms up. Make sure your hair isn’t dripping wet before you brush it and start from the bottom up. We recommend spraying a leave in conditioner spray before brushing your hair and brushing your hair in sections from the bottom up. When you brush your hair from the top down you’re ripping your hair and causing breakage! The key to healthy brushing is a hair brush that won’t damage your hair. We recommend the Tangle Teezer brush to detangle your hair. The best way to brush your hair is to start from the bottom up, brush in sections, and brush your scalp with care last. Avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet to avoid breakage!
9. Loosen’ Up. We know it’s easy to throw your hair up in a bun or a high pony but tight hair ties can rip out your hair and create breakage. Switch to a cloth scrunchie or Invisibobble Traceless Hair Rings to protect your hair when you’re throwing it back.