Changing These 5 Simple Hair Care Habits Will Transform Your Tresses
If you’re wondering why your hair has gone from being silky smooth to dry, brittle and damaged, odds are it didn’t happen instantly. When hair is not provided with the care it needs, it becomes dull and frizzy over time. Extended exposure to pollutants like heat, sweat, and smoke strip off the natural radiance and oils from the hair, leaving it dry and limp.
Like how your hair didn’t get dry and damaged overnight, it also takes consistent daily care to get that luscious hair back. There are simple hair care habits that you can incorporate in your routine that can help you achieve stronger, healthier, and softer hair. Here are 5 hair care habits that will transform your dry hair for the better!
Condition Correctly with Care
Hair conditioners are moisturizing agents that leave a protective coating on the hair, replenishing the moisture that is stripped from shampooing. It protects the hair from breaking easily while increasing shine and reducing frizz.
Have you ever stopped using a conditioner and noticed how different your hair feels without it? It becomes unmanageable and difficult to comb, resulting in flyaways, frizz and brittle hair! Getting into this post-shampoo routine can give you the right hair treatment for dry hair so your strands are softer and smoother.
Inspired by Micellar skincare technology, Pantene brings skin care’s latest approach to haircare with the Pantene Micellar Detox & Moisturize Conditioner. It is infused with water lily extract that nourishes hair from deep in the core while gently detoxing hair of impurities. All the built up dead skin cells and oils are removed from the roots to ends when detoxed.
This hydrating conditioner makes your hair stronger and softer with the Pro-V blend of Pro-Vitamin B5 and antioxidants which are designed to target and repair the damaged areas of your hair restoring softness and manageability. It also has 0% silicone and is free of parabens and dyes that weigh hair down. Instead, it will leave your hair hydrated and feeling light and flowy so you can say goodbye to dry, brittle, and damaged locks.
To liven up your dry hair, use it after shampooing. Squeeze excess water, and massage into wet hair, starting at the ends and working towards the roots, before you rinse.
Use a hair mask once a week
Hair masks are great hair treatment for dry hair to repair and improve its condition. Hair masks can soften, hydrate, repair, and strengthen your hair, while also leaving a nice sheen to your strands in just under an hour. Applying a hair mask at least once a week will give your hair a boost of smoothness and shine without the grease.
If your hair has more intense conditioning needs, the Pantene Collagen Miracle Hair Treatment Shots may be of better help. It has Pro-Vitamin Blends and Collagen, keeping the hair hydrated and replenished of lost nutrients. It is a weekly treatment for dry hair that repairs damaged areas of each hair strand. So pamper yourself with salon-quality treatment at home by applying the Collagen Treatment Shots on damp hair and leaving it on for 10 minutes while wrapped in a hot towel.
If you prefer a DIY-style treatment, you can treat yourself with an easy, hydrating and moisturizing DIY hair mask. For hair that feels dry and brittle, this two-ingredient hair mask recipe is perfect for you.
Mix two tablespoons of natural yogurt and one tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Massage the mask onto your hair from scalp to the ends. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes and wash as normal after. Hair masks are great dry hair treatments for restoring health and softness, so try one out!
Avoid taking hot showers
Your hair is susceptible to more damage when exposed to hot water as it dries out the scalp and removes essential oils that protect the hair. Hot water can damage the scalp, weaken your hair roots, and cause hair loss. Not to mention, weak hair roots can also result in frizz and dull-looking hair.
On the other hand, taking a shower with cold water is also not the best idea. When taking a bath, your scalp pores and hair cuticles are open. Directly applying cold water will only close the pores causing hair products to ineffectively clean your scalp.
So start your shower with warm water to open the hair cuticles. This lets the shampoo absorb all the impurities at the surface of your scalp while applying conditioner will seal moisture. Use cool water for the final rinse to keep the conditioner’s moisture and hydration for shiny and frizz-free hair. Rinsing your hair with cold water closes the pores, protecting your scalp from dirt, grease, and oil.
Understand Your Hair Type
Understanding your hair type is one step closer to knowing how to effectively keep it healthy and beautiful. Knowing your hair type is the key to providing the proper care it needs.
The three top hair types we all fall into are straight, wavy, and curly. Find out what your hair type is, and how to take care of it by taking a closer look at each of the hair types.
How to Care for Straight Hair
This hair type has round hair fibers that make hair fall evenly on all sides of the scalp. Straight hair is admired not only for the sleek look it brings, but also because of its resilient strands. Some of the common hair concerns of those who have straight hair are dryness, tangles, and frizz which occur when flat, straight hair is dehydrated.
To add volume and depth to a straight hair, you can give it a boost by blow drying your hair upside down. Brush it to the opposite direction to get that volume in.
Another trick to achieve that volume is by using a leave-in conditioner at least twice or thrice a week. Fatty acids are commonly found in leave-in conditioners as an ingredient responsible for the promotion of hair growth and increase in hair density.
The Pantene Pro-V Miracles Treatment Vita Fusion Day Mist helps transform dry and frizzy straight hair to silky-smooth strands while giving it more volume and body. This leave-in treatment has Pro-Vitamins that reach the deep layers of the hair, protecting it from breakage caused by heat styling, dehydration and UV damage. For medium-length hair, spritz product 3-5 times directly onto hair and comb through, focusing on the dryer or damaged parts of the hair. You can use this dry hair treatment before styling in the morning to add more volume.
How to Care for Naturally Wavy Hair
Hair of this type has a natural wave and is usually thicker than straight hair. Most wavy hair types are thick and coarse, making it prone to frizz and difficult to style. Humidity also makes wavy hair poof into a big mess. Everyday exposure to heat and humidity can also make your hair unruly, frizzy and damaged, giving you flyaway hair.
The Pantene Collagen Miracle Intensive Serum Conditioner is formulated with ingredients protecting hair from external damage, while attracting and retaining moisture in the hair. It’s also packed with collagen that provides support to the hair, and Pro-Vitamin B5, which seals in nutrients and locks in moisture, turning dry, frizzy hair into shiny, smoother hair that lasts.
We also recommend using a microfiber towel to dry wavy hair to reduce friction and static. Avoiding a brush and instead opt for a wide-toothed comb also keeps wavy hair from drying out. This hair type is perfect for letting down into those beachy waves.
How to Care for Curly Hair
Curly hair has obvious springy curls, that looks straight when wet but curls as it dries. Most curly hair has a thick texture that is less prone to breakage but easily turns frizzy especially in humid weather.
Avoid using heat tools if you have curly hair to prevent breakage, and use a conditioner that would provide intense moisture without making your hair feel stiff or weighed down. To avoid tangles and split ends, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your curls.
Cut your hair regularly
There’s an old rule that says to keep hair looking healthy you have to cut your hair every six weeks. But there are also those who cut their hair only a few times in a year, and still have healthy-looking hair. So, how long do you have to wait to trim your hair?
Hair generally begins to split around 3 months, so to prevent split ends and damage from happening, get a trim every 3-4 months. Trimming keeps the hair healthy as it grows by getting rid of split-ends. By trimming unhealthy split ends, there is less breakage, frizz and flyaways. For those who want to grow their hair, there are a few things you can do to still keep hair healthy. Hair grows at an average rate of about half an inch a month and at different rates at certain times. Deep conditioning can prevent split ends from forming. But this only slows down the process of split ends. You can wait a little longer than the usual 3 months and have your trim every 6- 8 months instead. We also recommend brushing your hair when it is dry to distribute the natural oils from your scalp down to the ends of your hair.
Hair Care Habits to Remember
It takes time and patience to not just find the correct products for your hair, but also for the products and habits to take effect. Maintaining healthy hair takes effort and time – while still being vulnerable to dryness, breakage, frizz. But taking the time to keep your strands healthy will always be worth it. Pantene’s Micellar Range focuses on the holistic care of the scalp and hair removing the oils and dirt that need to go away while leaving the hair with gorgeous results.