For a long time, we've been told that the oil from our scalp was an indication of unhealthy hair, and with the manipulation of marketing we are tricked into buying products that mimicked that “healthy shine.” This eventually leads us to believe that the more hairsprays and leave-on conditioners we had cluttered in our bathroom, the more benefits there are for our hair. We’ve come under the impression that these products have provided enough strength to withstand the damage from the dyes we use and our styling tools. What ends up happening is that our mane goes through this vicious cycle of haircare mistakes, as outlined on The Greatist, yet we keep wondering why our hair isn’t as luscious as what’s been advertised in commercials.
Sometimes we end up having the big chop to get rid of all the damaged parts of our hair, but for some people, short hair can require more maintenance (for example, you can check out how Theodore Leaf, the Glamour Beauty Editor, uses hairspray and pomade to style beach waves on a bob, which can be seen in a style feature on The Scene...short hair isn't always easier!). But regardless if you have long hair or short, curly locks or straight, there’s no doubt that our hair experiences a lot throughout the day, such as heat exposure from our flat and curling irons, the adjustment of switching haircare products, and the surprising damaging effects of towel drying.
Beauty routines eat up so much time in our day and sometimes do more harm than good, and the way to combat the two is by lessening the amount of products, and making use of natural ingredients.
Here are some of the specifics in caring for your hair, the minimalist way:
1) Try not to wash your hair more than three times a weekWashing your hair, especially if it’s thick and long, is definitely a chore for most of us, but some ladies have been known to exceed the maximum because of oil buildup. This oil is actually good for your locks, so it’s just a matter of managing that buildup. A good dry shampoo is all you need in between washes and gives your hair more texture. You can also make your own dry shampoo following the instructions listed on Wellness Mama.
2) Air dry your hairIt goes without saying that you should be air drying your strands whenever possible, but this often means less control of how our hair turns out when all the water dries out. To tame your hair while letting it dry naturally, wear your hair in twists, buns, or braids for perfect waves. These can be worn throughout the day or overnight.
3) Choose the right products for your hair typeAccording to studies from Unilever, which were also posted on Forbes, unsurprisingly a huge percentage of women reported their dissatisfaction with their hair. While we shouldn’t bother purchasing every hair product in our local drugstores, it’s important that the ones you do select are actually suited for your hair type. The wrong products can result in drier or oilier locks, adding unnecessary steps into your beauty routine.
What are your top haircare tips? Do you have any hair products you swear by? I'm really trying to learn more about this facet of beauty and I would so appreciate any recommendations you have!