Basic Hair Care Routine (And Products to Use): A Step-by-Step Guide
Your hair needs special care and attention to keep it healthy, shiny, and damage-free. But getting into a haircare routine seems a bit daunting, especially since there are numerous excellent products like Kerastase in Jeddah for the same hair type.
Though an individual hair care routine depends on different factors, including your hair texture, specific hair concerns, and the preferred hairstyle, every hair care glam ritual shares several basic steps.
Here are the five basic components of a hair care regimen every person can benefit from.
Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing refers to removing product residue, dirt, dust, and dead skin from the hair without stripping off the natural oils. Neglecting to wash your hair daily or when needed can lead to the buildup of sebum, leaving unwanted oiliness.
If you just came out of the pool or are an avid swimmer, make it a habit not to leave chlorine on your hair. Chlorine can strip the natural elements from your hair, causing damage.
To cleanse your hair, use shampoo. But with the many types of shampoos in the market today, choosing which product to use can be tricky. From clarifying to volumizing to straightening to shampoos for colored hair, here are your options:
Clarifying shampoo – This will roughen up the hair cuticle and clean the roots. You can use it whenever you feel like your hair suffers from product and dirt buildup or before having your hair treated.
Volumizing shampoo – This helps open up the hair cuticle to make it thicker. But to achieve nice, fluffy hair, choose a volumizing shampoo that contains easy-to-rinse, lightweight conditioning ingredients.
Straightening shampoo – This contains oil or silicone that coats the hair strands so they look smooth and straight.
Shampoo for colored hair – This is highly recommended for dyed hair. It contains sea kelp, oils, algae, and other ingredients to prevent colored hair from fading. The Kérastase Blond Absolu Bain Lumiere shampoo, for instance, is ideal for highlighted, grey, or lightened hair. It contains Edelweiss flower, which helps protect the fibers of hair that have gone through any lightening process.
Sulfate-free shampoo – Sulfates are great for removing dirt and oil from hair, but they can dry out your hair and cause split ends. On the other hand, sulfate-free shampoos like those from Kerastase can lock in natural oils and moisture and minimize scalp irritation.
No matter what shampoo you use, make sure to get one that is appropriate for your hair texture.
Choosing a shampoo that is too moisturizing can lead to product buildup on the scalp while opting for one that is too clarifying can strip off most of your hair’s natural oils. If you don’t know what shampoo to use, consult a hair expert for a recommendation.
Moreover, consider using two types of shampoos with different ingredients every four to five washes to help maintain the balance in your hair. This can remove any product buildup and restore the cleanliness of your hair strands.
Step 2: Moisturize
Besides the obvious benefits of moisturizing your hair, moisturizers also work to reduce fizziness and tangles while improving hair shininess. These hair products contain an ingredient that sticks to wet hair, coating each hair strand to replenish the moisture removed by shampooing.
Important hair moisturizing product ingredients include:
Oil – This will enhance the natural oils of your hair by strengthening the hair strands and locking in moisture.
Lotion – A hair lotion offers additional protection from dryness and breakage. It can also give it a non-stiff, light hold.
Step 3: Detangle
Detangling is an essential hair care step as this helps stop breakage. You may need to detangle your hair daily or less often, depending on your hair type.
Successful hair detangling entails the use of the following tools and products:
Hairbrush – There are different hairbrushes to choose from. If you find bristles too hard on your hair, consider using plastic alternatives. Brushing your hair daily is enough to keep it healthy. Avoid too much brushing as this can do more harm than good.
Wide-tooth comb – If a hairbrush breaks your hair easily, a wide-tooth comb is an excellent alternative because it is less damaging, especially for wet hair.
Serum – A detangling serum is a great way to manage hair tangles. It makes your hair softer, so a comb or hairbrush can seamlessly work its way through.
Step 4: Style and protect
With the introduction of styling hair products, you can easily style your hair any way you want. Here are the products you can use to style and protect your hair.
Wax – This is a thick hair care product that offers a hold while boosting shininess. It also does not leave any hair strand feeling stiff.
Mousse – Modern mousse adds volume and texture to hair. It can even improve curls without leaving a clumpy or sticky feel.
Gel – Depending on the product you use, styling gels can give your hair a light or strong hold. These products also offer a noticeable shine and texture.
Pomade – For a long, shiny look, consider using pomade. But this hair product must be used on damp hair to leave a sleek finishing touch.
Dry shampoo – If you don’t have time to wash your hair daily, dry shampoo is a go-to product. It removes unwanted oil without water, making it a must-have for people on-the-go or those avoiding liquid shampoo for some reasons. But avoid using it too much because it builds up residue on the scalp.
Spray – Hair sprays today are available in different holding strengths. And unlike decades ago, they won’t leave your hair super stiff. Also, some hair sprays are formulated to target concerns like frizz or protect your hair strands from the extreme heat of a curling iron, straightener, or hairdryer.
Step 5: Spot-treat
Spot-treating your hair means choosing a specific bothersome area and doing things to remedy it.
Hair care product used for spot-treating include:
Protein treatment – Damaged or frizzy hair requires an extra dose of protein. This treatment fills in gaps in the hair cuticle to smoothen and strengthen the strands.
Scalp treatment – This is an exfoliating treatment for unclogging follicles, calming scalp issues like itchiness, and stimulating circulation for hair growth. It can be used monthly or bi-monthly.
Targeted masks – These hair masks are infused with nourishing ingredients, left on the hair for several minutes to manage split ends and dryness or deeply replenish the hair.
Having a hair care routine is the key to making it shiny, smooth, and healthy. So if you don’t have a hair care ritual yet, now is the best time to start!
But take note that dramatic results won’t happen overnight. Give the hair care products you use enough time to do their job. The most important thing to remember is to be consistent with your daily hair care regimen and use high-quality brands like Kerastase to address the needs of your hair.
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