Super Simple Hacks to Make Your Thick Hair More Manageable
I’m not an early riser, I’m the type to turn off the alarm and go back to sleep every time. So obviously when I wake up I have to rush into my morning routine every day. We all have to make tough decisions about our hair when we’re in a hurry. To comb or not to comb – To tie or not to tie, And you, get tangled? So drop your hair! Well, you know what I mean. Here are some hair care tips that will make your life easier and make your hair a little easier to comb and resistant to damage.
Massage your scalp
Massage your scalp with your fingertips (without oil) for 4 to 5 minutes every night before bed or every day before you shower. Massaging your hair, even for just five minutes, improves blood circulation and stimulates hair growth. So if you want your hair to grow faster, this trick will surely help you.
Massaging the scalp is not only pleasurable but also helps to instantly reduce stress and create a better mood, as well as improve the strength of your roots.
Dry and tighten
We all tend to scrub our dripping hair thoroughly as soon as we get out of the shower, well don’t do that. When you wrap your hair and rub it with a towel, it causes significant damage. Vigorous rubbing causes breakage, stiffens hair, and makes it more frizzy.
Use your towel to blot excess water from your hair (scalp and roots) so it doesn’t run out and gently squeeze the longer sections of your hair to remove excess water.
Rinse off with cold water
This trick can be easily performed during summers, but it will take courage to rinse your hair with cold water on cold winter days. Don’t worry, you don’t have to use cold water completely to wash your hair, just one rinse would do. And it will be worth it! Because hot water opens the cuticle of your hair, allowing shampoo and conditioner to do their job well. Coldwater, on the other hand, helps close the cuticle and lock in moisture in your conditioner. It helps your hair to appear flat, healthy, and shiny.
Use a heat-protective serum
You know that combing your hair, essentially with the heat on your hair frequently, can damage it. Styling tools can make your hair look perfect, but only temporarily, the extreme heat your hair is exposed to causes it to lose its innate shine and degrade your hair texture. But if there is no way out and you have to comb your hair every day, then don’t worry. Use a heat protection serum on your hair before exposing it to hot styling tools. If you do not use heat protection products (spray, serum, mousse, or gel) on your hair before styling, coarse, frizzy, and dry hair will be vulnerable to breakage and split ends.
Use a sulfate-free shampoo
We all tend not to read the labels on the back of our shampoo bottles. You can start by checking the ingredients on the back of the shampoo bottles, whether or not they contain sulfate. Now, what exactly is sulfate? This is the reason why your shampoo lathers the way it does. They cleanse the hair and scalp, removing dirt. But lately, some researchers have suggested that sulfate strips hair of its essential oils. Has shampoo ever entered your eyes? If so, I don’t need to explain the kind of excruciating pain it causes. This tingling is due to the sulfate content in your shampoo. If you experience any irritation to your scalp or notice that your hair is losing its shine over time, buy a shampoo that does not contain sulfates.
Make a clarifying rinse
Reclaim the lost life of your hair by giving it a boost and removing unnecessarily accumulated chemical build-up with a clarifying rinse after showering.
Dilute a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Once you are done with your usual showering routine, pour the apple cider vinegar and water mixture into your mane. Run from roots to ends of hair, then rinse, preferably with cold water for best results. This will help restore your hair’s pH balance, remove any chemical residue (left on your hair from shampooing), and close the cuticle.
Following regular cuts is the key to achieving smooth locks of hair that are not susceptible to split ends. Therefore, even if you are trying to grow your hair out, you need to trim the edges now and then. If your hair roots look polished and stunning, trust me, the damage and split ends will mess them up in no time.
Don’t wash too much (yeah that’s one thing)
Too much shampoo can strip your hair of its natural essential oils, which help give it shine and resist damage. Try to skip a day to find a schedule that is compatible with your hair. If you don’t feel comfortable without washing your hair, or if you have a very oily scalp that makes it difficult for you to go a day without shampooing, try using a dry shampoo. Dry shampoos help absorb oil, cleanse hair, and leave a wonderfully fresh smell.
Point your dryer
The best way to dry your hair is to let it dry on its own and not to use a blow dryer. But if you absolutely must use a blow dryer, whether you’re in a hurry or working on a serious hairstyle, be sure to blow dry yourself thoroughly. Use a diffuser (diffusers are attached to the end of your hairdryer, they help protect your hair from the direct heat of the blow dryer, allowing you to dry your hair without damaging it too much) so that your strands are not affected by the heat of the hairdryer and the tip the nozzle down. This way your cuticles could stay smooth and flat. An updraft can cause it to open, promoting frizz.
Go from brush to comb
This trick is especially aimed at girls with curly hair. You better believe it! Brushes can damage your brittle curls by creating frizz and split ends. I know you don’t want this. Instead, try switching to wide tooth combs or your fingers to work smoothly and smoothly through the knots.
Try the No-Poo Method
This is also known as shampooing or co-washing the hair. People with curly hair tend to have dry hair, and the shampoo strips their hair of its natural oils. The No-Poo Method essentially suggests using mild alternatives to shampooing (baking soda or apple cider vinegar). You can use apple cider vinegar to remove excess oil and product buildup, then finish your hair washing routine with a conditioner.
Switch to a t-shirt
It’s awesome. Instead of drying your hair with a rough towel, you can try an old t-shirt to do the same. The material of your shirt is much softer than that of your towel; This will reduce breakage and frizz. Simply wrap the tip of your hair with the shirt and wring out the excess water.
Comb before showering
Comb your hair before going in the shower. Because? Because a considerable amount of hair is already lost when shampooing, and if you wash tangled hair, you may lose more. So if your hair is prone to breakage and tangling, this tip will help you prevent unnecessary hair loss.
Best of all, when you get out of the shower, your hair will be less tangled than usual when you wash it without detangling it.
Use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair
You should always wait until your hair is completely dry before detangling it. But at peak times when you need to comb wet hair, prefer to use a wide-tooth comb rather than a fine toothbrush or comb. Wet hair is fragile and brittle, especially when it is all tangled. A wide-tooth comb will not pull out your brittle hair and you can easily detangle it while causing less damage than a brush.
Switching from cotton to silk
Sounds classy, doesn’t it? Well, that works too! There are many advantages to swapping your cotton pillowcase for satin or silk. Cotton is harsh on the hair and wicks moisture away from the hair and makes the head of the bed (sucks for people with bangs or short hair). Let’s face it, real bedside hair looks terrible unless you go out of your way to make it effortlessly stunning. Did you know that your cotton pillowcase can help damage and cause split ends? I bet not. Silk or satin is good for the hair and the skin.
For people with curly hair, satin or silk will keep your beautiful curls (or waves) protected all night long, so you won’t wake up with straight or frizzy hair.
Upgrade your shampoo and conditioner
You can mix in a tablespoon of castor oil or a few drops of jojoba oil or extra virgin olive oil to make your conditioner thicker and more nutritious. Pour the oil directly into your conditioner bottle and mix. This tip will help your conditioner hydrate your hair even better.
You can enhance your shampoo by adding 3-4 drops of lavender, rosemary, or peppermint essential oils. These essential oils are amazing and can do wonders for your hair. This little trick can go a long way towards improving resistance to hair damage.
Check labels when switching to organic shampoos
If you are fed up with not seeing any results using promising and expensive chemical shampoos and have decided to switch to organic shampoos, good for you! There are some common ingredients in all good organic shampoos, look for those ingredients.
These are extracts of rosemary oil, lavender oil, aloe vera, and amla. Plus, pumpkin seed extract and pink grapefruit oils are some ingredients that work wonders for your hair. These products help stop hair loss and effectively promote hair growth. Other oils include jojoba oil and flaxseed oil.
If you have thin hair, make sure your shampoo contains neem extract or neem oil.
To add vitality, volume, and shine to your hair, don’t forget to purchase a shampoo that contains ingredients like vitamins E and C, iron, biotin, and wheat protein.
Enhance your hair color with a tea rinse
You can use tea to give your hair a natural shine. Use lukewarm unsweetened tea (fresh or instant) as the last rinse after your regular shampooing routine. Tea can bring out the color of your hair, so be sure to use the type of tea that suits your hair color.
If you have blonde hair, you need to rinse your hair with chamomile tea.
If you have black or dark brown hair, you should rinse your hair with black tea.
Brunettes should rinse their hair with black tea to boost shine and enrich color.
A glass of juice for healthy hair
You can surely manage to drink at least one of these juices a day for your amazing hair.
The high amount of antioxidants present in amla (or Indian gooseberry) juice helps get rid of damaged cells that cause hair loss and also reduces premature graying of hair.
Amla juice also helps regenerate pigmentation in the hair, making it thicker and darker. Amla also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, and antimicrobial properties that help prevent inflammatory scalp conditions and ward off dandruff.
Aloe vera juice helps eliminate itchy scalp and dandruff. Prevents hair loss. The rich vitamins present in Aloe Vera juice help strengthen the hair and make it less prone to damage from breakage. Aloe vera juice is also beneficial for hydrating and nourishing the scalp. It is one of the best juices for hair growth.