Welcome to the first installment of the NIH 2023 Hair Blog. I want this year, to be all about your hair health; it's care and healthy hair growth. So this year can be, your healthiest hair year yet! And, as a hair professional, I want to help clear up the confusion on how to properly care for your hair and its needs, which we will uncover throughout the year.
It's hard to know what's right and what's wrong in the world of hair-care. There are so many contradicting pieces of advice floating around the internet, and sometimes the advice even differs from stylist to stylist. So this year, together, we will work through the main guidelines to follow for healthier hair-care and start to figure out your perfect routine, for your hair.
Starting with the 3 biggest mistakes that you might be making:
NOT DETANGLING BEFORE WASHING
Did you know that hair is at its weakest when it is wet?
This is why it's important to detangle your hair prior to washing, start detangling from the ends and slowly move your way up to cause the least amount of stress. Do not pull when you find a tangle, work on detangling that section, with patience, before moving on to the next area.If you are struggling to detangle, a small amount of oil or leave in moisturiser might help.
During your hair wash routine, it's important to keep your hair as detangled as possible. Try not to ruffle and tangle your hair during your shampoo. When conditioning, make sure you comb through with a wide toothed comb/or a wet brush, again detangle from the ends first and move your way up.
After your final rinse, squeeze the water out and squeeze with a towel. Do not ruffle. Keeping your hair detangled during the washing and styling faze will result in much smoother and less frizzy finished looks. Over time, you will see your hair change, Even when drying naturally.
NOT USING ENOUGH OIL OR OILING OFTEN ENOUGH
NOT PROTECTING YOUR HAIR WHILST YOU SLEEP
Making these 3 initial changes in your hair-care routine will make a surprising difference to your hair's overall health. You will see overtime that your hair will become easier to style, less tangled, softer and also shinier.
So before we begin, let's set your intention for this year:
Setting an intention works by voicing your goals out loud - repeat 3 times:
Make a full sentence starting with the words 'This year' followed by whichever of the following you tick.
E.g - if you tick all 4:
This year I will have healthy, shiny, silky soft hair that will tangle less, hold a style for longer & will grow long and healthy.
That's all for this installment of 'your healthiest hair year yet'. I can't wait to see how your hair improves over the coming months. I promise, by following these small changes and you will begin to see a difference.
By the end of February the changes you make now will have become a habit ready for March's installment.
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Until next month