If we had 3 wishes, 1 would definitely be no more bad hair days (and world peace), but we’ve yet to find a magic lamp. Luckily, with a tiny bit of effort, healthier looking hair is super achievable! Check these 7 tips to help banish bad hair (no genie required):
1. Rinse your hair with cold water instead of hot.
Hot water expands the hair cuticle, which can make your mane look frizzy and dull. Cold water helps smooth the hair cuticle for shiny, silky strands.
2. Always check the ingredients in your hair care products to make sure they don’t contain sulfates (SLS and SLES). Here’s why.
Our go-to, sulfate-free wash is As If I Hair™ All-Purpose Shampoo. It’s filled with quinoa to help fortify hair so it looks stronger and healthier while smoothing and hydrating with olive and coconut extract.
3. Comb in your conditioner
Using a wide-toothed comb in the shower helps conditioner evenly coat strands without tugging on hair. If your scalp is dry, condition from your roots down. For oilier scalps, concentrate conditioner from the middle of your strands down to your ends. All hair types can benefit from Tressed to Impress™ All-Purpose Conditioner with abyssinian oil and vitamin B5.
4. Avoid rubbing your wet hair with a towel.
Terry cloth can rough up your hair cuticle, resulting in frizzier hair. Plus, when hair is wet, it’s more susceptible to breakage, so rubbing with a heavy towel is less than ideal. Gently blot out excess moisture with a T-shirt or, even better, a microfiber towel.
5. To reduce breakage, don’t tie your hair up when it’s wet or damp.
Hair stretches when it’s wet, sometimes as much as 30%. If you pull your wet hair back, as it dries it becomes less elastic, causing tension and breakage.
6. Treat your hair (and scalp) the same way you treat your face.
You pamper your face with a nourishing mask on a regular basis, why would you treat your scalp any differently? Flawless hair starts at the roots, which is why we love One Night Strand™ Hair and Scalp Mask infused with argan oil. The best part is you can choose how you use it:
DRY HAIR: Apply, then wrap hair in a warm, damp towel and wait 20 minutes before rinsing
WET HAIR: Apply, leave 5–10 minutes, then rinse
OVERNIGHT: Apply to damp or dry hair, wrap in a dry towel or shower cap, leave overnight and rinse in the morning
7. Try a salt spray
What one product can give you beachy waves, tons of texture, vixen-like volume, and even help you hold your top knot? A salt spray like Beach Hair, Don’t Care™. Salt sprays like this one work without sulfates to amp up your hair’s natural wave. Stick straight? Salt spray also helps to lift roots for much needed volume and lock slippery strands in place.
Incorporate these 7 steps into your hair care routine or just pick and choose what works for you. You’ll have the hair you’ve been wishing for in no time!