Fact Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Arpita Singh (Beauty Expert) on 18th Sep 2020
Healthy Hair Routine And Tips: A Handy Haircare Guide
EEveryone talks about hair care, but no one gives out actionable advice. It's either 'do this and do that, and you will get bouncy hair in 7 days' or 'use this blend containing unheard-of herbs '. It's about time that you stop following the noise, both on the internet and outside; and instead, look at making small incremental changes in your existing daily hair care routine.
Here’s a handy haircare guide consisting of an expert healthy hair routine, actionable tips, and general advice that will help you take care of your hair, day in and day out.
Healthy Hair Routine: A Basic Guide to Manage your Hair
Don’t worry if your hair needs special care. For example, if you are sporting a bob cut or if you have a dry scalp. We have designed this healthy hair routine in a way that it can be followed on all hair types and forms. And the good part is that this was made keeping in mind the Indian climate. So, you know your actions will have a positive impact on your hair.
Without ado, here is a great routine for healthy hair, divided into five critical actions.
1. Do the Groundwork
Starting a healthy hair routine can be daunting at first but not if you do it as we do. Start by asking yourself these questions:
- What is your hair type?
- What is your current hairstyle?
- What does your existing hair care routine look like?
- Does your hair have any special needs?
You can learn a lot about your hair with the answers to these questions. And those answers will lay the foundation for your healthy hair routine. Here’s some assistance:
Knowing your hair type
Two big things to know here are your hair type and hair density. The easiest way to check them is to do this:
- Wash your hair and let it dry for 5-8 hours.
- After drying completely, use a small piece of tissue paper and press it gently on top of your head.
- Check the amount of oil that sticks on to the paper.
While a lot of oil indicates oily hair, an absence shows that you may have dry hair and scalp. If you detect some areas are oily and others are dry, you have combination hair. In the case of moderate oil, you have regular hair.
Good to Know
Don’t spend a lot of time figuring out your hair type. Sometimes it can be confusing, so just use your past experiences to identify and move forward..
All these four main types of hair are common among Indians, and a carefully planned healthy hair routine can help manage them easily. You just need to tweak the routine a little to make sure that it works for you.
To know your hair density, simply part your hair in the middle and check the crown. Depending upon the visibility of your scalp, you will have thick, medium, and thin hair.
If you see a lot of scalp area, you have thin hair. Moderate scalp means medium hair whereas very less scalp area denotes thick and dense hair.
What’s in a Hairstyle?
Not much. If you are carrying a specific hairstyle, just add the maintenance activities into your routine, and you'll be fine.
If you don’t have a routine already, just follow the steps in this article. In case you have one but are not seeing any results, you can:
- Try to find a balance between your existing routine and our recommendations.
- Chuck your routine and try ours.
Remember that you can always customize your healthy hair routine. There’s no golden way to manage your hair. What works for your friend may not always work for you. The solution, then, is to continuously improve upon your routine until your hair loves you back.
By this we mean if you are under treatment for any hair-related ailment. It can be as innocuous as dandruff treatment or something advanced like a hair transplant. In such cases, we recommend consulting your hair care professional for a healthy hair routine.
But if it’s a minor and temporary treatment, go right ahead.
2. Start with Combing
Combing is one of the most overlooked elements in any healthy hair routine. While some think it’s of no use, others avoid it because they think all the untangling can lead to more hair damage.
Hair experts suggest that the opposite is true in both cases. Combing your hair –dandruff treatment regardless of how difficult it is – should be done regularly. There is no set number as to how many times you should do it in a day, but we recommend at least two times a day. Again, this depends on the volume of your hair and the time required to brush the full length of your tresses.
Scheduling combing is the first step towards any healthy hair routine. It is also the most important part, even more than shampooing and conditioning.
Good to Know
If you are facing hair fall then comb your hair before bed and before bath without fail. You can reduce frequent brushing and touching throughout the day.
Combing – How and when
The rule of thumb is to do gentle strokes in parts. For straight, long hair, start at the bottom. Hold the hair in your hand, and stroke the strands gently with a comb. This should help you get rid of the knots. Slowly move upwards. The idea is to comb slowly and cover the entire length of your hair.
The same process applies if you have curly hair. But a better way to comb would be to do it while you are shampooing. It will make combing easier and prevent hair damage. A combined attempt using a comb and your fingers will give you the best results: strong and healthy hair.
You should comb your hair two to three times a day. You can distribute it over the course of a day the way you like but here’s the general rule:
- Morning – When you get ready for your day
- Sometimes – before and after (when dry) head wash
- Night – before going to sleep
Good to Know
If you have dry hair, we recommend that you comb your hair before shampooing. This will help you untangle your hair easily and avoid hair breakage.
- Invest in a wide-toothed comb made of wood for best results
- Use a comb with blunt bristles for better scalp health
- Night – before going to sleep
The idea of combing is to untangle your hair and massage it and your scalp. So, it’s ultimately up to you to decide how many times you need to comb.
3.Shampoo and Condition Your Hair
You should shampoo your hair at least three times a week. They don't necessarily have to be of equal intensity; just make sure your hair gets cleaned, and the pores in your scalp get unclogged.
While any shampoo is fine for most hair types, you can opt for a hydrating one if you have dry hair. There are several types in the market: anti-hair fall, anti-dandruff, for smooth and silky hair, etc. You can choose any one of them as long as you complement it with a conditioner.
How to Shampoo the Right Way?
Follow these steps:
- Wet your hair using regular water.
- Then focus on your mane and start lathering your scalp gently using your fingers
You can gradually go downwards to the end of your hair or let the suds move down and do the job on their own. Make sure the foam reaches each and every end of your hair.
You can also use a comb to cover all the spots. This will be more helpful when you are conditioning, which should be done immediately after the shampoo process (after you have washed). Here, instead of focusing on your mane, do it on your strands.
- Gently apply the conditioner on your tresses and massage them. Wash it all away after a few minutes.
Do not comb immediately after shampooing. Wait for your hair to dry and then brush.
Should I Shampoo Everyday?
Shampooing and conditioning are for cleaning your hair and unclogging the pores in your scalp. If you do it every day, there is a higher chance of hair breakage. Therefore, we recommend following the three-times-a-week rule and tweak it based on your needs for healthy hair.
4. Consider Oiling your Hair
This is tricky because there is no hard and fast rule about oiling. But studies have proved that oil is essential for healthy hair. It doesn't matter what oil you prefer; you can use anything that has worked well for you in the past.
The goal, instead, is to oil your hair periodically to keep it nourished and --smooth. You can do it before or after washing (shampooing) as both of them have equal benefits. Just make sure that you let the oil do its work for some time before you wash it off.
If you have oily hair, you should do this activity in moderation. Because your hair roots still need the nutrients and care, we recommend doing it once a week. Oiling, massaging, shampooing, and conditioning make up the four elements of a hair spa which is an essential part of your healthy hair routine.
Good to Know
Experts recommend doing a warm oil massage that is known to boost hair health, aid in blood circulation in the scalp, and give more power to your hair follicles.
5. Drying and Cutting
Hair maintenance is a chore in itself. And hair drying is the most time-consuming part. If you wish for healthy hair, aim for natural drying, i.e. let your hair dry on its own over the few hours after washing. If you are in a hurry, we suggest avoiding washing your hair altogether.
One reason why we don't recommend using hair styling tools is that they expose your hair to unnecessary heat. The Indian climate is already very hot and humid; you don't need tools to add to that. Do you?
A healthy hair routine is all about growing your hair and maintaining it. But if you feel there is a need to cut your hair or just trim it, go right ahead. Issues like split ends and thin hair are good reasons why you should trim. Whatever the reason, do it in moderation and do not base your decision on myths or whims.
Healthy Hair Tips – General Advice from Hair Experts
A quick list of some of the best healthy hair tips:
- Keep an eye out for split ends and trim your hair accordingly.
- Include leafy vegetables, nuts, and eggs into your diet for healthy hair growth.
- Avoid all types of supplements and hair care tablets unless prescribed by your dietician.
- Avoid non-brand, ‘magic’ gels, and shampoos that claim unrealistic healthy hair growth.
- For best results, when you condition your hair, let it stay for 10-15 minutes. This will allow re-hydrating your scalp and hair.
We believe that beauty is in the present and it is influenced by what we do right now. A healthy hair routine is perhaps the most important requirement to maintain and nurture your hair in the long run. We hope this healthy hair routine and tips above will help you create your own customized system. Because at the end of the day, what we all want is just some healthy, beautiful hair.