4 back-to-basics tips for better hair

Do you look after your hair in-between those trips to the salon?

No… you know, really look after it?

Our hair is put through quite a bit, day-in, day-out. It’s exposed to different elements, scratched, prodded and stroked. We blow-dry it, wash it (and forget to wash it) and tie it up when it’s doing nothing more than getting in our way.

Poor hair. Deserves a break, eh (not literally!)?

What follows is four things you can do from now on to give your hair the best chance of long term health and ensure it always looks at its best.

1. Don’t leave it wet

Ok, so you need to run out to the shops, or catch the bus which you missed yesterday morning – but what about your wet, dangly hair?

Leaving hair wet is one of the worst things you can do to it. A bit like spaghetti, it will simply begin to swell relentlessly and, as a result, become weaker over time.

Allow time to dry your hair properly. Blow dry it (even before bed), and try washing it with cooler water, as this will improve the overall condition and make it stronger than ever.

2. Don’t get addicted to brushing

Your hair needs brushing, of course, but it’s easy to get a bit addicted to doing so (for some of us, it’s a comfort, after all).

Brushing your hair too much, however, can cause serious damage – particularly if you’re having to get knots out.

Knots aren’t worth losing your hair over, so be a little bit more gentle and work on sections of your hair, instead. Brush from the tips to the root and take it easy. Only brush when you absolutely need to.

Hair is more elasticated when wet, too, so remember that it’ll damage more easily without you knowing anything about it.

3. Try a different pillow case

This might sound a bit odd (and possibly a little extravagant), but swapping your old ropey pillow case for one made from silk can do wonders for the condition of your hair.

You’ll probably wake up with less frizz, too!

4. Take a look at your handbag

Sometimes, it’s the less obvious stuff that can have detrimental effects on your hair.

Take your handbag. If it features a shoulder strap, it might be doing more damage to your locks than you think.

Every time you sling the bag over your shoulder, you’ll catch your hair, and over time, that’ll make it more brittle and split. Eventually, it’ll break off – all because of your bag.

Who’d have thought it, eh? To prevent this, lose that shoulder strap!

We hope our hair tips help. Bar the silk pillow case, you won’t need to spend a penny, either!

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