It doesn’t matter whether your hair is curly, thin, oily, dry, or any of the combinations– certain hair treatments are universal. Although a customized treatment is beneficial, it is good to start with basic treatments. Let’s check out the 21 most effective hair treatments and hair-styling ideas that can help everyone.
1. USE LUKEWARM WATER
Hot showers can feel calming, however, it causes harm to hair. Hot water removes essential oils, leaving it dry and looking dull. Therefore adjust the temperature level to make it lukewarm. Lukewarm water is ideal for cleaning and less harsh on the hair.
2. APPLY CONDITIONER PROPERLY
Often we put conditioner without applying it properly. Conditioner can tend to make hair oily if directly applied to the roots. It is recommended to put conditioner from mid-length to the end. The best way to apply it is by using a wide-tooth comb to disperse throughout hair and detangle any knots. Also, use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to get smoother hair.
3. SHAMPOO THE SCALP
Unlike conditioner, hair shampoo should be applied directly on the scalp. Massage the scalp thoroughly to remove excess oil and dead skin cells that are harmful to the hair follicles. Try to avoid washing hair daily.
4. RINSE WELL
Make sure to rinse hair well after applying shampoo and conditioner. Excess residue can cause build-up on the scalp, damaging the roots and causing hair loss.
5. USE MICROFIBER TOWELS
It’s important to use a towel that is gentle to the hair. Microfiber towels are soft to use and the best way to get rid of excess water. They also leave hair looking smooth and healthy afterward.
6. APPLY HEAT PROTECTANT BEFORE STYLING
Styling tools such as blow dryers, flat irons, or curling wands can be damaging to the hair. They cause hair to be dry and brittle. Since it’s not possible to completely avoid styling tools, it’s necessary to apply heat protectant before using styling tools to keep hair from being damaged.
7. BLOW-DRY WITH A BRUSH
Using blow-dryers may seem simple to master but there is a trick to get the best results. When blow-drying hair, use a rounded brush to get smoother and silky hair. Make sure to start from the roots to the ends to avoid frizz.
8. USE FLAT IRONS/CURLING IRONS ON DRY HAIR
Think of what happens when you pour water right into a hot frying pan? The water immediately burns and smokes up. That is what happens when you try to use a straightener or a curling iron on wet or damp hair. It’s better to completely air-dry hair before using these tools to reduce damage to the hair.
9. CHANGE UP YOUR PART
Sometimes the most basic hair trick gives the best results. The quickest way to make your hair appear fuller is to part it differently. It also allows the roots to breathe and prevent getting too much sun exposure to one area.
10. SKIP TIGHT PONYTAILS
Ponytails are popular because they are a quick and easy way to style hair. But tying up hair daily can cause stress to hair strands causing it to break. It is better to keep the hair down free-flowing or put it in a looser braid.
11. USE HAIRSPRAY
The last step to a complete hairstyle is to apply hairspray. A strong-hold climate control hairspray ensures the hairdo lasts, despite where you go or what you do. It also gives volume to make hair look luscious and beautiful.
12. SCALP CARE
Think about it: The scalp is skin and expansion of the face. Similar to the skin in the body, the scalp requires usual exfoliating. Unfortunately, any build-up of oil, dead skin cells, and other residues can leave the scalp distressed and appear less healthy.
13. SLEEP ON A SILK PILLOWCASE
Cotton pillowcases can absorb hair treatment and be needlessly rough on the hair. Change to a silk or satin pillowcase to get a good night’s sleep. A silk pillowcase is much smoother and softer on the hair and less likely to cause tangles in sleep.
14. USE DRY SHAMPOO TO REFRESH
Hair looking a little greasy? Use dry shampoo to make the hair look clean without the use of water. It absorbs oils from the scalp and hair, making hair look fresh again. When buying a dry shampoo, look for ingredients that don’t leave any residues behind.
15. DEEP CONDITION REGULARLY
All types of hair, texture, and color can benefit from deep conditioning. It’s an easy and quick treatment that benefits the hair. Swap out normal conditioner for a deep conditioner. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes before washing it off completely.
16. AIR DRY WHEN POSSIBLE
Since too much heat can harmful over time, allow hair to air dry as much as you can. It improves hair quality and dries out naturally, creating a nice smooth, and shiny texture.
17. PROTECT STRANDS AGAINST UV RAYS
Do you know what also causes hair to damage? The sunlight! That’s why covering hair with a hat or scarf whenever outside for extended periods can protect hair from UV rays from the sun exposure. Besides, hats can also hide a bad hair day.
18. TRIM SPLIT ENDS
As much as you take care of hair with treatments to keep it healthy and balanced, often split ends are simply unavoidable. Split ends make hair dry and brittle causing breakage. The best way to get rid of split ends is by trimming them every few weeks.
19. KEEP HAIR HYDRATED
Hydrated hairs are healthy and balanced — which is a universal truth. To maintain healthy and balanced hair, use a dime-sized leave-in hair lotion throughout. Whether you have straight, curly, or a combination of hair, maintaining hair moisture is critical to maintaining a beautiful and attractive look.
20. USE A WIDE-TOOTH COMB ON WET HAIR
The truth is that wet hair breaks quicker when brushing or combing. Therefore, it’s important to use a wide-tooth comb when detangling wet or damp hair and be as gentle as possible during the process.
21. KEEP LOW OR MEDIUM HEAT SETTING
When using styling tools, it isn’t necessary to put the tools in the highest settings — the high settings are meant for in-salon therapies! Maintain a reduced or low-temperature setting to achieve the same results. Low heat settings also reduce hair breakage and damage.