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hair care routine for beginners: 5 simple yet effective tips

If you are a beginner and don’t know where to start, you have arrived at the right place. Desiring healthy, lustrous hair and achieving that is not as complex as it may seem. The foundation of achieving such beautiful hair is a hair care routine. We all are unique, and in the same way, our hair type, texture, porosity and length are also different. Whatever has suited my hair may not suit yours.
So, before starting a hair care routine, we need to keep in mind all the factors that will help our hair grow beautifully.

In this blog, I will guide you through the basic hair-care routine through which you can customize a hair-care regime that will suit your hair type.

Understanding hair type.

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The first step to beginning your hair care routine starts with understanding your hair type. Whether you have straight, wavy or curly hair, knowing your hair type will help you select the proper hair care products and treatments that your hair requires. There are mainly 4 types of hair,

  • Straight hair
  • wavy hair
  • curly hair
  • Coily hair

Each hair type possesses some unique characteristics and concerns, such as straight hair having less volume, wavy hair getting a lot of frizz, curly and curly hair being dry and unruly.
Understanding the hair type will help you acknowledge the cause and how to make it manageable.

Foundation of hair care routine

The basics- cleansing and conditioning

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Cleansing and conditioning are the fundamentals of a hair care routine. Start using a gentle shampoo that suits your hair type and follow it up with a conditioner.

For example,

  • For example, If you have dryness, your hair needs hydrating shampoo.
  • If your hair gets frequent build-up, or gets oily very quickly, you need a clarifying shampoo.
  • For curly or oily hair, both clarifying and moisturizing shampoo is required.

Here are few things to remember before buying a shampoo.

  • Always check for the ingredients. Avoid using SLS, silicon, paraben and fragrance-based products because using sulphate-based products in the long run can damage hair aggressively by making hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
  • Avoiding silicon can help prevent hair build up. Avoid paraben-based shampoos because they might disrupt hormones and damage hair and scalp by making it dry and brittle. If you have specific sensitivities, try to avoid fragranced shampoos.
  • Select a shampoo that contains PH balancing properties to help maintain the natural acidity of your hair and scalp, which is significant for overall hair health.
Remember, the task of shampoo is only cleansing the scalp and hair by eliminating the build up, nothing other than that.

Avoid getting trapped by the cosmetic Industry’s marketing. Do some research and acquire a gentle shampoo that suits your scalp and hair without getting dry, brittle and damaged.

The arts of hair drying

Hair drying is not as straightforward as it seems.

Here are a few tips to remember while drying hair.

  • Always wrap wet hair with a micro-fibre towel or cotton t-shirt. Using any of these materials to wrap hair can help reduce frizz.
  • Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel. Gently pad dry your hair.
  • Try to avoid drying hair with your blow-dryers. Opt for natural options.
  • If you are using a blow dryer, it’s essential to apply serum or heat protectant to maintain hair moisture.

Removing tangles and combing

  • Combing is the process where most people damage their hair.
  • Here are a few tips to properly comb your hair.
  • Avoid combing wet hair because hair is at its weakest when wet.
  • The right time to comb your hair is when it is 60-70% dry.
  • Always use a tooth comb while combing damp hair.
  • Never start combing from the roots; instead, Section your hair, remove big knots with your fingers and start combing your hair from the bottom and eventually go upward.
  • Try to use a wooden comb.

Additional tips to Protect your hair from damage.

Your hair is more fragile than you think. Protecting the scalp and hair from pollution, prolonged sun exposure, and chlorinated water helps prevent hair damage.

Here are few tips to protect your hair from damage.

  • Always use a heat protectant before applying any styling tool to hair. Try not to use styling tools frequently.
  • Do not use hot water while rinsing hair. Always use warm or room-temperature water.
  • Always use conditioner after each hair wash, and do not forget to remove the conditioner properly. You can also rely on hair masks. They are great alternatives for conditioners.
  • Do not rely on various chemical-based products for your hair.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure during peak hours.
  • Check the hardness of the water in your home and use shower filter to prevent hair damage.

Introduce oils in your hair care routine.

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This part might be a game-changer for your hair.

  • Massaging the scalp with herbal oils has numerous benefits when applied correctly. Natural oils have the potency to promote hair growth effectively and make hair dense.
  • Herbal oils are often rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and other nourishing properties are required to prevent hair thinning, breakage, split ends and dry, brittle texture.
  • Its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties help eliminate dandruff and itchiness from the scalp, providing a soothing effect.
  • Some of the best oils to start your hair care regime are coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, rosemary oil, bhringraj oil, amla oil etc.

I have also shared DIY herbal oils for hair growth in my posts, you can check there and experiment.

Additional hair oiling tips

  • Make sure your hair is clean.
  • Apply warm oil evenly on the scalp and massage it with your fingertips for 15-20 minutes.
  • Don’t forget to apply oil to the ends.
  • Do not comb hair immediately after oiling.
  • Wait for a few minutes, and gradually remove larger knots with your fingers, and then start combing from downwards to upwards.
  • Tie hair in a protected style like a braid, bun or low ponytail.
  • Don’t keep oil in your hair for a long time. It may clog pores and even make hair more dry.
  • Always double-cleanse hair after shampooing, and ensure no residue is left in the hair.
  • For active hair growth, you need to apply oil on the scalp at least thrice a week and follow all these steps, and you are good to achieve thick, beautiful hair.

Introduce herbal hair mask to your hair care routine

  • Pamper your hair with DIY herbal hair masks that provide nourishment to the hair, making it soft, shiny, and voluminous.
  • The antioxidants in herbal masks will prevent hair damage and may delay premature greying of hair.
  • Herbal hair masks are natural hair conditioner that will make hair manageable and less prone to breakage.

Additional tips for hair mask

  • Detangle your hair before applying a hair mask.
  • By using a spray bottle, slightly dampen your hair for easy and even application.
  • Always wear a shower cap or any plastic wrap after applying the hair mask.
  • Do not keep the hair mask for more than 40-45 minutes.

Focus on internal health

  • Maintain a balanced lifestyle.
  • You are what you eat. Co-operate with foods rich in vitamins and minerals, protein, healthy fat, and Carbohydrates to promote hair growth and strength.
  • Do not forget to hydrate your body. Drink water and water rich foods for better hydration.
  • Also, maintain a regular sleep cycle, engage yourself in regular exercise or yoga, learn stress management and let your hair shine from within.

Maintain a consistent hair care routine.

Customize a hair care routine that suits your hair type and continue using the treatments for few months for noticeable results.

Consistency is the key to success, and if you are following an herbal hair care routine, you can not see changes overnight. For visible results, you need to be consistent for few months.

Conclusion

This blog was all about starting a hair care regime. The simple tips I have shared in this blog are potent if followed consistently. Remember, we all are different, and our hair is as well. Discover what works best for you. Don’t get dependable on chemicals as our mother nature has provided us with the best. So, taking advantage of this, introduce herbal oils, masks, and tonics in your regime and let your hair shine at its best. Show affection to your hair because it deserves it.

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