Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase
You’ve, no doubt, heard about the benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase. Silk is a natural fiber and helps hair retain its moisture. (Unlike cotton cases that draw moisture out). Moisturized hair looks and feels healthier. The silk’s smooth surface helps hair glide over the material, preventing frizz. Frizz free hair equals softer, smoother hair.
Use a Clarifying Shampoo Once (or Twice) a Month
Hair products build-up over time, leaving hair feeling (and looking) less than desirable. This leaves your hair in need of a good deep cleanse. But like all good things in life, there needs to be balance. Deep cleansing too often can lead to dry, frizzy hair. But not enough leaves hair lifeless and dull. So, how often should you use a clarifying shampoo? Like almost all answers in life – it depends. The average person should use clarifying shampoo once or twice a month. But if you swim a lot or have oily hair, that number goes up. Likewise, if you have very dry hair, the number goes down. A little trial and error might need to happen, but when you find that ideal number, your hair will thank you.
Protect Tresses (and Scalp) with a Hair Sunscreen
Yes – hair sunscreen is really a thing. And no – it’s not just another fad. Just like sun exposure hurts your skin, it can hurt your hair. UVB rays that penetrate your hair can damage hair by breaking down proteins. And damage leads to dry, not-so-soft hair. The solution is a hair sunscreen. Yes – you can use regular sunscreen, but we want soft hair. So, choose a product that works double-time. One that both protects and moisturizes your hair with an added ingredient like Vitamin E or coconut water.
Deep Condition Hair Once (or Twice) a Week
Silk feels fantastic, but sleeping on silk isn’t enough. We want more. We want our hair to feel silky too. Dry hair is akin to a scarecrow. Not fun. And not too attractive either. Styling tools, harsh water, pollution and the weather all can wreak havoc on your hair. A deep condition is necessary to help add moisture and health back to your strands. Experts say to use a deep condition once or twice a week, depending on your hair’s dryness level.
Trade in Old Hair Ties for Silk Scrunchies
Normal hair elastics can be pretty awful for your hair. Most people notice the damage line where the ponytail holder goes, and that is one thing we do not want. The repetition of putting hair up and down, especially the same high pony, leads to creases and breakage. Silk hair ties prevent both. Like a silk pillowcase, silk hair ties help prevent frizz by its smooth surface. And, well, they're a cute accessory too.
Softer hair is attainable. And unlike most things in life, it doesn’t take much effort. Take a few seconds to jot reminder notes in your schedule book. Once a week – deep condition. Once a month – deep cleanse. Apply hair sunscreen when outside. Right now – buy a silk pillowcase and silk hair ties.
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