4 ways to craft your perfect daily hair-care routine

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You’d love to have supermodel hair — gorgeous, thick shiny strands of hair that look like you’ve spent the day at the salon. How exactly to get that? You need to develop a health routine for your hair. But there’s so many hair products, so many options. We’ll start with the basics, then your routine will sort itself out.

What’s your hair type?

You need to know this because that will determine how much moisture your hair and your scalp needs. It will determine how fragile your hair is and if it breaks easily. First, check the diameter. If you take one strand and you can’t feel it, that means you have fine hair. If you feel one strand, you have medium hair, and if it feels thick or textured, then you have coarse hair.

Check the density. Pull a chunk of hair to the side, do you see scalp? Then you have thin hair. If you hardly see any scalp, then you have thick hair. If it’s sort of in-between, then you have medium-density hair.

If you pull on that hair strand and it snaps, your hair has low elasticity. If it stretches, that’s normal for healthy hair, and this will determine how much styling your hair can hold. Then, there’s texture — is it straight, wavy, or curly? Then, add in the weather because your hair changes with the seasons due to the moisture inside and outside your home.

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Start with a good wash

If you’ve got dry hair, you should only be washing it every third day or so. With oily hair, you should wash every other day, and normal hair wash every other or every third day. You can throw in an extra wash or dry shampoo if you do a workout and your hair feels oily afterward. 

Wash with lukewarm water because hot strips off too much of the natural oil. You’ll keep your natural shine with lukewarm water.

Step two would be conditioner. Use a conditioner because it moisturizes your hair and helps restore natural oils. Your roots don’t need conditioning; apply to the middle of your hair and to the ends. Choose a conditioner that matches your hair type, so use hydrating if you have dry hair; if you have oily hair, use a light conditioner.

Comb your wet hair. It may be tempting to just whip a brush through it, but that can break the ends and damage the hair cuticle. Use a wide-tooth comb and run it through your hair. If you can, let your hair air-dry. Heat damages your hair, so if you can air-dry while you are getting ready to go out, do that. Otherwise, use a dryer with a cool setting. 

Treat with natural products

If you don’t have time to find or use natural products, by all means buy treatment options at the store. Your hair needs occasional deep moisturizing treatments. Some natural options include olive oil. Apply warm olive oil, let it sit for 40 minutes or so, then wash and rinse.

Olive oil in a glass containerUnsweetened tea will bring out your natural color and shine. Brew the tea and use as a rinse in the shower.

Coconut oil is a natural conditioner. Warm it up, then apply to hair. Wait 30 minutes, then wash and rinse. Or, mix equal parts honey and shampoo — apply, then rinse.

Take care of your hair

Stop touching and messing with your hair. This brings out the oil and makes your hair look greasy. Get a good haircut, and you won’t have to keep moving it around.

Protect it from the sun. Yes, the sun will damage your hair. If you are going to be outside in the sun, wear a hat or use a hair product with SPF protection. Ponytails and braids are stylish and trendy, but don’t pull them too tight because you will damage your hair. Leave your hair free at night.

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