Even if you’ve been using the same hair products forever, it’s a good idea for you to switch up your hair regimen (and drop some bad hair habits along the way. This particularly applies to you if you’ve done something drastic with your hair, like color-treated it, chopped it all off, or chemically altered it. Here are five small changes you can make to your hair regimen—and they offer 5 big results.
1. Fewer Tangles to Brush Out
If you’re not using formulas based in natural oils, like avocado oil and argan oil, for your hair, you’re missing out. (And don’t worry, they won’t make your hair greasy.) But they’ll make your hair look shinier and feel softer to the touch. Incorporate these oils in a multitude of ways — as a leave-in conditioner, pre-shampoo conditioning treatment or a detangler.
2. Healthy Looking Hair
This tip is as easy as it gets. Are you the type of person that washes or styles hair using heated tools every single day? If it’s too tough to stop altogether, try putting your hair under less stress by going a day without touching your hair. Both heat and frequent washes can make hair appear dull over time and can make it feel brittle and weak—which eventually leads to hair breakage. If you baby your hair, the lack of breakage means it can grow to longer lengths.
3. Hair That Looks Shiny and Bouncy 24/7
Does “wash, condition and maybe add a leave-in product” sound like your hair routine? If your hair is damaged, restore it with a nourishing hair mask. Similar to conditioners, hair masks nourish the hair and restore softness. Some have a higher density of oils and humectants, which enhance the look of shine, bounce for healthier looking hair.
4. Less Frizz Than Usual
If you always wear your hair in a ponytail or down, try something new. Changing it up is good for your hair, since repeatedly wearing your hair the same way puts constant stress on it. For example: If your hair is in a tight topknot, you may be sustaining damage in the area where the band is tightly woven around your hair. Pulling your ponytail back can even damage the hairs that frame your face, causing extra frizz. (Thanks, but no thanks.) Wear it loose more often than not to avoid hair breakage.
5. Hair That’s Smoother and Less Frizzy
When and how you brush your hair can affect frizz and cause breakage in your hair. Hair is most at-risk for damage when it’s wet, so if you prefer to brush your hair after you shower (a must if you have curly hair) only comb it with a wide-toothed comb, which won’t stretch or snap strands. Also, avoid brushing your hair when it’s dry altogether, which can cause frizz. When in doubt, use your fingers to detangle hair and style your hair that’s already dry.