Evergreen Hair Care Tips (No Matter Your Type or Texture)
Working on improving the state of your hair never gets old. That’s why I have some hair care tips to share with you to help you work toward your hair goals.
The best part about these tips is they are always timely and evergreen. That means you can incorporate them into your life at any time. They aren’t like new years resolutions, where you focus on obtaining during the beginning of the year and then forget all about your convictions through the rest of the year.
As I mentioned in this timely and beautiful breakthrough post, it’s my goal to connect each post throughout the year – Hair + Faith. They aren’t necessarily related but the nuggets gained from each writing are similar. The breakthrough post shares some practical advice on holding on to your faith, leading to a more prosperous life. Today’s hair related post shares my advice on developing good hair care habits leading to a prosperous (healthy) head of hair!
Here are the tips:
1- Be Inspired but Don’t Copy
Gain inspiration from others but trust your own instincts when it comes to handling and caring for your own hair. Besides, you may be very disappointed when you try that style you saw in someone’s video and it doesn’t come out exactly the same way.
2- Learn from Past Mistakes
Maybe you did a little too much heat styling last year and now you have heat damaged hair. Maybe you were overly inspired by your favorite YouTuber and colored your hair when you knew your grade of hair wouldn’t fare well. Whatever it was, learn from your past mistakes and don’t repeat them.
3- Learn what works for YOUR hair
You can only really learn by trial and error. Keeping a hair journal can help speed up the process but the key to learning your hair is to simply try out different hair products and routines.
4- Review and Tweak Your Regimen
Often, what worked yesteryear, won’t work this year. Your hair goes through seasons just like the weather. If you are used to washing your hair just once a month, you may notice that your styles don’t last as long. You may need to review your regimen and begin washing bi-weekly or even weekly.
5- Strike a Balance with Styling
Depending on your hair goals, determine your go-to hair styles. If length retention is one of those goals but you still like to wear your hair out, strike a balance a balance between low manipulative and protective styling.
6- Replace or Upgrade Hair Tools
Remember that boar bristle brush in your drawer with the bristles sticking every which way but up? It’s time to let it go. It wasn’t meant to last forever. Maybe you don’t have damaged or tattered hair tools but perhaps you need to upgrade what you have to be kinder to your hair. For ex: Replace your drug store shower comb with a seamless large tooth comb that won’t snag at you hair.
7- Focus on One Hair Remedy at a Time
It’s easy to get caught up trying different hair remedies (i.e.. growth stimulation). Instead of trying multiple remedies, focus on one at a time.
8- Eat Well Before Turning to Supplements
Vitamin supplementation is great for those lacking in nutrients but the best way to give your hair what it needs is through proper nutrition by way of the food you eat.
9- Get a Professional Trim
Many ladies are turning to DIY and self hair care. This is great but sometimes you need a professional you can trust (with credentials and references) to start you off with a clean slate. A professional trim can remove old, damaged hair so that you can begin caring for it better yourself.
10- Go All Natural
By that I don’t mean your hair (although, I highly recommend it). I’m talking about products. You’ve heard the saying where eating is concerned: “Junk in, junk out.” The same could be said for what you put on your hair and on your body in general. Eliminating chemically laden hair products from your hair care practices can greatly improve the look, feel and health of your hair. DIY hair treatments are a great place to start.
11- Return to Basics
When all else fails, return to basics: your basic regimen; your basic styles (ex: wash and go, twist outs, braid outs); your staple hair products. It’s nice to try new things but sometimes you just have to go for what you know.
12- Set a Budget for Buying Hair Products
No list of hair tips would be complete without touching a bit on your wallet. It’s OKto try new products from time to time but don’t let it break the bank. Create a line item on your budget (you do have a budget right? If not, it’s time to get on that!) for spending on hair products so that you don’t overspend.
These 12 hair tips are by no means exhaustive but they can serve as a basis to help you have a much more prosperous new year where your hair is concerned. You can even focus on 1 tip a month. One tip for each of the 12 months of the year.