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If you have read my other blogs about healthy hair and still don’t know where to start or how to create your own hair care routine, you are in the right place because I am going to give you 10 steps to create your own hair care routine for healthy hair.
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Step 1 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
I do hair treatments before I wash my hair. Every time I wash my hair, the hair treatment may look different. On most days I like to put coconut oil on the ends of my hair before my shower.
Coconut oil is the most protective oil for your hair. Shampoo can be harmful to the ends of your hair so putting coconut oil on the ends protects your hair from the harms of shampoo.
Depending on your hair , use the correct amount. If you have thin hair I wouldn’t use a lot of coconut oil, it spreads easily.
Some days I like to do scalp treatments with rosemary oil. You can either put rose mail oil on your scalp or add a couple drops to your shampoo to dilute it.
Rosemary oil is very concentrated so when using it on your scalp make sure to dilute it with water or shampoo. If not, it could really irritate your scalp.
Rosemary is helpful to promote a healthy scalp and could help promote hair growth. Hair growth starts at the scalp so if your scalp is healthy, you hair is growing healthy. There are many asap products out there that you could try !
Step 2 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
Figure out your hair concerns and your hair porosity.
Hair concerns are the characteristics of your hair that you want to fix. Is your hair too dry, too flat , too dull, or too frizzy? Figure out what you want to focus on fixing about your hair and then find your hair porosity.
Hair porosity is the amount of water (moisture) that your hair strand retains. If you want to find out more about hair porosity and how to find the right products for your hair, I recommend going to check out my post Healthy Hair Tips.
Once you find out your hair concerns and hair porosity we are ready to start piecing together your hair care routine.
Step 3 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
Everyone should be using two types of shampoo. The first shampoo should be used every time you wash your hair. The first shampoo is all about addressing your hair concerns, like for instance I have bleached and prone to breakage hair so I’m going to use a shampoo that addresses my hair issues.
My shampoo will have a lot of protein that builds the bonds of my hair back together. My shampoo products will have words like “strengthening” “protein” “keratin” “bonding” “repair”. Those keywords mean that your products have more protein ingredients in them. If you would like to find out what brand or specific products I use on my hair go ahead and check out my blog about hair products that I recommend.
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The second shampoo should be a “clarifying” or a “detox” shampoo. The second shampoo should only be used 1 time a week unless the instructions say otherwise.
If you have a lot of product, sweat, or oil buildup, you could shampoo twice every time you wash your hair with either shampoo that I just mentioned. For me, washing my hair twice in one sitting irritated my scalp and dried it out.
Step 4 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
Conditioner / Hair masks
When looking for a conditioner or a deep conditioning mask, you should get one that addresses another concern of your hair. I like to use a moisturizing conditioner or deep conditioning mask to balance the protein products that I use.
If you have too many protein products in your hair care, you could cause your hair to break off by having too much protein, so make sure you are balancing moisture and protein. Everyone needs both! Some just need more of one side than the other
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After you shampoo, make sure to squeeze as much water out of your hair as possible before putting your conditioner or mask in. Squeezing the water out will help your hair soak up more of the product leading to better results.
I wash my hair once or twice a week so every time I wash my hair, I like to use a deep conditioning mask. I determine what I think my hair needs based on the day. If my hair is looking pretty moisturized then I will use my regular conditioner.
If my hair is looking more on the dry side, I will use my deep conditioning mask. I let both the conditioner and the mask sit in my hair for about 5 minutes. The times will vary, each product has its own recommendations of how long you should let it sit in your hair before washing it out.
Step 5 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
When washing your hair, hot water can cause your hair to become damaged or prone to breakage. Try using lukewarm water when wetting your hair and when rinsing products out.
After conditioner use cool water to rinse it out of your hair. The cool water will help lock in any moisture that is in your hair!
Step 6 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
Squeeze out and Dry
When you are ready to dry your hair, make sure to squeeze out the water gently before taking a towel to your head.
I recommend using a microfiber towel when drying your hair, This kind of towel is designed to dry your hair without breaking or damaging it. Pat dry and squeeze gently when drying. Shaking or rubbing too vigorously can damage your hair.
Step 7 of How to Create A Healthy Hair routine
Leave in Products
No matter what type of hair you have or what concerns you have with your hair, everyone could benefit from leave-in products.
I start off by using jojoba oil on the mid and ends of my hair. Now jojoba oil is thick and very moisturizing so if you have thin hair don’t use a whole lot or it could weigh your hair down and make it look greasy.
My hair is thin but it has waves and loves moisture so my hair soaks this product up!
After the oil, I like to put in my Shea moisture Intensive hydration for the mid and ends of my hair as well.
I’ve tried many products and combinations of products and my hair has been responding very well to this combination. It’s all about how your hair responds!
Step 8 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
After my shower, I let my hair air dry. Now there is word out there that says air drying is worse than blow drying but again like I keep saying, it is all about how your hair responds. My hair does really well with air drying.
I have wavy and straight hair so when I brush it and style it, it ends up looking frizzy and poofy. So when I let my hair air dry I don’t brush my hair either, this helps keeps my curls and waves together. Once my hair is completely dry, brushing it is not a problem
This is why I like to shower at night a couple of hours before bed so that I am not waking out of the house with a wet head or go to sleep with a wet head.
However, if you want to blow dry your hair make sure you use heat protectant! I never used heat protectant when I used to style my hair every day and it damaged it severely!
Once you have a heat protectant in, try to let your hair dry %80 before blow drying it. If you blow dry it when it’s completely wet and it works for you, then go ahead and keep doing it!
If you brush your hair after your shower, I suggest using a wooden wide toothcomb.
Wooden combs are proven to prevent breakage. The wooden brushes help distribute your natural hair oils and don’t create as much friction when brushing.
Make sure when brushing, you are being gentle and working your way up from the bottom, gently detangling as you go. Do not yank, it is so easy to break your hair especially when it’s wet!
Step 9 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
In Between Wash Days
I only wash my hair once or twice a week so in order to keep my hair moisturized between washes I put in a lightweight oil on the mid and ends of my hair every morning when I get up or before bed.
Step 10 of How To Create A Healthy Hair Routine
Protective Hair Style
When going to bed, find a protective hairstyle to sleep in that works for you, I sleep with a loose braid or a twist in my hair. This helps prevent breakage by having your hair rubbing everywhere while you sleep. You could also use a silk bonnet or a silk pillowcase.
There you have it! By now you should have a pretty good idea of what products to look for, for your hair and you should be able to create your own hair care routine after following these 10 steps that I have given you today. Make sure to check out my related posts if you want to find out what products I recommend and hair care tips that will transform your hair!