Haircare routines every woman needs

At NUYU, the team are always sharing hair care tricks and tips.  We love to hear about each other’s routines for making sure our hair looks its best.  What better to do with this wisdom than share it with our lovely readers. Here we guide you through some of our best advice for all sorts of hair types and cuts.

First, assess yourself 

An individual routine will depend on you and your hair.  There are three elements to consider: the texture or type of hair; the chemical processes that have gone into your style and how you want to wear your hair each day.

Hair types include straight, wavy, curly and kinky.  Each hair type comes with its quirks; for instance, straight hair looks greasier quicker than curly hair.  Therefore, whether you wash daily or condition regularly depends on these quirks. If you have kinky hair, you are more likely to deal with heat damage as you straighten, for instance. 

If your hair has been bleached, dyed or otherwise chemically altered will also impact your routine.  For instance, if you have coloured your hair, you will not want to wash it every day. Over-washing can lead to the premature fading of colour.  You might also need to offer some additional nourishment to prevent brittleness.

If you curl, straighter or dry your hair with heat will also impact your routine.  You may need to employ products that will reduce damage. If you put your hair up in a ponytail or other fixing, you may end up with split ends that will need regular trims.

Finally, you need to consider any specific concerns you have.  For instance, some people struggle with a dry and itchy scalp; others might need help with frizz.  When you are clear on all these needs, you can start making choices about your routine.

The components of a hair routine

All hair routines tend to include similar necessary steps – just done with different regularity and rigour.  

Cleanse

You will want to wash your hair to remove products and any dead skin. Also, if you do not cleanse your hair, you will get a build-up of oiliness.  If you are a swimmer, you should also wash out the chlorine as soon as possible.  

Condition

Conditioning can improve moisture levels, prevent tangles, encourage shine and reduce frizz.  You do not have to condition as much as you wash your hair.  

Moisturise and seal

If your hair is dry, you can undergo further treatments to hydrate the strands.  There is a two-step process known as moisturising and sealing and is particularly useful if you have coiled hair.  You will use a hydrating product, which you will then seal in with the oil.

Detangle

If you detangle effectively, you can prevent breakage of your hair.  Use the right tool for your hair. If you have a wide-tooth comb for the initial unknotting, you will avoid hair loss much more.

Styling and protecting

There are a whole host of products out there that can help you add volume, set your style and protect your hair from heat.  It is best to go for a meander around your local store and ask for the advice of an assistant.

Spot treatments

Every so often, you need to have a treatment for a specific issue.  There are lots of remedies of the market for a host of hair maladies.  For instance, you might choose a protein treatment to help with frizzy hair.  Alternatively, if your scalp is dry, then you could go for a nourishing treatment to sooth the skin.

Those hints and tips

Here is some essential advice to help you shape this routine.

  1. Choose the shampoo that matches the number of times you will wash your hair.  However, even if you buy daily shampoos, you still might not want to wash every day.
  2. Leave-in conditioner can be more effective and nourishing, but if you want a deep conditioner, then you should go for a specialised product.
  3. When using oil, use a little and make it go a long way.  You are only looking to lock in moisture.
  4. Wet hair breaks more easily than dry hair.  Therefore, use a wide-toothed comb when your hair is wet.
  5. Brush your hair once a day – too much brushing can damage your hair.
  6. A detangling serum is much kinder on your hair that tugging at it with a brush or comb.
  7. Use a scalp treatment once or twice a month to exfoliate the scalp and unclog follicles.  You will find the soothing impact on your scalp precious too!

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