5 Steps for a Healthy Hair Routine
Healthy hair should always be in season! This basic 3-5 step process will help to care for your hair, minimize damage and grow longer hair over time.
What you’ll need: A quality shampoo and conditioner, a water-based moisturizer, an oil/butter for sealing, when necessary, and inspirational protective styles.
1. Cleanse to remove dirt and product build up. If you use a lot of styling products or have extremely oily hair multiple cleanses may be needed. I recommend using a sulfate free shampoo for regular cleansing as they are gentler on the scalp and hair. The Senk Shampoo Bar is of course my favorite. It gently cleanses without stripping and lasts a long time.
2. Condition your hair with a good conditioner to restore moisture and overall feel. Your conditioner should be pH balanced to close the cuticle layers of the hair shaft, which helps with moisture retention. The Senk Conditioner & Hair Lotion is pH balanced at 4.5 to ensure great sheen and protection to the inner layers of the hair shaft while sealing in moisture.
3. Moisturize with a water based moisturizer to keep your strands soft and manageable and reduce tangles. Water hydrates your strands. The Senk Conditioner & Hair Lotion doubles as a leave in moisturizer and can be used on all hair types.
4. Seal your hair with an oil, butter or light foam to keep in moisture. Popular oils for the hair include olive, coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, apricot kernel, and avocado. The shea moisturizers also work well to seal your hair. Remember a little oil goes a long way so go easy on the application. You can learn more about Sénica’s moisturizing oils and butters here, https://shop.senicanaturals.com/collections/moisturizers.
5. Wear protective styles to minimize damage to your hair. Protective styles reduce the handling of your hair and reduces damage. For example, loose buns & ponytails, short hair cuts, twists, and braids, when done correctly, can serve as protective styles.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget your scalp. Scalp massages along with scalp treatments are great additions. For many people, scalp care may not be a concern. Your scalp is fine, doesn’t need anything applied to it, no flaking or irritations, etc. However, if you deal with dry scalp or scalp issues like seborrheic dermatitis, you may need an extra step – medicated solution along with a nourishing oil to balance. This can be determined with your medical practitioner and hair care professional.
That wraps up the five steps for a healthy hair routine. While these are general tips, you can adjust them to suit your needs. For example, if your hair is fine and oily, you may want to tweak or skip the moisturize and seal steps. Or if you’ve stretched or curled your hair for a certain style you may delay the moisturize step s the style lasts longer.
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