When you're counting down for the New Years, the perfect hair care routine is probably the last thing you're thinking about. New Year 2022, we challenge you to get the most out of your hair.
A hair care routine tailored to your hair type is the foundation of having beautiful, healthy hair. Just as we change up our skincare routines over time, the same principle applies to hair. A horde of different factors affect how shiny, smooth and strong your strands are. While some is simply a matter of DNA. A lot still has to do with how you care for your locks.
As your hair and scalp needs to evolve over time, it's important to make sure you keep your care routine current. When finding the perfect routine, it goes beyond lather, rinse, repeat! Although you don't need a barrel full of products and tools to achieve your ultimate hair goals, there's more to it than just shampoo and conditioner.
Identify your hair and scalp type
Hair type isn't just about the look from the outside - the obvious like straight, wavy, curly, coily is a basic that the majority know how to identify. Factors like your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture or how well it can hold styles tend to be second to mind when identifying hair type.
It’s necessary to understand the texture, structure and porosity. But it's not the end-all. The common mistake is ignoring scalp type and not giving your scalp the same attention you give to your strands. Figuring out your hair type involves understanding your skin type. If your skin is oily, your scalp will be considered oily, then your hair will be on the oilier side. Just like your facial skin, your scalp has the same types: dry, oily, combination and sensitive.
Your scalp and hair work in conjunction, by understanding your full head, you can determine a hair care routine that caters to both. Healthy hair starts by having a healthy scalp!
Style with heat protection!
The harsh truth is that pretty much anything and everything we do to style our hair adds stress to our strands. No matter if your styler of choice is a blow dryer, straightener, curling iron or thermal brush, your hair would definitely benefit from being prepped with a good heat protectant. It's not just about protection against heated tools, it's always a bonus when it conditions, tames frizz and enhances shine.
We recommend using the Supergloss Repair Serum, that uses abyssinian oil as a clean heat protectant. Use it post-wash, a few pumps while your hair is still a little damp before styling gives the right amount of nourishing oils without weighing down your hair. We also can't deny how much we love the scent - it sets the tone to a relaxing pamper session!
Yanking is not a detangling strategy
Just like detangling your earphones, be patient when brushing out the knots. The faster you go, the more damage it may cause on your hair and scalp.
Say goodbye to the days of breakage from yanking your brush way too hard through your hair. Whether you have curly or fine hair, your hair would thank you if you add an extra step before running your brush through. Detangling sprays are much-needed protection to our impatience! We swear by our Abyssinian Oil Silk Milk Leave In Conditioner, with a few sprays on dry hair before styling it gives more manageable strands without the unnecessary pain or damage. The formula includes Abyssinian oil and keratin, which smoothen hair while bringing back elasticity.
Look at the ingredient list!
There's no one-size-fits-all routine. When deciding what's in and out of your routine, we've surely convinced you to consider your hair and scalp type. Other than that, the next equally important consideration is the ingredients hiding in it. With so many new products and features in the market, it can get overwhelming to make the decision. Many brands promise fabulous results, but it's at the expense of your health. One of the ingredients that is a big NO to us is sulfates! Sulfates are commonly found in shampoos. These products strive for a deep cleanse but end up stripping your locks from all its natural essence, leaving it brittle, dry and rough.
Generally, the rule of thumb is to make sure your routine is clean and has no harsh chemicals. For shampoos and conditioners, your baseline should be sulfate-free and paraben-free. Be sure to see if it has any of the 6 toxic ingredients you need to ban from your everyday hair care routine. If you want some peace of mind with your routine, you can explore some of our natural ingredients!
Find the joy in your hair care routine
Your hair care routine is part of your self-care time, so make it an enjoyable experience. Finding joy in your routine helps you stay consistent, which is key to reaching your hair goals and starting this new year with the hair you’ve always wanted.