All of us would love to have a head of glossy, healthy hair. Unfortunately, genetics, unsuitable shampoos and humid weather all seem determined to quell any chances of that happening. With the following tips, you may be able to foil nature’s plan and walk away with a head of bouncy, healthy hair.
Too Much of A Good Thing
I agree that clean hair is important, but over-washing can actually be bad for your locks. If you have fine, thin hair or a short hairstyle, you should wash your hair daily, but use a gentle shampoo specifically formulated for flyaway hair. Because fine hair tends to become flat and greasy-looking if left unwashed for too long, it is important to wash it daily with a gentle shampoo and follow with a light conditioner or a detangler for clean and fresh locks.
At the same time, people with long, thick and/or curly hair should stick to washing their hair every other day as this hair types tend to become dry easily, especially at the tips. That’s because the scalp’s natural, moisturising oils have a long way to travel to reach the ends, and are often washed away before reaching them. By skipping a day in between shampoos, these natural oils have more opportunity to lubricate and condition the hair.
Stop Humidity in Its Tracks
Living in the tropics we are exposed to seasonal rains and temperature changes that cause humidity to rise, and this means frizz and flatness for most of our hair. But you can beat humidity in its tracks. Here’s how.
If Humidity Makes Your Hair Flat…
Start by switching to a shampoo and conditioner designed for fine hair as it won’t leave a heavy residue that weighs your hair down, resulting in limp, lank locks. Follow with a spray-on volumiser. Apply to damp roots and blow dry with your head flipped upside down to maximize lift at the roots. Next, apply your usual styling product (try mousse, which gives hold but is light), and style as you normally would. Finish with a mist of flexible-hold hairspray.
Mid-day fix: if your hair gets flat and lank halfway through the day, apply a bit of hairspray to the roots. Hold hair up straight with a brush while the spray dries. And then fasten it back with a band.
If Humidity Makes Your Hair Frizzy…
Apply a dropper-full of silicone hair serum to soaking wet hair (you will need more if your hair is long or thick). Follow by blotting hair with a towel to remove excess moisture and apply a smoothing balm or strong-hold gel to strands from roots to ends. Comb through and style as normal.
For Locks with A Megawatt Shine
Straight hair reflects light easily and gives the appearance of a great shine. To keep your hair shiny, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Gentle products keep your hair cuticles healthy. A rough cuticle diffuses light, detracting from shine. If you blow-dry your hair, use a natural bristle brush and a blow-dryer that is set on medium heat. When hair is dry, spritz on some shine-enhancing spray to keep your hair looking silky and shiny.