Achieving healthy hair doesn’t have to be a complex task. It really all comes down to following a few consistent healthy hair maintenance guidelines to ensure your properly caring for your strands. So to make sure your doing just that, we’ve highlighted 3 Do’s & Don’ts for healthy hair maintenance.
3 Healthy Hair Maintenance Do’s:
1. Do Trim Your Split-Ends Every 8-12 weeks:
Routinely cutting your split-ends every 2 to 3 months will allow you to get rid of necessary breakage caused from your dead ends splitting up the hair shaft. Don’t fret, you’ll only need to cut about a ½ inch at minimum to give your mane an overall healthy appearance.
2. Do Moisturize By Any Means Necessary:
Healthy hair maintenance simply can’t exist without moisturizing your strands frequently. We can’t express enough how important it is to keep both natural and relaxed hair hydrated if you want to improve the overall health and integrity of your hair. Consequently, be sure that all hair care products used in your hair regimen incorporate some form of moisture.
We suggest cleansing and conditioning with Design Essentials Honey Crème Moisture Retention Shampoo & Express Instant Moisturizing Conditioner every 7-10 days, treat hair weekly with Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Oil Treatment, and following up with a daily light-weight crème like our Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Crème. Ladies, it may sound like a lot of work, but believe us, it’ll be well worth it!
3. Do Drink and Eat Healthy:
The nutrients you put into your body definitely reflects on the health of your hair. In fact, it’s proven that drinking 8 glasses of water (8 ounces each) daily promotes a healthy scalp and healthier hair. Be sure to stock up on foods that contain protein, omega- 3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, and Vitamin A,B, and E. These can be found in foods such as poultry, milk, lentils salmon, walnuts, eggs, oysters, sweet potatoes, and blueberries, to name a few.
3 Healthy Hair Maintenance Don’ts
1. Don’t Over Cleanse or Over Condition Your Strands:
On the contrary of moisture, moisture, and more moisture – Shampooing your hair too often can actually dry it out, making it fragile and more prone to damage. For optimal healthy hair maintenance, a general rule is shampooing once every 7-10 days is efficient, no more no less.
The same goes for over conditioning your tresses, depending on your hair type conditioning too frequently can cause your hair to feel overly soft, dry, limp, and weak. To combat over conditioning, alternate using conditioning products with protein treatments, which helps harden the hair cuticle, creating a barrier from damage. We recommend Design Essentials DEEP Fortifying Hair Treatment, known to deeply penetrate the hair shaft to heal the hair fiber and seal the cuticle.
2. Don’t Be A Slave To Heating Tools:
Using too much heat on your locks can lead to thermal damage, which will have your locks looking fried from the inside out! When it comes to hair care tips for everyday healthy hair maintenance, it’s essential to reduce how often you use heating tools like flat-irons, blow-dryer, or curling wands. However, if thermal styling is apart of your daily hair care regimen, be sure to use styling tools on the lowest heat setting possible and always use a heat protectant to help restore and replenish moisture.
3. Don’t’ Neglect Your Hair When Working Out or Sleeping:
Always adorn a silk or satin head wrap and a protective style when working out. We suggest putting your hair in a protective style such as a high ponytail and/or braids to avoid contact with body sweat, as well as forgoing cotton scarves which causes friction and breakage against wet hair.
Same goes for bed time, never go to bed with wearing a silk or satin head scarf or bonnet. The friction from your pillow case and sheets (unless their silk or satin) can cause breakage from the friction of tossing and turning in your sleep.
And there you have it, 3 Do’s & Don’ts for achieving healthy hair maintenance!