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7 Essential Tips for an ideal hair care routine

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Do you have curly or frizzy hair and want to change your hair care routine?

Maybe you’re wondering how to maintain natural hair on a daily basis?

In both cases, don’t worry – we’re here to help you take care of your hair with ease.

While setting up a hair care routine may take some time, it’s not rocket science!

It may require a few trial and error attempts, but once you know what products to use, how they work, and when to use them, you’ll be amazed at how easily you can establish a care routine tailored to your hair type.


What Is a Hair Care Routine ?

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Curly hair needs love and care. A hair care routine involves regularly and properly maintaining your hair.

It’s a set of treatments and actions given to your hair repetitively to keep it healthy.

Think of your hair care routine as a meal plan for your hair.

You plan it in advance to make sure you have everything you need, follow it, and repeat it.

Whether your hair care routine is repeated weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, establishing an effective routine is the key to maintaining naturally beautiful and touchable hair.

However, not all routines are necessarily good.

If you establish a bad hair care routine, important elements might be missing.

Imagine you’ve established a detailed meal plan for yourself, and you follow it to the letter… but you forgot to add vegetables and added ice cream every day.

Sooner or later, your body wouldn’t feel very good.

The same can happen to your hair if you adopt a bad hair care routine.

Don’t worry; we’re here for that! Each person needs a routine tailored to their hair. Here’s a guide to things you absolutely should avoid!


Hair Care Routine: What NOT to Do

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  • Don’t follow someone else’s hair care routine just because their hair looks like yours.

Their routine might work for you, but it’s likely that your hair has different needs based on its porosity, thickness, density, your lifestyle, and other factors.

  • Don’t keep following a routine that doesn’t work.

Don’t give up after a week (give it time), but if it’s been 1 or 2 months, and your routine isn’t delivering the expected results, change it! You’ll need to experiment to get the best results.

  • Don’t focus too much on finding the right products.

Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of bad products that can damage and dry out your hair. But it’s more important to integrate the right type of products (rather than specific products or brands).

If your routine isn’t working, try adjusting the timing or order before changing the product.

When setting up a hair care routine for curly or frizzy hair, the first thing you need to understand is a simple rule: No curl is created equal.

There are different types of natural hair curls. Also, understand that your texture will probably be different from that of your friends or family.

We all have beautiful curls and need to take a unique approach to care for them! Here are some useful tips…


7 Essential Tips for an Effective Routine

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Tip 1: Wash your hair every week or every two weeks.

One of our best tips for natural hair care is to understand how your hair reacts to washing. As a general rule, it’s better to wash curly hair every week or every two weeks because it’s typically dry.

However, this can vary from person to person; you can opt for once a week or twice a month.

Many people hesitate between using sulfate-free or sulfate-containing shampoos. What should you do in this case?

The answer: It’s your hair, do what works for you. But I strongly recommend using natural, sulfate-free, or other chemical-free products!

Shampoos help clean and remove oils from your hair and scalp. They remove dirt and residues from daily styling products.

Note that some conditioners clean as well as shampoos and are much gentler on the hair.


Tip 2: Revitalize your hair every week.

Curly hair needs hydration, and deep conditioning is the best way to repair and hydrate your hair.

Make sure to revitalize your hair at least once a week to enjoy all the benefits of hair care. Pay attention to dry areas, especially the ends, which are the driest.

You can apply a conditioner and/or a hair mask after washing or use a co-wash. Conditioners and hair masks help nourish and restore your curls.

Sometimes, your curls deserve special treatment; in addition to restoring and revitalizing your curls, many deep treatments help prevent frizz by penetrating the hair cuticle, helping to define curls and moisturize the hair.


Tip 3: Detangle your hair.

With a detangling spray, your curls will be soft and well-prepared for detangling.

You can detangle your hair before your care routine using a detangling spray that makes the detangling process easier.

You can detangle your hair using a detangling brush or a wide-tooth comb. Detangle gently, from the ends to the roots.

If you don’t have a wide-tooth comb, use your fingers, and avoid using a fine-tooth comb as it will create tension and could break some of your precious curls.


Tip 4: If you’re in a hair transition phase.

You must ensure that your hair, especially the demarcation line that separates chemically treated hair from your natural texture, is always handled with care.

Hair in a transition phase is very fragile. Weekly treatments will help strengthen the hair, which will greatly facilitate your transition.


Tip 5: Use leave-in treatments.

Leave-in treatments can be very beneficial for your hair. They make styling easier while moisturizing the hair and making it easier to detangle.


Tip 6: Style your hair every week or as needed.

There are many styling tricks for natural hair, so it’s best to stick with what works for you if you want to keep it simple.

Wash and go, twist-outs, braids, buns – whatever you want, try it!

However, be sure to use an oil-based product like coconut or almond oil during styling to prevent unwanted frizz.


Tip 7: Hydrate your hair daily or as needed.

Water is your friend when it comes to moisturizing dry hair.

Some people don’t need to moisturize their hair daily, while others may need to do it every day or every other day.

Whenever your hair is dry, just add a little water plus your moisturizing cream.

You can do this by spraying water on your hair and using a leave-in product. Seal in the moisture with oil, which helps retain moisture.