Depending on how well you take care of your hair, it can actually look older than your actual age. Thanks hot tools! But don’t pin all of the blame on your curling irons and straighteners. Here is how you can keep your coif looking shiny and new.
Use the right products: Start in the shower by using the right conditioner for your hair’s needs, and run it from mid-shaft to the ends. For example, if you have split ends, try one that temporarily binds them until your next trim. Also, use styling products that treat and hydrate hair. Before hitting your locks with a blow dryer, run a tiny dollop of a moisturizing treatment through your strands for added protection.
Skip shampoos: Avoid shampooing every day. Even if you’re using sulfate-free shampoos, at the end of the day, shampoo is detergent, which is meant for cleansing. The PH in shampoos is alkaline, which not only removes build up and bacteria, but it also removes moisture. Even though you add moisture back in with conditioner, you don’t always need to strip it first.
Treat with keratin: The key to younger looking hair is moisture and shine, intensive in-salon or weekly protein based at-home treatments are imperative. Overtime your hair suffers from keratin loss, which causes dullness and since our hair is made up of the protein, it’s important to replenish.
Rinse with cold water: Daily, before you get out of the shower rinse your hair with cold water. It may not sound like the most pleasant experience, but the results prove its worth. The shot of cold water helps to seal your strands’ cuticles, which creates instant smoothness and adds luster.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase: Not only do silk sheets look more luxurious, but they’re also great for your hair. As you toss and turn throughout the night, your hair glides across silk much easier than other fabrics like cotton preventing tangling and breakage.