Make ev­ery day a good hair day

The New Paper - - LIFESTYLE - EMILY JOOSTEN

Tired of putting your hair up in a pony­tail be­cause of bad hair days? Then fol­low these six hair rules

What’s the use of hav­ing clear, flaw­less skin if it’s go­ing to be dulled by life­less, limp locks?

Here’s what you need to do to get a healthy head of hair.

GO DEEP WITH CON­DI­TION­ING

Skip out on your daily con­di­tioner once ev­ery week or two and reach in­stead for the deep con­di­tioner.

It is for­ti­fied with in­gre­di­ents de­signed to main­tain a strong and healthy head of hair, and leav­ing the prod­uct on for longer means that your hair strands will be able to prop­erly ab­sorb it all.

Pro tip: Be sure to towel dry your hair be­fore ap­ply­ing the prod­uct. Hav­ing damp – but not wet – hair will en­sure the prod­uct doesn’t just drip off your locks. Don’t give in to the temp­ta­tion of leav­ing it on for longer than the in­struc­tions stip­u­late.

CUT IT OUT

Whether you’re rock­ing a pixie cut or a long, glo­ri­ous mane, get your hair cut ev­ery three to four months.

The ra­tio­nale be­hind get­ting a reg­u­lar trim lies en­tirely in en­cour­ag­ing healthy hair growth. It not only gets rid of dam­aged split ends, it pre­vents fur­ther split­ting of the strands.

GET TO THE ROOT OF IT

Go­ing for a scalp treat­ment al­lows for ex­perts to help you iden­tify is­sues you may not have known about.

Those strands of hair that fall out af­ter you run your fin­gers through them might be nat­u­ral, but they may also be in­dica­tive of weak hair fol­li­cles.

And an itchy scalp might be due to dry skin or a build-up of ex­cess dirt and oil.

LOAD UP ON THE SPF

We all know how im­por­tant SPF is for our skin but just as cru­cial is shield­ing our hair from harm­ful UV rays.

Ex­ces­sive ex­po­sure to the sun can cause brit­tle and life­less ends – a re­sult of hair fol­li­cles be­ing burnt.

Use hair sun­screen. These prod­ucts have SPF pro­tec­tion and act as a bar­rier be­tween your hair and harm­ful UV rays with­out weigh­ing your hair down like nor­mal sun­block would.

STAY CLEAR OF THE TOWEL

No mat­ter how soft and fluffy your towel may feel, us­ing it on your soak­ing wet head can weaken your hair, which is most sus­cep­ti­ble to break­age when it’s wet.

Us­ing a towel can also roughen up the hair shaft or the cu­ti­cle, which means frizzy hair that might re­sult in more dam­age.

Use an old shirt or a mi­crofi­bre towel in­stead. That way, the rough tex­ture won’t be a prob­lem.

SATIN ONLY, PLEASE

Trade up your cot­ton pil­low­case for silk al­ter­na­tives.

The for­mer may be the norm, but they can cause hair break­age and messy hair.

Toss­ing and turn­ing on these textured sur­faces re­sult in un­in­ten­tional tug­ging of your locks.

Worse, cot­ton also soaks up the oils in your hair which may in turn be rubbed onto your face, leav­ing you with dirt­ier skin than be­fore you went to bed.

A silk pil­low­case is good for both skin and hair. Sounds like a dou­ble-win to us.

tnp@sph.com.sg

PHOTO: REUTERS

Reg­u­lar trim­ing en­cour­ages healthy hair growth.

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