Here are just a few of our favorite ways to show your hair some love. Most of them are pretty easy to do, so give them a try and let us know—we’re trying to make self-care hair a thing over here.
1. Sleep on a silk pillowcase. A silky-smooth pillowcase will cut down on frizz and preserve your blow out, meaning smoother, less tangled hair when you wake up in the morning. (Bonus—you’ll save time getting ready.) There are many silk pillowcase options out there at different price points, so you can go as luxe or affordable as you want. Sweet dreams!
2. Use a microfiber towel. If you towel-dry your hair when you hop out of the shower, a microfiber towel is an absolute must. The coarser texture of your cotton or terry cloth towels can damage delicate wet strands, creating breakage and split ends. Wrapping your hair in a microfiber towel is far gentler on your strands, and your hair will dry much faster too. You’ll wonder how you lived without one before.
3. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet. When your hair is soaking wet from the shower, it’s at its weakest and is most prone to breakage (see above). Wait til your hair is dry to comb through. Or try a detangling brush that’s designed specifically to be used on wet hair, like a Wet Brush or Tangle Teezer. Which brings us to our next tip…
4. Always brush from the ends up. I never do this...and I have the tangles to prove it. Turns out, brushing your hair from top to bottom really does create more snarls. Start at your ends to gently work through tangles, then gradually make your way up.
5. Do a weekly hair mask or deep conditioning treatment. If you like to do a face mask at the end of a long day, double up with a hair treatment at the same time. We recommend slathering your nourishing mask of choice on your mid-lengths and ends, then putting your hair under a shower cap for an hour or two while you catch up on TV or chores. You can even leave it on overnight...your newly-hydrated ends will thank you.
6. Use a hair oil on your ends. Applying a small pump of hair oil will help nourish damaged ends, smooth down frizz, and seal in moisture. One caveat: a little goes a long way. Think silky, not greasy.
7. Get your hair trimmed on the regular. Treat your hair to a regular trim and snip off those split ends about once every 2-3 months. Your hair will look healthier, thicker, more swingy, we could go on...
8. Sulfate-free shampoo + conditioner is a must. Sulfates are just way too hard on your hair—they will strip your strands of their natural oils and make your hair color fade faster. Lather up with a gentler wash, like our Color Protecting Shampoo + Conditioner set.
9. Upgrade your hair tie. That tight ponytail is stressing your hair out, man. If you’re using a rubber band-like hair tie, the elastic is likely cutting into your hair and creating extra friction that causes breakage. Luckily, there are plenty of chic alternatives around nowadays, like silk scrunchies—yes, scrunchies are back—invisibobbles, and more options for a softer hold.
10. Do a hot tools detox. Too much heat styling leads to dry, damaged strands, so step away from the straightener, curling iron, blow dryer...and try to make it a week, we dare you! You’ll be surprised at how much softer your hair feels. At the very least, commit to using a heat protectant every time.
Share your #1 “be kind to your hair” tip in the comments. What has made the biggest difference for you?