1. Try to go as many days as possible between washings. I used to wash my hair everyday- horrible idea! I noticed that when switching to every other day or every 2 days, my hair has become less dry, color jobs last longer, and it looks healthier overall.
2. Use a gentle, high quality shampoo. For my course but fairly thin hair, I recommend Redkin All Soft Shampoo. I have tried almost every drugstore shampoo- Pantene, Garnier, Loreal and this Shampoo is the only one that consistently gives me results. It provides moisture without weighing down strands, does not strip my hair color, and leaves my hair more manageable.
3. Only apply Shampoo to the roots. There is no need to directly apply shampoo to the ends of hair. Only the scalp needs to be cleaned.
4. Use a clarifying Shampoo around once a month. Any shampoo you use, along with styling products will cause build up in your hair. Build up will make your tresses dull and weight them down. A good clarifying shampoo will remove buildup so that any product you use will work like new again. My favorite one is Neutrogena Anti- Residue Shampoo.
5. Condition and rinse hair in cold water. There are some great conditioners that don't cost a fortune. For the past 5 years I have been using Aussie Moist Conditioner.
Just like shampoo only needs to be applied to the root, conditioner should be applied everywhere but at the roots.
6. Use a deep conditioning treatment about once a month. Especially with heat styling, deep conditioning is a must.
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7. Never brush your hair in the shower! Hair should be treated like fine silk. When it is wet, it is most vulnerable to breakage, so brushing hair could lead to it snapping and breaking.
Part II to come soon...