How to Create a Haircare Routine That Promotes Healthy Growth and Prevents Breakage

If you’re like us, you strive to elevate your hair to its full potential. But as we know all too well, getting to this point takes work! While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for healthy hair, we will share some of our best tips for creating a haircare routine that promotes growth and prevents breakage.

Determine Your Hair Type

Everyone’s hair is different, so it’s important to understand your hair type before creating a haircare routine. Whether your hair is curly or straight, thick or fine, or dry or oily will help you select products and treatments. In the age of beauty bloggers and YouTube gurus, plenty of online tutorials can help you perfect your haircare routine. Be sure to find and follow the ones with hair types similar to yours.

Keep It Clean

Washing your hair removes built-up dirt and oil, and it’s the first step before treatments, masks, and other products. Even though shampooing is necessary if you want your hair to grow, be careful not to do it too often. Stick to a schedule to avoid over-washing and stripping your hair of the oils it needs to stay healthy and moisturized. Regardless of your hair type, find a gentle sulfate-free shampoo so your hair and scalp don’t dry out.

Emphasize Conditioner

Conditioners restore moisture to your hair, prevent breakage, and make hair more manageable and easier to detangle. Find the best conditioner for your hair type and apply it correctly. We recommend clipping your hair up in the shower and leaving in your conditioner for as long as possible.

Deep conditioners are excellent for moisturizing coily and curly hair. And treating yourself to a thick hair mask once a week does wonders for extra hydration.

Avoid Heat

Avoiding heat styling tools is easier said than done. So if you can’t resist the flat iron and curling wand, use a heat-protectant spray before styling your hair. And if you can, limit heat styling to once a week.

Leave It Alone

Combing, brushing, and styling your hair too often can cause breakage. Generally, it’s best to leave your hair alone whenever possible. To gently detangle your hair, make sure you’re using the right tools. Try combing through it with your fingers, then use a wide-tooth comb or wet brush to get through any knots without causing too much damage.

Protect Your Hair at Night

Attaining healthy and shiny hair doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Protect your hair in your sleep by using a silk or satin pillowcase. To take your hair protection to the next level, wrap a satin or silk bonnet or scarf around your head to prevent friction overnight.

Our Picks for Beautiful, Healthy Hair:

OUAI Heat Protection Spray ($28, shop here)

When you can’t resist heat styling tools, spritz on this lightweight heat protection to protect your hair from heat damage, split ends, and breakage.

Kitsch Satin-Lined Jersey Bonnet ($22, shop here)

This satin-lined jersey bonnet is made with a friction-free barrier suitable for all hair types that protects from thinning, breakage, and tangles while you sleep.

Prose Custom Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask ($45, shop here)

Prose offers customized haircare based on your hair type and specific concerns. Take the quiz online to create your custom formula.

Wet Brush Pro Detangler ($14.99, shop here)

The Pro Detangler provides a gentle way to get through tangles and knots while your hair is wet.

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