Care for your kind of hair
Haircare isn’t just about how we wash and dry it, or even the products we put on it – it’s also to do with the styles and cuts that suit and our everyday activities. And with all those things we need to know how our hair type plays a part.
If your hair is long and fine, you won’t treat it the same way as a curly do, for example. So with that in mind we’ve zeroed in one some particular hair types and some tips on how to care for them. If you have other useful advice, why not leave us a comment?
Whether you have frizz, rolls or loose curls, you have some challenges when it comes to haircare. Because roots are more likely to be oily because they’re close to the scalp, the middle and end of the curl are more prone to dryness. That’s why you should consider shampooing less than people with other hair types, and also going easy on hot air drying your hair. A better option is to air dry your hair, or even use your hairdryer on a cooler setting.
Moisturising shampoos and conditioners can also help if you notice your curls are dry. And when conditioning, it’s often recommended to start with the lower and most dry part, then work the conditioner up to the hair near the scalp.
Curly hair may also have more of a tendency to break if its brushed, so think about buying a wide toothed comb or even just using your fingers to get rid of any tangles.
Many people with fine or thin hair struggle to gain volume and body, and that’s where volumising haircare can help. Most brands offer a volumising shampoo and conditioner, designed to give fine hair the appearance of more body. Ecostore’s volumising haircare is made from plant based ingredients, has no parabens, and is designed to prevent hair breakage, giving it body and shine.
Fine hair is one type you might want to wash more often than other kinds, because if it’s thinner it’s more prone to becoming greasy, resulting in it feeling heavy or limp. That doesn’t mean you need to wash it every day, though.
Fine hair, like curls, has more of a tendency to break. So try to avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet – that’s the time it’s at its most fragile. You might want to avoid using your dryer on a hot setting, or any vigorous rubbing of your hair with a towel.
Another tip for building volume and body it opting for a shorter, more layered cut. You can also try darker colours if you dye your hair (there are many dye options that don’t include ammonia, parabens or sulphates) because it can may hair appear to have more volume.
Long hair means you have a lot of styling options available, but it also means more potential damage from the things we encounter in everyday life. For example, hair that extends down your back will rub on the back of the sofa, the office chair, your woolly jersey and even your bedding at night. And if it’s not covered by a hat during the day, it will feel the effects of the elements.
Think about tying your hair up at night or if you’ll be out in hot sun or strong rain. But do avoid tightly tied ponytails, because you might encounter breakage when you pull out the tie.
Long hair can also mean split ends, so you could find yourself at the hairdresser for trims more regularly. Remember hair is most fragile when it’s wet, so this isn’t an ideal time to be brushing or combing it, or tying it up into a style.
Care for any type
We also have a couple of important tips for hair of any type:
Eat for healthy hair, because it’s as much about what you put into your body as what you put on your hair. Try boosting your levels of food with essential fatty acids by eating fish like salmon and tuna, along with nuts and seeds. Dark leafy greens, with iron and vitamin C, along with protein-rich lean meats may also help.
Choose gentler, plant-based haircare that doesn’t strip the protective oils your scalp naturally produces. You can find out more about ecostore’s shampoos and conditioners here.