Care for your hair

Do you scream to yourself when you look at your hair in the mirror every morning? A quick wash, brush and dry sounds like the perfect cure, but you still end up looking like something a magpie would steal chicks from. If your bad hair days extend through the entire week your problem could be as simple as washing your hair incorrectly or using the wrong brush.

The way you wash your hair can hinder or help your scalp, hair and style as well. Experts advise that you should apply shampoo on completely wet hair and only on the hair nearest the scalp. By gently working the hair into lather around your scalp it concentrates the shampoo where the oils and impurities build up while allowing a diluted amount of shampoo to run through to the ends of the hair follicle to retain healthy oils in the fragile ends. You should also avoid shampooing your hair upside down which tends to create additional tangles.

If you have long hair, use your fingers to detangle with conditioner in your hair. After rinsing, gently squeeze the water from each section of your hair. Pat dry with a towel without rubbing.

A well-made brush is a beauty investment that should last you for many years when taken care of correctly. Everyday you loose hundreds of hairs that build up in your brushes along with the hair oils and scalp exfoliation. This debris can alter the performance of the brush and inhibit the look of the style you are trying to create.

To safely clean your brush, start by using a comb to remove built-up hair. Continue the cleaning process by soaking your brush in a solution of hot water and a few drops of shampoo or mild detergent. Rinse and dry thoroughly before use.

Choosing the correct type and size of brush can also affect the overall condition of your hair and scalp. Thick, coarse hair that doesn’t need additional volume can benefit from using a cushion-style paddle brush, which can be used to create smooth look and sleek style. If your hair is course and dry, natural bristles are an excellent way to re-distribute the natural hair oils evenly and to massage your scalp.

If you have wavy hair, buy a round vented brush with rounded nylon ball tips that are moulded as part of the bristle and not just attached to the top. Brushing your hair with a brush that is missing the nylon ball tips on some bristles can pull hair or cause breakage. Wavy and curly hair may also be frizzy and flyaway when it is dry brushed, so only use a wide toothcomb between washes.

If you have fine hair, a vented brush can help you achieve a straight look. Use a brush with natural bristles, which nourishes the hair follicles. A barrel-shaped thermal brush can help provide lift if you hold the hair away from the scalp as you blow dry. When used with the heat from a hairdryer, the metal core of the brush heats up like a hot roller to create body and curl.

If you have long hair, never use a brush to remove tangles as this splits the hair. To style, you can also use a vented or round brush. Vented brushes allow for faster drying time while round brushes allow you to shape your hair or create the Madonna flick. You can also buy paddle thermal brushes that are ideal for straightening untamed long hair.

Picture caption: Say goodbye to bad hair days.