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Let's admit it, our hair strands go through a lot of damage. From heat styling to chemical processing to the daily assault of environmental aggressors, it's no wonder our locks can start to look and feel a little worse for wear. But before you reach for the scissors in despair, there's hope! This article is packed with expert-approved hair care hacks that will combat damage, boost shine, and restore your hair's health.

#1. Always invest in quality products 

This is excellent advice when it comes to the appliances that you use and the beauty products that you put into your hair. There is a reason why your local hair salon uses certain products and it’s because they are the best that are currently available on the market and they work. If you’re unsure about what kind of products you should be purchasing then you could talk to your local stylist to get some recommendations.

One of the first things you should invest in is a blowout brush so that you can dry your hair properly and give it the bounce and shine you need every day to create the right first impression every single time. 

#2. Apply natural oil before shampooing your hair

Dermatologist Jenny Liu recommends doing an oil treatment for your damaged hair before shampooing.  it. Apply coconut, argan, or olive oil to your hair before shampooing to provide a protective barrier. This shields your hair from the potentially drying effects of shampoo, leaving it nourished, soft, and more resistant to damage.

#3. Get your hair cut regularly 

Split ends are a real problem, especially for the female of the species and so this is why it makes sense that you would get them cut away now and often. Try to make an appointment with your stylist every three weeks or so depending on your hair for a quick trim. 

Dr. Rochelle R. Weiss says that getting a regular hair trim will remove damage, making your hair strands appear healthier. However, she points out that it won't make your hair grow faster. She states that: “Hair growth occurs below the level of the skin and is not affected by cutting.”

collage with a ginger curly hair and scissors trimming hair

#4. Don’t wash your hair too often 

You may think that you’re doing good by washing your hair 2 to 3 times a day but you are doing more harm than good. You are taking away all of the natural oils that your hair has and this will result in dry hair and damaged hair. Shampooing your hair twice a week is more than enough to keep your hair healthy and to keep it shiny as well.

#5. Try to limit heat styling 

You have indeed invested in a blowout brush and this is a very smart thing to do but also remember to keep your hair healthy, try to restrict the number of times that you use this excellent appliance every week. Too much heat applied to your hair can cause it to get damaged and can lead to excessive drying and color fading in your hair as well. There are products that you can get to protect your hair from the heat as you use your various appliances.

#6. Invest in a new towel 

This is information that many Australians are not currently aware of but even though your bath towel is perfect for drying your whole body, it might not be the right one for your hair. The cotton may be quite rough due to its age and so this damages your hair. You can invest in an actual towel that is specifically designed for hair use so keep this separate from the one that you normally take into the shower.

A board-certified dermatologist and founder of Prequelskin Samantha Ellis suggests using hair turbans, as they are good at absorbing moisture and cutting the hair drying time.

collage with hair styling wand and beautiful curlyh hair texture

#7. New season = new hair care routine

Just as your wardrobe changes with the seasons, so should your hair care routine. Environmental factors like temperature and humidity, especially in topical counties like Australia, that cover various climate zones, can impact your hair's behavior. 

During hotter months, opt for lighter, hydrating products to prevent your hair from becoming weighed down. In colder months, when the air is drier, consider adding a deep conditioning treatment to your routine to combat dryness and static.

#8. Brush your hair regularly 

There is a right way to brush your hair and a wrong way, so take the time to learn about the correct way to brush your hair every single day. If you are using the wrong type of things then this can lead to damage to the hair and a lot more tangles. Another great piece of advice is to not color your hair at home and get it done by a professional who knows exactly what they’re doing at any given time. They will follow the correct procedures to maintain the strength of your hair and most importantly, how it looks.

Wrapping up...

For your hair to excel, you also need to take care of your scalp and many people overlook this very important thing. There are certain scrubs that you can get for your scalp that help to revitalize it and moisturize it.