The key to healthy hair is not to wash it every day. Daily hair washing dries out the hair and doesn’t allow the natural oils to moisturize the hair. If your hair tends to be feel more greasy and oily, however, you probably should wash your hair on a daily basis to get rid of the excess oil.
When you wash your hair, you shouldn’t use products with chemicals or alcohol in them. Alcohol causes the hair to become dry and brittle. Products that are all natural and herbal-based keep the natural pH balance of the hair. When you use more nutrient-rich, natural-based shampoos and conditioners, your hair will feel softer. Hair products loaded with chemicals also cause buildup on the hair and can make your scalp feel dry and itchy.
If you have color-treated hair, you should use products that are designed specifically for color-treated hair. If you have straight, fine or curly hair, it also helps to use shampoos and conditioners designed for your hair type. Shampoos with tea tree oil can help reduce dandruff and irritating scalp conditions.
It also helps to not wash your hair in really hot water. Use warm water instead. Lather shampoo into your hair and massage into your scalp. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use a rich, hydrating conditioner and for extra conditioning, leave on the hair for 3 to 4 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then rinse with cool water to set the hair follicles. Cool water helps your hair from becoming frizzy and locks in moisture. Another trick is to wrap hair in a warm, damp towel and leave the conditioner in for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then rinse with cool water.
For dry, brittle hair, use a leave-in conditioner or a hair mask that gives your dry locks extra conditioning. Curly hair has a tendency to be dry, so it helps to use a conditioner that is a bit heavier and weighs down the curls (this also helps eliminate frizzy ends). Ask a professional hairstylist to recommend the best products for your specific hair type. If you have more oily hair, you won’t want to condition your hair as much, and if your hair is more dry, you will want to condition your hair more.