Caring for hair properly: 9 tips for easy & healthy hair care

Every woman wants strong, healthy and beautiful hair. So that your hair will shine every day and stay soft and supple in the long term, I will tell you my nine most important tips for taking care of your hair properly.

1. Wash your hair properly: less is more

Your hair looks greasy, so quickly take a shower? Stop! Washing your hair too often dries out your hair and stimulates your scalp to produce more sebum. The result: your hair looks greasy again even faster. I therefore advise you to wash your hair only about every two to three days.  

In order to permanently escape the vicious cycle of oily hair, you should wean your hair from being washed too often. To do this, you should lengthen your usual hair washing rhythm step by step by avoiding your hair washing for a day longer than usual. In this way your hair can “grease out” and the sebum production regulates itself. Yes, it takes some effort, but your hair will thank you for it. 

2. Use mild, silicone-free shampoo

There is a huge selection of hair shampoos in the drugstore. But not all of them clean and care for your hair in the best possible way. The wrong care products can even damage your hair.

Hair care shampoo should have following characteristics:

Mild surfactants: Surfactants are responsible for reliably cleaning the hair and scalp of grease and dirt particles, but can also irritate the scalp. If a shampoo contains extra mild surfactants, it cleans reliably and at the same time protects your skin.

Without silicones & parabens: Do not use shampoo with artificial additives such as silicones and parabens. These are deposited on the surface of the hair and in the long run ensure that care substances can no longer penetrate the inside of the hair.

When washing your hair yourself, a hazelnut-sized portion of shampoo per hair wash is sufficient. Lather up the shampoo, distribute it in your hair and massage it lightly into the scalp. Then wash it off thoroughly.  

By the way:  The shampoo from Dr. Ute Schick Cosmetics not only does without silicones and parabens, they also contain highly concentrated active ingredients that specifically care, repair and protect your hair.  

You might also be interested in reading about Cam Newton Hair, a celebrity. 

3. Don’t shower too hot

As pleasant as a hot shower can be for your wellbeing, water that is too hot for your hair is not a good idea. The problem: The high water temperatures dry out your hair and make it brittle. It is better to wash your hair with lukewarm water to protect the valuable cuticle of your hair. 

Do you already suffer from brittle hair? In my guide for ” dry hair ” I explain everything about the causes and show you which home remedies and care tips you can use to maintain your hair healthy again.

It is best to always wash your hair with lukewarm water and a suitable shampoo.

4. Do not rub your hair dry

Especially when it is wet or damp, your hair is very sensitive and breaks more easily. For this reason, you shouldn’t rub your hair vigorously dry after showering, but instead carefully dab it with the towel. 

Why is wet hair so sensitive?

When hair gets wet, the hair structure opens up and the cuticle swells up. This makes your hair vulnerable and breaks off more easily if handled incorrectly. Therefore, make sure to carefully dry and comb your hair when it is damp.

5. Comb your hair instead of brushing it

When wet, gently detangle your hair with a chunky comb instead of using a brush. That protects your hair structure! Leave-in conditioners for detangling sprays also make your hair easier to comb. 

6. Blow dry your hair properly

Just like water that is too hot, too high a blow dryer temperature also damages the hair structure. Before blow- drying, let your hair air dry for about 15 minutes . This closes the outer cuticle and the hair is less vulnerable. Set your blow dryer to the lowest to medium temperature and a high fan setting to dry your hair. Keep the hair dryer at least 20 centimeters away from your head.     

Caution: If you have fine hair, I recommend that you turn down the fan setting. Otherwise, the hair will quickly become tangled.

3 professional tips for hair like after visiting the hairdresser:

Blow-dry your hair systematically: Pin up the top layer of hair with bobby pins and blow-dry your hair strand by strand from below. Blow-dry the strands yourself from roots to ends.

Use a diffuser attachment: This distributes the outflowing air even better and protects your hair against excessive blow-drying temperatures.

Increase your volume: Hold your head at a slight angle and blow-dry your hair from below. As an alternative, you can blow-dry upside down against the direction of growth.

If you take care of your hair properly and with high-quality products, you can look forward to healthy and shiny hair every day.

7. Pamper hair with conditioner & hair serum

If you want to take care of your hair properly, you should pamper it too! There are numerous care products for this. But what is the difference between conditioner, hair serum and Co.? I will explain it to you:

Rinse / Conditioner:  This care product increases the ease of combing, suppleness and shine of your hair and prevents matting. You should use a conditioner after every hair wash. When choosing a product, however, make sure that it does not contain any harmful substances such as parabens or silicones.

Important:  Always rinse your hair well after use. If any conditioner residue remains in your hair, it will become greasy faster.

Treatment: A nourishing hair treatment penetrates the hair and provides moisture. You should use them about every two weeks after you wash your hair regularly.

Hair serum / hair lotion: A hair serum is the intensive care for your hair. After shampooing, it is massaged into the damp or already dry scalp. The active ingredients ensure more moisture, protection of the hair structure and a healthier scalp.  

8. Avoid 2-in-1 products

Some hair care products advertise being a shampoo and conditioner in one. But be careful: Both products have different tasks. While shampoo is supposed to clean your hair of dirt with mild surfactants, the conditioner ensures easy compatibility and shine. Many 2-in-1 products cannot meet these two requirements. 

That is why I recommend you do without it and instead use selected individual products that take care of your hair properly.  

9. Style your hair carefully

Sharp-edged metal clips and tight hair ties with metal fasteners destroy the cuticle of your hair and make it break more easily. Also, don’t tie your hair in a ponytail or bun too often. Otherwise, the hair is often squeezed in the same place and the tying up puts more stress on the hair roots.

I also recommend letting your hair dry completely before you start styling your hair . Because your hair is particularly sensitive when it is wet and can break faster. Also, I recommend using Streax Hair Serum which makes your hair smoother and healthier.