Hair Care Hurdles: How to Figure Out What Your Hair Needs
Hair care can be a difficult thing to understand, as we all have different heads of hair and needs. Some men and women naturally have dry hair and seek products and routine that adds moisture and hydration like a Keune conditioner. On the other hand, there are some who have oily hair and will need to find ways to strip some of that natural oil so that they can style their hair and avoid the look and feel of wet hair. If you are only starting out your hair car journey, then you are probably wondering how to figure out what your hair needs are.
Read on for a guide to figuring out what your hair needs, and how you can set about giving your hair that treatment.
How often do you need to wash your hair?
This is an important question to ask, and you will note that it’s about how often your hair needs to be washed and now how often you do wash it. Many people get in the habit of washing every two or three days, which might be a behaviour we have modelled of a sibling, parent or friend. The truth is, this is going to vary from person to person. Do some trial and error to see how many days you can push out washing your hair before you need to. Those with dry and brittle hair will be able to leave their hair unwashed for many more days, and you might find that your hair is easier to style with more oil built up.
Lifestyle will also typically govern how often someone will wash their hair, as those who play more sports will need to wash their hair often. People working from home and not exposed to the other elements will not require regular washing.
What look are you trying to achieve?
Another element that you have to work out is what you want to achieve with your hair. If you’re hoping to have a ‘natural’ look, then you may want to explore leave-in conditioners that will treat your hair while you sleep and have a casual but manicured look for the day ahead. If you are someone who is quite proficient with hairstyling and have the time to execute, then you might benefit from a two or three-step routine that treats your hair when wet, and dry and then for styling. Once again, this might be something you test as you go until you arrive at a routine that will suit your needs and your lifestyle.
Talk to your hairstylist
There is no one better to diagnose a hair care issue than a hairstylist. Hair stylists have a 360-degree view of your hair and are assessing the condition from ends to roots. There can sometimes be hesitancy to ask these questions as hairstylists can be incentivised to sell products, but they are also using these products in real-time on your hair so you can see the efficacy. Often it’s hard to even know what the issue is, so you might think you are treating dry hair but you could be facing damaged hair from past colouring. Next time you are in the hairdressing seat, ask for an assessment and see what they recommend in the short and long term.
Figure out the issue
You cannot expect to solve a hair issue if you cannot diagnose what it is that is causing your hair to be too frizzy, oily, damaged, dry or broken. If you are styling your hair with ceramic styling irons and not using preparation products, then this might be why your hair is dry, brittle and broken. Using too much of the wrong product if you do not need the product in the first place might make your hair oily and can start to impact the colour and texture of your hair. Identifying the hair care issue might mean you have to refrain from using products until you know what your hair needs and what you can start to work towards.
If you are pregnant, on medication or going through a lifestyle change that will influence your body composition. Be mindful of these changes and don’t change your entire routine due to a fleeting stage and conditional hair care circumstances.
We hope this guide will get you close to figuring out what your hair needs, and how you can start treating those concerns. There might be different products that do some or all of the things you need, so be sure to explore what is out there and test and learn what your hair needs.