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10 tips for taking good care of your hair

10 tips for taking good care of your hair

Taking care of your hair is an essential ritual for keeping it shiny and healthy. While the theory is no secret, the practice isn't always obvious to everyone. In this guide, we reveal the 10 essential steps to a truly effective hair care routine.

#1 Wash your hair properly

Washing hair is a crucial step in your hair care routine. For healthy, shiny hair, it's essential to know how to wash it properly.

  • Start by selecting a shampoo suited to your hair type. Whether you have dry, oily, fine or color-treated hair, opt for a specific product that meets your hair's particular needs. Using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo can also help preserve your hair's natural moisture.
  • Before applying shampoo, wet hair thoroughly with warm water. Make sure the water is at the right temperature to open the cuticles and allow better penetration of the product.
  • Pour a small amount of shampoo into the palm of your hand and distribute evenly over your scalp. Gently massage with fingertips in circular motions to stimulate blood circulation and remove impurities.
  • After washing your scalp, rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Make sure you don't leave any shampoo residue, as this can weigh your hair down and make it dull.

#2 Deeply nourish your hair

There's more to caring for your hair than just washing it. To maintain its health and beauty, it's crucial to nourish it deeply. Hair masks are formulated to offer intense hydration and damage repair. Choose a mask based on nourishing ingredients such as argan oil, shea butter and keratin proteins.

To nourish your scalp, also use a conditioner. They form a protective shield around the hair, shielding it from damage caused by the heat of styling tools, UV rays, pollution and other environmental aggressors. By nourishing and sealing the cuticle, conditioners help prevent breakage, frizz and split ends.

In addition to repairing and moisturizing, masks and conditioners help improve hair texture and shine. By strengthening hair structure and smoothing the hair surface, these products leave your hair soft, silky and radiant. Whether you have dry, damaged, curly, fine or color-treated hair, there are masks and conditioners to suit all hair types. By choosing products specific to your needs, you can maximize the benefits and achieve remarkable results. Use them once or twice a week, for deeply nourished, visibly healthier hair.

#3 Detangle your hair regularly

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Detangling your hair may seem like a simple task, but it's actually an essential step in your hair routine. Regular detangling helps prevent the formation of knots. By gently removing knots, you reduce the risk of breakage and damage, preserving your hair's long-term health. Choosing a quality brush will help improve your hair's shine and texture by smoothing the cuticle and distributing natural oils along the strands. The brush will leave your hair smoother, shinier and silkier.

#4 Use heat protection

Before any exposure to heat, use protection. Frequent use of heat tools such as straighteners, curling irons and hair dryers can have harmful effects on the health of your hair. Excessive heat can damage the hair cuticle, making it dry, brittle and prone to split ends. By using heat protection products, you create a protective barrier that minimizes damage and preserves the integrity of your hair. There are different types of heat protection, either in cream or spray form.

#5 Space your shampoos sufficiently

By spacing out shampoos, you allow the scalp to naturally regulate its sebum production, which can help maintain a healthy balance and reduce problems such as oily or dry scalp. It is therefore advisable to avoid washing hair daily, as this can lead to lackluster, dry and irritated scalps. It's best to limit shampooing to every 2 to 3 days at most. Our advice? Opt for the use of dry shampoo to extend the intervals between washings.

#6 Rinse your hair at the right temperature

Rinsing hair at the right temperature is crucial to its health and appearance. Water that's too hot can dry out the scalp and hair, leaving it dull and brittle, while water that's too cold may not effectively remove product residues and impurities. Opting for a lukewarm to cool temperature keeps hair moisturized while preserving its natural shine and promoting overall health. By choosing the right temperature, you can optimally care for your hair, leaving it shiny and healthy.

#7 Incorporate oil baths into your routine

Oil baths help moisturize, strengthen and protect hair from daily damage. For optimal results, oil baths are recommended once or twice a week, depending on hair texture and condition. By regularly incorporating oil baths into your hair routine, you can maintain strong, supple, healthy-looking hair.

#8 Dry your hair efficiently

To dry your hair properly, start by gently dabbing off excess water with a microfiber towel to avoid friction. Next, use a hair dryer on medium heat and keep it at least 15 to 20 centimeters away from your hair to avoid heat damage. Use a suitable brush to style your hair while drying to minimize frizz and achieve a smooth, shiny result. By adopting a gentle, controlled method, you can dry your hair effectively while preserving its health and beauty.

#9 Pay more attention to your diet

Nutritional deficiencies can lead to dull, brittle and weakened hair. By choosing a diet rich in essential nutrients such as proteins, vitamins (including biotin, vitamin E and vitamin C) and minerals (such as zinc and iron), you can promote hair growth, strengthen hair structure and enhance natural shine.

#10 Protect your hair from the sun

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the hair cuticle, leading to discoloration, dryness and brittleness of hair fibers. What's more, prolonged exposure to the sun can weaken hair keratin, making it more prone to breakage and split ends. By using hair care products with built-in sun protection, wearing a hat or limiting direct exposure to the sun, you can preserve the health and beauty of your hair, for shiny, well-protected hair.

Now that you have all the keys to the perfect hair routine, find out which products are best for your hair type.

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