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You don't have to use matching shampoo and conditioner. For the longest time, I could not get my OCD head around the idea of using mismatched shampoo and conditioner. The thought of using a purifying shampoo with a hydrating conditioner just felt...wrong. But then my hairdresser assured me that it was fine. In fact, he said it is more important to mix and match based on hair needs. These days I use a clarifying shampoo for my oily scalp and a moisture rich conditioner for my dry ends. And guess what? It IS fine.
Shower before you swim. Protect your hair from the drying effects of chlorine by taking a shower before heading into the pool. When hair is already saturated, pool water absorption will be minimised.
Use a natural-bristle brush. Getting those natural oils through is one of the best thing you can do for your hair. Natural bristles are gentler on hair and redistribute oils throughout hair, thus boosting shine.
Rinse your hair with cold or lukewarm water. Hot water is extremely drying to hair as it strips hair of natural oils so always better to use cold water. In fact, cold water is best for the final rinse as it adds shine and prevent frizz. In winter, I find a cold water rinse to be unbearable, so I go lukewarm.
Keep hair long - I very nearly cut my hair short last year when I was pregnant because I thought it would be easier to manage with a young baby. But then my hairdresser told me that long hair is actually easier to maintain than short hair. You see, long hair can be pulled into a ponytail which keeps it off your face and you can also get away with more infrequent trims compared to short hair which needs to be styled everyday and cut more regularly to maintain its shape.
Do you have any hair care tips to share?