My top hair care tips

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Question: Do you think good hair is a result of good genes or good hair care? I think it is a bit of both. My parents have really thick strong hair and so do I. However my hair suffered in my twenties when I subjected it to endless chemical treatments with very little TLC. It took a long while before I was able to restore my crowning glory. During that time, I learnt a few things about hair care that helped my hair become healthier, stronger and with less damage. The lovely people at TRESemmé has asked me to share these tips with you today. Read on if you're interested...

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?

22 Responses to My top hair care tips

Shirley Tay said...

Don't have to use matching shampoo and conditioner? Thanks for sharing this cause I'm always under the impression I've to use the same to achieve effect results. Happy Sunday, Trishie!

Jane said...

i used to have great hair which i totally took advantage of. lately it's been terribly dry and damaged because i dye it (to cover my greys! eecks!!) but i stopped using conditioner and instead use oils after i wash my hair and i also started using leave-in conditioner as well. i'm going to have to practice all your other tips as well! i desperately need them!

Ananka said...

Some interesting info :-)

I've got quite good and thick hair, feel quick lucky. But I never really look after it as well as I should! I do use a normal shampoo and conditioner and sometimes a two-in-one!

I used to dye it when I was in my teens early 20s, but I don't now. I hated the way it felt like straw after I washed it, even with conditioner!

My Garden Diaries said...

Great tips friend! And seriously...you have gorgeous hair! Wishing you a lovely day! Nicole xoxo

Anouka said...

Thanks for your tips. Your hair is beautiful as it is.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Great tips! It took me awhile to get into mixing and matching my shampoo/conditioner as well. I find skipping shampoo every other wash is better for maintaing the balance of my scalp.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Madeleine-Maria said...

Thank You for your tips!

As You I mix different shampoos and conditioners and honestly I think that it is even better than use matching products, because they are often too much or too less.

Maybe You wanna have a look at my new blog?

xx, Maddi
www.madeleine-maria.blogspot.de

Andre Ling said...

Okay, I will leave my hair long when I am pregnant. :)

trishie said...

@andre, very funny! Lol.

Pamela RG said...

These are great tips. I usually rinse my hair with cold water after washing it because I read it will keep it shiny and close down the pores in our scalp. We use hot water here a lot because of the cold weather so it's true that it can be drying for the hair.

Jessica said...

I would have never thought to shower before heading to the pool. I will definitely be using this tip.

Rose said...

Thanks for the tips sharing. Knew all the mentioned tips except shower before going into pool. Usually i just wet my hair and body and jump in.

Ice Pandora said...

I have quite thick (gray) hair but it sure has thinned out alot through out the year. But still, it's thick :P

I think I'm going to cut my hair soon for graduation. To be honest,
I use different kind of shampoo and
conditioner c: Xx

Tina Bradley said...

Looking so lovely, Trishie! Great tips! I try to rinse with cool water (when I remember to do so). :) Hugs, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

akiko hiramatsu said...

Your answer is very interesting and is good. Because hair is long, will I try it?

akiko

Kati said...

Yeah, I heard of the cold water tip before but can just never really get myself to do it! :-)

-Kati

burntfeather said...

I never would of thought to shower before the swim to soak the hair, will try and remember this for next time I take a chlorine dip :) On a side note, completely jealous of your hair - super hair envy :P

Sam said...

Love this post, these tips and advice is so helpful! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by :)

kidgranny said...

Great tips! My hair stylist always tells me to rinse with lukewarm or cold water as well!

Vel Criste said...

Great tips Trishie! I should avoid HOT water for my hair from now on!

Sharon D said...

Very informative. So right about the long hair! ^.^

Psst... I'm going through another hair issue right now - the greys! I wish I could pull it all out. AckkKk!

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, GREAT tips,Trishie;
I'll have to keep notes of these♡♡♡
Except that the fact long hair didn't match my face when I triedlong before p;) Keeping hair healthy sure is very important for us, doesn't it♬♬♬

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*