DIY Haircare at home

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

There are plenty of things you can do at home to help your hair besides investing in a great shampoo and conditioner. Here are some of our favourite ways to care for your hair at home without breaking the bank. 

Switch to silk 

 Obviously, this is top of our list. Sleeping in silk will work wonders for your hair, there are so many benefits. It protects your hair from the harshness of cotton which rubs against your hair and causes bed head, frizz and split ends. it keeps moisture at the right balance, it locks in oils, it is hypoallergenic, need we go on? 

 

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Eat the right foods 

Good hair and skin start from within. Giving your hair the right vitamins and proteins is key to healthy hair, so eating a balanced diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and veg is key. We know we aren’t perfect, so supplements are also handy. There is no need to splash out on expensive hair supplements, a good high-quality multivitamin will do just as well. 

 

 

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 Drink plenty of water 

As with eating well, drinking plenty of water will do wonders for your hair.  Your hair is made up of 25% water, so drinking around 2L a day will massively help you towards the hair of your dreams. Water helps to regulate the circulatory system, which feeds the hair follicle, which then stimulates hair growth. If your hair roots are deficient in water levels your tresses will eventually become dry, brittle and may stop growing.

 

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Let your hair dry naturally 

Letting your hair dry naturally after you wash it will allow your hair to fall into its natural state and regulate its own sebum, which is ultimately a good thing all around. Now, when we say let it dry naturally, we dont mean let it drip dry as soon as you get out of the shower. Towel dry your hair and add any serums in, and then leave it to dry. If your hair is particularly thick and/or long or takes ages to dry, then use your hair dryer on the coolest setting and partially dry it before letting it do its own thing. Never go to bed with dripping wet hair, as your hair is in a compromised state when it’s wet, and you will end up doing it some major damage.  

 

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Make your own hair masks 

This is a great way to care for your hair at home, by making your own masks you can tailor them to what you need. The recipes out there are endless! You can whip up your own concoction in the kitchen using ingredients specific for your hair type

Choose a shampoo that suits your hair type 

 Don’t just go for any old shampoo; go for the shampoo that works for your hair type:

Curly or Afro-textured hair probably wants frizz-minimizing or softening shampoo that is creamy and has natural oils in it. 

Oily hair probably wants a gentle shampoo designed to remove excess oils. 

Coloured hair needs a shampoo that’s fortified with amino acids because colouring your hair is essentially damaging it. 

Dry hair needs glycerin and collagen to help restore some moisture into the hair.

 

Not sure what your hair type is? Check out our blog here.

Condition your hair properly based on hair type 

If you have very limp hair, try a botanical oil treatment before you shampoo. Use lavender or tea tree oil, for example, and work it under your cuticles before shampooing. Wash shampoo away and apply conditioner from the mid-shaft down to the end. Leave in for a minute before washing. For medium to thick hair, use a moisturizer with naturally hydrating properties. Keep your conditioner light, apply conditioner all over your head and let stay for 2-3 minutes. If your hair is afro-textured, you can keep it on for about 10-15 minutes before washing it off, or you can leave it in. 

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.