Hair Care Routine Do’s and Don’ts

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

There is so much information out there regarding hair care, it can be quite overwhelming at times. There is always the temptation to go overboard with the products and the routines – but could this be making your hair worse?

As with all things, sometimes, less is more when it comes to our tresses. With so many options out there, it can be easy to overdo it. Here are some of our tips to refining a perfect hair care routine. 

Washing – dont over or under do it 

As a general rule, hair should be washed as often as it is needed, around every 3 days. If you sweat a lot at the gym you might not be able to wait that long, in which case a rinse and condition at the ends should be enough in between washes.

Every time you wash your hair, you will remove the natural oils that are produced, and if you colour your hair, you’ll just strip your colour out again.  That being said, don’t go too long between washes, because this will lead to a grease build-up, which can cause the follicles to get blocked and cause irritation or infections.  

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Use the right shampoo… and conditioner 

Using a shampoo and conditioner that is targeted to your hair type will make a huge difference. When it comes to how to wash, less is more again. Use a 50 pence sized amount of shampoo and a pound-sized amount of conditioner and ensure to concentrate the conditioner on the ends and lengths of your hair.  

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Dry shampoo – don’t rely on it too much 

Dry shampoo is a fantastic product to use in between washes to add a bit of body back into your hair and to reduce greasy roots, but don’t rely on it too much. The main problem with dry shampoo is that in fact, your hair isn’t any cleaner. 

Your hair looks oily after going unwashed because of the sebaceous glands in your scalp produce sebum. Dry shampoo absorbs the sebum but, even when brushed out, some of the product will remainWhen used several days in a row, those leftover powder particles will begin to create a buildup on the scalp which can cause issues such as dermatitis. Use dry shampoo little and not often, and you should be fine.

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Switch to snag free elastics 

Super tight hair ties will put a lot of unnecessary strain on your hair, which leads to breakage.  Steer clear of rubber bands and those with metal clasps on, as they will be the kiss of death for your hair. Instead opt for telephone coil bands, knotted ribbon elastics, full circle elastic ties made from knitted cotton, or the OG hair tie, the scrunchie. All of these are softer and gentler on your hair, and won’t give you the dreaded ponytail headache.  

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Clean your tools!

The same way you should be cleaning your makeup brushes once a week, you should be doing the same with your hair brushes and combs. remove all the dead hair and clean thoroughly with warm water and a couple of drops of shampoo to remove dirt, oil and product build-up.  

Hair dryers also need to be cleaned, as they tend to collect hair and dust in the vents at the back of the hairdryer. Regular cleaning will extend the life of your hair dryer and ensure you aren’t causing further damage. Hair straighteners and curling irons also need to be cleaned to ensure they can pass over your hair quickly, this just needs a warm damp cloth after use – make sure they are unplugged first! Don’t scrub them though, just keep passing the cloth over them until all the dirt comes off.  


Put your tools down 

It is always worth considering putting your straighteners down for a bit every now and again and give your hair a break. Not bashing your hair with straighteners and hairdryers for a week or so will allow your hair to relax a bit and will help it to recover and regulate its own oils again. Dry hair = breakage. If you absolutely must use heat styling, don’t neglect using a heat protectant and use the lowest heat setting available. 


Don’t avoid a trim

Getting a trim every 6-8 weeks, even just a dusting off the ends will ensure any split ends are kept at bay and will keep your hair in great condition. The longer you put it off, the quicker split ends will travel up the length of your hair, meaning when you do have to go for a trim you will end up having to say goodbye to more length than you want.  

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Condition correctly 

When you apply too much conditioner, you are coating your hair in product and saturating it, which can weigh your hair down and lead to product build up. It will also mean that any other serums you use won’t be able to work effectively as they can’t compete with other moisture molecules in your hair.  When it comes to conditioning, don’t apply to soaking wet hair. Get out as much water by squeezing your hair until all the excess comes out., and comb your conditioner through to ensure it gets to every strand. This will allow the conditioner you apply to penetrate the hair shaft without competing with water molecules. Make sure to rinse everything out to avoid build up. 


Speak to an expert 

If your hair woes are really getting you down and you can’t get to the root of the problem at home, speak to a hair professional. They will be able to get a real good look at what is going on with your hair and should be able to diagnose any problems you are having, and recommend shampoo and conditioners along with treatments to help.  If your scalp is giving you issuesspeak to a dermatologist, as it may be an underlying issue that needs to be treated.

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Sleep in silk. 

Wrapping your hair in Luna will ensure that your hair is moisturised naturally from the oils produced by your scalp and that any deep conditioning products are absorbed into each strand. It will also ensure your hair does not get roughed up by bed linen, reducing breakage and split ends, and encourages new and existing hair growth. 

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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.