Forget about a bad hair day!
We'll start like this: wet hair care is much more important than dry hair. Wonder why? When hair is wet, its structure is different, believe it or not. It becomes weaker and more sensitive and requires meticulous care and well-thought-out steps. What you do with wet hair shows days after.
If you are convinced that it is enough to comb your hair in the morning and at night and wash it every few days, we will have to dissuade you. However, we are jealous if your hair is beautiful even with minimal care. You must do what makes you happy! We are only here to help you and give you the right advice and tools to make you feel the most beautiful.
Let's get back to the point and repeat the first rule - knowing how to take care of wet hair is crucial. How long should you keep it in the towel, should it be brushed while wet, and what should be done to make every hair wash maximally effective and good for the hair? We are sure that these questions bother you and that you always need help finding a good enough answer.
Hair care starts in the shower
Before taking care of your hair, you must find out what kind of scalp you have, i.e., whether you lean more towards the dry, thick, or normal scalp. Depending on that, you should get products that suit your scalp and offer solutions to your problems.
When washing your hair, use lukewarm water (not hot, not too cold). So that the hair does not experience a shock and intense temperatures do not affect the hair's quality. If it's too cold, you won't be able to wash off the dirt on your hair or make the product work as it should, and if the water is hot, you'll put unnecessary stress on it, burn it, and thus damage it a lot. Moderation is the key to everything (although we love all your colors and extremes!).
Refrain from overdoing the application of shampoo; half a handful is enough to cover the scalp and lather, then rinse and apply conditioner. Depending on the conditioner, leave the product on the hair for up to several minutes so that everything is absorbed, and then wash it off. You can also apply a leave-in conditioner, but both options are good if used correctly.
Likewise, after applying the conditioner, you can use a light serum to ensure moisture retention in the hair after washing. Applying the serum will help you comb your hair more efficiently, especially if it is long.
Proper use of towels in wet hair care
We all do this - we put wet hair in a towel, hold it for hours maybe, and when we take the towel off, we rub the hair aggressively to drain it. Many hairdressers say that this is the worst thing we can do to our hair. The reason is simple; we mentioned it earlier – hair is more susceptible to wet breakage.
Avoid keeping wet hair in a towel for too long because it damages the hair. A towel stretches hair strands, causes tangles and often causes split ends that require you to visit your hairdresser much sooner than anticipated.
It would be best to gently squeeze out the excess liquid with a towel, not by rubbing your hair aggressively, but by pressing a towel on each part of your hair and thus absorbing the liquid. This gentler method will make it easier to comb your hair later, and you will have fewer tangled strands.
The recommended time to keep your hair in the towel is about 20 minutes, after which you should start caring for your hair after washing.
Brushing wet hair
You may not believe us, but brushing wet hair should be avoided. Earlier, we pointed out that the hair is weakest and most susceptible to damage when wet, which causes additional damage to the hair if you comb it. It is best to wait until the hair is completely dry.
However, suppose you are afraid your hair will become too tangled while waiting to dry. In that case, it is recommended to use combs with wide teeth with as gentle movements as possible. Also, don't comb wet hair from the roots to the tips because you're only pulling potentially tangled parts toward the ends of the hair.
Combing from the ends towards the roots is recommended. You will do this by starting somewhere in the middle of the hair and combing the ends, then moving to the roots, so the comb goes through the hair without any problems.
In addition to wide tooth combs, you can use Noelle's eco-friendly detangler to detangle hair without damaging it. Our brushes are perfect for hair and scalp because they also massage your scalp and stimulate blood circulation, thus influencing healthy hair growth. Suppose this detangler is only sometimes so practical for you. In that case, there is also a set for hair and eyebrow care in which you get two hairbrushes, an etui and tweezers. In addition to the standard large brush, the set includes one that will fit almost any purse and be ideal for any trip.
Proper hair drying
When it comes to drying hair, two potential ways are most often mentioned - air-dry or using a hair dryer. Whichever method you choose, you'll end up with the same results, but when drying your hair with a blow dryer, there are several things you need to do to avoid damaging your hair.
Before you start drying, applying products that protect your hair from the effects of heat (for example, serum) is crucial. Ensure that the dryer's temperature is not too high to avoid damaging the hair, and never bring the device too close to the hair. Always keep a distance of a few centimeters so that the protection serum has an effect.
After the hair is dried, go through it with the comb once more and add the oil of your choice to the ends for hydrated ends.
You can also air-dry your hair. This method takes longer and is preferred by some people, but it is better for the hair. While you air-dry your hair, you do not expose it to the high temperatures of the dryer, which damage it. Thus, you will automatically have fewer split ends.
But air-drying your hair involves a few tricks that depend on your hair type. If your hair is straight, it will be enough to let it dry almost completely, then comb it and apply oil from the middle to the ends to hydrate the hair.
When styling and drying wavy to curly hair, it is necessary to use products that hydrate the hair, such as a light cream for curls. After applying the product, use circular movements with your fingers so that the product is well applied to the hair. Then remove the excess with a soft towel, preferably a microfiber towel. If your hair gets frizzy after drying, apply a light smoothing serum to targeted areas, and you're done!
When caring for extremely curly hair, the procedure is almost the same as for wavy hair; combing is the only thing you can practically forget about. Because of the creams and serums in your hair, you can comb it with your fingers so that the curls are regular and defined, without many tangled parts.
After drying, applying products that will moisturize your hair regardless of hair type is essential. In addition to hydration, the use of serums and proper hair care, in general, affect the shine, strength and health of the hair, which is what we all strive for.
What else should you avoid doing while your hair is wet?
We must emphasize a few more things and hope you avoid doing them while your hair is wet.
- Do not tie your hair in a ponytail or bun while wet - although some people have the habit of tying damp hair, it is recommended not to do this. Hair is already maximally elastic when wet, and by tying it, you cause additional stretching and, thus, damage to the hair. Additionally, suppose wet hair is tied up. In that case, it won't get enough air through to dry, which can cause eczema or other skin irritations.
- Don't use straighteners or curlers while your hair is wet - sometimes, we're all in a hurry. We want to get our hair done as soon as possible but styling your hair with straighteners or curlers while it's wet or under-dried only damages your hair. If you do this, you will only "fry" your hair, and the result you are hoping for will not be satisfactory. In addition, you will damage the ends and hair, which is not something you want to do to your hair.
- Don't go to bed with wet hair – sleeping with damp hair can cause tangling, breakage and stretching, which will cause special hell for those with curly hair. Please wait for your hair to dry completely before going to bed. In addition to doing your hair a favor, you're blessing yourself because it will be much easier to comb it.