May 18, 2022

How to Build Your Own Hair Routine

It鈥檚 funny how much interest we have in watching celebrities post videos of their haircare routines given how distinctly unique each of our hair types are.

What may work excellently for one person may be terrible advice for another, as each of our natural hair types respond best to different styling techniques in addition to varying levels of maintenance and cleansing.

Additionally, these videos fail to take into account the level of chemical treatment or other intensive hair procedures that each hair has been subject to, which is yet another variable that needs to be taken into consideration when determining the best hair routine.聽聽So, while it may be fun to see how celebrities do their hair in the morning, these videos should be taken more as entertainment rather than as a strict how-to-guide.聽聽Everyone鈥檚 hair is different, and there鈥檚 simply no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to hair care!

What we are getting at here is that we can give you all the tips and advice in the world on how to take care of your hair, but it鈥檚 ultimately onyouto determine the routine most appropriate for your hair.

This can certainly take some trial and error and probably won鈥檛 be easy, but the result will be oh so rewarding.聽聽Read our guide below and let us walk through the steps needed in order to craft a hair routine tailor-made just for you!

1. Determine Your Natural Hair Texture

To begin, you need to adequately assess your hair鈥檚 texture in its most natural state, as this will provide the base for how you construct your entire routine.聽聽While some of us may wish our straight hair had more curl and texture or that our curly, textured hair was flatter and straighter, excessively working against our hair鈥檚 natural movement patterns will only lead to damage and frustration.聽聽By workingwithyour texture as opposed toagainstit, you鈥檒l be shocked with how much easier your hair maintenance and styling routines will be!

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Straight: The most common hair type, straight hair lacks any noticeable movement or texture and is generally easy to manipulate and style.聽聽Straight hair generally is the least prone to dryness and can handle a high amount of washing, styling, and chemical treatments.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Wavy: Sandwiched between straight and curly, wavy hair has more movement and texture than straight hair but is much more relaxed and flatter than curly hair.聽聽This hair is slightly more prone to dryness than straight hair and may require slightly more time when styling in order to straighten or enhance curls.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Curly: This hair type is fairly easy to diagnose, as it鈥檚 marked by hair that naturally grows out in twisting curls that range from loose to tight.聽聽This hair type is quite prone to dryness and should be washed infrequently while receiving increased moisturization.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Coiled: A hair type that is like a more extreme version of curly hair, which is marked by extremely tight curls that zig zag in multiple directions.聽聽By far the driest hair type and most difficult to style, extra care needs to be taken when brushing and styling to avoid breakage and tangling.

2. Take Inventory of External Factors

Once you鈥檝e figured out your natural hair texture, you鈥檒l need to factor in the different external variables that affect your hair on a daily basis.聽聽For instance, even if you determine you have straight hair, you may still want to take it easy on washing frequency and make sure to add extra moisture if you live in a dry climate or frequently undergo intense chemical treatments.

Common external factors include:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Climate:Areas with low humidity and high temperatures (aka dry climates) require extra care and increased moisturization, whereas areas with high humidity may require you to determine a more balanced approach to hair moisturization.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Chemical Treatments: Depending on your hair鈥檚 exposure to chemical treatments, you may need to add in extra moisture, along with avoiding certain habits such as shampooing with sulfates or excessive heat styling that may damage your hair while ruining your color treatment.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Stress: It鈥檚 no secret that stress and anxiety can cause visible damage to our hair and scalp, including thinning and a loss of hair.聽聽Make sure your exposure to stress is limited before making any broad conclusions about your hair routine.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Diet: Scientists have discovered that a deficiency in various nutrients and minerals in our diets can lead to changing of our hair growth patterns and natural texture.聽聽Ensure you are eating a balanced diet that meets your vitamin and mineral requirements.

3. Invest in the Right Products

Now that you have a handle on how your hair naturally exists and what it鈥檚 specific needs are, you鈥檒l need to arm yourself with the correct tools and supplies to properly carry out your routine.

Shampoo:Use a high-quality shampoo without sulfates that has just enough cleaning power to keep your hair clean and grease-free without causing any dryness or damage.聽聽Those with extremely curly or coiled hair, especially in dry environments, may opt to skip shampoo and adopt a conditioner-only method!

Moisturizing Products:All hair types need a conditioner, and this one is non-negotiable, even if you have naturally oily hair.聽聽Depending on your hair type and needs, you鈥檒l want a conditioner that is rich and hydrating enough to replenish your hair without weighing it down, which is a process that will take some trial and error.聽聽Additionally, those with extreme dryness or have undergone frequent chemical treatments will want to add a high-quality mask or leave-in conditioner to use on a weekly or twice-weekly basis.

Styling Tools:Depending on your hair type and desired look, you鈥檒l want a heated styling tool that delivers the results in a safe, effective manner.聽聽Straight hair types may opt for a high-powered blow-dryer to add volume, while wavy types may want to invest in a straightener that can mellow out their waves.聽聽For curly or coily hair types, a blow-dryer with a diffuser is a must in order to maintain moisture and prevent dryness and damage.

Brushes and Combs:You may not realize this, but the wrong comb or brush can totally ruin your hair routine.聽聽For instance, a wide-tooth comb is completely ineffective at straightening and detangling straight hair, but is a lifesaver for curly or coiled hair that needs gentle, snag-free detangling.聽聽Additionally, straight hair absolutely loves a brush with fine bristles to straighten and enhance shine and softness, whereas the same brush would cause breakage and snagging in curly hair.