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How to Get Healthier Hair – and keep it that way!


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Healthy, supple, shiny hair – whether short and spiky, framing your face, or Rapunzel-length locks – is the goal for everyone, every day. But healthy hair doesn’t happen by magic. Here are 13 tips for getting – and keeping – healthy hair, even if your hair is damaged at the start.

Step 1: Wash your hair less often

Shampooing your hair removes dirt and oils, but over-shampooing can strip natural oils from your hair and scalp. Plus, shampoo that isn’t rinsed out fully can build-up on your hair, leaving it looking dull and lifeless.

Washing your hair a few times per week can help maintain oil balance for most hair types. Use our Batiste™ Dry Shampoos between washes to absorb excess oils and refresh your hair.

Also, try our Batiste™ Naturally Dry Shampoo line with 100% natural, plant-powered extracts and propellant for great results in a recyclable can that uses 40% less packaging when compared to Batiste Original.

Step 2: Apply conditioner properly

Conditioner is best applied to the middle and ends of your hair, then worked backward toward your scalp. Your hair needs the hydration further from the scalp, but your scalp can get dry, too. Pay extra attention to hydrating your scalp if it’s itchy or you notice flakes.

And make sure you choose the right conditioner for your hair type: thick curls need a different kind of hydrating than straight or thin hair.

Step 3: Use a hair mask weekly or as needed

Hair masks are deep moisturizing treatments that penetrate into the hair shaft to hydrate and strengthen from within. To help keep your hair supple, shiny, and strong, make a hair mask part of your healthy hair care routine at least weekly. To learn more about hair masks and how Batiste™ Leave-In Masks are different, check out our guide.

Step 4: Protect hair when heat styling

Try to reduce how often you get a blow out or use a hot iron on your hair and apply a moisturizing protectant before using heat. Batiste™ Leave-In Masks can help protect hair against heat up to 450 degrees – – rub some on your strands before blowdrying or ironing your hair.

Step 5: Minimize hair processing such as dyes, perms, relaxers

It’s fun to change up your hair color and style, and once you start bleaching, dying or processing, you have to maintain the look. Let your hair rest between processing treatments and give it extra love to allow it to rehydrate and recuperate after you’ve given it a chemical workout. Is your bleached hair damaged and in need of some love? Treat it to a hair mask to repair and strengthen.

Step 6: Protect hair when going in the sun or swimming

When indulging in some fun in the sun, help keep hair healthier by applying conditioner or a leave-in mask before swimming in any type of water (but especially chlorinated pools). If you’re a regular swimmer, wear a swim cap when you can to minimize your hair’s exposure to chlorine, and it’s always a good idea to wear a hat when out in the sun to help protect your hair and skin.

Step 7: Detangle hair before shower and shampoo

Brush or finger comb your hair to remove tangles before you wash it. Taking the few moments to detangle before jumping in the shower after a workout or in the morning will save you time and help prevent breakage.

Step 8: Brush your hair when dry vs. wet

When your hair is wet, it becomes more vulnerable to breakage. If you want to prevent flyaways, split ends and damage, avoid brushing wet hair. The best time to brush your hair is when it is almost or completely dry. This may vary by hair texture, as those with curly hair can potentially create more damage with dry brushing. If you really can’t resist brushing your hair when wet, use a wide tooth comb instead of a hairbrush. Tooth combs can be more gentle to the scalp and hair follicles, if you comb slowly.

Woman combing through hair

Step 9: Squeeze wet hair with a towel, don’t rub

Wrap the towel around your head or long strands and blot to absorb water. Rubbing your hair with a towel introduces tangles and creates breakage.

Step 10: Protect and moisturize your scalp

Your scalp can get quite dry, especially if the air is dry, you over-shampoo, or it’s exposed to the sun. Wear hats and scalp sunscreen when going out in the sun, run a humidifier in your home if your indoor air is dry, shampoo less often and use a moisturizing shampoo. Use a deep scalp treatment as needed to hydrate your scalp if it’s gotten dry and flaky.

Step 11: Care for your hair while you sleep

Pull long hair back into a loose braid or put hair up into a sleep cap. Also try changing out your cotton or microfiber pillowcase for a silk or silk-alternative one. The smoother fabric can help prevent or reduce tangling while you sleep.

Step 12: Get regular haircuts

Trim your hair every 3 to 7 weeks if it’s short or bobbed, every 8-12 weeks for textured curly hair, and at least every 12 weeks for long hair to remove damaged or split ends and keep the shape of your hair style. Regular trims are a must for keeping your hair healthy, no matter your hair type.

Woman getting a hair cut

Step 13: Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water

Eat a diet rich in protein, essential fatty acids, and B-vitamins to help give your body the nutrients it needs to produce keratin, the structural protein in your hair and nails. Drink plenty of water to help keep skin and hair hydrated as well.

Help Improve Your Hair Health with Batiste™

Trying to keep your hair healthy? Add these Batiste™ products to your hair care regimen to make following the tips above even easier. And while you can’t get healthy hair by magic, Batiste™ hair care products are pretty magical when they absorb oils, restore moisture, or add shine in seconds.