Kiss bad hair days goodbye!

Kiss bad hair days goodbye!

Your hair is your most prized accessory. Treat it like gold and you’ll feel chic, confident and ready to face the world. With these tips and tricks up your sleeve you’ll never have a bad hair day again!

Carefully cleansed

  • Unless your hair is very dry at the roots, don’t apply conditioner to the top of your head – it makes your
    hair greasy. Apply it to the bottom three-quarters of your hair, and drench the ends.
  • Rinse conditioner out of your hair with cold water to seal the cuticle and prevent excess moisture from
    entering the follicle, which causes frizz.
  • Comb your hair out with a wide-toothed comb while your conditioner is still in your hair – it will prevent
    breakage and keep those tangles to a minimum. Avoid brushing or agitating your hair – it’s at its most
    fragile when wet.
  • Don’t overwash your hair. It will leave your scalp dry, itchy and flaky.

Overnight tress success

  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase. Cotton removes moisture from your hair and gives you the bedhead look.
  • If your hair is in poor condition, sleep with a hair mask in your hair, and rinse it out in the morning. Your hair will feel soft and strong again.
  • To get rid of bedhead in a hurry, spritz with a spray bottle of water, and brush through.

Let it grow

  • Massage your scalp every morning in the shower to stimulate hair growth. By getting your blood
    flowing, you’ll also reduce stress and put yourself in a better mood.
  • Cut your hair every 6-8 weeks to stimulate growth.
  • Your hair is affected by your diet. To stimulate growth, include vitamins, mineral salts and fatty acids in your diet by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and nuts.


Avoid split ends

  • Apply a whisked mix of 1 egg yolk, 15ml olive oil, and 15ml honey to split ends an hour before
    washing. It’ll calm and tame those ends in no time!
  • To help very dry ends, shampoo the top of your head only. When you rinse, let the ends experience
    the second-hand shampoo foam with a single wipe, and then rinse your hair.
  • There are many causes of split ends, including dryness, friction, overprocessing, over-styling, hormonal imbalances, and tangling. Sometimes the only cure for scraggly ends is a trim – it’ll be easier to grow healthier looking hair in the long run. Just go for it!

Super styling

  • Apply styling products a few minutes before you start styling. This will give your hair time to absorb them,
    making them more effective.
  • Spray your hairpins with hairspray to stop them from falling out.
  • Never use the hottest setting on your hairdryer – it’s the main cause of long-term hair damage.
  • Get rid of frizzy flyaways by spraying a toothbrush with hairspray and brushing over the culprits.
  • Don’t ever use your hair straightener or curling iron on wet hair. It will only damage your hair and bring out the frizz. Blow-dry completely before using a heated tool.
  • Hold your hairdryer at least 15cm from your hair when blow-drying, and angle it downwards for best results.
  • Apply a serum before straightening or curling to create a moisture barrier and prevent frizz.
  • If the back of your ponytail starts to frizz up, smooth it down with moisturiser.
  • Before you exercise, apply a leave-in treatment to your hair. The sodium in your sweat can dehydrate your hair.

If your hair is…


Do: Leave-in products are your friend! Apply a leave-in conditioner or mask to shampooed, towel-dried hair. Protect your hair with thermo-protective products when styling. Apply hair serum or oil to damp hair.

Don’t: Wash your hair every day – it will strip the sebum that nourishes and protects your hair. Allow your natural oils to condition your hair and don’t wash more than three times a week.


Do: Add a few layers to your hair to add bounce and movement. A layered mid-length cut will lighten
the weight.

Dont: Try to blow-dry from start to finish. Rough-dry your hair until it’s 90% dry before even attempting to blow-dry. It will quicken the styling time and prevent too much volume.


Do: Revive the twist in your curl by drying your hair with a diffuser. It’ll enhance your natural curl, and give you a
quick, easy styling solution on those in-between days.

Don’t: Shampoo too often – it will aggravate the frizz. Twice a week, rinse your hair and condition it, skipping the
shampoo stage. This is known as ‘co-washing’.

Fine & Straight

Do: Apply volumising spray at the roots, and blowdry upside down to promote body.

Don’t: Use too much product – it weighs down your hair; coconut oil will do the same.


Do: Use keratin-based products to fill out the hair cuticle and defrizz.

Don’t: Rub and scrub your hair when towel-drying. Simply wrap a towel around it and squeeze to avoid
agitating your hair.


Do: Condition, condition, condition. Leave in your regular conditioner for a few extra minutes in the shower.
Apply a leave-in conditioner once a week.

Don’t: Use any colour treatments, relaxing treatments, bleach, or heat-styling products for
the next month. It’s time to give your hair a break.



Do: Give your hair a break. Wait at least two days after colouring to wash your hair. Shampoo as little as
possible to keep your colour for longer. Keep the water temperature low when you do wash it.

Don’t: Use clarifying shampoos or products with sulphates. Always opt for products designed especially for
colour-treated hair.

Broken and damaged

Do: Protect your hair from the pool and the sun. Always wear a swimming cap, and don’t sit in the sun without
a hat. Apply a mask to your hair at least once a week.

Don’t: Use heat-styling tools. Your hair needs a real break. Opt for loose buns, braids and the bedhead look for the
next few weeks. You’ll see a change in no time.

Dry scalp

Do: Products containing tea tree oil can provide relief. Try an apple cider vinegar rinse once a week. Massage the
scalp with olive or coconut oil before you wash it. For severe cases, try a specialised treatment.

Don’t: Wash too often or use chemical, colour or styling treatments. Too much contact will irritate your scalp.

Hair loss

Do: Increase your vitamin C and iron intake.

Don’t: Straighten, colour or blow-dry your hair too often. This aggravates the hair and increases hair loss.

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.


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