(t)HAIRsday – Basics

Da Goddess @ 11:11

I may be a beauty school dropout, but I learned a lot during my time there. So, here are a few basic tips for my friends:

  1. When you’re shampooing your hair, try using about half the amount you think you need. This serves two purposes: you use less shampoo, obviously. And you are being kinder to your hair. You see, when you’re shampooing, you’re actually cleaning the dead skin and dirt from your scalp (unless your hair is full of awful debris, you don’t need to scrub your hair into a dry, lifeless mess).
  2. When conditioning your hair, use about 3/4 of what you think you need. Again, you’ll save some money, but, more importantly, you only need to condition your hair, not your scalp. Plus, too much conditioner can be hard to rinse out and weigh down your hair.
  3. Never leave conditioner on for longer than two minutes. Some conditioners have ingredients that can cause more damage than they’re supposed to repair.
  4. Rinsing your hair with cool water does two good things: it actually helps remove more of the conditioner than warmer water. And it helps to close the cuticle, thereby reducing the frizz and protecting the hair itself from other damage.
  5. When it’s time to get dried off, use a separate DRY towel for your hair. A damp or wet towel can catch hair in its loops, causing breakage.
  6. Once your hair is in that towel, DO NOT rub it vigorously! This can cause more breakage. Instead, blot your hair or press it gently between towel folds.
  7. Finally, before you brush your hair, make sure your brush is clean. Get rid of the hair from the bristles. Wash it if it looks a even a little grungy. I tend to clean my brush after every use. This way, I know it’s done and don’t have to think about it as I’m (generally) rushing around trying to get ready. Anyway, when your brush is dirty you end up negating all the effort you just put into getting your hair clean. Also, if your brush is full of hair it’ll pull at the hair on your head causing (repeat after me!) breakage.

If you’re interested in more tips, I have lots more! tHAIRsday may end up being a semi-regular thing.


  1. Great tips! I, however, have very little hair left and that is cut short. Camo, ya know. ;)

    Comment by pam — 2018/01/12 @ 06:33

  2. You still need to care for it properly!

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2018/01/12 @ 09:17

  3. True!! I have baby fine hair and shampoo with Aveda Shampure. It’s excellent and if purchased in the humongous bottle lasts a very, very long time. True, it costs $40, but it lasts about a year.

    No conditioner and the only product I like is Aveda’s Thickening Tonic. Worth it’s weight in gold and almost as expensive!

    Really, as short as my hair is I guess I could use Lava soap and it would be okay, but I don’t buy makeup so why not pamper my hair a bit? ;)

    Comment by pam — 2018/01/18 @ 17:23

  4. Never EVER use soap on hair. Okay, maybe if that’s all you have and it’s imperative, but otherwise NO.

    If you’re happy with what you’re using on your hair, keep doing that. I would encourage the use of conditioner, though, regardless of how short your hair may be. It helps close the cuticle.

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2018/01/22 @ 19:22

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