Have you started looking for your dream dress? Made a mood board or two? If the answer is yes, then here’s something else to add to your must do list – get started on your pre-wedding hair care!
The true secret to looking like a movie star with beautiful and healthy locks on your big day is early wedding preparation.
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Scalp health is key
Your new wedding haircare routine should start at least 12 months before the wedding day. Start with haircare products that exfoliate and condition your scalp. It’s important to clean the impurities away and hydrate the skin properly.
- For an oily scalp choose hair care products that remove excess oil and treat the scalp. These products should include glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
- For a dry scalp definitely reach for treatments with hydrating and nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera, argan oil, coconut and ceramides.
- For normal scalp just reach for conditioning treatment that includes hyaluronic acid or aloe vera to keep the skin always well hydrated.
Know your hair type
Do you struggle to find the right products for your hair care regime? It could be because you’re unsure of your hair type.
Straight hair is usually easiest to manage, but you should keep in mind the natural oils from your scalp move down during the day making your hair look flat and greasy. In case of oily hair it is better to pick sulfate-free products and limit the washing to twice a week. First month or two while your hair is getting used to this new routine may be difficult, but with a little patience your hair will be everything you wanted for your big day.
Wavy hair has slight curls towards the hair ends which tend to get dry. To keep your wavy hair healthy, wash your hair once or twice a week and use hair masks weekly to nourish your locks regularly. Do not forget to condition your hair also on the days when you are not shampooing with leave-in hair care and try to switch your pillow case to a one made of silk and your towel to microfiber one to prevent the frizz.
Curly hair is prone to get dry during the day as the hair oils from the scalp cannot travel to the hair length due to the curls. Make sure to avoid shampoos that strip the natural oils from your hair and alternate regular washing with co-washing (conditioner washing). This method, also called a Curly girl method or no-poo method means you should try washing your hair with conditioner only, from time to time. There are also special conditioners on the market created for the no-poo method, these include more cleansing ingredients than a regular conditioner.
Massages aren’t just for backs
Did you know that a regular scalp massage has a great impact on the health of your scalp and hair?
Not only does it improve blood circulation and increase hair thickness, it also encourages hair growth.
Not to mention, it’s a really relaxing experience which helps when you’re a stressed out bride-to-be!
Massage your scalp every fortnight with coconut, jojoba, argan, castor or olive oils one hour before washing your hair.
The oils help with lifeless strands and damaged ends too.
Here’s a simple technique to try yourself:
Use only your fingertips of both hands and be very gentle.
Move in small circles alternating light to medium pressure.
Massage at least for 5 to 10 minutes and leave the oil to nourish your skin before washing.
Continue with a little massage while washing the hair, move your fingertips gently across your scalp and massage the shampoo or conditioner into your hair, then rinse your hair as usual.
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