“A lady’s hair is her crowning glory.” Jeannette Walls, a successful American author, and journalist has written so in her novel “Half Broke Horses.” Honestly, it is such a timeless statement that none of us can deny.
And our hair needs some love every day for that “glory” to shine the brightest. Still, some of us are overwhelmed by the onslaught of online advertisements and recommendations of beauty influencers that they have either overbought or underbought some products.
So, to save you from making those mistakes, we have compiled a list of 14 hair care essentials that you should not be missing out on. And to make this memorable and easy to understand, these are divided into four main categories that are indisposable in any hair routine.
Without any further rambling, let’s dive right in, shall we?
Category 1: Cleaning
The Right Shampoo
The one job that any shampoo should be good at is ridding your hair of dirt and oil without stripping away the natural protective barrier of your hair. So, you should opt for a mild shampoo instead of a harsh one.
Another thing you need to pay attention to is your hair type. Is it oily, dry or normal? Identify it and pick up a shampoo that is meant for your hair type. A suitable one should complement the texture of your hair, not diminishing it.
Dry Shampoo for normal to oily hair
Dry shampoo has this fantastic ability to absorb abundant oil and preventing dirt accumulating on your scalp. And for that, this guy is a real saver between washings when some events pop out of nowhere and demand you to look flawless.
Plus, it gives your hair a bit of extra volume and a small lift at the root. Who doesn’t love that?
A Scalp Scrub
Your scalp, which is just like the skin anywhere else on the body, needs exfoliating once in a while. A good scrub can prevent the build-up of oil, dandruff, and even styling products, which can quickly clog the hair follicles.
This can be the cause of hair thinning and losing its healthy shine. You may need a scalp scrub more than you know!
Category 2: Nourishing
A good Conditioner
Conditioners’ main job is to sleek down the cuticle layers and lock in the moisture. By doing this, conditioners prevent any unwanted damages caused by your shampoo, which can range from frizzy to dry hair.
Never underestimate the power of a good conditioner!
A Hair Oil and/or a Hair Mask
Of course, hair conditioner is already a good moisturizer and protector for your hair. However, if you are craving some dimensional glow and find something that is even more deeply nourishing, hair oils and hair masks are definitely for you.
You can easily find these hair care essentials at the beauty stores. They are available at all prices, from drugstore to high-end. Alternatively, if you are more of a DIY person and like to take everything in hand, there are good recipes for a hair mask on various beauty websites.
Category 3: Styling
A Round Brush and a Paddle Brush
Why two different types of brushes? You may ask.
Well, because each of them has different functions and to use them correctly, you will need both of these hair care essentials on your beauty counter. A round brush is useful for adding elegant curls into your hair while blow dried and a paddle brush is good for keeping those frizzies and fluffs at bay.
And this item is worth splurging on and beneficial in the long run. Truth to be told, there is nothing wrong about investing in a good brush.
Hair sprays are one of the best-selling styling products in the hair industry. They are created by refining chemicals compounds propelled from an aerosol can. Customers are quick to snatch them off the shelves because of all the magic they can do on your hair.
These guys do all the works you can think of when it comes to styling: tame frizzies, add volume, hold the curls and keep your hair in place. True miracle workers!
A Curling Iron and/or Flat Iron
When you want to have some beautiful curls, but the commitment to this style does not seem so enticing? That’s when a curling iron and flat iron step in and change the game. The heat from the tools will change your hair texture temporarily, from straight to wavey and vice versa.
Having both hair care essentials is doubtlessly super handy. However, if you want to save some cash, go for a flat iron. When handled with the right technique, you can still achieve some effects of a curling iron with just a straightener.
Category 4: Maintenance tool
A good Blow Dryer
Even though air drying is the favorite method of many people, it is not the best one since it can sometimes lead to fungus and weakening of the hair structure. As a result, the combo of a good dryer and the right handling is the most recommended way to get your hair all dry and soft.
Remember to pick a blow dryer that will not dehydrate your hair or even worse, fry them. Go through some reviews and essential indicators of the products. After that, you should be on your way to the most suitable hair dryer.
Crease-Resistant Hair Clips
Everyone with hair past their ears will understand the usefulness of hair clips. Why? Because you cannot just have your hair hanging around your face when you are noting down your lessons, doing daily chores or just as simple as putting on make-up.
You can get into sticky situations very fast with that hair blocking your view.
So, to get your hair out of the way and not to look like a sick lion after that, you need one of those crease-resistant hair clips now. Your day can be so much more comfortable with these guys.
A Silk Pillowcase
There are three main reasons why silk is the best material when it comes to beauty. First off, they are soft, meaning no harsh frictions during your tosses and turns at night. Next, they do not suck up moisture, and lastly, they do retain bacteria.
So, if you use a silk pillowcase for your next night sleep, both your hair and skin will thank you later.
The bottom line
The list above includes 14 hair care essentials that we think you should have in your beautiful room. Still, if you do not think that some of them are not worth investing, that is fine. Everyone has different preferences, and there is no standard formula for this.
We hope that you have found all the information you need about hair care essentials.
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