Some days your hair just doesn’t behave the way you want it to, but who can blame it when it’s constantly being blasted with a blow dryer, smothered in dry shampoo, or mistreated with aggressive brushing. Let’s face it, your hair is probably in need of some serious TLC but you mending your relationship with your hair is going to take more than just a hair mask once a week. If you want healthy, happy hair all year long you’ve got to show it a little tenderness. Not sure how? Check out these 5 professional secrets to healthy hair.

Get the right tools

If you’ve been using the same old, budget hair drier or el-cheapo flat iron for years it’s time to think about upgrading. You wouldn’t use a smartphone from 10 years ago so why would you use a flat iron that came out when chatting on MXIT was still a thing? Technology has vastly improved, and new models, like the ghd Air and Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, can dry hair faster than ever — and the less time under heat, the less your hair is damaged. Consider upgrading your tools to professional-quality ones, especially if you use them on your hair often. The cost might be higher but investing in good quality products and tools will keep hair looking and feeling healthy and strong.

Put down the dry shampoo!

Look, we get it, dry shampoo is convenient but it’s important not to overdo it. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you don’t use dry shampoo instead of regular wet shampooing. If you’re using it after gym class or to get an extra day or two out of your post-washed hair, that’s great but using dry shampoo too often in place of traditional washing can cause residue to build up on the scalp which can, in turn, lead to inflammation and an itchy scalp. If you’ve overdone it on the dry shampoo, a good clarifying shampoo once a month should help you deal with the trouble of product build up.

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Go easy on knots and tangles

Aggressive brushing after washing can lead to breakage, split ends, and frizzy hair. Instead of torturing your hair, and yourself, by attempting to muscle through tangles invest in a kinder solution like a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush that will glide through knots and tangles with ease. When your hair is dry use a flat paddle brush that incorporates both natural and nylon bristles to make detangling a cinch.

Say goodbye to towels

Rather than rubbing your hair dry with a rough towel, which can cause breakage and frizz, adopt a gentler approach with an old, clean T-shirt. A cotton T-shirt is much gentler on your hair and than a hand towel and it doesn’t rough up the cuticle as much, so you don’t have to work as hard to smooth the hair and make it look healthy.

Sleep on a silk pillowcase

If you struggle with frizzy hair every morning it’s time to invest in a luxurious silk pillowcase. While regular cotton pillowcases create friction and cause frizz and breakage, a smooth silk pillowcase will help keep your hair sleek and frizz free by allowing your hair to slide and glide over the surface during the night. Switching to a silk pillowcase will help prevent that matting effect and protect your hair aggressive rubbing as you toss an turn at night.

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