According to a recent survey by Cosmopolitan magazine, the average woman spends ten days a year maintaining her hair. That’s 240 hours and close to 15,000 minutes of brushing, curling, coaxing and willing our hair into a pleasing and acceptable style. Owner and Director of the Brampton Skin Care Academy Sukhdeep Brar wants to caution women that all that effort can actually be damaging to your hair, and one can easily achieve the same results in half the time if you just focus on the basics.
Investing in high quality shampoo and condition that works best for your hair is the first step. “After showering, we recommend only about ten to 15 minutes a day of grooming your hair, which should consist of putting a protective serum on before styling and finishing with a spray that protects from UV rays,” Brar advises. “Too much product and heat tools can dry the hair out, strip it of colour and leave it unhealthy looking.” On weekends or days when you’re not going somewhere special, try relaxing styles to give hair a break from over styling. Pinning your hair up, twirling it into a bun or even a soft ponytail is a fashionable way to keep it out of your face but free from heat and unnecessary products.
Heat hurts. Limit heat-emitting tools such as flat irons, hair dryers and curling irons to no more than twice weekly and unless your hair is very thick, keep the iron’s setting on low to medium, not high. “Thin or fine hair doesn’t need a very high heat and will respond well to lower settings,” says Brar. “Thick hair requires a higher setting to take out the curl, but always use a heat protection product to keep the hair from burning and getting damaged. Before heat styling apply the protective product over hair, and run the iron over each section no more than twice.