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Fool-Proof Ways to Achieve Your Healthiest Hair Ever

Amid the popularity of blowouts, perms, and bleaching, know that great hair days will always begin with a healthy scalp and hair.
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Let your shampoo do its work.

When it comes to shampooing, there are two schools of thought: one that believes you shouldn’t wash your hair every day and one that believes you should. Many hairstylists adhere to the former, and we can’t blame them—one- to two-day-old unwashed hair looks shinier, feels smoother, and is easier to style. Not to mention the usual downsides of frequent hair washing are breakage and frizz. To address concerns like oiliness and odor if you go the unwashed route, there's dry shampoo. A good one is Moroccanoil’s Dry Shampoo, which uses ultra-fine rice starch to remove—not just coat—dirt and grease, and infuses the locks with a warm amber fragrance. Just spray over the scalp to remove oil buildup and remnants of a barbecue party.

But if you’re among the many who can’t last a day without showering, the good news is that there are products that give your hair the same texture, shine, and manageability of “second day” hair. Start with a shampoo like Kerastase’s Discipline Smooth In Motion, which is infused with keratin, antioxidants, and amino acids that strengthen the locks while smoothing the surface and protecting it from humidity.

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To add texture, a few spritzes of the Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturizing Spray on damp hair will give it dreamy beach waves that are frizz-free and smooth. It also gives you the grip of unwashed hair that you like without the stickiness associated with salt sprays. If it were entirely up to us, we’d recommend you wash your hair every day because shampoos with antioxidants and vitamins prevent pollution from taking a toll on your scalp and general hair health. “Nothing removes bacteria, dirt, and free radicals as well as shampoo,” says hairstylist and salon owner Lourd Ramos. “Unless you’ve stayed indoors all day, free radicals attach to the hair and scalp and cause oxidation, premature gray hairs, and damaged tissue over time.”

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Don’t skip the conditioner…

Next to ironing hair that’s not completely dry, the worst hairstyling mistake you can commit is to use a heat styling tool on unprotected hair. Conditioners don’t just soften hair and smooth out frizz, they also add a layer of strength to the strands, even more efficiently than heat-protection sprays. As they prevent hair from becoming brittle and weak—coating cuticles and sealing gaps—it is essential to use conditioner after every shampoo, says Ramos.

Try those that are able to coat the hair efficiently even after rinsing, such as Pantene’s Repair and Protect Conditioner or Dove’s Daily Moisture Conditioner. Another favorite is Wella’s Sun Protection Cream, which doubles as a high-performance UV ray protection, perfect for days spent outdoors. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, UV rays injure stem cells of the hair follicles, causing dryness and damage and eventually hair loss. Using a sun-protection conditioner is important especially before heat styling, which causes the hair to be more sensitive to UV rays.

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Unless you swap your conditioner for a hair mask.

You can think of masks as concentrated versions of conditioners, with more moisturizing ingredients, essential oils, and hair repairing ingredients that can penetrate into the hair structure instead of being just a protective and shine-inducing coat like most conditioners.

The best masks are those that don’t weigh your hair down or cause residue buildup even if used every day, says hairstylist Jing Monis. For daily use, it is recommended to apply masks only on hair lengths, and once a week over the scalp. Depending on your hair concern, look for a hardworking mask that doesn’t entail a laborious application, or just get some of our favorites that only need five minutes to work their magic.

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Wella’s System Professional LuxeOil Keratin Restore Mask is great for damage repair, say, after a day under the sun or after rinsing out all-day-hold hairspray. Lightweight, perfect for all hair types, and formulated with argan, jojoba, and almond oil, it gives your locks a silky feel and a glorious look similar to an in-salon treatment; its bright and gorgeous scent is also quite addictive. For color enhancement, shine, and softness, try Kerastase’s Reflection Chroma Captive Shine Intensifying Masque, which rids your hair of dull residue and leaves it soft and shiny. For ultra-dry and coarse hair, a good option is Phyto Paris’ Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Mask, a paraben- and silicone-free formula that instantly moisturizes, detangles, and strengthens hair without leaving a gooey residue.

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Consider adding another step.

“When the hair is wet, the cuticles are open, making strands prone to stress, breakage, and damage,” says Phyto Asia Pacific managing director Raphael Cintas. To prevent hair damage while cleansing wet hair with shampoo, pre-shampoo products were created and have become the next big thing.

Phyto’s Phytopolleine doesn’t only seal the hair cuticles, it also treats and detoxifies the scalp to “balance and prepare it for the benefits of your shampoo, conditioner, mask, or other treatments,” he says. This once- or twice-a-week treatment is time consuming—use the dropper to apply the oil, massage it onto the entire scalp and slather the excess on the hair ends, wait 20 to 30 minutes, and only then can you shampoo—but the effect of having a clarified and fragrant scalp plus supersoft and shiny hair makes the process worthwhile.

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Finally, don’t forget to blow dry.

Dyson Philippines recently showed off the wildly talked about Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, an absolute game changer featuring a V9 digital motor that’s more efficient and six times smaller than traditional hair dryers, a nozzle-free, lighter, and balanced cylindrical shape that looks nothing like regular blow dryer, precise heat and airflow settings, and an intelligent temperature controller that measures heat levels 20 times per second to ensure it doesn’t damage the strands, among many other breakthroughs.

For a list of retailers, log on to dyson.ph/wheretobuy.aspx.

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Nicole Limos Morales
Contributing Beauty Editor
Nicole is the former managing editor of Town&Country. After working as features editor and beauty editor of the title’s print edition for 6 years, she helped launch Townandcountry.ph in 2016, creating new concepts and story formats, analyzing data, and mastering digital audiences—establishing the title to become the Philippines’ leading luxury lifestyle website. She left her full-time position in 2019 to focus on family life, while carrying on writing beauty content for T&C as a contributing editor. “I think what’s amazing about beauty is that in its arena, you can really only be a skeptic for so long,” she says. “There will always be a product that will make you believe.”
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