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After Shower Hair Care: Quick Tips to Keep Your Hair Healthy

After Shower Hair Care: Quick Tips to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Everyone knows that taking care of your hair is important. What about taking care of your hair after showering? Caring for your hair after showering should be just as important as taking care of your hair normally. The first step in taking care of your hair after showering is knowing your hair type and how it’ll react in the shower. So let’s take a step back and discuss how your hair type plays into your after shower hair care routine.

Knowing your hair type 

Taking care of your hair starts with knowing how to work with your hair type. Everyone’s hair is different and therefore should be treated differently, especially in the shower and afterwards. Having a solid after shower hair care routine is a great place to start. For example, if you have curly hair, you’ll want to air dry your hair after you shower. This reduces frizz and won’t cause any damage, such as hair breakage. While if you have dry hair, you’ll want to add a heat protectant after towel drying to maintain moisture after showering. Making sure you know how to take care of your hair after you shower is an important part of your overall hair care routine.

What causes damage? 

The way you dry your hair after showering could be causing more damage than you think. Using a towel can cause breakage physically and if it sucks too much moisture out of your hair leaving it dry, brittle, and in severe cases, this can even cause hair thinning. Rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel or tying it up can also cause knotting and frizziness, ultimately leading to hair breakage, especially after you shower. So what can you do instead to level up caring for your hair after a shower? Use a microfiber cloth or an old T-shirt to gently remove all access water from your hair. This way, you leave some moisture in your hair and don’t cause as much damage to it after showering. Knowing how to properly dry your hair is key to fine-tuning your after shower hair care routine. 

Another damaging way to dry your hair is with heat styling. Using a blow dryer can cause split ends and make your hair dry after a shower. It’s best to avoid it altogether if possible, although if you do need to blow dry we recommend using it on a low heat setting and using heat protection. 

Tips for caring for your hair and keeping it healthy

Wait to brush your hair gently after showering

Knowing when to brush your hair is just as important as drying your hair and your after shower hair care routine. After showering, wait to brush your hair until it is mostly dry, use a wide-tooth comb or brush and brush from the bottom up. Brushing and caring for your hair like this after showering will prevent breakage and damage to your hair follicle. There are tons of tips and tricks out there. We’ve reviewed many of them so you don’t have to. The best technique to use is: 

  • Hold your hair toward the bottom and very gently brush out the ends below your hand to get rid of tangles on the end. 
  • Next, move up gradually by holding hair strands at about the halfway part, brushing through the entire length of your hair through the ends. 
  • Repeat, if needed, by holding the hair at the top by the roots, making sure you have a firm grasp on the strands while combing below your hand each time.

Avoid putting your hair up after showering

Tying up your hair after showering can cause serious damage to your hair. The tension from having your damp hair back increases as your hair dries and will cause your hair strands to snap leading to serious breakage, particularly after you shower. It is best to wait until your hair is dry, then if you want to pull it back, use a soft hair elastic. Make sure after you shower that you put up your hair in a loose hairstyle to avoid any strain on your follicles. 

How often should you shower and wash your hair? 

Your after shower hair care routine is important, but knowing when to wash your hair is the question that is constantly asked. It’s different for everyone, depending on age, ethnicity, hair type, and climate in which you live. The signs that you are washing too much is if you’re seeing dry, brittle hair, breakage, and a dry, irritated or itchy scalp, before you shower or afterwards. Making sure you’re washing your hair in the shower correctly is the first step in taking care of your hair. You can maintain excellent hair by fine-tuning your after shower hair care routine!

The Importance of Overall Hair Health

After shower hair care is incredibly important, but overall hair health is what may be on your mind. Using the right hair care products and routine can improve overall the health of your hair, not just after you shower.  

If you’re looking to find other methods in being proactive with hair health, we can help. At Revela, we’re changing how people think about hair loss and giving them options to fight back naturally – Revela’s Hair Revival Serum can give your hair follicles the support they need.

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Reviewed by: David Zhang, PhD

David is an immunologist and bioengineer with over a decade of medical research experience. He completed his PhD at Harvard University, where he worked on developing life-saving cancer therapies. He received his undergraduate degree in immunology from McGill University and his master's degree from the University of Toronto

Written by: Revela Editorial Team

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