天地棋牌As a woman coming of age throughout the mid-2000s, I’ve fallen victim to all manner of hair tools and rituals:
- A twisting contraption that promised to wield my hair into braided bliss
- Another gadget that adorned my mane with beads and feathers
- Chalk-based color that I painstakingly painted onto my admittedly too-dark tresses
- Glitter, bleach, wet-to-dry straighteners, crimpers…
The list goes on. And this doesn’t even account for the number of times I’ve neglected to brush my hair after an, ahem, rambunctious night out.
My point: our hair is no stranger to beauty-induced cruelty (or, er, neglect). But while I’ve backed off the more egregious rituals, I’m still known to whip out a crimper from time to time—and, yes, I might dazzle in glitter this New Year’s Eve.
So, in the interest of balance, I’ve resolved to simply be nicer to my hair. Lending my locks the gentle approach they desire. The payoff? A softer, bouncier mane devoid of breakage and imbalance.
Here, a step-by-step guide to hair TLC.
Step. 1: It Starts Post-Shower
After gently scrubbing your scalp and rinsing your tresses, skip your standard-issue bath towel and opt for a quick-drying microfiber iteration. Extremely absorbent and much gentler on your locks, the lightweight towel won’t cause as much breakage and tugging as regular towels. Select a version with a snag-free gripped strap that keeps the towel in place so that it won’t fall off, diminishing the amount of time you spend touching your hair.
Step. 2: Make Friends With A Scrunchie
Typical hair ties have a tendency to suffocate your strands, leading to breakage in the most unappealing areas (read: in the middle of your mane, right where you tie your pony). Next time, ditch your usual hairbands for a silky-soft scrunchie. From satin, supersized styles to perfectly plush picks you can pile on en masse, all of these options are infinitely more gentle and don’t bend your hair out of shape. (Bonus: there’s plenty of room to get creative.)