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How to build a Hair care routine for your hair type

17 June 2024
Dyson expert is giving advice to a customer on how to take care of her hair

How to build a Hair care routine?

Hair faces stress at a daily rate. UV radiation, pollution and lifestyle habits place pressure on strand integrity each time they’re exposed. On top of this, conventional stylers which rely on extreme temperatures and dyeing chemicals increase the risk of damage to hair.

Damaged hair can’t be repaired, so it’s important to implement a supportive hair care routine that responds to your unique hair type. Dyson’s research into hair science has enabled our engineers to understand what motivates healthy hair and what places stress on strand proteins.

Moisture is key to shine, strength and bounce. A healthy hair routine can help to reduce frizz, grow your hair, and maintain moisture. See how to build a hair care routine with Dyson haircare technology for everyday styled and sleek hair.

Factors to consider when creating a hair routine

Hair needs differ depending on type, environmental stressors, the status of natural or dyed hair and lifestyle habits. Hair care routine steps help to address current stress and concerns such as oiliness or dandruff, while working to protect strands from future stress and damage. Below, see what your unique hair factors mean when developing a healthy hair routine.

Hair type and texture

Your hair type is one of the biggest factors to consider when determining the right hair routine. More than straight or curly, there are 4 distinct types of hair, with 3 subcategories in each:

  • Hair type 1. Straight

    1a Poker straight
    1b Straight with a slight wave
    1c Straight with a slight wave and one or two visible S waves

  • Hair type 2. Wavy

    2a Loose S-waves throughout
    2b Shorter more distinct S-waves
    2c Distinct S-waves with some loose curls

  • Hair type 3. Curly

    3a Big loose spiral curls
    3b Bouncy ringlets
    3c Tight corkscrews

  • Hair type 4. Very curly to kinky

    4a Tightly coiled S-curls
    4b Z-pattern, tightly coiled, sharp angled
    4c Mostly Z-pattern, very tightly kinked

Hair health status

If you bleach, dye, or have your hair chemically straightened, it may be drier or more damaged than natural, untreated hair. The dyeing process penetrates the shaft of a strand to alter its natural pigment. Chemicals used in dyeing also affect the natural proteins and lipids in hair, which can cause some damage or stress. Additionally, if you use conventional stylers on a regular basis, your hair is likely damaged through extreme heat. Temperatures above 230° will melt strands. As mentioned above, damage to hair can’t be reversed, so a hair routine will work to rebuild strength and encourage new growth.

Daily hairstyle preferences

Your styling preferences often determines how many times a week your hair care routine is implemented, and which products (including styling products like gel or texturising sprays) you use. It also influences hair stress – for example, those who use conventional blow dryers to dry hair every time will experience damaged hair at a faster rate. Hairstyle preferences can include:

  • Leaving hair natural
  • Air drying
  • Drying with a hair dryer
  • Straightening or curling
  • Wearing it up – in a ponytail, bun, braids or gelled back
  • Wearing it down
  • Hair concerns

    Hair concerns can result from behavioural stress, or you may be predisposed to them. Your hair types will often inform the concerns that you have, and the right hair routine will work to support your specific needs. Hair concerns you want to address with haircare may include:

  • Flakiness from a dry scalp
  • An oily scalp
  • Split ends
  • Heat damage
  • Frizz
  • Flyaways
  • Dryness
  • How often you wash your hair?

    • Hair washing regularity depends on lifestyle, styling preferences, concerns and hair type. You may need to wash your hair more often if you work out regularly or face pollutants and debris. However, stable oil presence does rely on a healthy natural state, so washing your hair no more than three times a week is recommended. Overarchingly, how often you complete your hair care routine depends on the texture and type of hair you have:

      Thin, fine hair: tends to become greasy and oily more quickly.
      Medium, thick hair: can withstand impurities for longer and typically doesn’t feel oily or lank.
      Course, coily hair: tends to be dryer and doesn’t become as greasy.

    • A girl is washing her hair

    Step-by-step Hair care routine

    There are some universal hair care routine steps that are featured regardless of hair type. There are also supplementary products which can assist in styling or supporting your hair’s status and natural shape. To help form the best hair care routine for your needs and goals, we cover the basics and discuss how they assist in retaining shine and strength.

    • 1. Shampoo hair

      Cleansing is the first step of all hair care routines. To combat environmental stress, a shampoo works to clear impurities like dirt, pollutants and excess sweat from hair. Depending on how you style your hair, shampoo also helps to remove product-build up. This allows the scalp to retain balanced oil-flow and encourages follicle growth. To support your hair type and texture, choose a shampoo designed for you. This helps to cleanse properly and add body and shine. Shampoos can also address concerns like dandruff and damage. Shampoo should be applied to the scalp and top parts of your hair to remove excess oil and product build-up. 

    • 2. Condition hair

      Just like with shampoo, choosing a conditioner that’s made for your hair type is recommended. Those with fine or thin hair should consider a lighter weight conditioner that won’t weigh hair down, while those with thicker hair may want something heavier and more nourishing. Concentrate on applying conditioner to the mid-shaft downwards, where hair is drier and needs more moisture. After applying conditioner, use a wide tooth comb to ensure the conditioner is evenly distributed, and allow the product to absorb before moving on to your next hair care routine step. 

    • 3. Apply treatment

      Hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet. After towel drying, gently untangle your hair with a wet brush or wide-tooth comb, then apply any protective or strengthening products. As with shampoos and conditioners, post-shower products are designed for different hair types and needs. Consider hair oils and serums, leave-in conditioners, heat protectants, and air-dry creams. At this point if you use styling tools, a heat protectant should always be applied. This helps to coat strands and protect against heat exposure from tools alongside UV radiation. Follow the directions for each product to ensure they work correctly in this step of your hair routine.

    • 4. Dry hair

      There are two options when drying hair: air dry or heat dry. If you do use a hair dryer, it’s important to use a design which will protect the integrity of strands. Unlike traditional hair dryers, the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer measures air temperature over 40 times a second to regulate temperature output and prevent extreme heat damage. Dyson’s engineers developed the Supersonic™ to be quieter than conventional models, and with focused airflow to cut drying time. 

      For naturally curly hair, it’s recommended that you use a Diffuser attachment. For straight hair, use a paddle brush to straighten as you dry or a Vented barrel brush to add volume. 

    • 5. Style hair with hair tool

      The final step in your hair care routine is styling. The Dyson Corrale™ straightener uses pioneering Dyson technology – like flexing copper plates and intelligent heat control – to create curls, smooth hair and perfect sleek ponytails without causing frizz and damage from extreme heat. The next generation Dyson Airwrap™ multi-styler curls shapes and hides flyaways using the enhanced Coanda effect. Unlike conventional stylers, Dyson’s hair tool employs aerodynamic airflow to attract, shape, and smooth hair. You can complete your look and manage any frizz or flyaways with styling products.

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