Hair Care Tips FAQ

How to Take Care of Your Hair

There are multiple reasons why it is essential to take proper care of your hair. Healthy hair gives you a healthier look overall, boosts your self-confidence, and is easier and more versatile to style! However, it is all too easy to end up with damaged hair when you do not take proper care of your hair, damage it with heat or chemicals or use the wrong products. 

It’s important to note that there are various hair types, all with their own unique hair care needs. Using the right hair care products for your hair ensures that you have healthy hair growth. 

Our team of professional stylists can help guide you on what products are appropriate for your hair texture. Meanwhile, let’s answer some frequently asked questions and provide you with hair care tips you can use right away:

How Often Should I Shampoo My Hair?

There is no standard number of times you should shampoo your hair. Generally, it would be best to shampoo your hair less often, since constantly shampooing can make your hair dry. You can shampoo your hair daily if you have an oily scalp, live in a very humid area, exercise a lot, or have fine hair.

How Do I Figure Out My Hair Type?

There are various hair types, and many individuals are not aware of which hair type is theirs. Multiple factors will determine your hair type, including curl pattern, elasticity, diameter, greasiness, porosity, and density. Usually, your curl pattern is the easiest way to tell your hair type. The following are common hair types:

  • Straight hair: It's often characterized by its soft, fine strands.
  • Wavy hair: The hair has a slightly rougher texture and falls somewhere in between straight hair and curly hair.
  • Curly hair: The curls are definite, the hair tangles quickly, it's susceptible to frizz, and the strands have S-pattern curls.
  • Kinky hair: This type of hair appears rough and coarse but is pretty soft and fragile, the curls are very tight, and the curl pattern is a Z.
  • Not sure which category your hair falls into? We can help you determine your hair type and how to care for it. However, some advice (such as getting proper nutrition and avoiding hair damage) hold true for all hair types.


How Can I Promote Hair Growth?

Multiple factors can promote your hair growth, but genetics play a significant role. To improve your hair health and promote its growth, you can:

  • Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Improve your nutrient intake
  • Get a scalp massage
  • If doing color, recommending using treatments like Olaplex 
  • Try essential oils
  • Try products with caffeine


What Do I Do About Dry Hair?

Dry hair is often a result of your scalp not making sufficient oil needed to moisturize your hair. The remedy is to wash your hair less frequently, take minerals and vitamins, get the split ends trimmed, use natural oils, pick hair products without alcohol, and get deep professional conditioning. Our hairstylists can recommend more remedies after examining your hair.

How Do I Protect My Hair From Heat?

Constantly using hot tools can cause damage to your hair. Luckily, there are several measures you can take to prevent this from happening. For instance, you can use hydrating hair products, take a break from styling your hair, apply heat protectant before you use any hot tools, use a low setting heat, use shine inducing oils after styling, and avoid using hot tools on your wet hair. Taking measures to protect your hair from heat can make a significant difference.

How Do I Prevent or Protect Split Ends?

Split ends are the ends of your hair that have become frayed, brittle, and dry. They are often a result of using chemical hair products, curling, straightening, blow-drying, and extreme weather conditions. While you cannot repair them, they can be cut in such a way that only the damaged part is removed. This can usually make your hair look healthier right away. 
To prevent split ends:

  • Regularly get trims
  • Avoid washing your hair daily
  • Comb your hair using a wide-tooth comb
  • Reduce the use of heat
  • Take hair-strengthening supplements
  • Use a leave-in conditioner after using shampoo
  • Reduce chemical straightening and coloring of your hair
  • Use all-natural shampoos

There are multiple approaches you can take to prevent hair problems like hair loss and split ends while improving your hair health. People often believe that genetics is the primary factor for good or bad hair, but that is not the case. Several factors can affect how your hair looks. 

At Essence Salon in Mountain View, CA, our professional stylists not only make you look your best but can also help you take proper care of your hair. We also have various hair products that will ensure your hair is well taken care of. 

Book an appointment with us today, and let us help you make damaged hair and split ends a thing of the past!