5 Steps to Beautiful Hair

We’ve all heard the hair care mantra: lather, rinse, repeat. But the right techniques—and products—can make the difference between having a good hair day and hiding your hair in a scrunchie and baseball cap.

Here are 5 easy steps to get the best results for your hair (and some Pharmaca favorites to try).

1. Cleanse

Beautiful hair starts with knowing how often your hair and scalp need cleansing.

Fine, limp hair tends to absorb oils from your scalp more noticeably and may need daily shampooing. Look for balancing shampoos that gently cleanse with clarifying ingredients like citrus, mint or tea. (John Masters Spearmint and Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo)

Dry or color-treated hair needs shampooing only every two or three days to keep it from being stripped of natural oils or color processes. Look for moisturizing shampoos with nurturing botanical oils like avocado or argan. (Andalou Naturals Moisture Rich Shampoo)

Naturally curly hair may be shampooed just a few times a week with products that coat hair strands to avoid breakage, minimize frizz and enhance shine. Shampoos with natural softeners like coconut oil or smoothing keratin proteins work best.

And to prolong a blowout or touch up your hair after the gym, dry shampoo a terrific on-the-go option. (Klorane Dry Shampoo or Acure Dry Shampoo)

2. Condition

Conditioners restore hair and infuse it with targeted ingredients that make it soft and manageable. But don’t overdo it; apply the conditioner to the bottom half of your hair first, then comb it through.

Fine hair benefits from added volume, so look for products with body-building plant proteins like barley or soy. (Mineral Fusion Volumizing Conditioner)

Dry or color-treated hair needs protection from the sun’s color-fading UV rays and natural botanicals like avocado oil to moisturize. (ShiKai Color Reflect Intensive Repair Conditioner)

Curly hair looks best with shiny, defined curls so a leave-in conditioner that tames frizzy strands is the right choice. (John Masters Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner)

3. Towel Dry

Wet hair is fragile and can be easily damaged with excessive rubbing or twisting. Friction from cotton towels can cause split ends, breakage and even thinning. And because wet hair takes longer to dry, it’s exposed to more damaging heat from your blow dryer.

To combat this, look for towels created especially for drying hair—they can wick excess water away without friction or tugging, and ultimately, dry hair much more quickly. The Daily Concepts Hair Towel comfortably wraps around hair for a quick and hands-free dry. Plus, this hair towel comes with a reusable travel pouch making it ideal for travel or camping.

4. Treat

Occasionally, your hair may need extra help with targeted treatments. Need moisture? Get deep hydration with rich cocoa butter. Try Earth Science Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Masque or John Masters Argan Oil.

Thinning Hair? Chinese herbs and fruit stem cells work directly on hair follicles to encourage growth in Peter Lamas Hair Solution Energizing Scalp Serum.

Itchy scalp? Dr. Hauschka Strengthening Hair Treatment calms irritation with neem and chamomile.

5. Style

Finishing touches will give your style staying power. For extreme control, or in high humidity, rub a small amount of Max Alchemy MGA Scalp Rescue Sculpting Gel in your hands and work throughout your hair.

Questions about hair care? Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner to find out how to keep your tresses healthy, manageable and beautiful.

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