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Ensuring your hair looks beautiful can work wonders for your self-confidence. It will ensure a sleek, groomed appearance that’s applicable to any scenario, from looking professional at the office to looking glamorous on a girls’ night out or important date. Despite the importance of feeling good about ourselves no matter what we look like, the way we look can indeed affect aspects of our lives.

In fact, it’s even been suggested that having a good hair day truly can make a difference to our mental wellbeing. Scientific evidence, as detailed in Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty (Nancy Etcoff, 2000), explains the positive influences of an attractive appearance, a healthy lifestyle and good personal hygiene.

As a result, most women find themselves putting in the effort to create alluring hair styles and keep their strands in top condition. Read on to discover how to take ultimate care of your tresses.

Ensure you’re washing correctly.

Firstly, wash your hair with a shampoo. Massage the shampoo into the scalp for around a minute before rinsing immediately. If your hair is particularly oily, you may wish to repeat this process to reduce build up. Massaging the scalp as you wash your hair will also help to prevent dandruff.

Once the shampoo is completely rinsed out, apply your conditioner from the tips of your hair to the roots. For a softer, silkier effect, leave it to soak in for a few minutes before rinsing.

Once conditioned, rinse your hair on a cool setting, preferably as cold as you can stand comfortably. Cooler water helps to seal the hair’s cuticles, locking in moisture and increasing shine.

Occasionally, you may also wish to use a hair treatment, such as a deep conditioner or treatment oil, for example argan, macadamia or coconut. You may also try a leave-in conditioner once a week, as they continue to benefit your hair long after washing, while also making it more manageable when styling.

Finally, it’s important to avoid washing your hair daily when possible. Washing the hair strips it from its natural oils, which can cause dryness and breakage.

Avoid the overuse of styling products.

While great for styling, the effects of styling products on your hair and scalp can be damaging. Avoid applying them directly to the scalp to avoid dryness, focusing only on the strands. Ideally, styling products should only be used three or four times per week to prevent damage and build-up. For easy styles that don’t require any expertise or products, check out tutorials on how to create the perfect messy bun, ponytail or ballerina topknot.