Building an effective haircare routine is like building a house. As strange as it may sound, if you’re wanting to transform the health of your scalp and hair, you must approach your haircare routine in the same way that you would if you were building a house because, in order to experience your very best healthy hair results long term, you must create a haircare routine with the strongest foundations possible. Without strong foundations you can't expect a single treatment or styling product to completely transform your hair health overnight. So, let’s talk about and breakdown all the vital steps you need to consider in order to experience healthier hair, just like a house is made up of many unique yet important elements to be strong and aesthetically pleasing.
Base Foundations of Your Haircare Routine: Shampoo & Conditioner
We all understand that any house or building must be established and constructed on firm and solid foundations. And this same principle applies to our haircare routine if we want to set ourselves up for our best results.
The foundations of any healthy haircare routine will always be your shampoo and conditioner. Yes, there is so much more involved in enhancing your hair health, but without a high quality, all-natural shampoo and conditioner, your treatment products and hair habits can only do so much. This is why it’s essential to choose and invest in a shampoo and conditioner that you feel confident using. To feel confident in and to know if a product is worth your time, money and energy, you must look closely at all ingredients and take the time to understand how products are formulated to address your specific hair struggles.
Ensure you’re using a natural shampoo and conditioner that are created to enhance your overall scalp and hair health. Many products target very specific hair concerns or only treat one type of hair struggle. However, you must ensure your haircare products are addressing all of your scalp and hair health needs, just like our Sozo Hair Health products.
Supporting Foundations: Hair Treatments & Masks
The other supporting foundations for your haircare routine are your hair treatments and masks. With the damage our hair is often exposed to on a daily basis, a nourishing, all-natural hair mask is an important element of your haircare routine. Consistently using a silicone free hair treatment product like our Sozo Hair Health Mask will ensure your hair remains strong, smooth and shiny. Hair masks are intentionally formulated to be a more intense product than your conditioner, in order to deeply nourish your hair and target persistent hair concerns. An all-natural hair treatment like our Sozo Hair Health Mask is also effective for addressing scalp irritations and concerns. Formulated with manuka honey and other natural ingredients known to soothe and condition your scalp, our Hair Health Mask ensures both your scalp and hair are receiving the nourishment they need to thrive because without all-natural, high quality haircare products and treatments you cannot expect any type of styling product to make your hair look or feel healthy.
External House Walls: Healthy Hair Habits
After the foundations are established, every house requires external walls and structures. When talking about creating your best haircare routine, your next step is to focus on practicing healthy hair habits. As we’ve just discussed, haircare products do the most important work in improving your scalp and hair health. But without the right hair habits, you won’t be able to experience or maintain your best hair health results long term. Think about it like this, we use hair masks in our weekly routine to help repair damaged and brittle hair. But this doesn’t mean we should then expose our hair to extreme heat every day when styling without taking proper care to limit our heat exposure and use heat protection.
Without focusing on and practising the right hair habits each and every day, you simply won’t see your very best results possible from the high-quality haircare products you’ve chosen to invest in. Here is a list of healthy hair habits you can implement within your haircare routine for your best results.
- Keep your scalp clean by washing at least 2 to 3 times a week. We all have unique scalp and hair types, but washing frequently is important to ensuring all dirt, oil and product build up is remove regularly.
- Dry your hair before brushing to limit breakage, which you can do with a microfibre hair towel (launching soon to Sozo Australia).
- Use a detangling brush & always start brushing at your ends, then work your way up to your roots. (We will also be introducing a detangling hairbrush into our range very soon).
- Practice daily scalp massages to stimulate blood flow to the scalp
- Limit heated styling tools
- Protect your hair from heat exposure
- Avoid using products like dry shampoo (whenever possible) that are known to cause scalp problems and irritations.
- Use soft, silk scrunchies and hair accessories that don’t pull your hair or cause tension or damage.
Style & Design Choices: Hairstyling products
When you’ve addressed the most important elements of your haircare routine to enhance both your scalp and hair health, using hairstyling products can assist in achieving the overall desired look and style of your hair. But focusing on styling products alone without first investing in natural hair products will not allow you to experience truly healthy hair. Styling products are designed for short term results and can most definitely help us create our desired styles. But they must not be the foundations of your haircare routine if you want a healthier scalp and hair both now and for many years to come.
There are some styling products, however, like our Sozo Scalp & Hair Health Serum, that are designed to allow for easier styling and are also created to enhance the health of your hair. Our Scalp & Hair Health Serum is a silicone free, ultra-lightweight, hydrating hair oil that helps to protect against heat damage, increases shine and smooths frizz. But it is also formulated with a range of natural oils, including rosemary oil, to nourish your scalp and hair, which means this product can also be used as a pre-wash oil treatment.
Something to always remember about most hairstyling products is that they are often not natural and can contain ingredients that do not support healthy hair. This means, if you enjoy using a range of styling products, ensure you know what is inside each of your products and don’t become over reliant on these styling products. Achieving healthy hair that is easy to style and manage will always start with investing in natural haircare products.
House Roof: Prioritising Physical Health & Diet
Any house is only complete when it has a strong, reliable roof. Otherwise, all the other elements in the house will not be held together long term. Our physical health is the ‘roof’ of our haircare routines and the key to maintaining healthy hair. Prioritising our physical health alone won’t give you a complete hair transformation overnight, just like a house needs foundations and walls first to then hold and secure its roof. But without focusing on our health and maintaining a well-balanced diet, our hair can and will suffer greatly. There are many illnesses, conditions, forms of stress and medications that can compromise the health of our hair, even when we use the best haircare products. Iron deficiency is just one common cause of increased hair loss experienced by women and, although, this type of hair loss is not permanent, you must consult your doctor and seek any required treatment in order to address this deficiency to maintain a strong, healthy body, as well as support thick, healthy hair. Many illnesses and problems we face with our health are often out of our control. But we must prioritise our bodies, health and diet as much as possible to, ultimately, support our very best hair health results.
There is no one solution to achieving your healthiest scalp and hair. Instead, you must focus on establishing strong foundations and addressing all the elements that are involved in your most effective hair routine. The haircare products you invest in will always have the most significant impact on scalp and hair, but our hair habits, how we style our hair and our physical health also contribute to the overall condition of our hair. It’s by prioritising all elements in your routine that will allow you to experience your best results long term.