Ever just looked at Rapunzel and wished you had long, glossy, manageable hair? Pretty sure you have. Disney has weaved some sense into its princesses just lately because only a decade back these girls were good for nothing ladies who spent their lives waiting for a good for nothing price charming. One good thing that these princesses have always given though is hair goals.

Be it Sleeping Beauty’s perfect waves, Ariel’s silky red hair, or Bella’s smooth locks. Same goes for Barbie dolls though. Little girls don’t like Barbie’s ugly face or disproportionate body. They like her hair. But in truth hair is as difficult to manage as life itself. Your hair doesn’t just magically maintain itself, you have to put in an effort to keep it healthy and beautiful.

Wondering how? Here are a few tips that you should bear in mind if you want to make certain your hair’s health is not compromised.

Pollution protection

All that smoke and dirt mixed in the air you breathe doesn’t just sit on your skin or damage your lungs, but also settles down on your scalp, gets collected there and well, ruins the condition of your hair. Save your hair from heat damage caused by the sun, pollution, and rain by wearing a hat or scarf. This way you also protect your scalp from infections.

Don’t overheat

Just like sun, heated appliances can also harm your hair making it dry, dull, frizzy, and prone to damage. Overheating doesn’t just burn toast. Don’t regularly use hair irons, curlers, dryers and other appliances. Just when you really need to. Before you do, don’t forget to use a heat protectant. You don’t want to fry your hair. You should also avoid washing your hair with hot water. Cold water and hair are better friends. Not like chilled but cool or even room temperature would work.

Be gentle with wet hair

Shampoo your hair from the roots to mid-shafts. When you rinse the shampoo off it will magically run along the rest of the strands. Dry your hair carefully. You can choose to wear a shower cap if need be. Don’t immediately brush your hair after a shower. Wet hair is more prone to damage as it is breakable and sensitive. While drying hair don’t rub. Just pat dry, nicely.

Don’t ditch the conditioner

Never walk out of the shower without conditioning your hair. And if you ditch the conditioner often then don’t complain about frizzy hair. Also, condition your hair the right way. Don’t just use your conditioner like a shampoo. Apply the moisturizing conditioner three inches away from the scalp. Applying it on your scalp would just make it exceedingly oily as conditioners are designed to lock moisture.

Tie and braid your hair nicely

Don’t pull your hair into a tight ponytail. That will cause hair breakage due to friction. Avoid tight hair ties and go for scrunchies instead. Also, don’t braid your hair tightly when going to bed. Instead, loosely tie hair to avoid knots which will demand you to brush your hair harshly resulting in hair breakage and frizz.

Oiling is good

No matter how wacky you look with your hair oiled, oiling is good for hair albeit in moderation. Gently massage oil into your scalp and wash it off with a mild shampoo. Too much oil would require more intense shampooing which would strip off the natural oils of your hair. You can also go for home remedies to keep your hair healthy, thick and beautiful.