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Shine Like K-Stars: Korean Hair Care Secrets 

by Pratyush Anand

Don't neglect your scalp! A healthy scalp promotes vibrant hair growth. Regular gentle exfoliation removes dead skin cells and product buildup, creating a clean environment for hair follicles to thrive.

1. Scalp Care is Key  

Unlike the daily washes many of us are used to, Korean hair care emphasizes gentle cleansing. Aim for 2-3 washes per week, using a gentle shampoo and focusing on the scalp for thorough cleansing.

2. Less is More 

Deep conditioning is a Korean hair care staple. After cleansing, apply a generous amount of conditioner, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends. Leave it on for several minutes while you shower or shave, allowing it to deeply hydrate and nourish your hair. 

3. Condition like a Pro

What you eat affects your entire body, including your hair. Focus on a healthy diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Foods like salmon, eggs, leafy greens, and nut butter provide essential nutrients that contribute to healthy hair growth and shine.

4. Diet for Healthy Hair 

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A cool water rinse isn't just refreshing; it helps seal the hair cuticle, adding shine and reducing frizz. After conditioning, use cool or lukewarm water to rinse your hair, followed by a final, very cool rinse.

5. Embrace the Hair Rinse 

Treat your hair to a weekly spa day with a hair mask. Packed with potent ingredients like fermented rice water or argan oil, hair masks provide deep nourishment and repair, leaving your hair soft, manageable, and visibly healthier.

6. Hair Masks for Extra TLC

We all love heat styling, but excessive heat can damage your hair. Minimize heat styling whenever possible and always use a heat protectant spray before applying heat. 

7. Heat Styling? Protect

8. Sleep on Silk

Cotton pillowcases can be harsh on your hair, causing friction and breakage. Opt for a silk pillowcase instead. The smooth surface reduces friction, prevents tangles, and helps retain moisture in your hair, promoting healthier and smoother locks.

Split ends can travel up the hair shaft, making it appear damaged and unhealthy. Regular trims, every 6-8 weeks, remove split ends and prevent further damage, keeping your hair healthy and looking its best.

9. Embrace Regular Trims 

Wet hair is at its most fragile state and prone to breakage. Avoid harsh brushing or combing when your hair is wet. Use a wide-tooth comb and gently detangle starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots.

10. Be Gentle with Wet Hair 

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