How To Give Your Haircare Routine An “Adulting” Upgrade

If you’re still using the same shampoo that you used in high school, we need to talk. As we age, we’re super conscious about upgrading our skincare routines, our wellness and even our fitness regimen, but what about our haircare? It’s a step that’s often overlooked as we move through life. But just like the rest of your daily rituals, your haircare routine deserves an adulting upgrade. Here are a few things you can do to give your haircare a glow up and get the luscious locks of your dreams.

A quality hairbrush

The hairbrush you use matters! And I’m not talking about your styling brush, but the one you use each day no matter where you’re heading. Brushing your hair with a good brush encourages the blood circulation in your scalp and also the oil glands. Plus, it won’t rip the strands straight out of your head. Try using a brush without synthetic fibers like a boar bristle brush. There are good vegan options out there too if that’s your jam!

Mason Pearson Brush


Christophe Robin Detangling Brush


Vegan Boar Bristle Brush


Ditch elastic hair ties

Elastic hair ties are not your friend. They can actually cause more harm than good when used too frequently. Elastic can grasp the hair too tightly and can cause breakage and fraying when worn repeatedly in the same spot. This especially goes for when you’re sleeping. Most of us throw our hair into a bun or ponytail when we sleep, but using an elastic hair tie for your bedtime routine adds pressure to your roots and hair shafts. Swap your elastics for silk ties or scrunchies that won’t harm your tresses.

Small Slipsilk™️ Scrunchies


Riviera Stretch Ponies


Kitsch Tie-Dye Scrunchies


A lush hair towel

Are you seriously still drying your hair with a regular towel? The rough texture and dryness of a cotton or terry cloth towel can cause damage to your hair and actually cause hair loss. If you want smoother, healthier hair, swap your regular bath towel for a bamboo or microfiber hair towel. These textiles won’t cause damage to your hair cuticles the way a regular terry cloth or cotton towel does. 

Kitsch Microfiber Hair Towel


Aquis Rapid Dry Waffle Hair Towel

Treatment oil

No one wants oily hair, so a lot of people tend to skip hair oils thinking they’re going to look like one of The T-Birds from “Grease.” But really, a quality treatment oil is an essential part of a healthy haircare routine. Just like our skin, our hair needs oil to be healthy and strong. Oil lubricates the outer cuticle and strengthens the inner core by providing moisture to help keep the bonds strong.

Briogeo Strengthening Treatment Oil


Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil


Verb Ghost Weightless Hair Oil


Go clean

If you really want to give your haircare routine an adulting upgrade, it’s time to ditch the gross ingredients. Think of it this way, your haircare products are literally being absorbed by your scalp, so why are you still using potentially harmful ingredients? Upgrade to quality, clean products that are free of harmful toxic chemicals.

Briogeo Aloe + Oat Milk Ultra Soothing Fragrance-Free Hypoallergenic Shampoo


Odele Volumizing Shampoo


Rahua Hydration Shampoo

Treat from the inside out

Some people are just born with great hair, it’s true. But we can also do the work from the inside out, which becomes even more important as we get older. If you are lacking in certain nutrients, hair supplements can help reactive your oil glands, which will make your hair look healthier and shinier. Of course, the best course of action is tons of water and healthy foods that your hair will love, but supplements can give you an extra boost as well.

HUM Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair


Vegamour Lovestruck Biotin Gummies


Moon Juice SuperHair

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram