At first glance, it might seem like having medium hair means you have it easy when it comes to hair care. After all, medium is in the middle, so general hair care products and advice likely apply, right?

If only it were that simple! In reality, taking the best care of your medium hair (or any hair type) requires special know-how and effort. Read on for our tips for avoiding medium-hair mistakes, plus what products you really should be using to support your medium hair.

1. Taking Too Long Between Trims

There’s nothing like a fresh new haircut to inspire your confidence, but if you have medium hair, making time for regular appointments is about wellness as much as style. Experts recommend that people with medium strands get their haircut every two to three months to eliminate split ends and avoid damage. Taking time for a trim will help keep your medium hair well-kept and under control.

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2. Neglecting Your Scalp

Your scalp is the source of support for all your strands. A healthy scalp not only nourishes new hair growth but also helps support the health of existing strands. Using a scalp detoxifying serum before you shampoo and condition is an important but often overlooked part of a medium hair care routine.

GRO Scalp Detoxifying Serum delivers support to the base of strands while helping exfoliate hair follicles and remove buildup that can cause dandruff and other hair issues.

3. Using the Wrong Shampoo and Conditioner

When it comes to choosing a shampoo and conditioner, it seems like anything should work for middle-of-the-road medium hair. Unfortunately, many common wash day products are packed with not-so-great ingredients that can harm your strands.

Instead, invest in a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for use on medium hair. Your go-to products should be moisturizing, replenishing and free of harsh chemicals that can damage strands. ENSO 02 Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium Hair are the perfect solution. Each formula is enriched with the optimal amounts of botanical oils and our proprietary Karmatin™ to provide extra support to medium hair. 

For a complete routine in one, consider the ENSO 02 Cleanse, Nourish and Restore Trio for Medium Hair, which includes:

ENSO 02 Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium Hair

Read: How to Choose the Right ENSO Product for Your Hair Type

4. Ignoring Your Microbiome 

Just like the health of the rest of your body, hair health comes from within. And if your gut microbiome is out of balance, your hair will pay the price with increased follicle inflammation and shedding. To support your microbiome, stock up on fermented foods like miso and kombucha and introduce a probiotic to boost hair health into your daily routine. 

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5. Not Using a Hair Mask Regularly 

You already use conditioner, so why introduce an extra product into your routine? For people with medium hair, a regular hair mask can make the difference between flyaways and split ends and sleek, well-maintained strands — especially when it comes to heat-damaged or color-treated hair.

Try using ENSO Overnight Restoring Mask at least once a week to hydrate and protect your hair and restore its healthy appearance and texture.

6. Using the Wrong Brush

If you’re giving your medium hair a hundred strokes a day with a random drugstore hairbrush, you might be setting yourself up for trouble. Overbrushing causes damage to strands, and using the wrong brush makes it worse!

Make the switch to a tool that’s hair-friendly, like a wide paddle brush or a bristle brush that smooths strands. Whatever brush you choose, make sure it has a soft rubber backing to minimize the impact brushing will have on your strands. 

Also: 10 Ways You're Washing Your Hair Wrong

7. Skipping the Supplements 

Even if you’re great about eating a well-balanced diet every day, there’s a chance your hair still isn’t getting the targeted nutritional support it needs. And nutritional deficiencies are a big source of trouble for medium strands, stressing out your body and causing increased hair fall.

Taking a daily supplement packed with hair-healthy vitamins and minerals is a great way to make sure your body has the tools it needs to encourage hair wellness.

8. Letting Stress Get the Best of You

Last but not least, the best thing you can do for your medium hair is to let go of some of your stress. Take time to indulge in the self-care practices that help you feel at ease, whether that means taking time for a walk, drawing yourself a nice bubble bath or meditating each day. Your hair will thank you!

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Disclaimer: Information in this article is intended for general informational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician.