Healthy hair made easy…
If you really think about it for a moment, your hair goes through so much! All the blow drying and hot tools, all the shampoos, the sun exposure, water pools, brushing, teasing, hair spray and not to mention other chemicals such as colors, lighteners and perms. WOW!
Your poor hair goes through all that, so you can look your best at any given time. Have you ever stopped to think of how do you really treat it? And do you really care for it as much as you should? What if you lost all your hair tomorrow because of failing to maintain it properly? That would a catastrophe wouldn’t it?
I understand that your life is extremely busy, but following the steps below will only save you time and worry in the future. Get into the habit of maintaining your hair as part of your daily, weekly and monthly routine. The benefits are enormous. Not only in the way your hair will look, but also in the way others will look at you and treat you, which will make you feel extremely better.
The 6 steps for SUPER HEALTHY hair
1. Eat well
Just like healthy skin, healthy hair begins on the inside with what you eat and drink. A well balanced diet is crucial, as well as plenty of water. Keep your focus on Low Fat, Low Sodium, Low Sugar, High protein, High Healthy fats (omegas), High Fiber, AND lots of fruits and veggies (at least 2-4 servings a day of both fruits and veggies)
Shiny, strong hair and faster growth are benefits you can look forward to when eating foods full of antioxidants, such as blueberries, tomatoes and broccoli, as well as fish oils and protein. Hair is pure protein and needs to be replenished, so a diet rich in protein will better the health of your hair.
If you are not the healthiest eater, it’s never to late. You can start by taking Multivitamins and Whole Food Supplements, especially vitamin B, D, and C , as well as minerals such as Zinc and Iron. Fish oils and omegas are extremely important if you want your hair to feel full and look shiny. Remember to always consult your physician or pharmacist before introducing your body to new supplements.
2. Look for specific ingredients tailored to your hair type
Healthy hair is maintained with the hair products you use. Start your hair care regimen with a shampoo and conditioner containing ingredients that promote healthy hair. Note that not all shampoos and conditioners suit everyone. Your hairdresser will know exactly what your hair type requires. You must remember that many shampoos contain harsh chemicals that not only harm your hair, but also can harm your skin and your health in general, in the long run. A very common dangerous ingredient that is in many drugstore shampoos and conditioners called SLS, which you can read more about HERE.
It is very important to use products formulated specifically for your hair type. If you have curly hair, look for products that contain humectants (moisturizing ingredients) to reduce frizz and define curls. If your goal is to plump up fine hair, hunt for volumizing and lifting ingredients. If your hair is chemically treated, find the right product for the treatment you went through. Never leave the salon without asking how you should maintain your hair. Take advantage of the knowledge your hairstylist possesses.
3. Be gentle
Ripping out hair elastics, brushing wet hair and being too harsh when de-tangling knots can all lead to damage and broken ends – literally splitting your hair. Avoid the rough towel drying. wrap your hair and let the towel absorb as much water.
Always comb through tangles in the shower with a good moisturizing conditioner or a hair mask and a wide-tooth comb. I highly recommended NOT to brush your hair right after shower when it’s very wet and tangled, because when the hair is wet, it is extremely fragile. Let it dry a bit or use a blow dryer to fasten the process, and brush when it’s almost dry. You can use Argan oil, Hemp seed Oil, or a leave-in conditioner to help you with the brushing process. The Wet Brush is a hair brush that is specifically made to brush wet hair, try using it instead of your regular brush.
4. Avoid frequent usage of hot tools
There are more professional hair tools on the market now than ever before. But too much of a good thing can damage your hair, especially if you are not using it properly.
Your hairdresser should be fast enough with his hot tools, therefore the exposure to the heat is minimal. When using hot tools at home, make sure you use them properly, not leaving them for too long on the same spot, especially Flat Irons, Curling Irons, and Hair Wands.
Make sure that your hot tools have temperature control. Most tools can reach up to 450F (230C), but that doesn’t mean that you need to set the iron to the highest heat. Use this chart to help you with the proper heat setting:
Thin/fine hair (200F-300F or 100C – 150C)
Medium thickness hair – (300F-400F or 150C-200C)
Thick strong hair – (400F-450F or 200C-230C)
Don’t forget to always prep your hair with a heat-protecting spray prior to styling, and focus on the ends, which usually need the most damage protection. There are great heat protecting products HERE.
5. Try a treatment
Think of hair treatments as facials for your hair – something you should do to repair damage and look your best. You should use hair treatments such as deep conditioning and protein masks, as well as oils, especially on the ends. Use those oils and mask after every hair wash, especially in dry climates or if your hair is tends to get dry and break often.
If you are on a budget there are many home remedies that you can try at home.
Hey… something is better than nothing, right? You can read more about different Home Remedies for your hair by clicking HERE.
Hair treatments help treat damaged hair and can be used regularly as a preventative measure against further damage. Don’t neglect this step.
6. Trim it frequently
It’s true, getting your hair trimmed will make your hair healthier. It is obvious that hair grows from the roots and not from the ends, but even though, when trimming your hair frequently (every 6-8 weeks), you prevent hair breakage and keep it fresh.
Got curly hair? You can go less often – about three or four times a year should suffice. If you’re in the process of growing your hair out, going for a cut even a few times a year can seem like torture, but keep that in mind – the less often you go, the more noticeable the trim will be.
Here is a little secret that no other hairdresser will tell you – Your hair grows in a rate of half an inch (1.3cm) per month. Therefore, if you cut half an inch every 2 months, in one year your hair will be 3 inches (7.6 cm) longer – that’s 15 inches (38cm) in 5 years – Not bad huh?! And if you didn’t cut it in this rate, your hair will simply keep on breaking. Food for thought…
Start using these steps and you will notice immediate and incredibly positive results!
Eat well, use the right products, be gentle, minimize hot tools, use treatments, trim it.
Author: David Buriev
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