Stop Stressing Over Your Tresses
8 out of 10 women have damaged hair- me being one of them. I have every oil/conditioner/leave in conditioner & treatment imaginable in my shower to keep my hair healthy. I have even used the Superfood Acai, egg whites & mayonnaise. Sounds a bit off the wall, I know. Not everyone is born with beautiful hair, but by learning a few hair care facts, you can make your hair look its best. Healthy, attractive hair should shine. Whether your hair is long or short, light or dark, it should look smooth, silky and shiny. Hair that is dull, dry, brittle or frizzy is unhealthy and unattractive. Everyday events such as shampooing, brushing and blow drying can do great damage to your hair, causing the dry, brittle, frizzy appearance.
Your hair must meet its match when it comes to shampoo. Always use a shampoo for your exact hair type. If you have a perm or color treated your hair, you should use a shampoo for chemically treated hair. If your hair is dry, opt for a moisturizing shampoo. If your hair is curly or unmanageable, frizz control would be best. If you are not sure what your hair type is or what type of shampoo to use, ask your hairstylist. Your hairstylist can recommend the right shampoo and conditioner so you maintain a healthy and shiny head of hair. Another recommendation; go to your local beauty supply or a store like Sephora that offers a wide selection. The girls at the counters can be highly knowledgeable.
I remember when I was a little girl. I had a fascination with brushing my hair. Brushing your hair can actually help improve the shine. Brushing evenly distributes the oils from the scalp throughout the hair shaft. If you have long hair that tends to tangle on the ends, you should start brushing on the ends to remove any tangles, and work your way up to the scalp. This also applies to hair extensions. You should never brush wet hair.
I bet you didn’t know that wet hair is much weaker than dry hair. Wet hair will break very easily if it is not combed very gently. If you have long hair, you should squeeze the excess water from your hair with a towel. I love wrapping my hair in a towel for about an hour after shampooing. Never rub your hair between the towels to dry it, this can cause severe breakage. Before combing, a leave-in conditioner should be sprayed on the hair to help restore shine and help remove tangles. Using a wide tooth comb, comb hair from the ends and work your way up. Make time to visit your hairstylist for deep conditioning treatments & cranial massages which stimulate the hair follicles.
If you are armed with a blow dryer (set on high heat) it could be damaging, to your hair. Blow dryers are very convenient and many of us use them daily. If they are used incorrectly, they can cause severe heat damage to your hair. Blow drying is the culprit of dry ends, brittle & frizzy hair. Please allow your hair to air dry until it is about half way dry. Set your blow dryer on low or medium heat, and keep the blow dryer about six to eight inches away from your hair. I used a blow dryer to straighten my hair until I noticed it was leading to split ends. A rule of thumb, moderation-moderation-moderation. Excessive brushing especially when you still have product in your hair (gel or spray), mistreatment of wet hair and blow drying don’t make for head to toe beauty.
If you would like to improve the condition of your hair, these are the steps that will ensure you never have to say “I have a bad hair day”. In fact you should notice an improvement in the condition of your hair in as early as 2-4 weeks, depending on how damaged your hair is. Remember, no matter what your hair ailment is, there’s a product that will cure the condition of your hair. Ask your hairstylist or visit your local beauty supply & if you’re not sure, ask for samples of a few different lines until you find the one that works best for you. Until next time, make it a good hair day!.
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