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Caring for your Hair

Caring For Your Hair

Most individuals spend a fair amount of time and money on hair care products each month. If you are spending a great deal on these products, you may be shocked to learn that you can get many of the same quality product for less.

You also have to take into consideration of what you actually need to use. Keep in mind that using too many products can really damage your hair. So, what’s the solution while allowing you to still have great hair?

One option to consider, is to simply purchase only what you need. For example, you may think you need mousse, gels and other hair styling products, but in fact healthy hair may not require nearly as much product. Adding toxic chemicals and sprays to your hair is made worse when you spend hours a month blow drying it. The best result here is to simply reduce the amount of chemicals added. You may even want to consider finding a few organic products. These work well and do not hurt your hair in the process.

While the changing seasons are a welcoming treat for many, they are not necessarily kind to the health of ones hair. The winter cold causes hair to dry out and break, whereas the summer heat and humidity lead to frizzyness and fly-aways. Worst of all is when hair lacks shine and turns a great style into a dull coif. Unfortunately, shine can be robbed from hair during any season.

Protect hair from the sun. Skin protection is a popular topic, but not everyone knows that repeated exposure to the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays can strip hair of its shine and leave it looking brittle and lifeless. Sun can also turn color-treated hair dull or brassy. The best way to shield hair from the effects of the sun is to cover up with a hat or stylish head scarf. It’s also smart to spritz hair with a leave-in conditioner before covering up to help repair damage and leave locks shiny and soft.

The right mix of products and protection will maximize hair health and lead to radiant shine all year long. Eat well also. Your hair is nourished by what you eat and drink, and will never look good if you don’t eat a balanced diet with lots of vitamins and minerals. Hair is mostly made of protein, so make sure your diet includes plenty. Drink water too, as this will flush impurities out of your body and keep you healthy. Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day too; hair is 25% water, so don’t let yours go thirsty!

Here are a few more tips to keep in mind:

  • Washing
  • Products
  • Conditioning
  • Blow Drying
Don’t wash your hair every day. You do not need to and it strips many of the nutrients from your hair you need. Shampoo properly. By this, I mean that you should invest in a top quality salon shampoo that matches your hair type, if you have colored hair, make sure that the formulation of your shampoo is suitable, likewise if your hair is thin, greasy, blonde, or brunette, talk to your stylist, and get them to advise you on what they think is best. Too many people simply pick something off the supermarket shelf and home for the best, when what they really need is a shampoo that suits them.
Use minimal amounts of any product that you do use. Follow the directions on the product. Chances are good that you need far less than you are using. DON’T forget that shiny hair starts in the shower. Many people believe that shiny hair can only be achieved by piling on lots of styling products. That’s simply not true. Products such as Pantene Pro-V’s new Ice Shine Shampoo and Conditioner are designed to work together to improve shine and overall smoothness, before even getting out of the shower.

When straightening the hair, use good quality hair straighteners. Most people find that the cheaper hair straighteners do not do a very good job. You might find that they do not get hot enough to iron out the kinks properly on a single pass, and are not slippery enough to allow your hair to pass through smoothly. Opt for ceramic or glass heating plates, and make sure that there is an adjustable temperature. GHD straighteners are the one of the most popular brands around and are commonly used in salons all around the world. Their plates get hot fast, and are extra smooth to make styling your hair easy, all of which makes them a real favorite in salons around the world. Ceramic plates will help discharge the static electricity from your hair too, and leave it looking straight for longer.

Switch out conditioners and shampoos every few months. These are often leaving their own residue in your hair and after a while it can build up. Switching to another brand product every few months will help you get a great clean feeling. Condition deeply. Hair conditioners have a formulation that will add body and shine to your hair. You know how uncomfortable and scratchy clothes are if you don’t use a fabric conditioner, well hair is the same. Also, a good conditioner will help to keep your hair static free, which will reduce frizziness even more. Massage the conditioner from root to tip and leave it to work its magic and make your hair look really healthy and shiny before rinsing it thoroughly.

Use a good Serum. There are a huge variety of great products around that are designed to smooth your hair. Most salons will be able to point you in the direction of a serum such as Frizz-ease that will help to keep your hair looking great. Generally hair serums work in three ways, by relaxing the hair, smoothing it, and reducing the potential for it to attract the static electricity that will cause it to frizz up.

Minimize the use of your hair dryer, too. This too aids in the breakdown of your hair. Try drying your hair with a warm tepid heat verses a hot burning one, and when you are close to being entirely dry turn from warm to cold and give your hair a good shot of cold air for a few minutes. You will find that by cooling the hair, the overall effect will give off a much hleatheir glow!

Whether you want to look great for a party and have all afternoon to get ready, or just want to smarten up before a meeting, there are things to do to get your hair looking great and give your confidence a real boost. Your hair is your crowning glory. Look after it and it will shine for all the world to see.

Prevent unnecessary hair damage by using the right kind of hairbrush. Only comb wet hair with a wide-tooth comb, combing from end to root, but avoiding touching the root. Detangling wet hair with a hard steel comb can create a lot of damage, so don’t!

Remove trichoptlosis, or split ends, like this: take small sections of your hair and carefully twist them in a gentle downward motion. The split ends will stick out. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut into the twisted section, but not right through, to remove the damaged cuticles and leave a natural layered look. Cut roughly the same amount from each twist to balance the effect.

Hair loss can be slowed, or even reversed by applying a few simple tips, though they probably won’t cure an underlying condition. Biotin can help to regenerate hair follicles: blend bananas with honey, yogurt and low-fat milk, and drink it daily. Supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc and saw palmetto will help too, but eliminating stress and getting plenty of sleep may work just as well.

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