Top Tips for Healthy Hair
Hair may be dead tissue, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to give it the best possible care. Treatments that are too harsh can cause permanent damage and could even lead to hair loss. If you want to ensure your locks always flow as beautifully as possible, following these tips.
The proper way to wash your hair
Washing your hair on a regular basis is a good starting point but you should also ensure you give your scalp a thorough washing at the same time. How often you need to wash your hair depends on what it is like, and what activities you get up to during the day.
If your hair is straight and gets oily quickly, it may need to be washed more often. If your hair is very curly it’s unlikely to get oily quite so quickly so you can wash it a little less often. Kinky or thick hair might look frizzy because it is dry, so you’ll need to use a conditioner to make it look better after the wash.
To start, get your hair extremely wet and then squirt a small amount of shampoo, no bigger than the size of a dollar, into the hand. Massage the shampoo into your scalp but don’t put too much pressure on your scalp as it’s quite delicate.
The next stage is to rinse and keep rinsing until you cannot see any more lather, either in your hair or going down the drain. Next, you need to gently dry your hair. If you want to protect your hair against split ends, don’t rub it with a towel. Instead, wrap it gently and let the towel absorb the moisture for a few minutes instead.
The next stage is to comb it out carefully, without any yanking or tugging. Wet hair can be especially fragile so take your time and use a wide-toothed comb. Although hairdryers save time, you should let your hair air dry whenever you have the chance as nature is much kinder to your locks that even the best hair dryer – this is especially important over the summer months.
If you find yourself scratching you scalp or finding dry flakes on your clothing, one cause could be that you have failed to properly rise out all the shampoo. It could also be dandruff, and this is easily treated with a specialist shampoo.
If you like to swim in your local pool, you’ll need to take extra steps to protect your hair from the effect of chlorine. Before you enter the water, wet and condition your hair. Always wear a tight-fitting swim cap and use a specialist shampoo and deep conditioned designed for swimmers.
If you want to give your hair as much protection as possible, check the ingredient list of the products you use to ensure they contain a large amount of silicone. The closer to the top of the list silicone is, the more of it there is in the product. Silicone adds a protective coat to your hair, reducing the stress on the individual strands when you heat and style it.
According to professional hairstylists, if you want to be able to style your hair like the pros, you need to invest in the very best tools you can afford. Cheaper tools are more likely to do damage to your hair, such tools are designed by engineers, not hairstylists, so they don’t necessarily do what is best to maintain great looking hair.
If you want to take the best possible care of your hair, try to avoid putting heat on it more than once a week, set your dryer to a lower heat setting and reduce your use of flat irons. Essentially you are damaging your hair a little each time you use one of those treatments so do so sparingly.
If you save money by doing a lot of treatments at home, you should have someone look you over every now and then. Without being able to see the back of your head and scalp close up, you could be damaging yourself without knowing. This is especially true if you use carry out DIY straightening, hair colouring and processing at home.
Each time you have a shower, spend a moment or two checking the drain to see how much hair you have lost. On average, you can expect to lose somewhere between 50 and 200 hairs each day but, as you have at least 80,000 on your head, this will not be noticeable. If you notice the amount of hair in the drain starts increasing, then you should go to visit your doctor.
Beyond medial issues, common causes of hair loss in women include physical stress, emotional stress and anaemia. The stress of pregnancy can also cause you to lose your hair at a faster rate, though in almost all cases it grows back after you have given birth.
If your hair has started to thin out you should take some time to learn more about the many available treatments. Whatever the cause, you should always act without delay at the first sign of a problem. All the treatments that are available tend to be far more effective if they begin soon after the issue is first discovered.
We are what we eat, and our hair is no exception. If you want your hair to be healthy, you need to be sure you are eating the right mix of protein, iron and other nutrients. The cells that make up your hair are some of the fastest growing on the body which means it needs a great deal of nutritional support to maintain. However, because hair is not a vital organ, the body considers it to be expendable.
This means if you have nutritional needs that are not being met, the imbalance may first show up in the form of excessive hair loss. Fad diet that require you to eat only one type of food for an excessive period of time may reduce the balance of iron, vitamins, minerals and proteins you need to maintain healthy hair. If you want to make sure your hair always looks at its best, be sure to always eat a healthy diet.
3rd December 2017
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