Remember the days when the way our hair looked could either make or break our entire day? OK . . . sometimes it still does. And, there is still nothing worse than having a fabulous hair day and not running into anyone you know!
So how do we keep our hair healthy and looking good? There are definitely a lot of products out there that promise to make our tresses look amazing. And, some of us just cannot get away from the salon and our favorite hair color. (There are so many choices today!!)
Just like we try to use organic products on our skin, try to use organic shampoos and shampoos without parabens.
- Hair needs as much love and care as our skin.
- Get your hair trimmed once every three to four months.
* Removes split ends.
* Split ends tend to spread up the hair shaft and damage hair.
- Bleaching and over processing is not good for our hair.
* We all know that over processing is not good for our hair, but . . .
* Be sure your stylist knows what processes you have used.
* Help your stylist determine the best next steps.
* Use only reputable institutions.
* Follow procedures correctly.
- Use good quality hair colors that do not have ammonia in them.
* Our hair is delicate and constant coloring makes hair dry and damaged.
* Use natural coloring such as henna which is good for hair.
* Henna provides grey hair coverage as well.
- If you change your hair, change your shampoo.
* Newly dyed or permed hair will last longer and look healthier with the proper
shampoo and conditioner.
Keeping it Clean
- Keep your scalp clean.
* Wash your hair with a mild or herbal shampoo.
* Wash three times a week to maintain a healthy and clean scalp.
- Hot water removes oil from hair.
* Use warm or cool water to wash and rinse hair.
- Washing too often can lead to greasier hair.
- Towel dry your hair gently.
- Dry Shampoo
* Dry Shampoo is a powdered product that absorbs oil in your hair.
* It quickly removes oil and get you out the door in a flash when you don’t
have time to wash your hair.
* You can purchase a “dry shampoo,” which is a spray on product.
* Or, DIY! Use cornstarch and apply to roots with a makeup brush.
- Keep your brushes clean and free of bacteria and dirt.
* Clean them once a month.
* Soak brushes and combs in 1 tsp baking soda and water to cover.
* Wait one minute.
* Let them air dry before use.
- Use a comb with wide tooth to comb and detangle.
* To avoid external damage, do not comb wet hair.
- Start at the ends to detangle.
* Work your way up to the scalp.
- Less is more.
* Using too many products can weigh down your hair and make it greasy.
- A ponytail is great for getting your hair out of your face.
* Use a coated band.
* Or try pins or clips instead .
* Banding your hair too tight will cause breakage.
- Our hair is delicate and not heat resistant.
* Use the hot styling tools sparingly.
* Use the lowest heat possible for styling.
* Use straighteners sparingly.
And one last trick. Many years ago, I heard that gently pulling your hair, invigorates the hair follicles and minimizes hair loss. When I am washing my hair, I grab a handful of hair, close to my scalp, and gently pull it. It makes my scalp feel alive and invigorated! And, so far, my hair is doing great!