Not every woman is born with shiny, well behaved, gorgeous hair. Some have to work at it; proper care is needed even for those that are fortunate to have naturally lovely locks. Simply implementing some tried and true techniques can help you achieve and maintain beautiful shiny hair.
Physical and internal health is the foundation for beautiful hair. If the body is not healthy and well nourished, the hair has no chance of appearing healthy either. The skin, hair and nails are all nourished by what the body is fed. Of course, it is essential to drink lots of water; this is true for strong hair as well as overall health. This becomes increasingly central as pollution, chemical and heat treatments damage the hair. Water replenishes what is lost due to these issues. Consuming healthy Omega 3 oils and fats, nuts, fish, cooking with olive oil, as well as following a more Mediterranean oriented diet are a must. Ingesting large amounts of sugar can result in vitamin B complexes being drawn from the body, and these are some of the most key components needed to grow and maintain healthy hair. Exercise is vital as well.
Hygiene is significant in maintaining the condition of hair. If the hair is dirty and greasy, how can it look and feel healthy? The reverse is also true: washing too often, too vigorously, or using harsh chemicals is very hard on the hair shaft and ends. Anything that strips natural moisture should be avoided. Look for a shampoo made specifically for your hair type and condition. Stimulating the scalp with the tips of the -fingers prior to each wash is also important. This is also a great technique that is effective in getting rid of unwanted and unsightly dandruff.
If your hair has been exposed to heat or chemical damage, smoothing products and the appropriate conditioner can promote healing the dry hairs and split ends. Beginning the treatment will create the facade of undamaged hair; as treatment and trims are continued, the health of the hair will truly be restored. The conditioner should match the texture and condition of the hair just as the shampoo does. Putting the hair in a towel gently and patting will remove excess water. Rubbing is not advised, and rough combing or brushing while the hair is wet can result in breakage and loss. If a blow dryer must be used, ensure that the hair has air dried as much as possible to prevent heat damage.
Extremely dry and damaged hair can benefit from a weekly oil or hot oil treatment. This should be done when there is plenty of time, as the oil needs to be kept on the hair ideally for three to -five hours. Then washing as normal can be done. Try to limit the use of hair products containing silica or alcohol. Alcohol is drying, and silica products only cause oily product buildup that is just washed out again.
Oily hair should be washed more often than dryer hair, and many Americans especially simply wash their hair too often. This is harmful and damaging as well. The natural oils on the scalp and hair should not be constantly stripped away. Natural products are of course healthier for pretty hair, as well as the environment. There is no need to contribute to extra chemicals on the hair or in further pollution of the environment.
Maintaining basic health and following some practical, gentle guidelines can promote and maintain a head full of healthy, beautiful hair that is easy to manage.
Spending a little time up front learning how to properly care for you hair will assist you in achieving healthy hair that styles with ease. Call 239-597-2141 to schedule an appointment with the experienced stylists at Alex Day Spa to learn more tips for proper hair care and styling.
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