Do you want million-dollar hair? Anyone can have it. Learning how to take care of your hair is essential. The 5 stages to maintaining healthy hair are filled with tips to help you get and maintain million-dollar hair. It all starts with how you wash, condition, dry and style your hair. The last is your diet and how you manage stress. That’s it! If you master these tips, you will have strong healthy hair that others will envy.
Now let’s look at each stage and the tips in detail.
Washing Your Hair
Tip 1 – Don’t wash your hair every day
Washing your hair too frequently dries out your hair and damages your hair. Washing your hair daily strips your hair of the natural oils that it produces. Wash your hair with a good-quality shampoo twice a week or a maximum of every other day.
Tip 2 – Choose a shampoo that matches your hair type and doesn’t contain sulfates or parabens.
Don’t pick a shampoo because it smells good or it’s popular. Pick one that works for your type of hair. Here are some types of hair and the recommended type of shampoo for the hair type.
- Curly or Kinky hair: Use a shampoo that minimized frizz or a creamy softening shampoo made with natural oils.
- Straight or oily: A gentle shampoo that is made for daily washing.
- Colored and treated hair: A fortified shampoo with extracts or amino acids.
- Dry hair: A shampoo with glycerin and collagen to restore moisture to the hair.
Sulfates are the chemicals that shampoos lather, all those bubbles. Parabens are preservatives. They cause irritation and eye problems when used continually over a long period of time. It is best to avoid shampoos that contain these chemicals. They damage your hair, your health and the environment. Look for shampoos with natural cleansers.
Tip 3 – Avoid hair care products with too much protein, especially conditioners
Your hair needs protein to grow and be healthy, but too much protein makes you hair feel brittle and dried out. Choose products with balanced ingredients.
Tip 4 – Use an apple cider vinegar rinse once a month
Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts warm water then rinse your hair. After you rinse your hair with the apple cider rise, wash and rise you hair as you normally would. This will make your hair look shinier and cleaner. As an added benefit, it is also a dandruff treatment. Don’t worry. The vinegar smell goes away after you wash your hair.
Conditioning Your Hair
Tip 1 – Use Conditioner
Every time you wash your hair you need to condition it. Choose a conditioner that matches your hair type and length. Heavily processed more conditioning than normal hair. Deep condition your hair once a week. It helps keep your hair healthy, moisturized and soft. You can use a store-bought conditioner or make your own. The key is to leave you conditioner in for 15 to 30 minutes and then wash it out.
Tip 2 – Condition according to your hair type
Fine and limp hair: Use a lavender or tea tree oil botanical oil treatment before you wash your hair. and work it under your cuticles before shampooing. Wash shampoo away and apply conditioner from the mid-shaft down to the end. Leave in for a minute before washing.
Medium to thick hair: Use moisturizers with natural hydrators. Keep your conditioner light. Apply light conditioner all over your head and let stay in for 2-3 minutes. before washing it out.
Tip 3 – Moisturize your hair twice a week
Use five oils: almond, castor, olive, coconut and lavender oils. Mix together equal proportions of each. Apply to the hair and leave in for four hours prior to showering out.
Drying Your Hair
Tip 1 – Comb out tangled before drying
The best way to remove knots and tangles, smooth out your hair without damaging it, is to use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to detangle your hair. Spray your hair with a leave in conditioner and comb from the ends to the scalp. Don’t try to comb from the scalp down and don’t use a brush. Wet hair is fragile and breaks easily.
Tip 2 – Don’t Use a towel to dry your hair
Wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt or use a microfiber towel or microfiber hair wrap instead. A towel is the worse thing you can use to dry your hair. Terry cloth is rough. It damages hair. It causes frizzing and split ends.
Tip 3 – Let your hair dry naturally
Remember that the heat from blow-dryers can damage your hair. The healthiest option is to let your hair air dry. It may take longer, but in the long run your hair will be much healthier. Try putting your hair in a bun until it completely dries. This alos works if you wash your hair before you go to bed. Bear in mind that the longer your hair is the longer it will take to dry.
Tip 4 – Blow dry on warm and use protection
If you have to blow dry your hair or if you’re straightening your hair, use the blow dry on the warm setting and use a heat protection product before you blow dry your hair. This will help prevent damage.
Styling your Hair
Tip 1 – Don’t brush too much
Brushing your hair stimulates the hair follicles, but brushing too much and too frequently causes damage that promotes frizz and split ends.
Tip 2 – Need sleek hair? Apply a fizz control product
Use a pea-sized amount of frizz control serum to tame frizzy hair. You can use a little more if necessary. Remember, a little goes a long way. Using too much will dull your hair and the build up will leave your hair looking dull and flaky.
Tip 3 – Natural styles means less damage
Avoid hair styles that put strain on your hair. Perming, crimping, straightening, curling, bleaching and even pulling your hair back with rubber bands cause damage to the hair.
Use natural hair styles. Experiment with a ponytail, chignon or headbands. You don’t need many hair products for these styles which is easy on your hair and your wallet.
Tip 4 – Trim regularly
Split ends are inevitable. Women with perfect hair don’t have split ends because they trim their hair or get it trimmed. You can trim your split ends yourself with hair shears. Cut your hair ¼ inch above the split. You should trim your hair every 6 to 8 weeks.
Keep a healthy lifestyle
Tip 1 – Eat healthy
A healthy diet will keep your hair looking good and feeling soft. Hair is made up proteins. Like the rest of your body, it needs the right vitamins and minerals to be healthy. So, eat a diet rich in lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetable. Improving your diet now, will ensure that your newly growing hair will be strong and healthy.
Tip 2 – Stay hydrated
Our bodies need about 64 ounces of water daily. Drink 8 glasses of fluid daily. This can come from fruit, vegetables, teas, juices water and soups. Hydration keeps your body and hair healthy.
Tip 3 – Manage stress
Stress, both emotional and physical, can stop healthy hair growth and cause hair loss. Have you ever heard that someone’s hair is falling out because of stress? Find healthy ways to relieve stress in your life. These include all types of exercise, biking, jogging, walking, yoga even meditation.
Healthy hair is a goal of every woman. Even if you are not selling your hair, you can have a healthy head of hair by making a few changes in the way you care for your hair, change your diet and manage stress in life.
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