Dry, dull, frizzy hair is not exactly ideal. Fortunately, many hair products–hair masks, hot oil treatments, clarifying shampoos–are available that boast powerful results. Unfortunately, many of them are expensive, and you are left wondering if any of these products deliver real results. However, you may be looking in all the wrong places. It is fairly simple to get that smooth, silky and shiny hair you want with only a few simple changes to your daily routine.
Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo every day. Rinse your hair with cool water. According to Barry Reitman from the Juan Juan Center in Beverly Hills, this will help prevent split ends by sealing the outer layers of the hair. It will also limit the look of damage by quenching your thirsty locks.
Reduce the number of times you color your hair by utilizing color-fortifying shampoo and conditioner. These cleansers are much easier on the hair than the shine stripping hair dyes you apply and can extend the length of time between colorings, according to Jeni Thomas, a senior scientist at Pantene.
Dry your hair naturally or on a cooler setting. Heat is a leading cause of hair damage, according to “Allure Magazine.” Limiting the time you spend with your hot blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron, the healthier your hair will appear.
Avoid over styling your hair. Hair ties, clips, straightening irons, chemical perms and rough brushing can all rip apart your ends, leaving your hair frizzy and brittle. Search for hair products without chemicals, with lower levels of heat and a lower likelihood to pull and break the hair.
Trim your split ends. Split ends leave the hair looking dry, thin and damaged. This is particularly true for longer hairstyles. Sadly, the only way to rid your head of split ends is to cut them off. Examine your hair carefully to find the point where most of your split ends cease and cut off everything else. To keep the hair healthy, Antonio Prieto, of the Antonio Prieto Salon in New York City, suggests regular trimmings every four to six weeks thereafter.
Follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid’s guidelines for healthy eating. This is the best long-term way to make your hair look healthy and not damaged, according to Women’s Health. While the results will not be instant, they will last longer than other regimens.
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