Taking good care of your hair not only makes you feel and look better, but it also demonstrates healthy habits for your children, partner, other relatives and friends. It only takes a little bit of time to properly care for your hair, and is a lot easier for a woman to maintain a healthy mane than to try to combat frizzies and other problems once they begin, according to Marie Claire magazine. Studying a few basic tips can go a long way toward hair health for life.
Wash your hair only two to three times a week; too much shampooing can seriously dry your scalp and cause unsightly drama such as dandruff. When shampooing, be sure to use chemical-free formulas that contain only natural cleansers; Glamour magazine recommends brands such as Rusk Sensories Wellness Heal Restorative Shampoo and Matrix Biolage Delicate Care Shampoo. Massage the product in your hands before applying it to all areas of your head and scalp.
Rinse your hair with lukewarm water, and deep condition the ends if needed the other four to five days of the week.
Apply a deep conditioner or hair masque to your mane once a week if you use heating implements (such as curling irons) in styling.
Use the blow dryer as carefully as possible; hair dryers can seriously damage your crowning glory. Don’t hold the nozzle too close to your head or keep it in one spot for too long. Some women remove the nozzle before turning the heat on toward their mane; the decision about that is your own. However, keep in mind that Marie Claire magazine suggests that women style their hair with their fingers until it is about 80 percent dry. Once your hair stops resisting your fingers running through it, then you can take out the hair brush to finish up the styling and blow-drying process. The best hair brush to use for healthy maintenance consists of natural boar bristles; this keeps your scalp hydrated and doesn’t yank your hair as badly as some other types of hair brushes.
Reduce your use of hair products, especially sprays, that contain silicone. They can literally suffocate your crowning glory, according to Marie Claire.
Eat more omega-3 rich foods such as salmon and protein choices such as nuts and cheese to promote not only good hair, but a healthy body and mind.
- Don’t shampoo your hair for at least 72 hours before trying a professional or at-home coloring treatment if you’d like to maintain healthy hair, according to Marie Claire.
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