The ways that people choose to wear their hair often say a lot about who they are. People chemically alter their hair, straighten it, curl it, and some people even shave it off. Whatever you decide to do with your hair, keep in mind that no style will look good unless your hair is healthy. The longer people’s hair is, the older the ends are, subjecting them to years of possibly harsh conditions. You can keep your hair healthy. You just need to work at it a little.
Keep Your Hair Trimmed
Split ends are damaged hair. They make your hair look bad, and they can prevent your hair from growing because your hair will tend to break off rather than grow. A regular trim every six to eight weeks will help to keep your hair healthy. If you are out a lot in the summer sun, trim your hair every four to six weeks.
If you stay hydrated throughout the day, your hair will be healthier, according to the Have Healthy Hair website. Drink water all day long, before you get thirsty.
Foods that contain protein, such as fish, meat, milk and cheese, are good for your hair. Carrots, which contain vitamin A, are good for a healthy scalp. Vitamins B and C are good for hair growth and color, which you can get by eating fruit, vegetables, eggs and cereals. Minerals can help keep your hair healthy. Iron, zinc and copper all help with hair. You can get iron from red meat and dark green vegetables, which helps to strengthen your hair at the roots. Meat and seafood contain zinc, which helps prevent hair loss. Shellfish, nuts and seeds contain copper, which optimizes your hair’s color, according to the My Haircuts website.
Treat Your Hair Gently
Treating your hair gently is key to keeping it healthy. Gentle treatment is especially important when your hair is wet, because wet hair is more susceptible to breakage or cuticle damage, according to the Teens Health website. Curly or dry hair is typically more fragile than naturally straight hair. If your hair is curly or dry, you should not shampoo every day. Wait as long as you can between shampoos, and use a shampoo specially made for dry hair.
Dealing with Problems
If you have dandruff, you can buy an over-the-counter shampoo that contains salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, zinc or tars to reduce the problem, according to the Teens Health website. Make sure you don’t scratch your scalp when shampooing; massage it instead for at least five minutes. If the dandruff doesn’t improve, a doctor can prescribe a more potent treatment.
When your hair is breaking, it is never going to grow. Hair can break from improper use of chemicals, brushing or combing too much, teasing your hair and from wearing hair extensions, braids or cornrows.
The summer sun can really do a number on your hair, damaging the cuticles and leaving you with drab, dry, brittle hair. During the summer, allow your hair to air dry as much as possible. If you want to blow-dry your hair, put on a leave-in conditioner first. If you know you will be out in the sun all day, you can apply a leave-in hair product that has SPF protection or wear a hat.
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