Having healthy hair may seem like a labor-intensive process, but in actuality, it’s really simple. The secret to healthy hair is developing a routine that works with your hair’s unique characteristics. Continue on for some excellent hair care tips that will show you how to manage your hair much better.
Never use a brush on wet hair. Brushing pulls the hair shaft causing it to break. Always use a wide-toothed comb on freshly washed hair to avoid breakage and stress to your hair. Combining the use of a wide-toothed comb with a leave-in conditioner will keep hair healthy and give it an enviable sheen.
When you are using a hair dryer to dry your hair you should not keep it in one place on your hair for any amount of time. The focused heat on that part of the hair can cause damage and dry your hair out unnecessarily. Keep it moving!
Avoid blow-drying your hair after your shampoo. Extreme heat can damage your hair shaft and cause your hair to dry out. Brittle hair will break easily. Instead, after you shampoo, dry your hair gently with a soft towel, and allow your hair to air dry naturally. This will help your hair to retain its natural oils.
If regular conditioners leave your hair feeling greasy or limp, consider switching to a lightweight leave-in conditioner. These formulas are available as both, light lotions and sprays, and they tend to be much lighter than the moisture-heavy versions you use in the shower. Look for a leave-in that matches your hair type, such as color-protection sprays or anti-frizz sprays.
If you can, avoid using the blow dryer to dry your hair. The best way to dry your hair is to allow it to air dry naturally. If you must use your blow dryer, be sure to only use it on its coolest setting possible. Do not keep it in the same area of hair for more than a few seconds. Keep it moving as much as possible.
Do not attempt to brush your hair while it is soaking wet; wait until it has dried. It is best to use a soft bristle brush and a wide toothed comb. Comb tangles in the bottom of hair when you begin, gradually working your way up until you get to your scalp.
If you color your hair, try to minimize doing it to around once every two months. Hair dying can dry out and damage your hair with harsh chemicals. If you limit it to every two months, your hair will have time to recover from the damage that you had done previously.
Do not put hair up into tight ponytails when it is wet. This can cause you to have split ends where your ponytail is located. Your best bet is to either dry hair completely before hand, or slick it back and use a headband. This simple tip will keep your hair stronger than ever.
It’s best to avoid combing and brushing hair while it’s wet. Hair is weaker when it’s wet, increasing the chances of your hair follicles breaking off with each stroke of your comb or brush. Instead, wait for the hair to dry before beginning any grooming practices, such as these, that will put mild stress on the hair.
If you have long hair you should avoid sleeping it with in a pony tail or braid. This can cause your hair to become damaged and break off. You should either sleep with your hair loose or if you must sleep with it in a pony tail it should be a low and loose one.
If you have long hair and want to grow it even longer, make sure you get a trim about once every two to three months. If you do not do this, it will split at the ends and cause your hair to look like it is not growing whatsoever.
If you value your hair color, wear a swimming cap before jumping into a chlorinated pool. Chlorine causes hard metals, present in all water in various concentrations, to oxidize, and that in turn can add a green tinge to any hair color. Applying a coat of conditioner before swimming can help, but most public pools frown on that practice. Stick to swimming in lakes and ponds to keep hair from looking like it belongs on a Martian.
If you care about your hair, watch your stress levels. Stress can trigger a condition known as telogen effluvium, causing your hair to fall out. The condition is usually temporary, usually dissipates as your stress levels fall. It can occur multiple times in your life, though, and in rare cases, the loss is permanent.
As you can probably see, giving your hair some TLC is not as hard as some people make it out to be. Hopefully you will feel inspired to try some of these tips. The more care you show your hair, the more attractive your hair will be.