Hair Health 101

TLC for healthy hair doesn’t end with conditioner. Make sure that you
are properly taking care of your hair with not only your choice of
products and hair accessories, but also the food you eat!

In the Shower

As with many things pertaining to health, it is better to go natural.
Did you know that shampoos contain cleansers that may be doing more harm
to your hair than good? Choose shampoos that have naturally-derived
cleansers because these are less apt to strip your hair of vital oils.

To get the maximum benefits of your shampoo and conditioner, rub them
into your palms first. Then massage onto the roots of your hair, then on
the crown and finally, down the sides of your hair.

Most hair experts discourage shampooing every day, since this can dry
your hair and scalp. You can aim for two to three times a week, using a
non-slip headband to keep your hair up when you shower. On off-days, use
conditioner only, so that your hair does not get greasy.

You can also give yourself scalp massages, which stimulate the blood flow and help nutrients get to your hair follicles.

When Styling

More often than not, this is where the most damage occurs. Unless you
were born with fabulous hair that falls perfectly in place each and
every time (right!), the chances are that you use products and tools to
style your hair.

When using a blow-dryer, remember that it was designed to be held high
above your hair and moved around so that your hair does not get burned.
Since it is likely that you do not have a personal stylist to help you
blow-dry your hair, you can prevent burning by simply removing the
nozzle. This will diffuse the heat but still give you the same effect
(as long as you’re pointing your dryer downward). To be extra safe,
treat damp hair with a heat-protective spray before blowing dry.
 
Using hair products with silicone in them can suffocate the strands.
Such products can be great for preventing frizz and enhancing shine, but
avoid applying them before heat-styling. Otherwise, they can fuse
themselves to your hair and sap out the moisture.

Of course, your safest bet for styling is to simply add hair
accessories! Look for good brands that have sophisticated hair clips
made for a soft hold without snagging your hair. Some are even lined
with plush velvet for a soft clamp that is still guaranteed to stay in
place.

In the Kitchen

Sometimes, losing hair means that you’re not getting enough nutrition.
Nutritionists say that the best follicle fuels are omega-3 fatty acids
(found in some fish) and protein (found in nuts and cheese).

At the Salon

Contrary to popular belief, dyeing your hair more often (say, every 28
days) can actually help prevent chemical damage. Coloring can make the
ends less likely to fade, and the stylist won’t have to leave the dye on
your hair as long.

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