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What good is that expensive haircut going to do if you’re not taking care of your hair everyday? Even if you wash and clean your hair everyday with a quality shampoo, there’s some additional work that needs to be done. We’re talking about having the right products and tricks that you should be doing on a daily basis. If not, that mane of yours could be quickly disappearing.
To prevent some serious hair loss, follow these 7 tips on how to properly take care of your hair.
1. Cut Your Hair
Did you know that once the hairs grow from your scalp,it’s actually no longer growing? Instead, your hair is growing older, which means that it’s losing moisture. This could lead to your hair getting dry and weak. Which is why getting a trim frequently is one of the most important ways to keep your hair healthy.
How often should you cut your hair? It’s recommended that you should get a haircut about every 4 to 6 weeks. However, your genes and exposure to the sun or heat can determine how often you should get a haircut.
2. The Right Shampoo For You
All of the different different shampoos for the different types of hair isn’t just a marketing ploy. Believe it or not, these products feature ingredients to fix issues like dryness and excess oil in hair.
For example, shampoos that contain fats or oils (humectants or panthenol) are great for dry hair. Oily hair require clarifying shampoos that feature tea tree oil, rosemary and chamomile. Finally, those with brittle hair should try out proteins (collagen, keratin, and wheat and silk proteins).
And, yes. You can shampoo everyday when you have the proper shampoo. And, don’t forget the conditioner as well.
For Dry and Brittle: American Crew Daily Moisturizing Shampoo
For Oily: Phyto Daily Balancing Shampoo
For Thin: Kiehl’s Ultimate Thickening Shampoo
For Dandruff: Head & Shoulders
3. Take Care of Your Scalp
In case you didn’t know know, hair is an extension of your scalp, which is why this is one area that you shouldn’t forget about. On top of washing daily and avoiding some excessive drying, you want to exfoliate weekly and massage your scalp.
You should exfoliate once or twice a week by using an exfoliating scrub, such as Menscience Microfine Face Scrub. This will remove dead skin cells. And, it is safe enough to use on your scalp.
When you massage your scalp it gets the blood flowing to the scalp and also encourages hair growth. Try to do this each week by massaging the scalp with your fingertips using a firm, circular motion with your fingers placed under the hair, this will avoid pulling. Perform this exercise for three or four minutes.
4. Be Wary of Greasy Products
Most gels and styling products are contain polymers, aka plastic that has been dissolved in alcohol. Alcohol, if you weren’t aware, can weaken keratin and strip your hair of essential moisture and oils. When that happens you are making your hair weaker and more brittle. To avoid this, use gels as little as possible and those that are alcohol free.
With pomades and waxes, they contain heavier ingredients, such as petroleum jelly and beeswax. Because of this it may require multiple washings or a stronger shampoo to remove the products, which can also damage your hair. Water-based formulas can help prevent this issue.
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5. Cool it Down
Who doesn’t enjoy a steaming, hot shower? Your hair. The high temperature can strip away essential oils from your hair and scalp which can lead to dryness.
6. Pat Dry
Take the extra time to dry your hair by shaking out the excess water followed by stroking your hair in the direction that it grows with a towel. Why? Because when you dry your hair with a towel by robbing it hair can get tangled in the threads. Since wet hair is prone more to damage, this causes hair to get stretched excessively.
Also, blow drying too much can dry out the hair and scalp. Apply a thermal styling spray or detangler if you have to blow dry. This will coat the hair and protect it from any damage
7. Eat Healthy and Exercise
You should be doing this regardless. But, what does it have to to with your hair?
When you eat a healthy diet the appearance and texture of your hair will benefit.For example, since hair is mainly a protein, consume meat, dairy and soy. Brown rice, eggs and leafy greens contain biotin, a B vitamin, which can improve softness and strength. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish and nuts are good for the scalp. And, always make sure to stay hydrated.
As for exercise, it will increase blood flow, which will deliver vital nutrients to your scalp.
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