Have you ever noticed someone with healthy hair? I have and the impression I get is that they are healthy in body, as well. Today guest blogger, Jacqueline Cao, is here to share with us a few tips to keep your hair healthy.
Everyone wants beautiful, healthy hair but unfortunately frequent shampooing, harsh hair coloring procedures and excessive heat styling can leave us with dry and damaged tresses. Here are a few tips to help you restore and maintain the health of your hair.
Avoid Washing Your Hair Every Day
Contrary to popular belief it isn’t necessary to wash your hair ever single day; doing so may actually be drying out your hair. Our hair produces natural oils at the scalp which are imperative for hair health and luster; brushing daily helps to redistribute these oils throughout your hair.
Try to wash your hair once every 3-5 days if possible and use a dry shampoo in between washings to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh. Dry shampoo is a product that cleanses your hair without water. Active ingredients may include absorbing agents to zap up excess oil and fragrance to keep your hair smelling fresh. Dry shampoo is generally available in either a powder formula or as a spray-on product. If you’re in a pinch you can also try using baby powder or corn starch for a quick hair refresher.
Start Using A SLS-Free Shampoo
Most shampoos on the market contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS); a harsh cleansing agent found in many household cleaning products. SLS is a cheap chemical used to create lather and bubbles and it’s generally listed as one of the first few ingredients in any shampoo regardless if its drugstore or a more expensive salon brand.
SLS may be a skin irritant for some individuals and there is concern that frequent exposure may lead to hormonal imbalance. We recommend using a SLS-free shampoo; these can be found in any drug or grocery store and are usually labeled as “SLS-Free". It may take some time to adjust to the fewer amount of bubbles but your hair will thank you in the long run.
Be Careful With Hair Color
We all love the way hair color can transform our appearance but hair coloring can be extremely damaging to your hair. Most hair dyes utilize bleach and long term exposure can lead to hair breakage and even fallout. We recommend getting “balayage" highlights instead of all over color or traditional foil highlights. Balayge is a french word which means “painting". The highlights are painted all over your hair where the sun would naturally hit and re-growth is a lot more natural compared to foil highlights without a line of demarcation which means you could technically go for 5 or even 6 months without retouches.
Use The Right Hair Dryer For Your Hair
Picking the right hair dryer goes a long way in maintaining your hair’s health and beauty. If you have fine hair avoid using high heat levels since heat can damage fragile hair even further. If you have normal hair pick a dryer with tourmaline and infrared technology. Ions dry hair at a faster pace while infrared light dries hair from the inside out helping hair retain its natural moisture. www.shophairdryers.com offers hair dryer reviews and breaks down how to find the perfect blow dryer for your needs and hair type.
Get Frequent Trims
Unfortunately most hair products claiming to mend and repair split ends aren’t actually able to change the physical structure of your hair. They maybe able to temporarily give your hair a healthier appearance but the damage is still there. The only way to get rid of split ends is to cut your hair. We recommend getting trims every 6-8 weeks in order to keep your hair looking its best.
About the Author
Jacqueline Cao is the chief-in-editor of Best Beauty Ratings; an online beauty magazine and shopping guide destination offering beauty tips and makeup & skin care product reviews.
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