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Having healthy strong soft hair is definitely a labor of love and to be honest a lot of trial and error to find what combinations of products and tools work for you. Hair can be very fickle at times and can drive you up a wall to the point where you want to cut your own bangs. Do not, I repeat do not cut them yourself, what ever is going wrong in your life bangs will not make it better.
Everyone has different hair but everyone can achieve healthy hair with a few tips that apply across the board. Some changes in your everyday routine can have vast changes in the overall health of your mane.
These rules are guidelines that will help you create a plan that works for you and your lifestyle.
RULE #1 Drink Water
Breaking news, your hair needs water, your body needs water, water is important, hydration is important. Not only will your hair feel better but your body as a whole will feel better when drinking the appropriate amount of water for someone your size. The eight classes a day is an urban myth. Someone who is five feet vs someone who is 6 feet do not need the same intake of water just as someone who is more active would need to hydrate more vs someone more sedentary.
Water is a building block for everything our body needs to succeed.
RULE #2 Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often
So while it is important to keep your body hydrated so that it can produce healthier hair you don’t want to get your hair wet too often. I know it’s ironic, you need water internally for healthy hair but too much water externally is a no-no.
There are numerous reasons why this causes damage, the first being that frequent washing strips your hair of needed oils which in turn can cause two scenarios. The first you get dandruff from your dry scalp. The second reason is your body can actually start producing excess oil to compensate for the lack of good oils on your scalp.
As often as you can skip showers the better, start leaning on dry shampoos that actually remove oil and odor as opposed to dry shampoos that just coat everything in powder. I recommend Living Proofs Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo Duo for days that you want a little refresher.
RULE #3 Pre-shampoo
Yes, pre-shampoo is a thing, remember rule #2, too much water is not great for your hair. A pre-shampoo works as a sealant to smooth the hair’s cuticle before it can absorb too much water. This is also great to prevent damaging friction between your hair strands while working product into your hair.
Check out Oribes Gold Lust Pre-shampoo Intensive Treatment for a great pre-shampoo.
RULE #4 Shampoo & Condition
Pro tip – Use shampoo just on your scalp as that is where the oil build up is, the lower part of your strands only need the run off to stay clean. You never want to over cleanse your scalp as explained in rule #2.
Pro tip Part Deux – Avoid clarifying shampoos as those strip the good the bad and all the oils in-between.
Conditioning is vital for healthy hair, this is like the preemptive heat protectent before you hit your hair with heat. You should leave the conditioner in your hair for around five minutes to insure that it truly penetrates and sticks. Also be sure to rinse with cool water.
RULE #5 The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway
There is a cold shot button on your blow dryer for a reason. It serves multiple uses then just bothering those who disturb you. When you are done blow drying and you can still feel the heat so can your hair, which means that even though you are done blow drying there is still heat damaging your precious locks. Just like when you take meat or a cake out of the oven slightly early as it will continue cooking with the residual heat, same principle.
Once your hair is styled or dried hit it with the cold blast to prevent “overcooking”.
Pro-tip – Do not wrap your hair in a towel and plop it on your head, when doing that it causes breakage, split ends and frizz. Instead keep your old cotton t-shirts and wrap your hair in that, it’s less heavy and damaging to your strands.
RULE #6 Heat Protectents Are Your Friend
Everyone knows heat is not good for your hair, yet here we are with straighteners and curling irons at 400° degrees repeatedly going over the same section. That is of course after blasting it with heat to get it dry faster, then we wonder why our hair has split ends.
We put our hair through this damaging cycle without a second thought, however just adding one product before hand can help lessen all of the potential damage. Heat protectent spray is a game changer when applied correctly. Don’t go lightly, while your hair is wet / damp go section by section apply 2-4 sprays of heat protectent. It can not work unless all of your hair is saturated with it not just the top layer.
Invest in a good quality heat protectent as this is a cornerstone is having healthy hair that is styled. Of course if you are embracing your natural hair, because all natural hair is gorgeous, then heat damage is not a concern for you.
Also, some days give your hair a break and let it air dry. Before bed loosely braid your hair and that should have tame frizz and poofiness.
RULE #7 Make It Last
To extend the look of your locks keep your grubby little hands off of it. The oils from your hands build up in your hair which increases the amount you have to wash it. Do not add to many products after styling as that too will cause product build up and dirt. Stick to a good quality dry shampoo that will soak up oil and odor instead of just covering it up and causing your hair to be stiff.
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