Tips To Improve the Health of Your Hair!


We all do things every day that causes damage to our hair. Whether it's using a blow drier, straightener or other hot tools, having it colored or highlighted, or even just putting it in a ponytail.

The good news is that you don't have to live with dull, damaged hair, nor do you have to give up on your knack for following the latest trends. Here are a few tips, from a professional cosmetologist, on what you can do to improve the health of your hair and to help prevent further damage.

Always use a heat protector.
Never, ever touch a curling iron, straightener, or blow drier to your delicate locks without first applying a heat protection spray. If you don't have a heat protection spray that you love, try using a few drops of grapeseed oil. Rub the oil on your hands until it's evenly distributed, then run your hands through your wet hair making sure to cover the ends first, working your way to the scalp. This method works best for coarse hair.

Use Castor oil.
If you find that your hair is not only damaged but also thinning, it can be tempting to turn to one of the numerous hair loss products on the market. However, these products can be very expensive with disappointing results. An inexpensive way to not only nourish your hair and treat dandruff, but also to promote the growth of your hair, is to apply castor oil to your scalp once or twice a week. Simply massage the oil into your scalp, wait an hour or so, and shower it off. 

Schedule your haircut or trim in advance.
We all have busy lives. It's too easy to get caught up in all that living and forget about taking care of your hair until suddenly you look down at your wildly split ends and realize that it's been six months since you've seen your hairstylist. Your stylist will tell you whether she recommends you see her every four, six, or eight weeks depending on your hairs style, texture, and growth rate. If you are trying to grow your hair out, don't skip the trims! Let your stylist know if you're nervous and request a micro-trim. You'll be glad you took this extra step to ensure your appointment is locked in. Besides, you owe it to yourself to make sure you get that, "you time".

Use homemade products.
You can avoid the use of harsh chemicals and save money all at the same time just by making some of your own hair care products. Did you know that even your shampoo could be causing damage to your hair just because of the harmful sulfates that are added to give you that sudsy lather? Chemicals are hidden in most hair care products which contribute to damage and dulling your color. 

Give your hair a break.
Lately the trends have started to lean more towards embracing your natural texture and focusing on enhancing your natural beauty. This is great news for the health of your hair! If you have naturally curly hair that you always find yourself straightening, or straight hair that you always curl, take a week now and then and go on a hot tools strike. Wear your natural texture and give your hair a much-needed break. In the meantime, concentrate instead on using deep conditioning treatments and restoring the moisture that hot tools strip from your hair. You might even find that you prefer this new look!

Only color your regrowth.
Color and highlights can be a huge contributing factor to split ends and breakage. Instead of coloring the entire length of your hair each time you visit the salon, request that your stylist only colors your regrowth, the hair that has grown out since your last color, and only do a complete color at every other appointment or as needed. This will prevent color build up as well as unnecessary added damage.

Cover your hair when you tan.
In fact, it's best for your overall health to stop tanning completely. Sun damage doesn't stop at your skin, it can also damage your hair and leave your locks looking dull and lifeless. If you do tan, however, make sure to cover your hair with a towel to prevent UV damage. On hot days, if you know you'll be outside, make sure to invest in sunscreen spray for your hair or simply wear a wide brimmed hat. The same thing applies to tanning beds too.

These days it appears the whole world is trying to attack our healthy hair, and it's not always easy to fight off the damage that everyday life brings our way. But rather than hiding in the shadows and throwing out your blow drier while you swear off coloring your hair, you can still enjoy our modern trends without fearing the loss of your hair. All you have to do is stay one step ahead off the damage. 

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