Friday, January 29, 2010

Healthy Hair Tip

Hair is the ultimate accessory; it can add to (or detract from) your overall look instantly. Keeping it in healthy condition is the most important thing you can do to help it look and feel fabulous. And, while it seems easy, this isn't as simple as minimizing chemical treatments or slathering on a weekly deep conditioner. While these can make your strands softer and less split-end-prone, what really matters is the daily handling; this is what creates the most stress--and potential damage--to your tresses.

1) Steer clear of plastic-bristle brushes.
2) Brush before shampooing. A few gentle strokes on dry hair will help remove product buildup and scalp flakes, as well as stimulate the scalp and promote blood flow.
3) Know your water. If your hair looks dull or is hard to style, the problem could be your tap water.
4) Mist your ends with water before home coloring. The ends of your hair are more porous and, as a result, absorb more pigment.
5) Trim your troubles. As the ends of your hair get older and damaged by rough handling, they become prone to splitting
6) Use color-protective products. Chemical treatments like color can damage hair because the chemicals have to penetrate the outer layer of the hair (or cuticle) to allow the hue to be absorbed. Color-protective products are specially designed to minimize dryness, keep color true and prevent damage
7) Give wet hair extra TLC. It stretches and snaps more easily than dry hair does, so be extra-gentle with it.
8) Deep condition once every two weeks.
9) Try an ionic dryer. Ions are atoms with a positive or negative charge. These particular hair-dryers bathe your hair in negative ions, which help break up water molecules faster and cancel out hair-damaging positive ions.
10) Just use your dryer's nozzle. It's the best way to help prevent frizz because it concentrates the airflow on sections.
11) Give textured or relaxed hair a break.
12) Use the right accessories.

This post was altered from original article that can be found here.

When I was less busy and had no kids (excuses, excuses, excuses) I used to have a "before bed-time" routine of brushing my hair 50 strokes forward, 50 strokes backward, and 100 strokes from side to side (in one direction and then in another). It is a very easy routine and it improves blood circulation and promotes even distribution of nutrients to the hair follicles. After this short routine my scalp was burning, but it was a good feeling, like the one you get after an hour of deep tissue massage!

P.S. if you have missed our previous healthy tips you can find them here:
Clean Truth about Antibacterial Soap
10 Foods that are healthier than you think
Healthy Nails Tips
Healthy Hair Tips
When to buy Organic and when it's ok not to
Benefits of Green Tea
Beauty Sleep
Fish Oil or Omega 3 & 6
How to add years to your life

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  1. Thanks for the tips! Just gave my bangs a trim last night. I didn't know that wet hair was more fragile than dry hair. Yikes! I'll be extra careful now =)

  2. I always let my wet hair have it :) I'll be more patient with it from now on too. And I'm going to bring my brushing routine back!
    Thanks for stopping by Anne-Marie, more healthy tips to come every Friday :)