Healthy Hair: Your Crowning Glory
It’s a misconception to assume that only through expensive treatments at the salon can one achieve great looking hair. Here’s the truth. With proper (and relatively simple) care right in your home, you can have luscious hair in no time. All you have to do is make small changes in your daily routines. Follow these simple steps to get started right away.
Wash it the right way
This starts with the right shampoo and conditioner. There are lots of different hair care products for all types of hair, so use the one that fits your hair the most. Preferably pick a non-chemical, herbal-based shampoo, because chemicals in shampoo can damage your hair. For this reason you shouldn’t wash your hair daily. Once in two or three days is the best practice.
Before wetting your hair, brush it to remove tangled hair. Massage the shampoo gently onto your scalp to remove the dirt, dead cells and dandruff. Rinse your hair with warm water. Don’t use hot water, because this can damage and dry your scalp and hair and don’t use cold water either because this won’t remove all the shampoo.
Once all the shampoo is removed, you can apply your conditioner and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing it with warm water. After this you can rinse your hair with ice-cold water, so the blood circulation of your scalp will be stimulated and the pores of your hair will close, which makes your hair look healthier and shinier.
Dry your hair by squeezing the water out and if necessary tap it carefully or wrap it in a towel. Don’t pull or rub your hair, because your hair is very delicate when it’s wet and you can easily damage it this way.
Brush it the right way
Don’t be rough with tangled hair, but instead remove them by gently stroking over your hair and working upwards. So, first make sure the lowest parts are smooth and tangle-free before you brush the upper parts of your hair. It’s important to remember to never brush when your hair is wet! Brushing when it’s wet will only damage your hair and cause split ends and break-offs.
Give your hair and scalp extra nutrition
Once or twice a week you can give your hair an extra treatment by applying a hair mask. Find one that fits your hair type and which doesn’t contain chemicals. You can also make your own natural hair mask. Check out how you can make your own hair masks with the recipes and ideas given on next page.
Stimulate your scalp
By doing this, the blood circulation will be stimulated and this is good for the prevention of hair loss and the improvement of hair growth. You can easily stimulate your scalp by massaging it with or without oil. Doing this for a few minutes daily is enough for your hair to derive its benefits.
Reduce colouring, straightening, curling and blow-drying
All these treatments can cause an irritated scalp, hair loss and hair breakage. So keep it to the minimum. If you want to colour your hair, always use natural-based dyes (like herbal-based or henna) instead of the toxic, chemical ones that can cause severe damage. When you decide to straighten or curl your hair, always use a hair-protection product before applying the curling iron. The same goes if you want to blow-dry your hair. Turn the blow-dryer to the lowest temperature and keep a good distance between the dryer and your hair.
Limit exposing your hair to sunlight
Just like your skin, your hair needs protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays. If you don’t protect it well, the colour of your hair will soon fade, and become thinner, dryer and weaker which means more split ends, breakable hair, and a frizzier look. The best way to protect your hair is by wearing a hat or bandana. Another way of protecting your hair is to use hair care or styling products that promote UV protection. Once again, remember to avoid those laced with chemicals.
Be wary of chlorine
Swimming is very healthy, but the chlorine in swimming pools can also damage your hair. It removes the natural oil in the hair and makes your hair really dry. The best way to prevent this is by wearing a swimmers cap. If you don’t want to wear this you should always wet your hair before entering the swimming pool so this “clean” water will be absorbed in the scalp and the hair instead of the chlorine water. After swimming rinse your hair with “clean” water and use soda or a soda-containing shampoo to remove the chlorine deeply. After shampooing use a conditioner to moisturise the hair.
It has been found that smokers have a higher percentage of hair loss and early baldness when compared to non-smokers. The chemicals in tobacco slow down the supply of oxygen and nutrients causing hair loss and damage.
Eat and drink healthy
Vegetables, fruits and the right oils can do miracles not only for your body and health, but also for your hair. For strong, shiny hair you should eat lots of vitamins A, B and C, lots of protein-, zinc-, copper- and iron-rich food and drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day.
Get enough sleep and reduce stress
Hair loss and breakable hair is often caused by a lack of sleep and stress. These two dangers weaken your whole immune system and damage the cycle of hair development get stuck, so hair falls out easily. In order to keep your hair growing, make sure you sleep at least 7 hours per night and find ways to manage stress.
Get a haircut regularly
After a visit to the hairdresser, your hair will look fresh, thicker and will have a natural glow. So make sure you get your split ends cut of frequently to keep this fresh look.
In order to keep your hair growing, make sure you sleep at least 7 hours per night and find ways to manage stress