Some days your hair seems like it just has a mind of its own. When your hair decides to behave itself, it can look FANTASTIC, and some days, it is just shocking. With all that said and done, keeping your hair healthy and damage free is what most IslandHers love.
Here are my top 10 tips on looking after your hair and preventing damage:
10. “You are what you eat”
Make sure you are eating enough protein, hair is made of protein, so eating plenty of meat and eggs etc will give your body what it needs to grow and repair your hair.
9. “She gets a-ROUND”
Round natural bristle brushes are best while drying your hair to smooth it out, using a large one will straighten your hair, and smaller ones will give your hair more of a curl. This will mean that you will need your straighteners less as your hair should already be smooth.
8. “Let it be, Let it be”
Try not to wash or style your hair if you’re not going anywhere, give your hair a chance to repair when you’re having a day in. Just like having a break from make up, it’s nice for your hair to have a break too.
7. “WETS the bet it’s damaged?”
Avoid brushing your hair while it’s wet. Wait until it has nearly dried before using a wide toothed comb to de-tangle knots. Your hair is weakest when it is wet and that means you are more likely to damage it.
6. “Always use PROTECTION”
Use heat protector spray before using heated appliances. This includes hairdryers. Before blow drying your hair, wait until your hair is fifty percent dry, then spray with a heat protection and comb gently, either using your fingers or a wide toothed comb. Then dry on a medium or low heat, because although it takes longer, it’ll leave your hair looking shinier.
5. Stay TRIM
The fastest and easiest way to grow healthy hair is to keep trimming it. Hair dressers recommend that your hair is trimmed every 6-8 weeks. Although that might seem like a major ‘cut’ into your paycheck, it is the best way to keep your hair healthy.
4. “Still I see no changes…”
Try not to change colour too often and avoid dying your hair too often. Rather than changing your hair colour when you are bored, wait until you actually need to change it. Hair dye contains many harsh chemical which can cause a large amount of damage. If you do want to dye your hair, go for colours that don’t require bleach. Or, even better, to have healthier hair don’t dye your hair at all and try to go back to your natural colour.
3. Don’t Hate, Hydrate!
Drink lots of water. Healthy hair needs to be hydrated, so make sure you drink plenty of water to give it the hydration it needs. This will also help to hydrate your skin and nails, as well as making you feel healthier.
2. “Not so HOT after all”
Washing your hair with hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils. Instead, wash your hair with luke-warm water and avoid causing more damage to it.
1. Less is MORE!
I know that being clean and fresh is a great feeling and this usually happens after a shower when you have shaved your legs and washed your hair. Over-washing hair strips off the natural oils produced by your scalp, which normally help to keep hair in a healthy condition. This can increase damage, and also makes your hair over-produce oils, which is why your hair may often feel greasy just the day after you wash it. If you decrease how often you wash it as much as you can, your hair will get greasy less quickly, and it will also become damaged less quickly.
And to just to WRAP IT UP…remember…
- Make sure that your heated styling tools have at least ceramic plates to help protect your hair from heat.
- Remember that ‘you are what you eat’ so the food that you feed your body will start to show results in your skin and hair.
- Give it time, you’re not going to get healthy hair overnight, just persist with all of the advice given in this article, and you’ll notice results within a couple of months.