Many people do things to their hair to achieve the style they want. Unfortunately, the practices they often use are not good for the overall health of their hair. Anyone can have the hairstyle they desire, while still maintaining proper hair care, as you will see in the following article.
Go ahead and forget the old adage about brushing your hair 100 strokes a day. Over brushing can actually lead to hair loss, breakage of strands and increased oil production. Normal brushing of your hair once or twice daily is sufficient to keep it healthy and free of tangles and build-up.
While you should wash your hair often, don’t overdo it. Washing your hair too often, strips it of its natural oils, which gives it shine and volume. For most people, washing their hair a few times a week is enough, unless their hair is especially oily. Washing too often will turn hair dry and brittle.
When you are using a hair dryer to dry your hair you should not keep it in one place on your hair for any amount of time. The focused heat on that part of the hair can cause damage and dry your hair out unnecessarily. Keep it moving!
People with curly hair should absolutely avoid using smoothing brushes and other brushes that have dense, fine bristles. You should use a wide-tooth comb for any combing. However, you should take care to use a heavy detangler before attempting to comb out knots and other tangles, as curly hair is susceptible to breakage.
Women who are taller should have medium-length hair. This will make them look a little shorter than they are. On the other hand, shorter women can get away with pretty much any haircut with the exception of long hair. Shorter women tend to look even shorter when their hair is too long.
Begin by combing out any tangles with a wide tooth comb starting at the ends before you use a brush on it. This will minimize any damage you do to your hair by brushing the tangles out instead of combing them. Remember to start at the ends and work your way up.
Only wash your hair as often as you think it needs to be washed. Everyone’s hair is different but a good way to go about it is to wash it and condition it every other day or around 2-3 days a week depending on your daily activities and your body’s physiology.
If you have dry hair, or just don’t want to have dry hair in the future, then you want to avoid using any hair care products that contain alcohol. This is because the alcohol can make your hair even more dry. This can make your hair very brittle and easily breakable.
Avoid habits that damage your body, as they will destroy your hair as well. Eating greasy foods, overwhelming stress, lack of exercise, smoking, and drinking excessively will make your body and mind ill. Your hair will reflect that by being oily or overly dry, having split ends, and dull color.
Chlorinated water can be extremely damaging to your hair, but everyone still needs to have fun and go swimming right? Here is what you do. Wet your hair thoroughly before you get in the pool, so your hair soaks up that water, instead of the chlorinated water. This is much better for the health of your hair.
Sometimes, it is vital to use styling products to get the look that you want, but do not overuse gels or creams on your hair. Excessive use can strip your hair of its natural ingredients and cause build up which does not look attractive. Limit your use of products for optimal hair health.
Try using a leave-in-conditioner. It will give you a nice soft feel to your hair all day long. It is the equivalent of moisturizing your skin. Leave-in-moisturizers will protect your hair from any harmful sun rays or dirt or debris you may come across every day.
Do not shower with extremely hot water. Only set the temperature to a nice warm water. This will help to keep the scalp from drying and becoming irritated. Once your scalp is unhealthy, your hair will quickly become unhealthy. If you get a hot shower, rinse your hair and scalp with cold water before getting out. This will reduce some of the damage done from the hot water.
Brushing through your hair can stimulate growth by releasing dead skin that is trapped on the scalp. In addition, it breaks up clogged pores that could be preventing hair growth. Try do give your hair a brushing using 100 strokes every time you wake up to stimulate growth.
Though it is tempting to brush or comb your hair while it is still wet, you will have healthier hair will less breakage if you wait until it is almost fully dry. Be sure that your comb has wide set teeth, and that the bristles on your brush are soft and flexible. Start with the bottom of the hair and remove tangles as you move up your hair.
Avoid overusing styling products. Using too many lotions, creams, conditioners and the like can be just as destructive to the hair as using none. Hair-care products can build up over time, smothering your hair in a coating of oil and chemicals and irritating your scalp. Stick to a few reliable products and rotate them occasionally to keep them from building up.
While hair spray can be a life saver, it’s not something that you should use too much of. Because it keeps your hair so stiff, it can be damaging. Overly stiff hair also looks very unnatural. Only use hair spray when you absolutely need to. You’ll find your hair looks and feels better.
So there you have it, no one has to sacrifice the health of their hair for the hairstyle they want. Any practices do currently do that may be harming your hair can be cast aside if you adopt the hair care techniques from this article. You’ll notice that your hair looks better in no time.