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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Healthy Hair 101

♥In the Shower♥

Go natural. All shampoos contain cleansers-That‘s how they cleanse your hair- But those with naturally derived cleansers are less likely to rob your hair of vital oils. ( Try to use natural cleansers in all of your shampoos) Search for natural shampoo

Use products properly. For maximum benefits, before applying shampoo or conditioner, emulsify them in your hands. Then massage onto roots (where hair is most porous), crown and finally, down sides of the hair.

Don't overwash. Shampooing every day is drying to your hair and scalp, Instead, aim for two to three times a week - & on your off days, rinse only your ends with water and condition (also known as Co-Wash)

Do deep-condition. If you heat-style regularly, you must deep-condition once a week, If your hair is very damaged, try using a concentrated hair mask in place of your daily conditioner (from midshaft down), Search for deep conditioner

♥When Styling♥

Ban the burn. While the professional-grade blow-dryers that everyone's buying these days for home use do speed up the drying process, they were designed to be held high above your hair [presumably by a stylist] and moved around a lot so as not to cook one spot directly,.
How to ensure that you don't fry while you dry? "Remove the nozzle,". As long as you're pointing your dryer downward, you'll get the same effect, but the heat will be more diffused. Also, treat damp hair with a heat-protectant spray before blowing dry.

Avoid resistance. When blow-drying, "use your fingers to style your hair until it is about 80 percent dry," -Hair is extremely fragile while wet. Then, once it can glide through your hair without resistance (i.e., tugging), bring out the brush if you must.

Stop suffocating your strands. While silicone products (such as Silky Sexy Hair Frizz Eliminator) are great at preventing frizz and enhancing shine, do not apply them before heat-styling, or they can fuse to your hair and have a "shrink wrap" effect, sapping all the moisture from your strands.

And the best bristles are... natural (boar) bristles. They distribute your scalp's natural oils, keeping your locks well-lubed. #1 All Systems Pure Boar Bristle Brush

♥In the Kitchen♥
If you diet and lose hair, it usually means one thing: Your diet is inadequate.
The best follicle fuel? Omega-3 fatty acids (found in cold-water fish like salmon) and protein (I.e. nuts and cheese). Check out my post on food that promote healthy hair faster…

♥At the Salon♥
Time your color touch-ups.
Though it sounds counterintuitive, coloring (you dye east egg and color your hair) your hair less often (every 8+ weeks), can actually help prevent chemical damage. Don’t allow your colorist/stylist to leave the dye/color on long,

Use protection.
To avoid fade, try not to shampoo for 72 (yes, 72) hours after getting your hair colored. & use only color-safe products.

Plan for your processes.
Which chemical processes can really wreck your hair? From least damaging to most: temporary color; semi-permanent color; demi-permanent color; permanent color; high-lift color or bleach; permanent wave; and relaxer, thermal reconditioning or straightening. Consult your stylist about the type of care your chemically altered mane will require pre- and post-treatment - or face damaged hair-raising consequences.

Stylist Secret
To temporarily but quickly mend frayed ends, a leave-in treatment, through dry tresses, then blasts them briefly with a hair dryer.

Andre Pink Lacy Secret Cap/Bonnet #911

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