Today, I am going to share some good tips on hair care! We all want to have strong, healthy hair...so here are a few tips on how we can make that happen.
Shampoo is only required to sweep the dirt off your hair but some harsher shampoos also take away your protective sebum, which could result in damaged hair. When washing hair, concentrate shampoo at the roots of your hair and allow the shampoo to flow down your hair as it is rinsed out. It isn't necessary to lather your entire head as it creates tangles and dries out the ends. Also, it is not necessary to wash your hair everyday as it could be damaging...instead, you could just skip the shampoo and only use condition every second day.
Not every hair type required a conditioner but most do. Conditioner adds moisture to our hair and lubricates strands to reduce static electricity which also keeps hair from getting dry/brittle and making hair easier to brush. For those w/ fine, thin hair, body-building conditioners are great because they are so light that they don't add a lot of moisture which would weigh down your hair.
Semi-homemade spray-on conditioner recipe:
8 oz spray bottle (available at drugstore or dollar stores)
1 tablespoon of your favourite conditioner
Please a tablespoon of your favourite conditioner in the spray bottle, then fill it up with water. Shake well before using to control frizzies, condition dry ends, or to treat dehydrated hair. Note: For less conditioning, use less conditioner and vice versa
Homemade deep conditioner recipe:
4 teaspoons almond, sesame, or avocado oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil (available in health food stores)
3 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
In a saucepan, slowly heat all ingredients except for the honey & vinegar. Remove from heat, allow to cool, the stir in the honey & vinegar. After shampooing, massage the mixture into the hair, comb gently through the strands and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
A few more quick tips:
- Don't comb/tug roughly while hair is wet, only dry hair should be brushed
- Only use tight hair clips or ties 2-3x a week
- If you like using your blow-dryer, make sure to get a thermal formula to protect your locks
- Use a gentle shampoo; you only need the soap to remove excess dirt
- Use the conditioner appropriate for your hair type (fine, damaged, colour-treated, tangle-prone, dry, oily, etc) to get the best results
- Natural boar bristle brushes help removed dirt from hair shaft and distribute moisturizing sebum from scalp to hair ends
- Thoroughly brush dry hair (10-15 brush strokes), starting upside down from your neckline and around the rest of your hair "against the grain" to create fullness and in the long run, possibly avoid bald spots
- Treat yourself to a scalp massage w/ scalp oil once in awhile
- Find a good hairstylist (I recommend The Scissors in Burnaby on Edmonds St)
I hope you found a few tips to try out on yourself and to help keep your hair healthy! If you have any tips of your own or suggestions for shoulder length hair styles for me, please feel free to share them :)