Everyone dreams about having lush, thick shiny locks screaming health and vitality… but for some people, and at certain times in their lives it may seem unattainable. While it is true that hair volume (width of individual strands), hair thickness (how many strands/follicles), strength and texture are all genetic traits. However, how you treat and manage these characteristics of your hair can greatly impact the overall appearance. Using the correct products, applying smart styling strategies as well as focusing on healthy physical and mental well-being can contribute to helping your hair look the best it can be. Here are our top tips:
Washing & Conditioning.
In order to pamper your hair successfully, it is important to select the correct products for your hair and that starts with identifying your particular hair type. Do you suffer from lightweight, flyaway limp hair? Frizzy, unmanageable coarse locks? Damaged, split ends or breakage? Oily scalp contributing to limp flat dull looking tresses? There are many high-quality shampoos, conditioners, treatment hair masks, serums, mousses and protective sprays available to give your hair and scalp the beauty boosts you may be craving. Be sure to select sulfate free products. Generally, products purchased in a hair salon will be of higher quality than those found in a drug store or supermarket.
Practice Smart Styling Strategies.
With the recent fashion trends leaning towards sleek, straight tresses or unnaturally occurring spiral curls, many of us reach for heat-based styling tools on a daily basis. Over usage of blow dryers, curling and flat irons has caused much hair damage- some of it irreparable. Try and save heat styling for special occasions and go natural as much as possible. When the allure of heat styling sucks you in, try to not over process the hair. One pass of the styling wand paired with the proper products should suffice. Coating the hair prior to styling with heat barrier spray or serum can really go a long way in protecting your locks. And try setting your temperature to low or medium settings.
Be particularly careful with wet hair- no pulling tightly or roughly rubbing strands. Dry gently by patting with an absorbent towel.
Do not put wet hair in a ponytail and be sure to always use cloth covered hair bands. Top stylists recommend using a wide tooth comb and/or boars bristle brushes as the only way to go.
If your particular hairstyle is causing pain or discomfort, then it is putting too much pressure on the roots. This could lead to breakage or loosening of the hair follicle and potential permanent hair loss, receding hairlines or even bald patches.
Eating for healthy Hair
Nutrition and overall health matters! A good diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats can contribute to shiny, vibrant hair. Key foods that include lean protein, Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), omega-3 fatty acids, and Iron are essential to fighting disease and supporting growth and healing in our bodies. It is important to drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, regular exercise and minimize stress- as these can also affect your hairs growth and vitality. If your hair has recently experienced a change in appearance, see a doctor. A dramatic change in hair loss or thinning can be caused by a variety of medical issues including hormonal and thyroid imbalances, iron or Vitamin D deficiencies, side effects to medicines, or underlying health conditions.
Protection from the elements
The sun and environment can have damaging effects on your hair. Sun, chlorine, wind exposure can cause dulling, dryness and color loss. There are a variety of protective products on the market including UV protecting sprays, leave in conditioners and specially formulated shampoos to remove chlorine. Wearing head coverings, hats and swim caps can provide additional protection.