Friday, September 24, 2010

Healthy Shiny Hair

Another part of look the best you can is haircare.  We abuse our hair daily, twisting it, tugging at it, heating it, spraying it.  We forget about the importance of caring for, nourshing, and nurturing it.  We complain about it's dryness and split ends, but we neglect to try to fix and then prevent those problems.  It's all done out of laziness, no one wants to take those extra steps.  Please bear in mind that I am not a hair stylist, and can only give you the advice that I follow.

There are of course some basic products that you need to have normal proper care of your hair.  A shampoo and conditioner that works for your hair type, a clarifying shampoo if you're using hair products on a daily basis, Heat Protectant Spray if you're going to be using a Blow Dryer, Curling Iron, Or Flat Iron EVER!  Then from these basic products you can build up and add onto caring for your hair.  A deep conditioner, and/or a leave in conditioner if you have especially dry and brittle hair.  You can also use warm olive oil, yogurt, and many other home products.

Washing your hair is very important, you should wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner that's right for your hair type every other day.  Washing your hair everyday can make your scalp produce extra oil, or produce to little.  Washing your hair less than every other day can also make your hair too oily.  The oil weighs down your hair making it look greasy and lifeless.  If your hair gets a little oily on the second day before you wash it you could use a dry shampoo, or even in a pinch baby powder to help soak up the oil at your roots and give your hair some volume again. If using a deep conditioner mask, should apply this after you've washed and leave it set for the length of time either recommended by your hair dresser, or by what the bottle says.  A leave in daily conditioner can be applied before or after your hair dries.

Next if you're going to be applying heat to your hair after washing it you should always use a heat protectant.  There are many different fomulations on the market and it would be best to test many different brands to find the one that works best in your hair.  They also have Heat Protectants that are specifically aimed at the sort of heat you will be applying to your hair.  If you Blow dry and either Flat Iron or Curl your hair on a daily basis I recommend getting Heat Protectants specifically designed for each heat type you'll be using.  If you don't Flat Iron or Curl your hair that often then one Heat Protectant should be fine, but you need to reapply the Heat Protectant after you've Blow dried your hair, and allow it to dry before applying the heating tool to your hair.

Another major problem with hair is flyaway's or frizz, which is especially a problem if you have curly hair.  Frizz can be cause by a number of things, your hair brush being one of them.  A good boar's hair or synthetic boar's hair brush can help with that.  You can find these kinds of brushes in any salon for a really high quality one, or at any drugstore for a good lower priced option.  If you have fine hair, or hair that seems to tangle easy you should get a detangler spray and spray your hair before you brush it all over the ends but avoiding the roots. 

There are also creams, gels, and oils made specifically to help in the battle against frizz.  These are also often combined with a shine serum to help give your hair a healthy light catching sheen. You should use these sparingly and build up to the amount you need because if you use too much it can make your freshly washed hair look greasy and lank instead of shiny frizz free and bouncy.

When it comes to styling you should experiment with many inexpensive products to find the types of products that work best for your hair before thinking of investing in the higher end salon brands. Many of the drugstore products are just as good as the salon brand or sometimes even better, and since while searching for a kind of product that works best with your hair type you can go through many different products, it's much better not to have to pay the high end prices in case a product ends up not working out, you won't feel as bad about giving or if it's really awful throwing it away.

Another step in caring for your hair to make it healthy is getting regular trims and finding the right cut and style for you. I know it may seem counter productive if you're trying to grow your hair out, but trims really do help your hair to be healthier. If you get regular cuts you're less likely to have split ends and damaged fried strands and prevent breakage.  Sometimes if your ends are too damaged your hair will seem to stop growing because of all the split ends and breakage.  And trimming off where your hair was previously fried because of continual heat damage will improve the overall look and feel of your hair.

My final recommendation for healthy hair is giving your hair a break.  Let it air dry every once in a while.  Skip some products and let your hair go natural. (Don't ever skip the heat protectant if you're applying heat.)  Tye it back in a loose braid with and ouchless hairband so that while you're sleeping  you're not twisting pulling and tangling your hair. 

That's all the advice I have but in the future there will be reviews on haircare products I have tried and either loved, hated, or just felt blah about.