Monday, August 20, 2012

hair do's

Lately I have been finding tons of articles telling me I've been doing my hair all wrong. I was not surprised with this because I rarely "do" my hair but the reasons were not what I thought they would be. I actually had been doing the most simple things wrong. I have started taking these things into consideration and actually I am starting to see a difference in my locks. I realize I was never that happy with my hair because I was not showing it the love it needed! So whats made all the difference? Just three things!


Cleansing

One of the first things I was surprised I was doing wrong was cleansing. I thought that was one of the basic thing I learned at about 5 years old and couldn't do wrong but I was mistaken.

Actually, one of our biggest hair care mistakes is over-cleansing. Washing your hair every day isn't good for your hair and can actually be very damaging to your hair. Many of the ingredients in todays shampoo that remove impurities and add fragrance can also strip away natural moisture from your hair and scalp. Yikes! So wondering how to cut back on shampoo and not be a greasy mess? Don't do it cold turkey! You can start by washing your hair every other day and work up to every third day with a gentle, low-suds shampoo (look for one that doesn't contain the harsh detergent sodium lauryl sulfate, SLS). I have been doing this over the past few months and I am now washing my hair 2 maybe 3 times a week and my hair feels MUCH healthier! I actually prefer my hair on the days I haven't washed, it is much more manageable. This is one point that I fully endorse.

Don't believe me that your hair will adapt? Well you dont have to resort to a do-rag because the world of dry shampoo has come a long way. It absorbs extra oils without stripping your hair and adds volume by thickening your individual strands. Look for a dry shampoo without talc which some experts believe could be toxic. This is a great option. Or feeling crafty? Make your own!

Another funny fact is we haven't only been getting how frequent to wash our hair wrong but also how to wash it. Our hair is very vulnerable when wet so to prevent damaging it while washing you should put the shampoo in your hands and lather it before you put it in your hair. Just use a small amount on your scalp where you get oily and skip the length of your hair. You also only need to use conditioner on drier ends of your hair, not your scalp.

Moisturizing

This is the main factor I don't think I take seriously with my haircare (I'm actually pretty sure I don't take any haircare things seriously). I do think most of us ignore conditioner labels that tell us to leave conditioners on for minutes at a time but the more moisture on your hair the less it will break and have split ends. Most stylists would say you can never overdo hydrating treatments for your hair. The thing I never considered was that hydrating doesn't always have to follow shampooing. You can prep your hair with a moisturing treatment for 10 to 15 minutes before you wash your hair. That would be an easy thing to add to my night routine! You could also do it all night if you want more intense conditioning, just avoid the scalp and concentrate on the ends. Here is an easy diy hair mask I am considering trying.

Coloring

I had heard that coloring can harm your hair but I'd never understood how. Basically coloring (especially lightening) damages your hair's cuticle, the outermost layer. To change your hair color, the treatments swell the fiber and lift the cuticle to get to where the color pigments are. Once the cuticle is compromised, moisture escapes and hair can lose its strength, flexibility and luster.

To fix this you don't have to totally stop coloring your hair, just take a break. In the meantime you can consider a glaze, a shine boosting treatment that adds moisture and glossiness to your hair. The latest at home treatments use natural ingredients like olive and macadamia nut oils and vitamin E. Those sound good to me! If you go glaze crazy and decide to use it weekly it can protect your hair from heat styling, keep color from fading and add shine. You could also just mix a dollop into your conditioner.

What about that awkward growing out period where your roots show? Try a root concealer. This one doesn't use any chemicals and washes out in one shampoo.

sources: natural health, hello giggles

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