Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fresh, Healthy, Smart Hair Tips!

          It all starts with the hair. Everyone knows that a new haircut, new hairstyle, or new hair color always makes one feel more vibrant and confident. Instead of changing anything, just make your hair healthier and be confident with the natural beauty of your flowing locks!
For Thin Hair: Drop heavy conditioners and use a product with silicone (dimethicone or cyclomethlcone). This will make lifeless hair come to life, without looking greasy!

Food for Thought: As our previous article described, you are what you eat! Make sure your diet consists of fish and nuts for healthy hair. Your scalp will become healthier with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Green vegetables also carry tons of vitamins to boost hair health. Beware of certain diets that remove nutrients from your meals, which may cause you to be deficient in numerous nutrients such as: zinc, biotin, and protein.

Water and Shine: You hair has a natural conditioner called sebum. However, hot water can take some of this conditioner away. When washing your hair, try using lukewarm water.

For Split Ends: Too much work on your hair can cause damage. Luckily, there’s a solution for split ends! Try to find a conditioner that contains protein. This will repair split ends, only if you use it regularly.
For the Bounce: Use a leave-in conditioner or mousse to add more bounce to your hair. Dry the root area first and use a low-heat setting for any styling if you have fine hair.

For Dandruff: The cause for this is not because of a dry scalp, but rather an inflammation that affects the scalp. Don’t use oils to fix it; it will only make it worse. Be sure to use a medicated shampoo, like Head and Shoulders.

For Hair Loss: Don’t brush as much! Too much brushing can increase hair loss. It’s normal to lose 50-100 hairs a day. To minimize any more, avoid brushing your hair while its wet and use a brush with ball-tipped bristles.
Damaging Styles: Avoid doing much with your hair while its wet, which is when it’s most fragile. Don’t put your hair in a ponytail or braids while it is still wet. Also, be weary about tight ponytails, tight braids, or extensions (recommended to keep in for 3 months max.).

Saving Money on Hair: More expensive shampoo and conditioners don’t mean better results. The most important thing is picking a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your hair; whether that be oily or color-treated.

For Curly Hair: Use a pick verses a comb or a brush, because curly hair is more likely to break. Look for conditioners that contain polymers to keep your hair more manageable. As always, avoid straightening your hair as much to reduce damage.
For Hair Color: Dermatologists recommend to not go past 3 shades of your natural hair color to avoid damage. A larger difference risks damage.

About Hair Dye: Besides damaging your hair if use too much, hair dye doesn’t not have any bad effects on your health.

On Blow Drying: Heat tends to damage hair, so take a rest on blow dryer and let your hair dry naturally. Use a conditioner before styling for added protection.

Hair in the Sun: Sun doesn’t only affect your skin. Sun exposure can dry out your hair. Try wearing a hat while in the sun for long periods of time, or using a hair spray that includes SPF to keep your hair looking healthy.
Hair in Chlorine: Those showers are at the pool for a reason! Get your hair wet before taking a swim in the pool. If you hair is already wet, it won’t absorb as much chlorine as dry hair would. You can also try a pH-balancing hair product as well.

The Best Tip? Do nothing. Letting your hair just be, is the best tip of all. Besides, sometimes the un-done, natural look is the most beautiful.

Make sure you take notice to your hair. If there are any specific and noticeable changes, that could mean a health problem. If you notice anything different, consult a dermatologist.

Make sure to be on the lookout for Gainesville’s best salon, Salon5402, opening up soon next to LAE Beauty for all your color, cut, and styling needs! Check them out!

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