Many people are misinformed by the commercials on TV showing shampoos and conditioners lathering up followed by a model with long flowing hair showing how wonderful your hair will be. This causes a misconception that using the store brands alone will make your hair healthy. On that note, here are some tips on how to achieve long healthy beautiful hair.
1. If it’s dead, cut it off. Often people believe that using a conditioner that claims to seal the hair to repair split ends, actually gets rid of them. NO! These use waxes to smooth the ends together temporarily hiding the damage as it splits off and destroys the cuticle further up the hair. Just save us all some time, and get a trim. However, this will not make your hair grow faster. It will only feel like it because your hair is healthier and not breaking off at the ends.
2. Unplug, and put down the hot tools. No matter what companies say about a hot hair appliance, there will always be damage. Using a hair straightener clamps your hair between two smoldering hot plates that bend your natural cuticle waves causing damage and curling irons bend your hair in unnatural ways by force. If you absolutely must use hot tools, here are some tips to prevent damage.
A. Use heat protectant. It will burn off and evaporate instead of your natural oils.
B. Start with clean hair (no oils). If your hair has grease, it’s the equivalent of french fries dipping in oil.
C. Use a medium heat for a medium amount of time. Using a tool at a high heat quickly has a greater chance of burning you or your scalp. On the other hand, using one at a low temp for a long time deeply burns the hair.
3. Eat healthy. Eating foods with omega-3 and fatty acids promote healthy hair oils. In this instance, oils = good. Drinking water also helps keep your body healthy and hydrated preventing scalp disorders.
4. Use a wide tooth comb when you get out of the shower to prevent breakage. Your hair is much more prone to damage at this time.
5. Brush with a bore’s hair brush to distribute oils throughout your hair. No, brushing your hair 20 or so strokes won’t damage it like many people clame.
6. Invest in oils such as Argan, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Rosemary, or any other pro-scalp oils. These will condition, and stimulate hair follicles.
7. Use a no sulfate shampoo. Sulfates are detergents that strip the natural oils away from your hair (remember natural oils = good). If you can, get off shampoo completely and using baking soda instead to cleanse. If you are like me, and can’t stand the oily feeling, try shampooing every other day, to every two days, and see what is comfortable to you.
8. Give yourself a scalp massage daily for 30 seconds. This can increase hair growth by up to an inch per year.
Bonus Tip: Rather than using a curling iron to achieve waves, French Rope Braid your hair overnight. This keeps your hair from tangling, and creates curls which you can transform into waves by combing.