To condition or not to condition, to oil or not to oil - when it comes to your hair you'll find all kinds of advice. Mothers' will tell you to "oil your hair" while your hair dresser will recommend the new IT thing "hair spa, Moroccan oil, strengthening not re bonding and all." Before you pick your choice of treatment, here are a few things you must know. The first step in hair care is your diet and the two most important things in your diet are iron and protein. The hair cells are the fastest growing cells in the body but they are also the first ones to be affected you don't eat right or suffer with deficiencies because they are not required for survival.
Try and include iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fish, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpea, soybeans and cereals in your diet. Doctors suggest that you consume around 12 mg of iron daily. You also need protein because that's what strengthens your hair. Include complete proteins which are also rich in amino acids: like cheese, milk, soy, lentils, peas, quinoa and yogurt.
How to Maintain Healthy Hair: A Few Basic Tips
1. It's normal to lose 100 to 150 strands of hair a day so don't panic when you see a small bunch crawling across your tiled floor.
2. Comb wet hair with extreme care because they're fragile and prone to breakage. Take a broad toothed comb and run it from the roots to the ends of your hair as gently as possible.
3. Trim your hair every few weeks to get rid of those brown and rough split ends. Cut about 1/4th an inch of your hair every 6 to 8 weeks to avoid the split ends to grow out again.
4. Don't wash your hair everyday and whenever you do, apply some conditioner on the ends. Try and use the same brand of shampoo and conditioner.
5. Rinse the conditioner off with cold water as it is good for both strength and shine.
6. Unlike the labels on the back of our food items, the labels on the back of our shampoos are mostly left unread. In the last few years, there has been a lot of focus on sulfate in shampoos. What are sulfates? They're the reason your shampoo lathers the way it does. They clean your scalp and hair, departing the dirt from it. But some researchers also suggest that they strip your hair of essential oils. They're also why your eye stings when shampoo runs down the side of your face. If you feel any kind of irritation on the scalp or find your hair drying up over time, then try and buy a shampoo that's sulfate-free.
Even though you condition your hair after every wash, nothing quite works as good as deep conditioning. Every once in a while wash your hair with shampoo, squeeze out the extra water and towel dry it. Then take generous amounts of conditioner (1 minute treatment we offer here at Ystilo) and apply it right to the root of your hair. Use a broad toothed comb and run it through your hair to make sure the conditioner reaches everywhere. Now, pull them up and clip them together. Leave the conditioner in for anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. Pull them down, rinse thoroughly and enjoy silky smooth hair.Source
Don’t get hot and bothered
Excessive blow drying is a sure-fire way to damage your locks, as is overheating hair with styling tools. It may save time to put your curling irons on the highest setting, but doing so will cause harm to your hair and scalp in the long run. Try to avoid using heat-styling products on a daily basis.
It’s also important to refrain from blow-drying your hair immediately after shampooing. By allowing your hair to dry for fifteen minutes in a towel turban, you can turn down your hair dryer’s setting to minimum and ramp up your hair’s wow factor.
As well as avoiding heat, you also need to make sure that you are drying your hair correctly. To give your hair a lift that everybody will notice, always dry from a distance and constantly move your hair throughout the process. To prevent applying too much heat to a single area, aim to keep the hairdryer around two inches from your head and work upwards, blow drying from the neckline to the crown of your head.
Shampoo and condition like a pro
Applying shampoo and conditioner might seem easy but there is a technique to getting it right. Make these shower suggestions part of your hair care routine and you’ll soon have hair that looks and feels glorious.
Size matters - Rather than dolloping shampoo on by the bucket load, a good rule of thumb is to apply shampoo in moderation. Shampoo the scalp - It’s a little known fact that you should shampoo the scalp and not the ends of your hair. Don’t worry that you aren’t getting all of your strands, as aiming for the scalp will see the shampoo rinse through your hair in the shower. To really detoxify your scalp, you want to make sure that you massage the shampoo vigorously into your head — doing so will encourage blood circulation and with it, healthy hair.
Considered conditioning - Having a good conditioning regime is, if anything, even more important than shampoo application, especially if you have colored or curly hair. As well as investing in high quality conditioners, apply them properly by towel-drying your hair before use. Having excess water in your hair will block the conditioner from entering the hair shafts and so will prevent your hair from receiving the moisture necessary to appear shiny and glossy.
Top Tip - No one wants greasy hair. To avoid it, never apply conditioner to the roots, focusing instead on the ends of your hair.
Correct Damaged Hair
It’s a fact of life that hair, over time, becomes damaged. However, with a bit of thought and TLC, you can breathe life back into damaged locks and reclaim your hair’s silky-smooth appeal.
If you have hair that is dry, damaged or tired from heavy color treatment, you need to kick start your hair’s revitalization with specialized products. Products that are full of keratin properties. Getting Brazilian blow out or keratin blow-dry every 3 months can make your hair so much healthier.
Getting you hair professionally done, even if it’s just hair spa can make or break your hair. Salon products are more concentrated and packed with nutrients compared to the products we buy in the market.
Having a healthy lifestyle is a great way of encouraging healthy hair. To keep your hair nourished and hydrated, it’s important that you maintain a balanced diet that includes protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It’s also vital that you stay well-hydrated — try to drink the recommended 2 liters of water per day to see a noticeable difference. For hair that has shine and bounce, see that your diet includes fresh fruit and veg as well as seeds and nuts.
Having beautiful hair doesn’t happen by default but, by taking these hair care tips to heart you’ll go a long way to having the beautiful, healthy looking hair that you’ve always dreamed of.