5 Flawless Tips For Maintaining Healthy, Luxurious Locks
Posted by Amanda Caswell - October 20, 2016
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If you’re someone who is constantly coveting beautiful hair only to find your own hair is dull, flat and lifeless, then you’re not alone. Many people, women especially, look to pricey fad treatments and miracle conditioners that seem to do little more than drain their bank accounts. Believe it or not, the secret to healthy hair is much easier, and requires developing some simple habits that actually make a huge difference. All of the following easy-to-do tricks can be done right at home for salon perfect hair, every day.
Avoid Heat Styling
This is a given. We all know how much heat causes damaged hair. Yet many women go ahead and switch on their hairdryers and plug in their straighteners, knowing that they are not supposed to use heat on their hair. Unfortunately, it’s just too irresistible not to indulge. After all, ask anyone and they will tell you they look and feel better when their hair is styled. Plus, if your hair is extremely long, it’s not always easy to walk out of the house with wet hair (as doing so may result in wet hair the rest of the day!). Don’t worry, just because you need to limit the amount of heat you use, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the style you crave. Steam rollers are a great alternative because they do not get overly warm and rely solely on the steam passing through the foam on the roller. Of course, if you can’t stay away from the heat of your favorite styling tools, then be sure to always use a spray-in heat protectant — and don’t worry, there are all-natural options.
Another way to avoid heat styling is to take a look at your hair before you get in the shower. Does it really need to be washed? If it looks okay (or can be spruced up with a little leave-in shampoo) then avoid the need to dry it by going a day without washing it.
Stop Drying Your Hair Once It’s Dry
If you must use a hairdryer (after all, no one likes to walk out with wet hair in the middle of winter!), be sure to turn the hairdryer off as soon as your hair is dry. Instead of waiting to style your dry hair with a hot hairdryer, style your hair throughout the drying process. With a wide-tooth comb, curl the ends under as you dry. When you attempt to continue drying hair with a hairdryer when the hair is already dry, that is when the damage really takes place.
Unlike cotton pillowcases, silk’s smooth texture won’t cause damage or rough up your hair cuticle. Sleeping on a silk pillowcases leaves you with smooth, manageable hair in the morning by eliminating tangles, frizzy strands and knots. For even smoother locks in the morning, sleep with your hair in a high bun. When you undo the bun in the morning you’ll have soft, bouncy curls.
Don’t Skimp on Moisturizer
Just like you moisturize your face every day, your hair needs moisture too. Washing your hair every day can strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture, so try to wash every other day or every few days. When it comes to moisturizer, a general rule of thumb is to use a quality conditioner each time you wash your hair. You may even consider only using conditioner (no shampoo) a couple days a week. Try using Trevida’s Everything Dream Cream as a leave-in conditioner for luscious, shiny and manageable hair.
Don’t Brush Wet Hair
We get it, you’re in a huge hurry in the morning and you want to brush your hair immediately after stepping out of the shower. Well, don’t do it! Go for a wide-toothed comb or even your fingers until the hair has dried. Because hair is extra fragile in the wet state, you don’t want to pull on it with rough bristles.
Get Regular Trims
Even if you’re trying to grow your hair out, it is important to get regular haircuts to maintain a healthy head of hair and avoid split ends. The longer you wait to cut your hair, the more frail and ragged your hair will become, and the more inches you will have to cut when you finally do go for a trim. Since split ends cause excess tangles and knots, when you get your haircut every 6 to 8 weeks, your hair will look fresh, and fall naturally without needing excess styling.
Make an All-Natural “Split-Ender” in Your Own Kitchen
In between trims, this recipe is great to keep those pesky split ends at bay. Mix one egg yolk, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey in a small bowl. Slather your hair with the mixture and let it sit for at least an hour before washing. You can wrap your hair in a towel as the mixture sets in. Repeat this treatment every two to three weeks.
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