When one thinks of healthy hair, the ideal image that comes to mind is shiny, bouncy, long flowing tresses. While many women desire to achieve length as a sign of healthy hair, they never take into consideration the many factors that go into the proper maintenance of hair. Some basic steps to care for any hair type are to keep the scalp clean (cleanse), keep the hair moisturized and strong (leave-in conditioners), and keep the ends trimmed. You will also want to make sure to use a heat protectant when applying any type of heat to the hair, and deep condition your hair at least twice a month. Although these are the basics, not every hair type requires the same regimen. Here are a few key tips for each hair type on how to achieve the healthiest of hair.
Hair type 1: Straight- thin with no wave or curl
Type 1 hair is considered the easiest to maintain. If you have naturally straight hair, it is very important that you keep your hair clean so that it is not weighed down by your sebum (oil naturally produced by the scalp). It is often said to shampoo your hair everyday to combat oiliness, but shampooing your hair actually causes your scalp to produce more sebum, which causes your hair to constantly feel and look greasy. Using a cleansing conditioner instead could help deter that greasiness because since the conditioner keeps the hair and scalp moisturized, your sebum glands aren’t going to over-produce oil to compensate for the moisture that was stripped. You will also want to use products like spritzes and conditioners that are very light weight to moisturize the hair without weighing it down.
Hair type 2: Wavy- not curly, yet not straight.
Caring for type 2 hair is pretty much similar to caring for type 1 hair, except for the fact that women with wavy hair textures should stay away from products that contain alcohol because alcohol will dry the hair out and cause frizz and flyaways. Although, if you are met with frizz and flyaways, it’s best to combat them with serums and light oils.
Hair type 3: Loose curls.
Type 3 hair is very different from type 1 or 2. Type 3 hair is very prone to frizz and can be very dry since the sebum cannot completely make its way down the hair shaft due to the curly nature of the hair. When caring for type 3 hair, you must be delicate and use moisturizing products and styling products that will keep frizz at bay. When detangling, make sure the hair is wet and saturated with conditioner, and remember to start at the ends of the hair and work your way up in order to steer away from any unnecessary breakage. Air drying is preferred, but if you’re pressed for time the hair can be diffused on a low setting. Keeping this hair moisturized is the most important step, so make sure to use a leave-in conditioner about 3x a week (depending on the dryness of your hair) and stay away from very thick products to keep from weighing the hair down. To further protect the hair from frizz, wear a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase
Type 4: Kinky-coarse, tightly curled.
This hair type is the driest due to the fact that sebum cannot make its way down the hair shaft. While the maintenance of it is similar to type 3, there are some other things to take into consideration when dealing with type 4 hair. This hair type is considered the most fragile due to the fact that the individual hair strands have so many bends and twists, so delicate handling must be done in order to ensure that the hair does not break. Keeping this hair as moisturized as possible is the primary key to its health, so do not skimp on the leave-in conditioners and moisturizers. Moisturize the hair daily and seal with an oil so that the moisture doesn’t immediately evaporate from the hair. Also, make sure to deep condition every time the hair is washed although deep conditioning on a weekly basis is preferential.
Having healthy, pretty hair is every girl’s dream, and by following these simple tips you too can have the hair you’ve always desired.
These are 10 hair tips on how to get a healthy and beautiful hair every day.
1. Avoid washing your hair everyday
Try not to wash your hair every day. The natural oils of the hair are made to protect and condition one's hair. If a person shampoos every day, this removes these oils from the hair. One of the mistakes people make is that they over wash colored hair, without realizing that colored hair can easily lose its sheen, if over washed. Make sure you wash colored hair every few days using a good quality hair shampoo. Also apply hair styling products to hair once in a while to keep it looking beautiful.
2. Don't use hot water on hair
Using hot water on your hair can damage it. Hot water can dry out the hair, not only that, it can cause breakage due to the hair becoming tangled.
3. Hair type
Naturally, how often people need to wash their hair should depend on their hair type. If your hair is really super straight, you may want to wash it every couple of days. Don't wash curlier hair every day. Straight hair will benefit from extra shine if you wash it every other day.
4. Use shampoo on the scalp not the ends
It isn't the amount of shampoo that you apply on hair that matters, but where you apply it. It is recommended that using shampoo only on the scalp will rinse down in the bath, but applying it on the ends will make you scrub the ends, which can cause damage to hair.
5. Always massage your scalp while shampooing
To detox the scalp and encourage blood flow, give it a good massage while you shampoo or condition the hair. Taking care of scalp with a good hair shampoo and conditioner will result in a healthy and beautiful hair.
6. Use dry shampoo
If you want to minimize the number of times you wash your hair each week, get yourself a dry shampoo. It will help decrease the build-up of oil. Dry shampoo will renew hair roots, at the same time maintaining all the essential oil that hair needs. To make your hair have volume, don't brush out the dry shampoo, leave it in instead.
7. Applying conditioner
Dry your hair properly with a towel before you apply conditioner. The type of conditioner you use plays an important role. Ensure you select a handful of good quality hair masks, conditioners and leave-in hair treatments, especially if you color your hair.
8. Brush hair from bottom up twice daily
To have healthy and beautiful hair, you will need to brush your hair regularly. For a completely untangled, shiny and healthy looking hair, you will need to brush hair two times every day. Spend a minute each morning and when going to bed to brush your hair.
9. Use a low heat setting for hair drying
One of the most detrimental steps you can take for your hair will be to overheat it using excessive blow drying. If you really want to prevent your hair from damage and becoming dry, use heat protection before you blow dry it. Be mindful of how many times you use hair-dryer each week.
10. Apply castor oil and other hair oil
Everyone should have favorite hair products, and hair oil should be one of them. Applying castor oil and other good quality hair oil can do just that. Oily hair can also benefit from hair oil. Hair oil or castor oil will help manage how oily the scalp is and the hair won't need to naturally overwork to prevent dryness. Get yourself a medium-hold hairspray for the oil. You can spray this into both hands after which you run the hands through your hair to smooth the frizz.
The holidays are a time to enjoy the laughter of family. For myself, no matter what holiday event, I have to make certain my spare shears are packed. It never fails that I am asked to trim or cut a family member's hair. While this is not what I thought I would be doing during my vacation time, I can't help but think of all the wonderful feelings I have given my grandmother, my cousins, uncles, and other family member by a quick trim. We laugh, talk about everything that happened of the year, and yell at the football game on TV. I so enjoy the smell of family food, the warm loving family voices, and the excitement the holidays bring. The holidays have made it a necessity to have an additional set of shears that travel for holiday events. So for me, finding a company that makes shears at a great price is beneficial to me. I am thankful to have a career that can be appreciated by my family. Every haircut given with love, is the gift no one else can give from me. ~ Christie Crockett ~