Hair care tips for great looking hair

Time to say good-bye to bad hair days with a few helpful hair tips to keep your hair looking fabulously healthy and lustrous every day.

A healthy diet is always a good start, After all we are what we eat and your hair is a reflection of your inner health, so design your eating habits accordingly, a well-balanced diet is the best way to keep your hair healthy and strong. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, nuts, brown rice, beans and pulses. If you lead a busy life and don’t have time to cook, supplement your diet with the hair-building vitamins B6, B12, evening primrose oil, folic acid and a good multivitamin.

Caring For Your Hair

Washing your hair – One of the worst things we can do to our hair is to over wash it. Washing it everyday will weaken the hair and strip your hair of its natural oils. How we wash our hair is as important as using the correct shampoo and conditioner.shampoo-feb15

Massage your scalp well with the shampoo. Do this for about 40 seconds before rinsing it out. This will increase the circulation to the skin and secondly help to remove dead skin cells, keeping your head dandruff free.

When rinsing your hair avoid using hot water, even though it feels good. The cooler the better, warmish water seals the cuticles locks in the moisture, making the hair shinier. If you suffer for greasy hair hot water only makes the condition worse as it stimulates sebum production in the scalp.

Conditioning – When using a conditioner pour a small amount into the palm of your hand and rub from the tips up towards the roots:

• If your hair is dry leave the conditioner in for five minutes, with your hair wrapped up in cling film or foil.

• For really, damaged dry hair either buy a hair mask or make your own natural hair home brew by mixing a teaspoon of olive oil, mayonnaise and an egg and leave in the hair for an hour, then rinsing out thoroughly with tepid water.

• If you have oily hair, rinse it with diluted, fresh lemon juice or cider vinegar for superb shine, and help to eradicate those greasy roots.

Drying – Don’t rough dry wet hair with a towel and avoid wringing your hair with a towel, as this will damage hair, blot hair instead to remove the moisture.  drying-hair-feb15Always use a heat protection spray when you blow dry. Use a cool blow drying setting on your hair and hold the dryer at least eight inches away, too close and any moisture will be sucked out of the hair shaft, leaving it looking frizzy and frazzled.

Brushing – Did you know that shoulder-length hair, on average, is approximately two years old, so once the hair reached the shoulders it needs extra special careful treatment- so no tugging your hairbrush through unwanted knots. When brushing your hair a great tip is to dampen a soft bristled hair with a leave in brushing-hair-feb15-1conditioner or detangler, and start brushing upwards from the tips of the hair working your way up to the scalp, once the hair is knot free gently brush down from crown to the tip. Don’t use elastics that have metal clasps on them. Always tie up your hair with covered, snag-free elastics

Pick the right products for your hair – There is an incredible choice of hair products to choose from the important thing is to choose the right type for your hair – For dry, fine, greasy, or coloured hair, if you’re unsure your hairdresser can advise you what hair type you have.

Sleep on a satin pillowcase – If your hair is especially delicate. Satin won’t snag your hair or cause friction like cotton, which can rough up the cuticle of extremely fine hair. Don’t sleep with your hair tied back. Leave your hair down as often as possible at night to prevent breakage.

Protect you hair from too much sun – The sun, even during winter, has drying effects on your hair and can fade colour. Use products that contain sunscreens and cover up in direct sunlight during the summer.

Have regular trims.  Try to trim your hair every six to eight weeks to zap split ends and encourage the hair to feel healthier.

Karen Loraine
The Makeup Box Studio
Balcombe. W Sussex
Tel 07810 848208

Winner of the Southern Business Award

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