Grow Healthy Hair
You’ll need to and want to swap damaging habits like going platinum when you have black hair or flat ironing your hair every morning) for healthy ones such as moisturizing your scalp, deep conditioning, and oil treatments.
What comes after bad? ugly. We dont want ugly. What can be the causes? Hot tools everyday or without heat protectant, too much product, Shampooing with the wrong products, or everyday at that. Scalp sun damage, it’s a real thing. Roughing your hair with the towel when it’s wet.
Healthy hair start at the root and maintenance is needed after its grown out. A healthy scalp ensure you’ll have healthy hair. A good place to start: Oil treatments, Apple Cider Vinegar rinses, hair conditions, don’t shampoo everyday, book an appt. for a regular haircut, using heat protectant, silk hair ties, braids, less hairspray…. The list goes on.
Long Layered Hair Cut
” take just an eighth of an inch off your hair every 10 to 12 weeks to prevent split ends“
Age-old beauty debate
Even though many experts are divided on the concept of trimming your hair to make it grow faster ( that a topic for another post) one thing’s for sure: If your goal is to have healthy looking hair frequent trims are a nonnegotiable.
Living with frayed, split ends will eventually cause your hair to break farther up on the strand, causing it to split even more when brushed, which will not only make your hair look way thinner but will also keep it from ever getting longer past a certain point.
Your hair will actually be shorter un-cut than it would be if you were to get consistent trims.
You dont always have to cut to much when going to your local stylist. Try suggesting your stylist to take just an eighth of an inch off your hair every 10 to 12 weeks to prevent split ends before they even start.
This is an essential part of our hair routine if we are to keep it healthy.
Color and Hair Cut
” hair supplements are not a miracle cure”
Hair Growth Vitamins
Let me start off by saying ” hair supplements are not a miracle cure”. Please talk to your doctor first. I know, it hurts me more to say that, but hair vitamins aren’t actually regulated by the FDA, meaning they can contain any ingredients they want and can claim whatever they want.
That’s why I recommend a more holistic approach that includes the way we take care of ourselves and feed our selves.
If you follow a balanced diet you can improve your hair. Our Body is typically already loaded with the hair ingredients you’d find in hair supplements. Think: biotin, folic acid, vitamins D, A, C, and E), and doubling (or tripling!) your dose won’t actually make a difference. “Your body only keeps what it needs and then it gets rid of the rest,” trichologist Dominic Burg, chief scientist at Evolis professional.
The conclusion: if you don’t eat balanced meals or you’re in an intense period of stress or trauma, you might not be getting the proper amount of nutrients you need to grow healthy, long hair. If that’s the case, “your body will shut down your hair growth first and redirect nutrients and energy to the organs that need it most,” says Burg, which can leave you vitamin deficient.
Getting a blood test can let you know what you are deficient in. Also having a Diet with an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit can also help give you the sufficient nutrients your body needs to grow your hair without the hair supplements.
Brush your hair
” a wooden brush is a pure bliss benefit for your hair”
Wooden Hair Brush
You in instantly receive a wonderful scalp massage. The rounded ends of the brush stimulates blood flow to the scalp and boosts hair growth. This allows for more blood supply to the hair follicles and therefore, it gets more nutrition, and produce more sebum. It means you have healthier and optimally moisturized hair.
When you run your wooden brush through your hair it grasps the hair’s natural oils and spread these evenly throughout the length of hair. These oils are nature’s own way of conditioning hair and adding shine and luster. Back in the days women would brush their hair 100 times at night? They advised this because hair looked really shiny afterwards and that’s because of those natural oils.
Unlike metal and plastic bristles, these produce less static. When your hair is electrified, you have these hateful fly-aways that cannot be smoothed down, frizz and constant tangling. With a wood hair brush, your hair lies still.
Delicate detangling. Even the smallest sharp corners and edges of plastic bristles can pull and tear hair strands, this in return causes more breakage. Wood bristle hair brush will be far gentler. Bristles with round ends are perfect and safe.When you pass through your hair with a wooden brush, it spreads natural oil (sebum) over the strands so that you could enjoy a healthy, shiny and sleek look. This way, you protect your hair and prevent it from drying and breaking. This will help you to achieve healthier hair faster and to maintain it healthy.
You color your hair and you shampoo everyday?!
” microbes help maintain the skin pH “
The Truth About Washing Your Hair
You can say this to divides a lot of people when it comes to how often you should wash your hair. Some would never go a day without washing while other wash their hair once a week. So who’s right? and is there a right one?
Well first it’s important to know that: Your skin is covered in billions of good bacteria from about 1000 species, the collection of them is called your microbiome.
“The population of microbes help maintain the skin pH and actually prevent bad microbes from colonizing the skin by competing for nutrients and also producing molecules that bad bacteria don’t like,” he explains.
Basically, washing your hair too much can throw off your scalp’s microbiome, which can let bad bacteria and fungi take over and cause things like inflammation. Instead try washing your hair with a gentle cleanser 2-3x a week to remove excess sebum.
What if you feel the need to wash everyday?
Because it’s dirty and/or greasy, you’re probably using the wrong shampoo for your hair type.
“Everyone’s skin and follicles will produce different levels of oils, which is normal and actually good for hair. The main challenge is finding the right balance with the right products for you to maintain your style without disrupting your natural microbiome, pH, and natural oils,” he explains.
Caution: against using shampoos with sulfates or silicones because they can be too drying or too heavy, respectively.
Look for a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser that is balanced with essential oils so it won’t strip out your hair’s natural oils.
And silicone-free conditioners with natural essential oils and conditioning agents to ensure cuticle health.
More on microbes and washing your hairever day in the links below.