Hair. For a lot of people, it’s their most defining characteristic, because it’s what people notice about them first. It’s really not surprising, as it has such a powerful effect on appearance and consequently to the self-esteem. It’s the one thing you can change again and again. But in your constant quest to find the perfect color or the style that best compliment your features, or just to try out the latest trend, you tend to damage your crowning glory. Remedies are readily available but it usually takes time for your hair to recover.
As in any case, prevention is always better than cure. And in this day and age, hair care can get a little overwhelming. Especially if you’re on a tight budget. But there’s plenty you can do to keep your hair healthy without spending your life’s savings.
Maintaining your hair is relatively easy with the right kind of steps. Hair is made of protein, so keeping a healthy diet and good hygiene is an essential part of maintaining luscious locks. At the same time, here are some other tips about caring for your hair, and what you can do at home to get unbelievably beautiful hair.
Wash hair sparingly. Washing hair too often can leave hair dried out, leached of its natural oils, and may damage your hair. Shampoo your hair at most every other day or even only twice a week.
Use shampoos that do not contain sulfates or parabens. Sulfates are the chemicals that make shampoos lather up. Parabens are preservatives that cause irritation and eye problems after prolonged use. Both chemicals aren’t healthy for you so use shampoos with natural cleansers and one that suits your hair type
Use conditioner that matches your hair type, length, and treatment damage. Your hair should be conditioned every time you shampoo, but if hair has already been damaged, it need a little more love. Deep condition once a week. For fine very limp hair, use lavender or tea-tree oil, and work it under your cuticles before shampooing. Wash shampoo away and apply conditioner from the mid-shaft down to the end. For medium to thick hair, moisturize with natural hydrators. Keep your conditioner light and let stay for 2-3 minutes.
Be careful about using hair care products with too much protein. Too much protein can leave your hair feeling desiccated and brittle. While protein is the building block of healthy hair, use conditioners that come with balanced ingredients.
Rinse your hair with vinegar before shampooing, twice a year. This helps to make your hair look shinier and cleaner it treats dandruff. Use 1 part vinegar (preferably organic apple cider vinegar) to 3 parts warm water, then rinse and wash your hair as normal.
Moisturize your hair. Use five oils: almond, castor, olive, coconut and lavender oils. Mix together equal proportions of each. Alternately, use egg oil. Apply to the hair and leave in for four hours prior to showering out. Repeat twice a week.