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Hair Care Tips

Make the most of your hair, from how you shampoo to what you eat

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Hair Care Tips

Practice Good Hair Hygiene
We may love to use hair dryers, curling irons and straighteners, but these heating tools cause the water under the cuticle (the outermost layer of hair) to form bubbles, which stress and break the hair.

The “tiles” covering the middle and inner hair shaft then dislodge, so your hair handles water like a roof with holes in it. To minimize damage when heat styling, first blot soaking-wet hair with a towel, and then follow that up with a low-heat hair dry.

Your hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet. Like a silk blouse, you shouldn’t iron it or heat it to extremes. It’s best to use a brush with smooth or rounded bristles. This will massage the hair and scalp without damaging it.

We know that changing your hair color can make you feel better and healthier. Just be mindful of over-dyeing or over-washing your hair. In trying to be your most attractive self, you could end up causing more damage than beauty.

QUIZ: Do You Practice Good Hair Hygiene?

Examine Your Shampoo
There isn’t one right answer to how often we should wash our hair. There are a ton of factors to consider when answering this question. How often do you engage in physical activity and use styling products? What’s your hair type like?

If you find your hair is too dry after your daily wash, try every other day or every third day. Or shampoo daily, but use a heavier conditioner. If you have dandruff, it is advisable to wash daily. Frequent washing can reduce the food source (sebaceous lipids) for the organism—malassezia—which causes dandruff.

Remember, just because a shampoo label says “natural” doesn’t mean it’s better (cyanide is natural).

Stay Pure
You should shower and bathe with toxin-free water. Remove unwanted chlorine in your water supply by adding a charcoal filter to your showerhead or faucet.

Chlorine dries out hair as well as skin, which is especially important if you take extended showers or baths as opposed to a quick rinse. It’s not the straight chlorine that’s the problem, but what it turns into—more harmful toxins called trichloromethanes.

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