1. Don’t Style Wet Hair
Wet hair is brittle and far more susceptible to damage from brushing or styling, especially if you use heat as with a blow dryer or flat iron. Let your hair air dry whenever possible to avoid unnecessary breakage. If you absolutely must brush your hair right after washing, use a wide-tooth comb or hair pick. Blow dry with a diffuser if you need it and use the lowest heat setting (or no heat!) Also, irons with ceramic plates are easier on your hair than plastic. They may cost more, but in the long run you will see a marked improvement in the health and appearance of your lovely locks.
2. Go Sulfate-free
Sulfates are compounds derived from sulfuric acid which are found in most commercial shampoos. Companies add these harmful components so their products will create pretty suds when applied and lathered into your hair. Unfortunately, those same sulfates strip away vital natural oils that keep your hair healthy and strong. The result? Dry, brittle strands that appear dull and break easily. Most stylists today will tell you that a good sulfate-free shampoo is the first step to longer, healthier-looking hair. Alternately, there are a number of recipes for making your own all natural hair cleanser.
3. Stay Away From Dyes
Even if they claim to be made from natural ingredients and easy on your hair, most hair dyes contain chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide or ammonia which are detrimental to healthy hair. There are many natural solutions to coloring your hair or covering up grey such as tea, henna, and amla.
4. Shampoo Less Frequently
Sure, we like the feeling of a clean scalp. Especially after playing outside, going for a jog, or working up a sweat at the gym, who doesn’t want to bathe and wash the sweat and grime from their hair? Understandable as that may be, try to reduce your hair’s exposure to shampoo. Two to three times a week should be enough for most people. If you must shampoo every day, make sure you are using a gentle shampoo (free of sulfates, of course) and follow-up with a good natural moisturizer such as jojoba oil or almond oil.
5. Eat More Protein
It’s true that we are what we eat and the same goes for your hair. Hair is built primarily of the protein keratin, so it makes sense to assume that those swaying locks you’ve always dreamed of will require you to ramp up your protein intake to grow longer and stronger. If your hair is thin and breaks easily due to day-to-day wear and tear, try adding more protein rich foods such as fish, almonds, soy, fat free yogurt, or lean poultry to your diet.
Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills invites you to explore our Hair Growth treatment options. If you would like to investigate more about them, or want more information regarding our treatments, please don’t hesitate to call and schedule a consultation. Our style of consultation is relaxed and educational. Our goal is to address your concerns in the order of your priorities and give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision. This will help you choose the right plan to achieve the result you desire within the budget you have to invest.
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