Having long hair most my life, I would consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to hair care. Like most teens, I abused my hair regularly with curling irons, 400 degree flat irons, hair color, bleach, hats, clips, you name it! I never had to deal with hair breakage or hair loss because in spite of all those damaging activities I regularly performed on my hair, in the end, I protected my hair meticulously.
The key to keeping your hair looking its best is a combination of things; high quality hair conditioning and protective products and top notch styling tools. There’s a reason why at the ripe age of 41 that my hair looks and feels just as healthy as it did 20 years ago.
Shampoo: First and foremost, when choosing a shampoo never purchase cheap shampoo! You’ll read articles about how it’s not worth it to spend a lot of money on shampoo, well, they’re wrong! Cheap shampoos are extremely drying to your hair not to mention your scalp. They usually contain harsh chemicals and detergents and that is not something you want to put on your hair, especially on a daily basis. Keep in mind, depending on how long your hair is, the age of your hair can be several years old. You want to protect your hair. Try to find shampoos that do not contain parabens, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, or phthalates. These chemicals are too harsh for your hair and your body too. Look for natural shampoos if possible for example, Phyto makes great shampoos.
Conditioners: A good hair conditioner is the 2nd most important part of your hair care regimen. If you still don’t want to spend a lot of money in spite of what I ‘ve said, buy the best inexpensive natural shampoo you can find but spend your money on a great conditioner. Conditioning your hair is the last step you take before the hair drying process. Phyto makes conditioners for various hair types and I love this brand. No parabens, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals or phthalates.
Parabens: Can mimic the hormone estrogen which could lead to breast cancer.
Synthetic dyes: These dyes can be toxic.
Petrochemicals: A petroleum based chemical that can also be toxic.
Phthalates: They mimic hormones in the body and can cause reproductive disorders.
Styling products: Argan Oil from the Argan tree is an incredible leave in conditioning treatment. I simply take a nickel size amount in the palm of my hands and rub it thru my towel dried hair before I blow dry it. The oil makes my hair feel soft and it manages the frizzes. I love this stuff! See Moroccanoil.
Quality Styling Tools – I can devote a whole article to this topic but what I’ll say is this; If you can buy a hair dryer, curling iron, or flat iron from Target or Walmart don’t buy it. There is nothing wrong with Target or Walmart, I shop there regularly. Buy your hair styling equipment from the professionals. Look for Ionic hair dryers because they dry hair quicker and there will be less damage applied to the hair follicle. Look for curling irons that utilize titanium and ceramic components. Less stress is applied to the hair, and it causes less friction than a conventional curling iron.
Follow these simple rules and you’ll be on the right track to beautifully managed hair.
Tonee Spacco “Caring for Long Hair the Natural Way” Associated Content