I have been a cosmetologist for 14 years. Over the years, I have seen my share of bad hair: from dry, brittle hair due to over processing of chemicals to fine, thin hair that lays flat to ones head.
When I was in cosmetology school, I saw a lot of mistakes being made. One day, I saw a girl try to straighten a customers hair with a hot iron and she burned her hair right off at the nape of her neck! Yes, it’s true, I am sad to say. I can say I learned a lot from watching the mistakes of my fellow students.
All that being said, I did a lot of research to learn how to properly take care of my hair. While in school, I “played” a lot with perms and color and bleach on my own hair and did do some damage.
Here are “Deanna’s Top Ten” ways to take the best care of your hair:
1. Shampoo and Conditioner
It is important to use a shampoo and conditioner that is right for your hair type. If your hair tends to be oily, use a shampoo specifically for oily hair.
Stay clear for cheap shampoo and conditioner. Some over the counter (grocery store) products are not good for our hair. (Such as the ones that cost $.99.) Suave professionals is a brand I would recommend. Actually, I do recommend them to my clients.
You can over condition your hair and that will make it dry. Try conditioning only when needed. If you know that you are going to wear your hair in a bun for the day, skip conditioner that morning when washing.
2. Hair Cuts
Getting your hair trimmed on a regular basis will help keep it healthy. It will continue to grow even if you do not get it trimmed, however, if not trimmed every 4-8 weeks, it will start to break off at the ends. As the hair splits on the ends (dead ends) it breaks up the shaft and makes it appear that the hair is not growing.
By getting the hair trimmed, it will not split on the ends and this will keep your hair from being frizzy on the ends and give it an over all healthy look.
Blow drying, curling and straightening your hair will definitely add damage to it. The hotter the heat, the more damage that will be caused.
Using a conditioning shampoo and conditioner will help. Syling products will also help prevent heat damage.
4. Styling Products
As I just stated, styling products will help prevent heat damage to your hair. You can use products that are made specifically for heat styling that act as a barrier between the heat and your hair.
Using a shine spray after styling will add shine to your hair and also add oil to help it from getting dry.
5. Washing Frequency
Shampooing your hair every day will remove many of the natural oils from it. It is best to shampoo at least every other day to help preserve the natural oils in the hair. For this reason, the longer you can wait, the healthier your hair will be.
The weather can effect your hair. Ever get up in the morning and notice that after washing your hair it is frizzy beyond belief? Then, you come to realize that it is raining cats and dogs outside? Our hair soaks up moisture and that is what causes it to frizz out!
If you know you will be in the sun all day or that you will be swimming in a pool with chlorine, add some conditioner into your hair before leaving the house. It will help protect it from the elements.
If your body lacks protein, it is possible to lose your hair. Your hair can fall out more if the body lacks its protein, so be sure you are eating enough :)
8. Brush vs. pick
Brushing your hair when it is wet can cause breakage. After washing your hair, comb it with a wide tooth comb or pick instead of using a brush. This will help prevent breakage.
Taking multi-vitamins will help your hair grow faster? Ever wonder why a pregnant woman’s hair grows so fast? Part of the reason is due to the pre natal vitamins she is taking.
Perming, coloring and bleaching, quickly add damage to hair. Avoid perms if possible as they create more damage than coloring. If you color or bleach your hair, wait as long as possible before your next touch up. Don’t forget to use the proper type of shampoo and conditioner for chemically treated hair. (ex. product made specifically for chemically treated hair)