Now that the title got your attention 😉 let’s have a quick chat about ways that you can keep those locks healthy and gorgeous! Here are some really easy steps to keeping those locs healthy, shiny, and the envy of all of your friends.
DON’T CLEANSE EVERYDAY
I know that this may come as a shock to come people – but the truth is, most people do NOT have to wash their hair every day. I know, now you are all obsessing that you will be the person walking around with smelly, dirty hair. Not the case. In fact, the thicker, curlier, more processed your hair is – the less you need to wash it. Remember, hair is a fiber. Think of a wool fiber: The more you wash it, the worse it’s going to look. There’s no need to wash your hair every day either.
Shampoo’s bubbles, which people often associate with cleanness, are actually created by the harshest ingredients, sulfates, and are not necessary for cleansing the scalp. Experts say these foaming agents, which dehydrate the hair, are only in cleansing products because people expect to see bubbles because of commercials.
Remember, shampoo removes oil and excess skin cells from the scalp. It’s not doing any favors for the hair, unless you have a lot of product in it that is making your hair look dull. But in general, excessive shampooing is not good for fiber or your hair.
Bottom line: If you insist on washing your hair every day – use a very mild shampoo and don’t forget to condition. Better solution: Dry Shampoos – they whisk away any oil or residue and have a light pleasant fragrance.
THE PROTEIN / MOISTURE BALANCE
Protein is powerful – and not just the kind that you get from your favorite smoothie. The kind in our hair is just as important, and there is a major trend happening with women trying to pack their hair full of it. Doesn’t everyone want their hair to be sleek, shiny, and able to withstand insane amounts of heat every day? Yes.
But is it possible to get too much of a good thing? Ummmmm, yes.
What are the facts: protein and keratin products are great, but we have to be smart about them! Keratin is a protein in our hair that gives it strength and keeps the strands looking smooth. Over time it becomes weakened due to heat, styling, and life in general so we use products to fill the voids and make it look pretty again. Should you be using protein over products that add moisture?
Adding moisture helps with dry, brittle hair, and will help to maintain elasticity.
Adding protein will get some strength back in the hair strand and begin to smooth that cuticle layer.You may need it if hair is feeling mushy or stringy.
Bottom line: The key is balance between moisture and protein, so if you feel that your hair has had too much of one, use a treatment of the other. Great idea – get a gloss for your hair. It adds protein and strength, conditions and adds tons of shine!
PRACTICE SAFE HAIR
We all want what we don’t have: curly hair people want it straight, straight hair people want curls and we all have a slew of tools that can help us achieve this: flat irons, curling irons, blow driers etc – and what do they all have in common? HEAT!
Heat is a beautiful thing for styling – it allows the hair to stay in the shape that you want it to – the not so beautiful thing: damage.
Yes, all heat can cause damage.
Solution: just like you learned in your high school health class – USE PROTECTION! And, don’t have the temperature on the highest setting.
Think of it this way: when you are baking and you are making a cake – do you put the oven on broil? No, you don’t. You put the temperature at the level that it was intended to be so that the cake does not burn and that it cooks evenly. Now when you are taking that awesome cake out of the oven do you use your bare hands? No, you use oven mitts. The oven is just like your iron and the mitts are just like your heat protectant.
Bottom line: Please don’t have the dial set to fry – most people don’t need to use the highest temperature setting and please use protection!
Silk is great for the hair. It’s smoothness means hair glides over the pillowcase rather than rubbing and tugging like cotton pillowcases do. This means less breakages, less split ends and less bed head.
Cotton draws moisture from your hair, drying it out and further contributing to bed-head. Unfortunately ‘bed-head’ is not only an inconvenience, but a symptom of something more serious. The same rough treatment that causes bed-head can also damage your hair follicles, leading to thinner, less healthy hair.
Bottom line: Silk keeps straight hair straighter and blow-dries last longer. It also helps reduce facial wrinkles and keeps the natural moisture in your skin and your hair – and who does’t want that?
Thank you so much for reading this – please hit me up with any questions you might have! In review: it’s okay to be a little dirty, find your hair balance, it’s okay to be hot – just not too hot, use a hair condom, and silk is a wonderful thing.
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Info gleaned from: WebMd, feminspire, and slip.