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Beautiful Hair

By Edited Sep 26, 2015 0 0

Beautiful hair is a joy to behold. No matter what color your natural hair is, if it's full, silky and healthy it adds to your personal beauty. When I was a kid I remember distinctly that shampoo bottles came with written directions. As if! The directions indicated that two lathers and rinses were necessary to get the best use out of the product. I rarely see that directive anymore because it isn't true. The truth is, over shampooing your hair can strip it of the necessary oils it needs to look its best. When you slather on conditioner, and then rinse it off, you are re-applying some of the natural oil you just removed with shampoo! There is an infomercial on TV right now for a product to use in lieu of shampoo. The seller makes the same claim, that stripping your hair by washing it too much can leave it over dry and lifeless looking. The problem I have with his product is person after person shown on the ad looks awful. They look like their unwashed hair is scraggly and greasy. So what can you do to have nice hair?

First of all: eat well. Your hair is growing out of your body, so it reflects natural oil you just removed with shampoo! There is an infomercial on TV right now for a product to use in lieu of shampoo. The seller makes the same claim, that stripping your hair by washing it too much can leave it over dry and lifeless looking. The problem I have with his product is person after person shown on the ad looks awful. They look like their unwashed hair is scraggly and greasy. So what can you do to have nice hair?

First of all: eat well. Your hair is growing out of your body, so it reflects your basic health. If you are starving yourself on some silly diet your hair will suffer. Likewise if you use drugs like methamphetamine or cocaine your hair will look very dry and break easily. Smoking pot may not change the outward appearance of your hair, but if you are being drug tested at work, the drugs will remain in your hair long after they have passed through the rest of your body. So do your hair a favor and stay away from cigarettes and illegal drugs. Eat nutritiously, with plenty of B vitamin in your diet. If you don't know how to get B vitamin buy some Brewer's Yeast and sprinkle it over your salad, over yogurt or mix it into hot water for a drink. A mild tasting Brewer's Yeast is reminiscent of a chicken stock. Some of the brands are quite bitter, though, so search for a brand that you find palatable.

Secondly, brush your hair with a natural boar bristle brush. The bristles are soft enough to not break hair. This kind of brush also redistributes your hair oil from close to the follicles where it is created, to the ends of your hair. A plastic brush won't do this. Don't brush your hair when it's wet to further avoid breakage. If you must detangle, use a wide toothed comb when your hair is wet. Avoid baking your hair with blow dryers and curling irons. Find a hair style that suits you. Life is too short to choose anything that requires more than 20 minutes in front of the mirror every day to set. Work with what God gave you. Hair stylists grow rich getting curly heads to straighten and straight locks to perm. It's silly, but if you must style, get your hair cut with regularity to snip off the split ends. Once an end is split it will NOT reglue back together no matter what your shampoo advertises.

I used to think Henna was great because it was billed as "natural." There is something romantic and intriguing about using something the Egyptians used thousands of years ago. Henna actually coats the hair, making it feel temporarily thicker. It stains badly, and it's very messy. Unfortunately prolonged use can dry out your hair. Henna is basically clay. So if you use this stuff, take a break from it every once in a while, and do not alternate between this and regular hair dye. The henna will react badly with the chemicals in regular hair dye giving you a weird metallic sheen, if it takes at all.

Permanent hair color has come a long way in the last 50 years. It is nowhere near as damaging nor as smelly as it used to be, and many brands advertise no ammonia formulas. If you color your hair regularly, treat the ends of your hair with conditioner before you begin. The ends of your hair are older than the stuff at the scalp, and more delicate. If you have dark hair and you want to go funky you'll probably have to bleach it to white before you can apply red green or blue colors. It looks nicer, blue over black otherwise hardly shows. If you do dye your hair, look for shampoo made to prolong and protect the dye job.

When shopping for conditioner read the label. Vitamin B5, known as Panthenol is very good for hair. The closer to the first ingredient listed it is, the more Panthenol is in the product. Be careful, some products, most notably "Pantane" don't even list it as an ingredient. Some really inexpensive Suave brand conditioners have it pretty close to the top. So read the bottle. If you grow your hair long, color or perm it often, do a deep conditioning at least once a month. Leave the hot oil treatment on your hair 5 minutes or more for deep penetration to the hair shaft


Avoid styles that stress your hair. A pony tail is fine once in a while, but pulling it tight on a daily basis can cause serious balding. Back combing and teasing your hair can cause breakage. Nice hair styles look natural and touchable. The right cut with or without a perm will make the most of your face, and bring out your assets.

Beautiful hair is a joy to behold. No matter what color your natural hair is, if it's full, silky and healthy it adds to your personal beauty. When I was a kid I remember distinctly that shampoo bottles came with written directions. As if! The directions indicated that two lathers and rinses were necessary to get the best use out of the product. I rarely see that directive anymore because it isn't true. The truth is, over shampooing your hair can strip it of the necessary oils it needs to look its best. When you slather on conditioner, and then rinse it off, you are re-applying some of the natural oil you just removed with shampoo! There is an infomercial on TV right now for a product to use in lieu of shampoo. The seller makes the same claim, that stripping your hair by washing it too much can leave it over dry and lifeless looking. The problem I have with his product is person after person shown on the ad looks awful. They look like their unwashed hair is scraggly and greasy. So what can you do to have nice hair?

First of all: eat well. Your hair is growing out of your body, so it reflects natural oil you just removed with shampoo! There is an infomercial on TV right now for a product to use in lieu of shampoo. The seller makes the same claim, that stripping your hair by washing it too much can leave it over dry and lifeless looking. The problem I have with his product is person after person shown on the ad looks awful. They look like their unwashed hair is scraggly and greasy. So what can you do to have nice hair?

First of all: eat well. Your hair is growing out of your body, so it reflects your basic health. If you are starving yourself on some silly diet your hair will suffer. Likewise if you use drugs like methamphetamine or cocaine your hair will look very dry and break easily. Smoking pot may not change the outward appearance of your hair, but if you are being drug tested at work, the drugs will remain in your hair long after they have passed through the rest of your body. So do your hair a favor and stay away from cigarettes and illegal drugs. Eat nutritiously, with plenty of B vitamin in your diet. If you don't know how to get B vitamin buy some Brewer's Yeast and sprinkle it over your salad, over yogurt or mix it into hot water for a drink. A mild tasting Brewer's Yeast is reminiscent of a chicken stock. Some of the brands are quite bitter, though, so search for a brand that you find palatable.

Secondly, brush your hair with a natural boar bristle brush. The bristles are soft enough to not break hair. This kind of brush also redistributes your hair oil from close to the follicles where it is created, to the ends of your hair. A plastic brush won't do this. Don't brush your hair when it's wet to further avoid breakage. If you must detangle, use a wide toothed comb when your hair is wet. Avoid baking your hair with blow dryers and curling irons. Find a hair style that suits you. Life is too short to choose anything that requires more than 20 minutes in front of the mirror every day to set. Work with what God gave you. Hair stylists grow rich getting curly heads to straighten and straight locks to perm. It's silly, but if you must style, get your hair cut with regularity to snip off the split ends. Once an end is split it will NOT reglue back together no matter what your shampoo advertises.

I used to think Henna was great because it was billed as "natural." There is something romantic and intriguing about using something the Egyptians used thousands of years ago. Henna actually coats the hair, making it feel temporarily thicker. It stains badly, and it's very messy. Unfortunately prolonged use can dry out your hair. Henna is basically clay. So if you use this stuff, take a break from it every once in a while, and do not alternate between this and regular hair dye. The henna will react badly with the chemicals in regular hair dye giving you a weird metallic sheen, if it takes at all.

Permanent hair color has come a long way in the last 50 years. It is nowhere near as damaging nor as smelly as it used to be, and many brands advertise no ammonia formulas. If you color your hair regularly, treat the ends of your hair with conditioner before you begin. The ends of your hair are older than the stuff at the scalp, and more delicate. If you have dark hair and you want to go funky you'll probably have to bleach it to white before you can apply red green or blue colors. It looks nicer, blue over black otherwise hardly shows. If you do dye your hair, look for shampoo made to prolong and protect the dye job.

When shopping for conditioner read the label. Vitamin B5, known as Panthenol is very good for hair. The closer to the first ingredient listed it is, the more Panthenol is in the product. Be careful, some products, most notably "Pantane" don't even list it as an ingredient. Some really inexpensive Suave brand conditioners have it pretty close to the top. So read the bottle. If you grow your hair long, color or perm it often, do a deep conditioning at least once a month. Leave the hot oil treatment on your hair 5 minutes or more for deep penetration to the hair shaft


Avoid styles that stress your hair. A pony tail is fine once in a while, but pulling it tight on a daily basis can cause serious balding. Back combing and teasing your hair can cause breakage. Nice hair styles look natural and touchable. The right cut with or without a perm will make the most of your face, and bring out your assets.

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