As well as using the correct products, having good hair depends on the right nourishment and treatment. Follow these great hair care tips to keep your locks looking lovely.
Good hair condition starts from the inside:
Your scalp and hair need a balanced diet that includes the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients required for general good health. In particular, if your hair is dry and dull-looking, it could be that you're not drinking enough water (try to drink around 8 glasses a day) or consuming enough essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids help with the production of sebum which naturally lubricates the hair so supplementation, or ideally, increasing your intake of nuts, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds can help to improve the condition of dry, lifeless hair.
What hair care products to use:
As far as products are concerned, and depending on your hair type (and any color treatment), personally experimenting with different products is the best way to find what suits you. You should try to maintain a four-stage regime (shampoo, condition, protect and then style) to strengthen your hair and make it more resistant to damage.
After shampooing, rinse well. Any residue makes hair dull and is also sticky, so attracts dirt. A last rinse in cold water stimulates the scalp and is good for shine and growth.
Conditioners moisturize the hair and protect and repair it. You should condition every time you wash your hair and use deep conditioning treatments around once a week if your hair is dry or color-treated.
Styling and finishing products protect from pollution and against the oxidation and heat from UV light. Again, experiment to find which suit you, but avoid using sticky products. Also avoid overusing these products as they can drag the hair down making it look flat and lank.
Trimming, combing, drying and brushing:
Get rid of split ends by getting a regular trim. Use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush when your hair is wet and avoid exposing your hair to too much heat when blow-drying. Don't use a hotter setting than a medium heat on your hairdryer and use a nozzle attachment to direct the air parallel to the shaft of the hair, rather than directly on it.
When it comes to brushing, it is sensible to invest in a good-quality hairbrush. Combs and poor-quality brushes can scratch the scalp and cause damage to the hair shaft. Avoid over-brushing your hair as this can stimulate too much sebum production. This can encourage oily hair, split ends and breakages. It is a good idea to brush your hair before you wash it to massage your scalp and loosen dead skin cells.
Caring for color-treated hair:
If your hair is color-treated, avoid using non-organic dyes (peroxides especially). Also, protect color-treated hair from the negative effects of the sun, the sea and swimming pools. Hats and head-scarves should be worn in the hot sun. Wear a protective cap or conditioner when swimming and always shampoo your hair afterward. You should also avoid over-drying hair that is color-treated. Use dryers, curling tongs and heated rollers as little as possible and try to let it dry naturally as often as you can.
Treat dandruff using naturally based anti-dandruff shampoos. Avoid products that contain metal oxides. Rinse well after treating for dandruff and avoid touching your scalp - it can be more prone to infection at this stage.
Using natural conditioners:
Try using inexpensive natural ingredients when conditioning. Use egg yolks on normal to dry hair and egg whites on oily or balanced hair. Alternatively, use a strong infusion of chamomile on oily or balanced hair.
Following these great hair care tips will help to keep your locks in tip-top condition, making it easier to style and improving its appearance.