My mother has always told me, a woman’s hair is her temple, so taking care of it, is important. Taking care hair can sometimes be tiring and a little challenging, depending on your hair texture. Here are 5 tips on hair care tips.
- Breakage: To minimize breakage, make sure that your hair is thoroughly wet before applying shampoo. Use no more than a quarter-size dollop, and rub the shampoo between your palms first. Lather for no more than 30 seconds.After shampooing, rinse your hair with cool water to seal moisture in the hair shafts. To distribute the natural oils in your hair, bend over and brush your scalp and hair from back to front until the scalp tingles; then massage the scalp with your fingertips. Towel-dry your hair thoroughly before using a blow dryer. You’ll save time and avoid damaging your hair with too much heat. To cut down on static electricity, dampen your hairbrush before brushing.
- Hair coloring: If you are that kind of person who enjoys changing your hair color up, you might want to try and limit how much you dye your hair. Coloring dye has a lot of harsh chemicals in it that can damage your hair and cause it to break. Or in some bad cases, can even make some people go bald. If you want to change up your look, try going with a wig or weave. This way you keep your hair looking healthy and strong, while also getting the color you want. If you do decide on the wig or weave and you end up liking it and end up getting it dyed, make an appoint with a stylist so that they can give your hair a nice treatment, so that it won’t break off.
- Swimming: If you are planning on going for a swim at your local pool, wet your hair so your hair will soak up the initial water instead of the chlorinated water. When swimming where a cap to protect your hair from chlorinated water, if you choose not to wear a cap make sure you shampoo and condition your hair right after you are done swimming.One celebrity once said that after she gets finished swimming, she likes to put ketchup on her hair to get rid of all the chlorine in her hair. Now as crazy and weird as this might sound, it might just be worth a try.
- Shampooing and conditioning: Buy shampoos & conditioners that match your hair type. Trial and error is the best way to find out what specific hair product is best for your hair. Shower with warm water; hot water can dry and/or irritate the scalp. When shampooing, rinse your hair out before applying any shampoo to remove any dust, dirt, and any other foreign items, then apply the shampoo onto your scalp and massage it gently with your finger tips and work your way outwards. After you are done make sure that you thoroughly rinse out your hair to remove any shampoo residue that may be left. Shampoo residue may dry your scalp/hair and or attract dirt. It is recommended that you only lather once to avoid drying your hair out. If you have oily hair, lathering again may stimulate your oil glands to create even more oil than normal.
- Braids and split ends: If your hair is braided or you have a ponytail, use a specially treated band or scrunchie which will prevent breakage of your hair. Limit your use of clips, bows, and untreated bands. Even if you plan on growing your hair out further, you should trim your hair once every 3 months, if not split ends will cause your hair to break off and your hair will begin to lose it’s beauty. If you plan on just maintaining your length, a trim once every month and a half to two months should suffice.
There are many more tips on how to take care of your hair, but those are only a few. These tips work on straight, curly, and relaxed hair. Make sure you don’t use too much heat on your hair, this too can damage it and cause it to break. Make sure not to pull on your hair as much, and to wash it every once and a while.