We often overlook the health of our hair. Skipping steps, rushing, colouring, straightening, curling, blow drying, can all wreak havoc on our tresses if not taken care of properly. When we think of our face, we think of protection and moisturizing, but why not our hair? Here’s how can we avoid drying out, damaging, and breaking those beautiful locks.
DO: Take care of overall health.
Hair is a continuously growing tissue. It is and always will be affected by general well-being. Pay attention to your eating habits, stress management, and keeping up to date with checkups. When it comes to diet, iron and protein play a vital role in the growth of hair, and stress is a sure bet to accelerate shedding of hair.
DON’T: Swim unprotected.
There is nothing healthy about salt water or chlorine when it comes to your hair. That dry, brittle, colour stripping look and feel to your hair? Salt water and chlorine. A strong leave-in conditioner will protect your hair from these consequences.
DO: Tend to your scalp.
Bet you didn’t know that your hair follicles go a millimetre and a quarter deep into your scalp. A weekly scalp mask which exfoliates and moisturizes is beneficial to sun damage and dryness over the summer. Products containing aloe vera help the most as it soothes itching, flaking and redness.
DON’T: Tie your ponytail/bun too tight.
While ponytails and messy buns are cute and convenient, they can lead to traction alopecia (loss of hair caused by styles that pull on the scalp). A stylish and healthy alternative would be to opt for a loose braid, low buns, and letting your hair down before going to sleep. Tying your hair too tight doesn’t just apply to tension on your scalp, but also the hair strands itself. Having too tight of a ponytail is one of the main causes to breakage, especially when hair is wet. We cannot stress this point enough. Brands are coming out with “spiral elastics”. Because of the spiral design, there is less tension on the hair, and is less damaging to the scalp. Say “bye-bye” to hair kinks, scalp pain and headache-induced ponytails!