Is your hair as important to you as your clothing? Do you want to ensure that you never have another bad hair day again? You need to get serious about looking after your hair. Here are a few things that will help you look like you’ve just stepped out of a hair product commercial at all times (well most of the time)…
Get a Good Haircut
I can’t tell you exactly what kind of haircut to get because that depends on a lot on personal taste and what will suit your face and style, but having a good haircut is the first step to healthy, great looking hair. That means you should go to the best barber you can afford and get good advice, a great cut, and a fantastic experience.
The best way to dry your hair, whether you have locks, a high fade or long rocker locks, is by patting it gently. If you rub it harshly with a towel, that will lead to damage, tangles, and breakages, and if you use a hairdryer, then that will also cause damage too.
When you get out of the shower, shake your head to get rid of any excess water, then pat your hair slowly (and gently) in the direction of growth. If you have locks, then you’ll want to squeeze the excess moisture out of them before patting. It might not be quite as convenient, taking a bit longer to dry, but it will ensure that your hair looks as good as the rest of you.
Warm Water Only
While we’re talking about washing your hair, it is never a good idea to use really hot water during the process. It might feel fantastic to have a waterfall of hot water falling over your scalp, but it will get rid of too many of your scalp’s essential oils, which could dry your hair out and make it frizzy.
Keep Chemicals to a Minimum
It can be tempting to put lots of chemicals on your hair, particularly if it is unruly, frizzy and out of control, but the more chemical treatments your hair undergoes, the more dull and damaged your hair will become, not only from the chemicals working on your hair but also due to the residual build-up that gets left behind.
High-Quality Shampoo and Conditioner is Essential
If you want a healthy head of hair, then you’re going to have to spring for the better shampoo and conditioner – the kind that really does cleanse your hair and add more moisture to it. That’s the only way to get your hair shiny and healthy looking in the long term.
Feed Your Head
If you’re sporting dreads, then it’s also important to roll them and feed them with a small amount of lock gel on a regular basis. This will help them to keep their shape and retain more moisture so that they look as healthy as it is possible to look.
Brush Less Often
When it comes to brushing your hair, less is more. Obviously, you want to brush it often enough to keep it tangle free, and you want to ensure that you don’t go out looking like you’ve slept in a bush all night, but try to brush only when necessary.
On the subject of brushing, you should never brush your hair when wet, because it is more likely to break. You should also ensure that you’re either using a wide-toothed comb or a detangler – both of which are gentler on the hair than other kinds of brushes.
Eat a Healthy Diet
In many ways, your hair is only as healthy as the rest of your body, which is why, if you want it to look good, you need to treat your body more like a temple and less like a slum. Try to up your intake of water, fruits, veggies and whole grains. Also try to get your full 8 hours of sleep each night and your hair will improve in appearance as a result.
Restrictive Hats are a No-No
Hat’s that are very tight around the head can lead to the development of a condition known as traction alopecia, which basically means that the hat pulls the hair out of your head. Unfortunately, when this happens, it can become permanent, and you may well be left with bald patches.
Try a Capillus
If hair loss is something that you’re suffering from, it might be worth trying the Capillus. This simple device uses a system of lasers to help thicken up thinning hair. It could be just the thing you need if you don’t think that the bald look is for you and a comb-over just won’t fly (it won’t).
If you’re prone to frizzy hair and that’s not cool with you – some people can pull off frizz just fine – then you might want to consider using a moisturizing serum along with your other hair products. Doing so will help to slick down your hair, make it easier to manage and give it a little more healthy shine too!
Look After Your Scalp
Your hair grows out of your scalp, which means that looking after your scalp is a vital part of keeping your hair in pristine condition. Massaging, using tea tree oil solutions to treat dandruff, and exfoliating the scalp monthly should be enough to keep things in check.
Visit the Barber Regularly
Whatever your hairstyle, if you want it to stay looking healthy, then you need to give it some professional attention from time to time. So, set regular appointments for styling your locks, having your split ends trimmed or your sides and you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Some say the clothes make the man, others say that it’s the character, but there is no denying that your hair plays an important role in making you who you are and that’s why you should show it some respect.
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