If you have a good head of hair, you will want to have it looking as clean, healthy and shiny as possible.
- Our hair is affected by sebaceous glands (which we all have in our skin) and which is an oily and waxy substance called sebum whose job it is to lubricate our skin and hair. Those same glands can play their part in the appearance of acne too. The glands are connected to each individual hair follicle, secreting their natural oils to both moisturize and waterproof your skin and hair. Some people end up with more than others which is why our hair can feel or look oily.
- The environment plays a big part in the state of our hair too with the sun, the sea, pool chemicals, pollution, smoke and smoking all helping to dry out your hair.
- While many have got into the habit of washing their hair daily, over-washing can actually make your hair over-produce oils, which can make it feel oily just the day after you wash it. To change this cycle, try to gradually decrease the frequency and your hair will get oily less quickly as well as becoming less damaged. Keep the temperature lower as too hot can cause heat damage to your hair and even dry your skin.
- In the effort to wash your hair less often, don’t use unnecessary products and ensure your hairbrush is also washed regularly.
- As commercial shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates and other chemicals that can cause harm to both your hair and your skin, look for natural healthier products instead.
- Drastic changes in natural hair color can cause damage both to your hair and your health. Look for more natural hair tints.
- Wait until your hair is nearly dry before brushing or combing as hair is at its weakest when wet and more susceptible to damage. Use a wide toothed comb or your fingers to gently comb though until dry.
- If you have to blow dry your hair, this should be done carefully and correctly, to avoid damage, by directing the dryer's nozzle downwards towards each section of hair. Be wary of heated appliances. If possible, wait until your hair is nearly dry before using on a medium or low heat. Although it takes longer, it will leave your hair looking shinier. Avoid those nozzles that come with hairdryers as they concentrate the heat onto one area only, increasing damage. Invest in more expensive types of heating appliances that are made of ceramic rather than metal. Finish the blow drying by changing to the cool air setting as this has the same effect as the final cool rinse of water – helping each hair cuticle to seal.
- Get your hair trimmed at least once every six weeks to get rid of and prevent a build up of damage so that it grows back shiny (and healthy).
- After shampooing, mix one cup of either white or apple cider vinegar with one cup water and pour over your hair before rinsing thoroughly. Once the vinegar rinses all the debris, the hairs cuticles close resulting in smooth and shiny hair.
- For the final rinse after washing your hair, use cool to cold water. This is because hot water is an enemy of your hair, severely drying it out and leaving it looking damaged and limp. The cooler temperature of the final rinse water will allow each hair cuticle to seal leading to increased reflecting of light and extra shine while preventing breakage and unsightly split ends.
- Invest in a special treatment to give your hair an extra boost, and help it to recover from any damage. Our own Simply Hair Oil provides just such a natural treatment. Apply a small amount to the palm of your hand. Then with your fingers, work the oil evenly throughout damp or dry hair. When your hair is towel-dried, you can can again use our Simply Hair Oil to intensify shine and to eliminate frizz.
Lifestyle choices are of course paramount for good hair health
Protein, omega3 fatty acids, vitamins B6 and B12 should be among good food choices along with plenty of pure filtered water, exercise and good sleeping habits.
A healthy lifestyle is also important to maximize the natural condition of your hair. That means quitting smoking, cutting down on alcohol, getting regular exercise, drinking 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water every day and eating a balanced and healthy diet.
Vitamins A and E, as well as protein, are necessary for healthy hair plus you should eat plenty of fish, eggs and nuts together with berries, carrots, broccoli and plenty of other green leafy veggies for a great head of hair.