While we try to keep ourselves healthy from head to toe, many of us forget about what’s at the very top of our bodies — our hair. It’s one of the first things people see when they meet us. Our hair dictates so much of our confidence and how we feel inside and out.
Why It’s Important to Care for Your Hair
Hair serves a role in your health — beyond giving you a confidence-boost. Hair helps regulate your temperature, keeping you warm when it’s cold, and helping wick sweat when you’re hot. It also helps provide a little padding if you fall, and it may protect your scalp from the sun
What does healthy hair look like?
These are some of the main signs of healthy hair, though they may not apply to all hair types;
- Exhibits little breakage and minimal shedding
- Does not break when it’s brushed
- Does not contain dandruff
- Reflects light
- Has sheen and luster
- Contains moisture
How to care for your hair?
Don’t Overprocess Your Hair: Hair can suffer from overprocessing, irrespective of its color, texture, or genetics. Overprocessing can occur due to improper use of hair dye, bleach, or relaxers. This can lead to the breakdown of disulfide bonds, causing hair breakage.
Do Choose a Shampoo and Conditioner That’s Specific to Your Hair Type: Every hair type or hair issue has a product that works best for it. Is your scalp dry or oily? Is your hair color-treated? Do you have dandruff? Be sure to choose the shampoo and conditioner that’s designed for you
Don’t Overdry Your Hair: Another method of overprocessing? Using your hair dryer and hot styling tools too regularly. Blow-dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can burn your hair and your scalp — and can cause your hair to break and fall out.
Don’t Skip the Conditioner: Although busy schedules may lead to rushed showers, it’s essential to condition your hair after every shampoo for optimal hair health. Conditioner can effectively enhance the appearance of damaged hair by adding shine, strengthening it, and reducing static electricity.
Don’t Intensely Brush Your Hair: Although you may be tempted to get out every last tangle, too much brushing isn’t good for your tresses, especially if you use all your strength to remove those knots.
Don’t Let Braids, Cornrows, or Weaves Get Too Tight: If your hair is pulled tightly and it hurts, it’s likely that the hair is getting damaged. Be sure to speak up if your stylist pulls your hair too tight.
Remember! Your hair is the ball gown that you never take off