Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hair Care

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle which includes proper diet and nutrition is a major key to beautiful hair. But, unfortunately, we do not always have proper eating habits.
By using hair nutrients and following some general guidelines, you can keep your hair in great condition

Hair Type Tips
  • Dull hair without hair damage in most cases can be the result of a build-up of shampoos, conditions, and hard-water particles. These build-ups can deprive your hair of the bounce and sheen for which you bought the shampoo and conditioner in the first place.
  • Clean your hair thoroughly to rid it of hair - care products and residue.
  • Try a shampoo specially designed to remove build-up, or you can use a solution of plain apple-cider vinegar and water. This procedure will restore the acid mantle, which is essential to a healthy scalp and clean, shiny hair.
  • Rinsing your hair after shampooing with the apple-cider solution of apple-cider vinegar and water (half and half mixture), massage in well, then raise out.
  • Now apply your conditioner. This should be done every two weeks. This is very important if you wash your hair consistently with hard water, which has more metal ions.
  • When combined with soaps, these metal ions leave a residue that when left on your hair will make it dull and dry
General Hair Care Tips
  • As much as possible, use natural and organic hair-care products. Many commercial shampoos, conditioners, and rinses contain chemicals that in the long run can damage the hair. Daily or regular shampooing, rinsing, and conditioning with natural products can help keep hair healthy and beautiful. Look for hair care products with wheat germ, jojoba, and/or coconut oil, keratin, vitamins such as biotin, panthenol, vitamin A, E and essential oils.
  • When applying shampoo, be sure to massage the scalp, as this activates circulation and energy flow, and stimulates hair at the roots. As much as possible, avoid using electric hair dryers, hot curling irons and let the hair dry naturally.
Falling Out and Thinning Hair
  • Avoid using stiff nylon brushes, rollers, pony-tails, and other hairstyles that put great pressure on the hair.
  • Avoid rough scalp massages and towel dying, perming and hot blow drying (these weaken the hair shaft even more). Let hair dry as naturally as possible or if you must blow dry, use low to medium heat only. Hold the blower at least 6 inches from your scalp.
  • Use a de-tangle and a wide-tooth comb to untangle the hair. Minimize use of a brush on wet hair. Do not wear hats or wigs on a regular continues basis. Hats and wigs can cut off circulation and oxygen, causing possible further hair loss.
  • Lightly massage your scalp with the tips of your fingers, always using a circular movement for five minutes when shampooing. This is good for blood nourishment to the scalp.
  • After shampooing, rub a few drops of a blend of essential oils such as tea tree, jojoba oil, and rosemary into your hair and scalp and message in; do not rinse out unless your hair is oily.
Natural Highlights
  • Chamomile oil and/or lemon extract are the strongest natural highlighter. Just comb the chamomile oil or lemon extract through your hair and let the sun do the rest. When using essential oils and/or extracts, always mix them with jojoba oil. Never apply essential herbal oils or extracts directly on hair or skin.
  • For a milder, overall lightening, use chamomile tea (brewed in hot water and cooled) and/or lemon juice, and rinse your freshly shampooed and conditioned hair with it, then go out into the sun and let dry.
  • For reddish highlights, use a rinse mixed with a bit of lemon juice and brewed red zinger tea. With the sun's help you will have natural red highlights. Both teas can be found in health food stores.
Healthy Hair
  • Good hygiene is important for healthy hair. This includes brushing the hair properly and washing it with a mild shampoo. Good nutrition (a well - balanced diet of fresh foods and lots of water) not only helps one to have beautiful - looking hair but also improves it's texture.
  • Wash your hair daily or every other day. The extra circulation provided by the shampoo /message stimulates the oil glands to work more efficiently and brings natural oils into the hair. This applies to all types of hair.
  • Use shampoo that is pH balanced and that is designed specially for you hair type (dry, oily, etc.). Ask your hair specialist to assist you in selecting the right shampoo for your hair type. Always rinse with cool (not hot) clean water for extra shine.
  • Allow your hair to air dry naturally whenever possible.

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