HEALTHY HAIR TIPS
An excellent way to obtain healthy hair is to make sure you know about the latest products, best available tools, and current techniques for taking care of hair. Some people appear never to have bad hair days. They look as though they have just stepped out of a salon, no matter what day of the week. However, if you are like most people, you probably have the typical morning hair and do not look “put together” 24 hours a day, even though you may want to.
The good news is that you can have great hair, simply by knowing the following secrets, which I have provided as tips for healthy hair. Best of all, these are things that every person can do without excessive fussing. Instead of putting on a hat to hide an unsightly head of hair, try the following and enjoy great looking hair all the time. Keep in mind that the first step is changing your mindset. Get rid of your scarves, hats, turbans, and other things used to hide your hair and embrace change.
1.) Haircut – One of the best tips for healthy hair is to ensure your hair looks great by getting regular haircuts. Keep in mind when choosing a hairstyle, if you find that the stylist needs 30 to 45 minutes in the salon to make your hair look perfect, then when you get home you will never be able to recreate the same look. Instead, you want a haircut that looks natural and requires little fuss.
Make sure the stylist understands the four important aspects of a haircut: density, texture, type, and facial shape. For instance, if you have thick, coarse hair, then you would not want a full perm. If you have a full, round face, you want your hair to be pulled away from the face to make it look thinner. Finally, a good haircut should last six weeks, looking great every day.
2.) Work with Nature – Everyone has different hair. It might be that your hair is fine, thick, wavy, straight, and so on. To look your best, you need to work with your natural hair. Otherwise, you will find that you become enslaved to your hair, going through constant coloring, relaxing, cutting, chemical applications, etc.
3.) Use Products Wisely – Go easy on the products. If you apply gel to your hair, use a small, dime-size portion rather than filling the palms of your hands with the product. The same would be true with hairspray. You do not want your hair to appear stiff, but flowing and natural. Therefore, use a small amount of spray and allow your hair to have movement.
Another tip for healthy hair is that using too many products will cause your hair to appear greasy and weighed down. You want to be careful when mixing and matching products. Instead of applying a leave-in conditioner, styling mousse, gel, and then hairspray, simply shampoo and condition your hair and then use one product. Additionally, it would be best to use the same brands as they are designed to work together for the best results.
4.) Curling Irons and Flat Irons – Many people use irons to achieve their desired look. They are a great tool to get bouncing curls or a sleek professional look. However, more often than not, people go over board with their irons. Take it easy on the flat ironing, people! ;-) I have seen more damaged hair come from flat irons than anything else. Always make sure your hair is 100% dry before using any type of iron on your hair. I also recommend using a heat protectant on your hair when using any type of iron. When you do flat iron, pass over a section of hair 1-2 times moving the iron quickly from scalp to ends. Do not hold it longer in sections or go over certain sections again and again – this is what causes damage!
When curling your hair, I always recommend starting with the iron near your scalp or the mid shaft of your hair and then working your way down to the ends. If you want looser waves, then take bigger sections of hair. If you prefer tighter curls, use smaller sections along with a smaller iron (1 inch or less).
Finishing a curly style is easy. If you’re looking for a soft, Hollywood glam look, take a boar bristle brush and lightly brush your curls. This will give you a soft wave. If you’re looking for a tousled, beachy look, flip your head over, and with your fingers, comb through your hair. Then when you flip your hair back, it will be soft and natural. Always finish with a soft hold hair spray to maintain your look for the rest of the day.
5.) Roots – The roots of your hair can be damaged in a number of ways. Therefore, before you start blow-drying or curling, make sure you take care of the roots. For starters, when you blow dry your hair, start by drying the root area first. The same is true when applying hair products. You will get more volume by applying to the roots first and then working your way down.
6.) Preparation – One problem that many people face is that as the day progresses, the hair becomes dull and tired looking. If you are faced with this challenge, then reactivate your morning’s gel or mousse with a simple spritz of water.
Another great tool is to purchase a miniature curling iron that can be kept in your purse or desk. Then at lunch, you can take five minutes to refresh the curls and look just as good as you did in the morning. If you wear your hair long, flip your head upside down and shake your hair. When you bring your head back up, you will have instant fluff and volume.
7.) Body – Dealing with limp, lifeless hair is another common problem. To get the thickness and body you want, you need to make sure your hair is washed with a quality shampoo and conditioner. Then when you dry your hair, bend over at the waist, and blow dry your hair upside down. Once the hair is approximately 50% dry, apply mousse or gel and with a vent brush, work it through. Now, flip your head over again, drying it until completely dry.
8.) Go Easy – Purchase some of the updo tools sold at stores to help put your hair up so it looks neat rather than just thrown together. To make this work, you need to gather all your hair as neatly as possible and then wind or roll it in one direction. With the updo tool, put the hair up and then secure it with bobby pins.
9.) Darn Those Cowlicks – Many men and women struggle with cowlicks. Instead of fighting these areas of the hair, use them to your advantage! For example, you can start a part or sweep the hair over at the location of the cowlick and have a nice lift. Another option is to brush your hair over toward the cowlick with a little bit of gel. The result will be a nice fullness that makes the hair look great and hides the cowlick.
10.) Regular Trims – In addition to having a great cut, my last tip for healthy hair is to keep up with regular trims. Unfortunately, women will try to stretch the time out as long as possible. But even waiting one week too long can make a big difference.