Your hair is a reflection of how healthy or unhealthy you are. Health generally is the absence of illness and includes mental, emotional, spiritual, physical etc. health. One therefore, may be physically healthy but emotionally drained and in more times than one, it reflects on the hair. The logic here is, if someone is having an emotional crisis, they will more likely than not, bother less about the state of their hair.
The hair is a great feature that humans have and especially for women. If a woman’s hair is untidy or unkempt and unhealthy, it usually affects, in a negative way, the woman’s level of confidence. And when there is a bit of low-self esteem, we often times are less productive. Here, I will be sharing a few general tips on how to properly take care of one’s hair in whatever state it maybe in – natural or relaxed.
When applying any hair care tip on your hair, make sure that it does not leave your hair prone to breakage rather, it should improve the rate at which your hair grows and retains growth.
Wash your hair weekly or once in 2 weeks. The reason is this; if you allow dirt to accumulate on your scalp, it clogs the pores inhibiting hair growth. Plus, you don’t want to be a source of air pollution with your hair smelling like that. While washing, use sulfate-free moisturising shampoo. Sulfate-containing shampoo strips the hair of its natural oil leaving it dry and prone to breakage.
Weekly deep conditioning with protein/moisturising conditioner. You can use a deep conditioner or your regular conditioner. It’s best to deep condition hair after washing. Leave the conditioner in for 20 – 30 minutes under dryer or 1 hour without heat. You can equally do a protein treatment once in 6 weeks (to maintain the protein-moisture balance of the hair).
Rinse your hair after conditioning with cool water. This helps to close hair cuticles.
Always comb your hair with loose-end combs. Use same for detangling or best, your fingers. You don’t want the rat-tail comb snapping off your hair. Patience is also important or you might just give yourself an unwanted trim.
Keep your hair moisturised at all times with water-based moisturiser. The hair flourishes in moisture. Seal in the moisture with an oil or butter to trap the moisture in the hair so that the individual strands can absorb it. Now, you want to use essential oils (example coconut oil, olive oil, palm kernel oil etc.) rather than natural oils (petroleum jelly) for your hair. The latter tends to leave the scalp clogged.
I know you love your dryers, relaxers, straighteners, but your hair doesn’t appreciate the heat. You might want to limit the use of heat on your hair. You can always air-dry and if you must use heat (in any form), be sure to use a heat protectant on your hair before using the heat source. Grapeseed oil is a good example.
Protect your hair ends especially at night so that they tangle less, break less and retain more.
Trim your hair every 3 – 6 months. You need it so as to get rid of the old, frail ends. If you leave them, they will start breaking off on their own and they do not control the length that cuts off. That means that even the healthier ones might also break off and you don’t want that. So, trim off the weak, split ends yourself.
Eating a healthy diet generally ensures a healthy body and the hair is part of the body. Always eat right. You can never go wrong with lots of water too.
Exercise your body too. Exercises increase blood circulation through your body and so, the scalp as well. This provides a good environment for your hair to grow.
Choose hair products that your hair tolerates. Everybody’s hair is not the same. Find out what works for you and use it.
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