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You Want Great Hair

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It may sound superficial to want your hair to be the envy of your friends. But shiny, healthy hair has a deeper, and more basic explanation of why it appeals to our visual preferences. Healthy hair is a primal indicator of our overall health and happiness.

You want great hair not just because it looks good but also because it literally indicates that you feel good. Have you ever found yourself standing at the salon in front of rows and rows of conditioners, wondering what to buy? From daily conditioners and heat-protecting leave-in conditioners to deep conditioners and keratin masks, the options seem somewhat limitless. The truth is, all conditioners smooth the cuticle, soften hair, add shine, and restore moisture. The trick is to use the right one all with the objective of keeping your hair healthy and enhancing your cut and style. Here are a few tips on picking the right conditioning regimen.

  • Use conditioner and occasionally skip shampoo. Your hair is exposed to washing, coloring, styling and the elements and all of these can dry it out. Using daily conditioner adds a layer of protection that guards against harsh products, hot tools, and everything else that’s doing a number on your hair. If your hair is on the dry side, you may even want to use conditioner in place of your shampoo once or twice a week. Some shampoos contain strong detergents that can strip your hair of moisture. Just using conditioner helps your hair retain moisture and makes it easier to comb through but it should never totally replace shampoo. Shampoo does a better job of removing buildup.
  • Embrace your natural hair. Women who think conditioner makes their hair flat should not stop using it, they need to switch conditioners to something that works for them to both condition and add volume. The key is to pick one based on your texture. If you have fine hair it may benefit from a volumizing conditioner, which adds body. If you have thick hair you may need deep conditioners that contain fatty acids to take your hair from dry to shiny. If you have curly hair you have noticed that it is almost always dry because oils from the scalp don’t travel as easily down the hair shaft as they do with straight hair, so people with curls should use an extra-moisturizing conditioner.  But no matter what your texture, if you color your hair regularly, you need a protein conditioner made for color-treated hair.  When you color, the cuticle has to open and close to allow pigment in, which weakens strands over time. Adding protein strengthens your hair, so it will counteract any chemicals you may use on it.
  • Hair masques should be your new best friend. Masques are not just for dry, damaged hair.  Everyone can benefit from a moisture treatment once a week. To get the most out of your masque, look for keratin, amino acids, or essential fatty acids. You can also boost your hair’s ability to hydrate with hot oil treatments.
  • Keep your roots from getting over conditioned. If you want the maximum amount of volume or you feel like the hair near your scalp gets oily quickly, you should avoid over-moisturizing there. Hair at the roots is conditioned on its own by the natural oils from your scalp. The hair near your scalp is healthier because it has not  been exposed to as much heat styling, chemicals or elements. When applying daily conditioner, start at the ends then run the remainder through the rest of your hair. You should avoid the first two inches from your scalp. Leave the conditioner on for at least three to five minutes before rinsing.

Remember healthy people including women have lustrous, shiny and healthy hair. The hair of unhealthy people loses its luster and shows up in their appearance. So, great hair is not superficial. It may seem so because it looks good enough to envy, but remember that it literally indicates that you feel good inside and out.

 

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HAIR ADVICE · HAIR HEALTH TIPS · HAIR STYLING

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