Hair Care Tips
Use the Correct Shampoo & ConditionerAsk me about the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Your shampoo and conditioner should be free of chemicals and artificial fragrances as these compounds tend to be absorbed into your bloodstream through your pores and can have a toxic effect. The right shampoo removes all build up and leaves your hair looking and feeling clean. The right conditioner will not weigh down your hair, but will detangle and strengthen your hair by closing the cuticles and creating shine.
Vitamins & NutritionPrescription medications may have the side effect of hair loss and can cause hair thinning. Drugs can cause toxicity within the body that effect your hair and skin.
Vitamins that are essential to healthy hair and skin include:
- B-Vitamins (helps with grey hair and emotional stress)
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin A
- Beta Carotene
Protein is also very important for maintaining healthy hair. So make sure you eat healthy, and consult with a nutritionist on ways to improve your diet and nutrition. I also personally recommend the product BioSil™, which has helped strengthen and thicken my hair and nails.
Treat Your Hair Kindly
The best time to de-tangle your hair is while the conditioner is soaking through it in the shower. Use a large-toothed comb to gently detangle your hair.
When drying your hair with a towel be sure to dab it dry, rather than rub it with the towel. This protects the top layer of the hair (cuticle) and prevents breakage.
Avoid using hard water on your hair and skin. Installing special filters in your shower can convert hard water to soft water. Hard water contains thousands of chemicals which can harm the hair.
Get regular hair treatments. Although the best results are achieved within the beauty salon, certain hair treatments can also be applied at home. Consult with your stylist about which would work best for your hair type.
Avoid excessive time in chlorinated pools and the sun. Use anti-oxidant shampoos to remove chlorine immediately after swimming. Wet the hair and apply a treatment conditioner before you go in the pool or in the sun, this will protect your hair color and prevent damage. This is also applicable to children!
How to Dry & Style Your Hair
Never leave your house with wet hair. Air-drying the hair naturally can result in split ends as the cuticle is left open for the hair to attract pollution from the environment into the hair shaft. Take your time and use a hairdryer. You can dry your hair with your fingers in a downward motion, or for best results smooth out your hair cuticle using a high quality, round boar bristle brush (ask me for a recommendation).
When blow drying with a round bristle brush take the following steps: (1) Gently towel dry the hair so it is not dripping (dab, do not rub), (2) use a round boar bristle brush (correct size for your hair length) and place a small section starting from the front (as body heat rises to the top of the head, drying this part the fastest). Smooth out that section of the hair holding the brush at a 90-degree angle and always dry the root area first. Continue drying toward the ends. This will prevent the hair from becoming flat, and creates body. This drying technique also helps dry the roots completely, preventing the hair from returning to its original state after styling.
Do not use any styling products before drying as this creates a build-up and attracts pollution and dirt from the environment, and thus the style will not last as long.
Avoid flat irons and curling irons as they burn the hair cuticle and make the hair break easily. They can also cause a burnt/brittle look which makes your hair appear discolored.