Shiny and healthy hair is a woman’s dream at any age. And if at the young age it is enough to regularly wash your hair with good shampoo and notget carried away with radical experiments, then by the time you’ll notice that taking hair care seriously is a must in order to maintain your best look.
Changes in our bodies are inevitable, however, we are able to restrain and correct them. And those changes don’t mean you’re doomed to an endlesssequence of bad hair days. Here are effective tips on hair care. By following these tips to get your best hair regardless of your age, you’ll look like you’ve just come out of the salon, seven days a week.
1. Hydration is the key
One of the main secrets of strong and healthy hair is good hydration.
Water and hydration in general, plays a major role in allowing the hair to grow long and fast. Dehydration dries the hair shaft and scalp and ultimately causes hair breakage and split ends.
A great way of hydrating your hair is using natural oils such as coconut oil 30 min before rinsing your hair. Follow the steps:
• Apply 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (can be replace with olive oil)
• Comb your hair
• Cover your hair with plastic shower cap or foil for 20-30 min
• Wash your hair with shampoo
• Apply your hair conditioner and let it stay at least 5 min before rinsing.
You need to apply this technique at least once a month or once a week if you dye your hair.
Experts also advise to take note of one simple trick that will help activate hair follicles and stimulate collagen production: you need to wrapyour head in your hands and “move” the entire scalp. This pleasant proceduremay well become one of the regular evening rituals.
2. Use oils and masks more frequently
You’ve probably heard of face masks and even used them to hydrate, clean and nourish your face. But what about hair masks? Hair masks work the same wayface masks do.
By the time, many women notice that their hair is getting thinner and their hairstyle is losing its former volume. Here is when oils and hair masks save the situation!
First step, before using any hair masks and oils, you need to define your natural hair type; dry? Oily? Or combination of both?
Natural hair oils and hair masks are intensive hair conditioning treatments
with enormous benefits which include:
• Stronger, shinier and softer hair
• Hydration and freshness
• Reduced hair damage and breakage
• Restoration of hair
• Healthier scalp
• Less frizz
And much more benefits experienced when used.
Many types of hair masks can be prepared at home with natural ingredients you may already have at your kitchen such as eggs, honey, banana Aloa Vera and more.
3. Hair dye and haircut
If you dye your hair, then its color should be several tones lighter than your natural shade. This technique allows you to look younger.
Although it may seem that all dyes are created equal, there are definitely formulas that work better than others, depending on the texture of the hair and natural color. If you are dealing with dryness, choose a non-ammonium formula –preferably one that is contaminated with vitamin E or other emollients – thatcan minimize dye-related breakdowns. You can also try some low-lights and highlights. This method creates a subtle gradation of color in your hair. It isflattering on a variety of hair textures and skin tones and feels less of acommitment than the harsh work of dying.
Cutting your hair is another way of flattering your face. It allows you to add some face-framing layers that hit at your cheekbone and jaw to highlight your bone structure.
Have your haircut reevaluated every few years to take into account changes in your face like fat loss or a loss of elasticity in your skin that would be unnecessarily highlighted.
The ideal haircut is not a geometrically verified square, but a light cascade on short or semi-long hair. If you choose a haircut with a bang, then make it a symmetric and elongated.
4. Watch out for food
Many people want strong and healthy hair, especially as they grow older.
Interestingly, your hair grows around 1.25 cm per month which makes 15 cm per year.
How fast your hair grows depends on factors like health, genetics, age, and most fortunately… Diet!
Although you can’t change or control your age and genetics but fortunately you can do something about your diet.
Diet and nutrition play a major role not only to your body, health and weight but also to your hair. The lack of consumption of some major nutrients can make your hair thinner and your sculp dryer which ultimately can cause loss of hair.
On the other hand, having a balanced diet with the right nutrients included promotes hair growth thus, a better volume especially if you’re experiencing hair loss because of poor diet or lack of nutrition.
Here are 8 best foods you can eat to balance your diet and promote hair growth:
1. Eggs: a great source of protein and biotin, which are the main nutrients linked to hair loss and growth.
2. Berries: loaded with compounds like vitamins and antioxidants that promote hair growth, help collagen production and iron absorption.
3. Spinach: loaded with folate, iron, and vitamins A and C.
4. Fatty Fish (like salmon): a great source of omega-3 fatty acids
5. Sweet Potatoes: laded with vitamin A.
6. Avocados: an antioxidant loaded with vitamin E.
7. Nuts: packed with nutrients like vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc and essential fatty acids.
8. Beans: a great source of protein, iron zinc and biotin.
The bottom line: the quality of the food you consume reflect on the quality of your hair and its growth.
5. Sunscreens first
We know that being out in the sun may affect our skin negatively and it is advised to use sunscreens and skin protectors with high SPF volumes. But how about the hair? By stepping outside, you’re putting your hair at risk for lackof moisture and even fading of hair color due to oxidation.
Does the sun affect natural hair color too? YES!
Although sun damage is more noticeable on dyed hair, it still affects everyone. Sun rays bleach both non-natural and natural hair colors, so it’s important to stay protected when you’re outside for long periods of time.
For this, you need to get the right hair sunscreen with UVQ filter that absorbs the sun rays and keep your hair protected.
While the ideas are similar, the ingredients are not. Sunscreens with high SPF cannot protect your hair as UVQ filters cannot protect your skin from sun damage. So, it is very important to have different sunscreens both for face and hair separately.
6. See the hair specialist
If you face problems like hair loss, thinning hair or dandruff, you better turn to specialists to find proper solutions for those problems. Besides that, regular visits to professional salons can ensure applying high-quality products that will maintain the healthy condition of your hair and scalp. At Chic and Posh, we provide Qatar’s top-notch quality hair care products such as Kerastase, L’Oreal and the best hair and body services for our beloved customers because we believe in the power of strength and beauty. Become a member of our salon and you will benefit from saving money on monthly treatments.
Our hair experts at Chic and Posh will ensure your shiny look by taking proper care of your hair (and not only), and you will catch admiring glances of people around.