Hair has been described as a person’s ‘crowning glory’, framing the face and adding proportion and style to one’s facial features. Because of this, there is a huge reason for ladies, and even men, to take care of their hair, if they don’t want to end up losing their hair or getting it damaged in the end.
Dry, brittle hair is one of the problems women have on a daily basis. Whether its blistering cold or scorching hot outside, it’s unavoidable to have dry, frizzy hair. Ladies often obsess about the latest fashion styles and trends, or what cosmetic products or cosmetic bag to buy, but they are sometimes uninformed of the causes of dry hair and what they can do to solve this problem.
According to most studies, heat and sun exposure are the main culprits of dry, brittle hair. Too much exposure to the sun damages natural hair proteins, leaving the hair looking dull, limp and lifeless. Not to mention that nowadays, women tend to style their hair more often using hair irons, curlers and blow driers. These products can deal additional damage and stress to the hair.
So to protect your hair from stress and damage, here are some tips that can help liven up dry and lifeless hair:
Protect hair from the sun
As much as it is enjoyable to stay under the sun and get a tan, women should always remember to protect or shield their hair from the sun’s punishing rays. Fedora hats and scarves are in and trendy nowadays, so ladies can still stay chic and pretty while ensuring that their lovely tresses are well-protected.
Air-dry instead of blow dry
After a bath, ladies should use a good soft towel to remove excess water from the hair, and then follow it up by air-drying. As much as possible, avoid blow drying the hair. However, if it’s really unavoidable, turn off the heating element, or adjust the heat setting to low and cut back blow-drying time from 30 minutes to 15 minutes.
Wash hair every other day
Ideally, it is recommended to wash the hair every other day so as not to strip off the natural oils from the hair. If possible, it’s even better to skip washing the hair up to three days to give a much better result.
Use mild shampoo
Preferably, women should use shampoo that contains certain nutrients like ceramides, humectants and oils. Ceramides are lipids that help reduce breakage of hair cuticles and prevent natural hair oils from being stripped off.
Shampoos with humectants are also perfect against dry hair, because humectants are substances that help attract and retain moisture.
Condition the hair
When not shampooing the hair, use a conditioner. Use a mild conditioner and let it sit for about two minutes to allow for it to be absorbed by the hair. Make sure to rinse the hair well after, as conditioner left on the hair could only add to its brittleness and may even cause dandruff.
Rehydrate often and eat healthy
Dry, frizzy hair doesn’t just mean that it is not properly taken care of. It may also indicate that the body isn’t receiving enough proper nutrients and hydration. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day and eat healthy by having fruits and vegetables regularly. Doctors also recommend munching on nuts such as almonds, walnuts and cashews that help provide certain minerals and nutrients which are necessary for healthy growth of the hair.
There could be a lot of things that women are into – from raving about the latest cosmetic product or cosmetic bag to adopting the newest, sought-after diet- but taking care of one’s hair should always be one of the more important habits that one should practice for a lifetime. Ensure that your crowning glory is taken care of early on, and say goodbye to bad hair days!