BE NICE TO YOUR HAIR!!! (Basic Hair Care)
Everything you do and everything you purchase to make your hair look and feel good can be reversed by not adhering to a few basic facts to keep from damaging your hair unnecessarily. There’s nothing difficult about it, however. All you have to do is commit a few things to memory and then practice until it’s a habit.
1). It’s a good idea to gently comb or brush your hair before washing it, especially if you have tangles and/or styling product build-up. This also helps distribute natural oils throughout the length of your hair. If you have long hair, do not wad it up on top of your head to lather, as this causes tangles that will cause breakage to remove. Instead, lather it from top to bottom as it lays naturally. Gently massage the scalp while shampooing with your fingertips (Never your fingernails!) to increase circulation and promote new growth.
2.) This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but if you condition your hair before you wash it, it helps prevent the shampoo from stripping your hair by giving it something to wash out. This is most important if you shampoo frequently.
3.) After you shampoo and condition, use lukewarm water to rinse. Too warm or too cool can be stressful to your tresses. For added shine, add a spoonful of apple cider vinegar to your final rinse water.
4.) Never bunch up or scrub your hair with a towel to dry. This is extremely damaging. Just blot and scrunch your hair gently with a towel.
5.) Most importantly, never brush wet hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to smooth it as gently as possible without any pulling or tugging. If you have tangles that require you to pull your hair as you comb, you may need to alter your shampooing methods or experiment with different conditioners. It may also help to comb conditioner through your hair with a wide-toothed comb before you rinse it out.
6.) Use a deep conditioner (or a home-made soak such as coconut oil, hemp seed oil, heated olive oil, or even vegetable oil; use what you have) at least once a week or whenever possible.
7.) Do not try to style hair that is very wet, because that is when your hair is most elastic and prone to breakage. It’s a waste of time as well, because hair can’t hold a style until it is just barely damp. Don’t style by pulling and stretching your hair; always be as gentle as possible. Keep chemical treatments such as perms and color to a minimum. If you have fine hair, never perm AND color or you are likely to end up with brittle, frizzy, and broken hair. If you perm, don’t color and vice versa. Fine hair requires extra tender loving care in general.
8.) Finally, if you feed yourself you feed your hair. Hair needs to be nourished every few hours during your day, even if it’s just a piece of fruit or a light snack. Make sure you’re getting all your vitamins and minerals, as any deficiency in this area will definitely tell on you in the appearance of your hair.
Your hair is usually the first thing others notice about you, and it is your frame. It expresses your style and personality. If you do just a little for it, it can do so much more for you!