Is Your Hair In Need Of Some TLC?
Posted by Jason Collier in Hair
January can be a tricky month in many ways and just like a lot of us our hair is not immune to the January blues either! A dry scalp, frizzy, dull and lifeless hair can generally be a topic of conversation at this time of year, but giving stressed - out tresses a little extra TLC will pay off with healthier hair throughout the year. Your scalp is more prone to dehydration and brittle ends at this time of year, thanks to a combination of cold weather outside and cranked - up heating inside. The changes in temperature can have a damaging effect, while pulling woolly hats on and off causes extra friction on hair strands.
It may seem obvious, but make sure you dry your hair properly before you leave the house. Any moisture left in your hair, combined with cold air outside, will only serve to make your hair brittle and dry. Make sure your hair gets plenty of hydration with moisturising products, minimise heat exposure as much as possible, and look out for fragrance and alcohol in any products you do use as both of these have drying effects.
If you are suffering from dry hair, look for a shampoo that contains natural essential oils and plant extracts to help the cuticle on the hair shaft absorb moisture and clean, condition and repair dry, damaged and chemically treated hair. Follow up with an intensive hair conditioner to replace moisture and help repair damaged hair, a quick massage will also help to boost circulation too.
Depending on how dry your hair is, treat it to a one or twice-weekly deep conditioning treatment. Phyto has an Intense Nutrition Mask for Ultra-Repairing Mask, $26.70 which is super - rich and luxurious. Rich in essential fatty acids, this mask will nourish hair, and add radiance and shine, which will work even on fine hair without weighing it down. Simply work into wet hair from mid-way down the hair shaft to the ends and leave on for up to five minutes. For thicker, coarser, very dry hair, leave on for up to 10 minutes before rinsing off, which makes it a quick and easy process to build into your weekly routine.
When it comes to styling, try to use a conditioning primer that will help to nourish hair and protect against colour fade and heat damage. You can also spritz onto dry hair to give your style a bit of a lift.
Split With Split Ends
Regular trims will also help to keep hair healthy. Ideally have your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks, which will help keep the shape of your style looking its best and will help reduce the chance of dry, split ends becoming a problem.
Feed Your Hair
We all know our skin benefits from a good diet, but hair does too. Make sure you include foods that are rich in natural oils, as well as vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamins C, A and E, and iron. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, which strengthens the hair shaft, so make sure you include things like blackcurrants, blueberries, kiwi fruit, oranges, grapefruit, broccoli and sweet potatoes, which are all vitamin C rich. Ditch as much processed food and sugar as possible, and focus on fresh fruit and veg, lean meat, oily fish and nuts to boost hair health. Taking a multivitamin will help make sure you reach daily requirements of each, which will boost overall health as well as your hair!
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