Ways to Give Your Hair a Treat for Healthier Looking Hair
by Lily Fox
Hair can become easily damaged. This is particularly true if you use a lot of drying and chemical treatments.
Long term hair damage can lead to permanent scalp problems, and can cause hair to fall out, or to become very dry.
So it is important to regularly give your hair a rejuvenating treat, while following some tips to ensure that damage does not occur on a regular base. Doing so will mean that you will have healthier looking hair.
Here are some ways to give your hair a treat:
1 – Using Protein Treatments
Natural protein treatments can help to moisturize hair. This can be used every few weeks as an alternative to, or on top of normal conditioners. One way of using a natural protein treatment is to mix eggs and lemon juice into a solution that can be soaked into the hair. The solution needs to be left in for about 20 minutes, before being washed out with water.
2 – Using Leave In Conditioner
Leave- in conditioners represent good options for hair types that tend to dry out and become frizzy. Like normal conditioners, leave in types add moisture and help to detangle hair without resorting to a lot of brushing. Conditioner run through hair with a comb or fingers can be left in while the hair dries, and should result in a glossy look.
3 – Avoiding Over Drying and Straightening
A lot of hair damage comes from the over use of blow driers and straightening irons. When used to excess, these tools can result in dried out hair and split ends.
4 – Visiting a Hairdresser Regularly for a Trim
You should ideally visit your hairdresser every 4-6 weeks, unless you are trying to grow out your hair. Even a small trim can help your hair to look healthier, and can remove split ends before they become more of a problem.
5 – Avoiding the Overuse of Product
Too much serum or gel in the hair can make it sticky and greasy. It can also lead to flakes on the scalp and on clothes. Try to use these products in a balanced way, and watch out for any that produces a lot of residue.
6 – Avoid Washing Your Hair Too Often
Although it can be tempting to wash your hair every day, most people only need to do so 2 to 3 times a week to keep healthy. There are exceptions, such as going to the gym or getting caught in the rain. But for the most part, you should try not to dry out your hair with regular washes.
7 – Using Steam Treatments
Steam treatments can help to restore moisture to the hair. This is an excellent option for once in a while treats. Simply put conditioner into your hair as normal, and place a plastic cap and a hot tower over your head for a few hours. The heat from the towel should help to lock in moisture from the conditioner, enhancing its effect.
8 – Volumising
Many clinics offer volumising treatments that help to cover up affected areas, an option that is particularly recommended for women suffering short term hair loss as the result of stress or pregnancy.
Volumising treatments can also work with hair pieces and systems to maximize covered areas. Synthetic hair is woven into existing hair, and matched to ensure a natural consistency and colour for the wearer.
9 – Advanced Treatments
A number of other outpatient and regular scalp therapy sessions are also available as treatments that can help improve general health. These treatments range from laser combs, which help to stimulate blood flow within the scalp. Massages achieve a similar effect, and can be combined with regular treatments.
10 – Preventing Dandruff
Wear a hat outside on days that are extremely cold, windy, and when you’re going to be out in the sun for a lengthy period. Limit the use of hair coloring and hair styling products with alcohol which dries out hair.
Make sure that you get an adequate amount of B6 in your diet, which will help prevent dandruff. Massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers in a circular motion to increase circulation.
Picking the right shampoo for your hair can be a process of trial and error, try out different shampoos to see which one works best for you and also rotating shampoos periodically can be good for your hair. Once you have found an anti-dandruff shampoo that works for you, keep on using it or your dandruff will most likely reoccur.
(Lily Fox is an advisor on looking after hair and an associate consultant of Foley Court. She has a passion for helping people find out more about looking after their hair and writes regular reviews on top products and remedies.)