Have you ever seen someone with a beautiful head of healthy hair and wondered what her secret was. It is true that some people just have naturally beautiful, trouble-free hair. However, most people have some problematic issue or issues that they have to deal with as far as their hair is concerned. The good news is that there are some simple, inexpensive tips that can help your hair to be as healthy as possible.
1. Stop Applying Heat
Many people like to have a new look now and then, and heated appliances are one quick, easy way to change your style. Blow dryers, hot rollers, curling irons and flat-irons are all very popular these days. They are fine to use once in awhile, but if you use them regularly, they can cause irreparable damage to your hair. These appliances can burn the outer layer of the hair, and if your hair happens to be too wet when using a hot appliance, it can actually cause the water that is in the hair to boil and explode the shaft from the inside. Once these types of damage occur, the hair cannot be repaired. Instead, the damage will have to be cut off.
A healthier alternative would be to use low-heat or no-heat method of styling. You could blow dry your hair on a cool setting to make it sleeker looking, or do a wet set with regular rollers to get nice bouncy curls. For interesting waves, you can try braiding your hair or putting it in a bun while damp. When it is dry, you simply take it down and enjoy the waves.
2. Decrease Chemical Use
Permanent waves, chemical straightening treatments and chemical dyes can seem like a good idea to change your look on a more permanent basis. Many of these treatments can make your hair look nice, but usually for a short time. They often need to be redone repeatedly in order to look decent. These treatments change the appearance of your hair by breaking down and altering the actual internal structure of the hair. Decreasing the use of these chemicals can assist you in achieving natural, healthy hair.
3. Be Gentle
Handling your hair more carefully can help your hair be healthier by minimizing mechanical damage such as split ends and breakage. Many brushes and combs have rough edges which can pull and snag, causing your hair to split, break or even be ripped from your scalp. Try using a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair, and when you run into a snag, work slowly to untangle it, rather than simply ripping through it.
Rather than attempting to use heat, chemicals or other damaging techniques to change your hair, the best course of action is to learn to love your hair as it is. This is not to say that you should not style your hair. Find a cut and style that is flattering to your face, and that needs a minimum of chemicals and styling aids to achieve. As you begin to reach your goal of healthy hair, it will become shinier, smoother and will behave better.