One of the best ways to improve your appearance is to have great-looking hair. Your hair is one of the very first things others notice about you, and beautiful hair can distract people from other flaws. But how do you the kind of hair people can’t help but compliment? Keep reading to find out.
Are you aware that conditioner should never be applied to the roots of your hair? This is because it can make them too heavy and weigh them down, causing a flat look. Only add the conditioner to your hair from mid-length down to the bottom of its ends for best results.
Avoid rubbing or otherwise pulling at your hair when you use a towel to dry it. Not only will this cause damage to your hair at the roots, but it will also stretch the hair and cause it become frizzy and thin. The best ways to dry your hair using a towel are to gently pat or press out the excess moisture, or simply wrap it in a loose fitting towel. Unless you are using a very wide-toothed comb, wait to brush or comb until your hair is dry.
A clarifying shampoo might be needed if your hair is looking dull. Hair that is dull can be caused by hair care product build up. To prevent this, try using a clarifying shampoo one or two times a week, in order to strip any dirt or hair care product residue that has accumulated.
If regular conditioners leave your hair feeling greasy or limp, consider switching to a lightweight leave-in conditioner. These formulas are available as both, light lotions and sprays, and they tend to be much lighter than the moisture-heavy versions you use in the shower. Look for a leave-in that matches your hair type, such as color-protection sprays or anti-frizz sprays.
Use your heat-styling implements, such as curling irons or flattening irons, on the lowest effective heat setting. Heated metal can cause your hair serious damage, especially if you have curly or dry hair. Use conditioners to lock in moisture and add strength to your hair before using these types of styling tools.
Don’t use bleach on your hair. While bleach can give you great sun-kissed highlights, it also wreaks havoc with your hair structure and makes it dry and brittle. When your hair is dry and brittle, it will break easily and will be difficult to brush. Even the most expensive hair conditioners can’t revive bleach damaged hair.
To properly brush your hair, start at your ends, and work towards your scalp. Detangle your hair carefully as you work through your hair to minimize breakage. Once the knots are out, brush your hair from the top to the ends.
Keep your hair care tools clean. Use shampoo or body soap to clean them each week. It will keep your hair cleaner as you brush it. Use a comb to clean your brushes out thoroughly. Make sure to rinse them thoroughly and allow them to dry completely before using them.
Because brushing and combing your hair breaks up loose skin on your scalp, it can help your hair to grow more quickly. Another benefit is that it can clear out any pores that might be clogged, Give your hair 100 brush strokes each morning, which can help stimulate the scalp to help grow hair.
Be gentle with the towel on your hair. Towel drying can cause your hair to break. Use a light squeeze instead. Once you have removed most of the water you can then gently pat it down with the towel. Also, choose a towel which is soft and not rough.
Do not ever vigorously rub the water out of your hair with a towel, you should always blot the water out of your hair with a towel and then let it air dry. If you rub the water from your hair, it may cause damage that you cannot reverse.
Avoid using any products on your hair that contain alcohol. Some products like mousse, hairspray and gel contain alcohol which can dry hair out. If used excessively, these products can also cause damage to your hair. Before buying or using a product, check the label to be sure it doesn’t contain alcohol.
A cheap, efficient deep moisturizer can be found right in your pantry. Olive oil makes a fantastic deep conditioner, and can be left in your hair overnight. Simply cover your saturated hair with a cap or a plastic bag and sleep tight. In the morning, wash as you usually would and enjoy your fresh hair!
Try using silk or satin pillow cases. It is possible for your hair to get caught on pillow cases that are made of cotton, and this causes your hair to break. Silk and satin, by contrast, are smooth fabrics that promote a sliding motion that does not damage hair. If this does not work for you, consider using a scrunchie that is fabric covered, and secure your hair on the top of your head.
Do not wash your hair immediately following having your hair colored. Wait at least a full 48 hours after getting your hair colored to wash your hair. When your hair gets wet it opens the cuticle. So it is best to leave it dry, allowing your hair to seal in the color.
If your hair requires a lot of time and effort to be presentable, purchase a wig for those occasions when you just don’t have the time to spend curling and styling. Wigs are available in all price ranges, styles and colors and can help you be ready for any occasion in minutes. A wig can also help you give your overworked hair an occasional break from heat-styling and the elements.
If your hair looks great, you’ll look and feel amazing too. That’s why it’s so important to put real time and effort into your hair. Now that you’ve read these suggestions, you know what it takes to make your hair look beautiful. You just need to put the advice into practice.