A smooth cuticle allows your comb and brush to glide
through your hair, eliminating tangles. Leave-in natural conditioning
vitamin treatments and detanglers such as Infusium 23 help by penetrating
each hair shaft to correct damage, then restructures and smoothes the hair
cuticle, giving it extra protection. If you can stand it, most hair
dressers that handle long hair suggest that the last hair rinse be a cold
one. This shrinks the molecules of the hair, closes and smoothes the
cuticle, and gets rid of superfluous coatings, making hair much more
Apply a deep conditioning hot oil treatment once a week to your hair. To
do so, wet your hair with warm water. Warm a small amount of olive oil and
apply to the scalp; work well through the hair to the ends. leave oil in
hair for 5-10 minutes and then shampoo well. Mixing Tea Tree Oil with the
olive oil mixture is very healthful and stimulating to the scalp. You may
also choose to use essential oils like lavender, rosemary, geranium, or
sandalwood with lubricating oils such as jojoba or peach kernel to restore
deep moisture to your hair. For intensive treatment: After applying oil,
wrap head in a warm damp towel that has been dipped in hot water and wrung
out, and then in a large shower cap in order to prevent loss of heat. When
the towel cools down, rewet it with hot water. Leave on for 20 minutes and
then shampoo well.
while you sleep is an important part of protecting your hair from damage.
First brush (straight hair) or comb (curly hair) before you go to sleep.
Satin pillow cases provide the greatest protection from frizz and tangles
while sleeping. The hair can slide easily over the satin and does not
tangle as much as with a wool cover sheet. As soon as your hair is
long enough (waist length and longer) you can place it behind your head to
get it out of the way - regardless of you rolling around, it will stay
there due to its weight and length. Some ladies make a ponytail or a
braid which helps to keep the hair out of your way. Make sure that
it is a loose braid, don't tighten it. If you find out that you get
a headache, damp you hair before you braid it and braid it upwards (not
toward your waist). This prevents pain resulting from the fact that
all hair is used to bend in the opposite direction and the scalp becomes
irritated by the change of direction.
Sun is another element that contributes to hair damage. Ultraviolet rays
break down proteins and cause dryness, unmanageability, and split ends.
Just as the sun can burn skin, it can also dry out hair, leading to
limpness and breakage. A hat or light colored opaque headcovering is the
most effective way to protect your hair against the sun and stop UV
damage. Using hair care products with sun protection factors (SPFs) can
help prevent sun damage as well.
saltwater also contribute to the damage of hair, stripping and etching
away at the natural bonds of protein. Hair is porous and will absorb
chlorine unless you apply a barrier. Water quality is very important to
your hair. There are a wide variety of results with different types
of water. Hard water is harmful to the hair as well as salt and
chlorine. Water out of the well will harm
as well, if it contains too many minerals. Carbon water filter
attachments are the best solution for reducing this damage in the shower.
The most efficient way to protect your hair is to soak it in oil.
Oil is hydrophobic (waterhating) and will therefore keep the water, and
thereby chlorine and salt, away from your hair. Before swimming in
chlorine-treated pools, wet your hair and coat it with a natural
conditioner. It also has the additional benefit that you get a deep
conditioning treatment while having fun. Another is to put lots of
conditioner in your hair before going into the pool, that is for short
stays, as the water will take the conditioner out of your hair. This also
has the benefit of a deepconditioning treatment. If you have
forgotten either of these remedies, then make sure to soak your hair in
fresh water, so it is saturated, which will hinder too much contact
between chemicals and your sensitive hair. And make sure to pour fresh
water over it again when you are done swimming. If your hair has
turned green from chlorine, then dissolve two aspirins in lukewarm water
and pour through your hair, keeping an extra bowl underneath, so it can be
poured through a couple of times.
Do not use a hair dryer or other heated appliances on your hair. Blow
drying causes a great amount of abrasion, which can strip the cuticle from
the hair shaft, resulting in hair breakage and split ends. To further
protect your hair against damage, avoid vigorous towel drying which can
turn wet hair into a mass of tangles. Allow your hair to dry naturally and
pat it dry with a towel if needed.
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