Healthy Hair = Low Maintenance!


Healthy curly hair

Jordan Sparks Curly Hair
Article by: Moods Hair Salon, BC
Want to have healthy hair?  Keeping your hair in good health is the number one way to achieve a “low maintenance” style. The worst hair styles are ones that look frizzy and unhealthy. It is possible to style your hair so as to hide damage and give the illusion of health, but if you require a low maintenance style, it is better to keep your hair in a shiny, healthy condition.
Split ends do not mend, they continue to split up the hair shaft and break off along the way. Test your hair by comparing the thickness of your ponytail at the ends with the thickness at the root. Hair that has experienced breakage will be thinner at the ends. The 2 things that you can do to control split ends are:
1. Prevent them - keep your hair properly conditioned
2. Stop them - cut just the ends off your hair regularly

 

If everything in your product regiment needs replenishing, prioritize:
**Good quality shampoo is the most important part of your hair system because detergents that are poor quality will damage your hair quickly! Also these shampoos tend to have a lot of added water and require more lathering agents to produce rich studs.
**  A daily conditioner will condition the cuticle layer of your hair. Your cuticle will be smoothed down and in turn will prevent damage to the inside of the hair shaft. Also a smooth cuticle creates shine, and compatibility.
**  A weekly hair treatment is necessary for hair that is: long, chemically treated, or growing out. If your hair is dry because it is old (long) or naturally curly, go with a moisturizing treatment. If you have had chemical services done, you will need the proper balance of moisture and protein.

Choosing hair products

When choosing a daily shampoo or conditioner, consider first the weight of that product. Do you tend to like a more moisturizing, silkier, heavier shampoo? Or a lighter weight one?  People with thick, curly, or longer hair tend to like heavier daily products. People that have fine, healthy hair tend to like lighter products. But there are exceptions to this! It also is a factor how you style your hair…do you encourage volume? Fight against volume? Is shine a priority?
Try to avoid shampooing every day. Water is not the same pH as hair. Regular exposure to rinsing together with blow-drying the hair will age the hair faster in the long term. If your scalp gets oily half way through the day, you should consider a hair powder at your roots on the second day in order to avoid excessive washing. Your scalp then will slow down production of oils, and a balance will be maintained.
Follow these tips and you’re on your way to healthy hair.

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