KEEPING THAT HAIR CONDITION
We all have days where no matter how hard we try our hair just simply does not want to co-operate. With 150,000 hairs on an average head, it’s no wonder that sometimes this can be a bit of a struggle. To combat this, here are a few simple tips to help you ensure that every day is a great hair day!
Split ends are pretty much every girls arch nemesis, our quest to have luscious long locks is often blighted by these pesky little breaks. When it comes to split ends the only way to really repair them is to get them chopped off! Yes you’ve heard, chop them off. The best way to tackle these is by cutting about a quarter of an inch above the first split, this will allow your hair to continue its natural, healthy growth. Doing this yourself may not be as easy as it sounds, so it’s best to consult with your hairdresser for the most effective amount to chop off. Once you’ve kissed goodbye to the split ends, you’ve now got a fine head of hair to begin maintaining properly.
Protecting Your Hair
Most of us in our hair care routines have to do a fair share of brushing, blowing, curling and burning. That’s right these wonderful weapons of hair care maintenance are burning our hair follicles to a frazzle. The way they cause this irreparable damage is by overheating the cuticle causing it to fracture. The cuticle makes up the outer layer of the hair which protects the inner layer, the cortex, where all the proteins are stored. The cortex is vital, as it gives your hair the strength to grow, but once this becomes exposed, it soaks up all the moisture from the air causing the hair to frizz and eventually snap off.
There are several ways you can protect your hair but the most effective is to let your hair air dry naturally after washing. Hair dryers cause moisture to evaporate out of your hair at an alarming rate leaving it dry and brittle. So, maybe try washing it at night and putting it in a lose plait whilst you sleep. This will lock in more moisture and leave your hair feeling nourished and healthy. If you’re worried about natural frizz why not try adding an oil or serum to the tips of your hair for a smoother finish.
Alternatively if you’re not willing to go cold turkey straight away, why not try turning down the temperature on your straighteners, hair dryer or curlers. High temperatures can really damage your hairs vitality and over time you’ll find your hair unable to hold its style. Using a lower setting will still allow you to style your hair but with a little less stress inflicted on the strand.
One way to give your hair a bit of backup is to use heat protective sprays. It will give your hair an added barrier against the scorching temperatures so be sure to give your hair a spritz after washing.
Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair
We all know how important it is to eat the right foods but what you put into your body actually reflects through your hair, nails and eyes. Your hair is the last place to receive these nutrients so it’s essential you give it a healthy feed as much as possible. Here are a list of some of the key nutrient necessities that will ensure you get a clean head of health;
Fatty Acids – Essential fatty acids are critical to the function of your body and your hair. Foods such as walnuts, fish and avocado are rich in fatty acids which help battle split ends.
Biotin – helps maintain healthy hair and scalp along with stimulating natural hair growth. Almonds are well-known for containing biotin but foods such as brown rice and oats can also give your hair a healthy treat.
Keratin – works by strengthening the hair follicle and also encourages natural hair growth. You can encourage your body to produce keratin by eating foods like mangoes, carrots and sweet potatoes. These foods are rich in carotene which helps your body make keratin.
Iron – is essential for hair growth as it helps red blood cells transport oxygen to your hair follicles. Eating a diet rich in animal proteins such as chicken or pork are a good way to kick start this. If you prefer the veggie option green beans, spinach and lentils are also packed with iron.
Collagen – surrounds the hair strand keeping the strand strong. Eating foods such as strawberries, citrus fruits and red peppers are all rich in collagen and will help strengthen the hair strand.
Don’t Use Them for Banana Brea
Whether you like banana bread or not, save the bananas for this easy hair mask tutorial. Bananas are a great source of vitamins and nutrients for your hair! Using a boosting banana hair mask will prevent breakage and split ends as well as help your hair maintain its natural elasticity.
Two Overripe Bananas
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. of honey
1. Blend two ripe bananas until it creates a smooth paste.
2. Add the honey, coconut and olive oil to the banana and mix well.
3. Spread the hair mask over your scalp all the way down to the tips of your hair and leave it for around 15 minutes.
4. Rinse well with warm water or a mild shampoo.
Very easy right?