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How To Have Healthy Hair

Updated on October 9, 2014
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If you are not satisfied by the look or feel of your hair, you may consider revising your hair care routine. And if the only hair care products you own are shampoo and conditioner, your definitely in the right place. By adding a few more minutes to your hair maintenance and adjusting a few bad hibts you can repair damaged hair for good. A proper hair care routine will transform dull, lifeless hair into soft, shiny and bouncy locks. To understand why a hair care routine is important you first need to know what can be damaging your hair.

Your hair takes a beating everyday! Between styling products and tools, the air and even your shower water; your hair is wondering what it did to you to deserve this kind of abuse. Don't panic just yet! Unless your hair is severely damaged, in which case I suggest you have a professional restore your hair, you can repair your hair at home by adapting to a new hair maintenance routine that will protect and maintain your new gorgeous hair. The key components of a great hair care routine are cleansing, moisturizing/conditioning protecting and nourishing.

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CLEANSING

Choosing a quality shampoo is the first step in a good hair care routine. You can get a quality shampoo that won't leave your wallet empty, so don't run out and buy the most expensive shampoo you can find. Prices can be deceiving. I never spend more than $4 on a bottle of high quality shampoo, in part due to my couponing. When choosing your shampoo look for a brand that is sulfate and paraben free. You also want to look for a brand that has natural ingredients and not many that you can't even pronounce. Your best option, if you can't read at least the first five ingredients, put it down. Ingredients in products and foods are listed from most to least active. The more natural and gentle the formula, the less likely it will cause an irritation or damage your hair. Many beauty and cosmetics professionals also suggest NOT to cleanse your hair daily. Instead, opt for a dry shampoo every other day to diminish any oils that might build up. Just be sure to use the sulfate, paraban and mystery ingredient free rule.

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PROTECTING

There are dozens of products on the market designed to protect your hair. You should, at the very least, be using a heat protection spray or serum. Some of the top choices are made by Tresemme, Suave and Not Your Mothers but Nexxus and Chi offer great products as well. Using heat protection isn't the only way to protect your hair from damage. Sometimes, we have to also protect our hair from ourselves. Check your heat tools, and if they are regularly set at high or max; you are your hairs current worst enemy. Turn heat tools down to medium or low and save your hair a lot of damage. You can achieve the same great looks you were getting with high heat with the help of a few natural styling products. There are products available to enhance curls, add volume and give you the sleek straight look. Always remember to look for the most natural ingredients and avoid sulfates and parabens.

NOURISHING

Nourishing your hair goes beyond great conditioner and even beyond beauty products. Keratin treatments like Chi Keratin mist can nourish and greatly improve hairs health since it is balancing out and replenishing what your hair is made of. The most recent hair care trend is Argon oil and can be found almost anywhere beauty supplies are sold. You can even purchase combs that are infused with this miracle oil! The herbal supplement Biotin is also proven to improve the health of hair, nails and skin, but your hairs real nutrients come from what you do, or don't put into your body. Just like your skin, your hair depends on you eating a balanced diet, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day and drinking plenty of water. Foods that are known or believed to improve your hairs health are; Legumes, spinach, broccoli, salmon, eggs, whole grains and oysters.

So, to improve your hairs health remember these four key principals and stick to a routine. Depending on the severity of your damage it may take time for your hair to fully repair itself but stick to your routine and you will love the end results.

QUICK TIP

Only use a wide toothed comb if you are going to be brushing your hair while it is wet to prevent breakage and hair loss!

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    • diydiva profile imageAUTHOR

      Kay Mitchell 

      6 years ago from California

      thank you kerlynb and cyndi1o for reading!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Good advice and great picture for the article! Thanks for sharing your tips.

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      kerlynb 

      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Very straightforward - good! You made an otherwise complicated routine easy for me. Now I don't have any valid excuse to have dry hair, LOL :D

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