Boost Thin Hair with Silicone
Thin, lifeless hair is one of the most common hair complaints, yet few women know the best remedy. Heavy conditioners just leave hair limp. A better bet is to use products with silicone, such as dimethicone or cyclomethicone. These coat the strands with a thin film, creating fuller hair that doesn’t look greasy. The silicone stays put even after you rinse.
Eat Fish and Nuts for Healthy Hair
The same nutritious foods that are good for your body promote stronger, healthier hair. The protein and omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and nuts produce a healthier scalp. Nutrients found in leafy vegetables, beans, and carrots are also good for your hair. Stay away from fad diets aimed at quick weight loss. Deficiency of some nutrients, such as zinc, biotin, or protein, can lead to brittle hair or hair loss.
Protect Shine with Lukewarm Water
Water which is too hot can strip the scalp of sebum, which is the protective oil that acts as a natural conditioner and gives hair its shine. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Pamper the scalp by massaging it while you shampoo.
Mend Split Ends with Protein
Frequent hair styling (use of hot irons), coloring, bleaching, or perming can damage hair’s protective outer layer, known as the cuticle. The result is what we call “split ends.” Thankfully, there are hair products to help mend the damage. Such as conditioners that contain protein. They actually penetrate the hair shaft and repair split ends. The fix only lasts until the next shampoo, so you’ll need to use it regularly.
Brush Less to Limit Hair Loss
Don’t believe that myth about 100 brush strokes a day. Too much brushing will snap off hairs. Some hair loss is normal — most people lose an average of 50 to 100 hairs every day. These are hairs that have stopped growing and have reached the resting stage. To minimize additional hair loss, use a brush with ball-tipped bristles and avoid brushing while the hair is wet.
Keep Brushes Away from Your Curls
Curly hair is more likely to break and become dry and brittle. Gently using a pick keeps curls looking better than combing or brushing. Also putting a brush through curls will instantly decrease their natural curl look. Don’t overdo the use of flat-irons and relaxers, which can damage hair.
Avoid Extreme Color Changes
Even if you are someone who always wants change be aware that you’re risking damage to your hair with more extreme color changes. Some dermatologists recommend staying within three shades of your natural color.
Give the Blow Dryer a Rest
Frequent blow-drying is hard on your hair and can actually lead to hair loss. When you do blow dry, turn down the heat. Finer hair is especially sensitive to damage from heat, but even thick manes need some tender care. Protect your hair before styling by using a conditioner.