5 Foods for Longer and Healthier Hair

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Our hair is often the first thing people notice about our appearance. Things in our lifestyles can stunt our hairs natural ability to grow. The issue with human hair is the hair follicle one the outside is already dead. In order to have healthier hair you must start on the inside so the new growth is healthy and strong. The issue is if your hair is not strong when it grows it becomes brittle and breaks. This makes growing longer hair a problem, your hair needs to be healthy to become longer. This process starts with our diet, when your diet is poor so is the health of your hair. The nice thing about making your hair healthy is that you also make your skin and nails healthy as well. I will give you five foods for longer and healthier hair.

Number One Fish

Salmon, sardines and mackerel are full of Omega three acids and natural oils. This will boost your new hair with a burst of natural shine and volume. You need to be watchful of mercury levels in any fish and shellfish you consume.

Number Two Greek Yogurt

Yogurt is packed with the main ingredient your hair needs to grow. Protein, it is also not a meat source. While it is considered a dairy source it also helps prevent breakage. An added bonus it gives a boost of calcium to your bones as well as your hair.

Number Three Guava Fruit

Guava fruit is full of vitamin C, a needed vitamin. It boosts your immune system as well as keeps your hair from breaking so easily. So use a cup of this tropical fruit with a cup of the Greek Yogurt and make a smoothie.

Number Four Nuts

Nuts are a great plant based way to boost your Omega three acids as well as your vitamin A levels. You can also use nut based milks in the aforementioned smoothie for a nutritional boost. Nuts are also a great source of zinc and fiber.

Number Five Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a common spice that boosts circulation. Boosting the circulation to your scalp will help your hair grow as well as get the nutrients where they need to go. Cinnamon also helps many foods taste better, so sprinkle some on the Greek Yogurt; remember fresh is always best.

Keep in mind these are not the only foods that will grow your hair. Keep these things in mind when choosing. Protein is needed to grow your hair as well as your muscles. Vitamin C boosts your immune system as well as growing your hair and nails. Vitamin A is great for protecting your vision as well as boosting your immune system. Boosting your immune system is what is needed to grow your hair that system needs to be in peak top condition to function properly. Also look for iron and zinc sources as well. Those are known to help boost your hair’s fullness and lessen brittleness.

SUMMER HAIR GUIDE – HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR IN THE POOL

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At this point in your life you are probably aware of the damage chlorine and other chemicals in swimming pool water can do to your hair and your skin. The best way to approach this issue is by truly understanding it.

Understanding Protection

Chlorine in swimming pools is a highly reactive oxidative chemical. It kills bacteria, cells, viruses, parasites, and all sorts of mold and algae. Incidentally, it is highly damaging to the protein structure of both your hair and your skin. One of the first things one notices from pool water hair damage is bleaching. Then the hair will become frizzy and constantly dry because it is being dissolved!

So, what can we do about it? There are some tips to follow to help both your body and your hair during your swimming pool adventures this summer. Follow this

SUMMER HAIR GUIDE – HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR IN THE POOL.

Tip 1: Always rinse and saturate your hair with fresh water before getting into the pool. Also rinse repeatedly when you get out of the pool. This should keep some of the chlorine at bay so it does not cause as much damage to the hair. Truly, the best solution is to do this and then wear a swim cap, but that is not so popular in today’s fashion.

Tip 2: Skin protection is overlooked. Not only do you need protection from the sun, you also need protection from the chemicals in the pool water. How does this affect my hair? Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It actually breathes and also absorbs chemical easily. Getting chlorine in your system by absorption through skin from swimming pool chemicals can affect protein production in your body which affects the appearance of your hair. Use a Zinc Oxide based sunscreen to totally block pores from chlorine absorption.

Tip 3: Good hair oil treatment is not to be underestimated. This is a great way to protect your hair from chlorine in pool water and from sun damage. Usually combinations of shea butter and jojoba oil are used.

Tip 4: Always use deep conditioning hair products. Conditioning shampoos are necessary with steady pool water exposure. The real rejuvenating power comes in with deep conditioning treatments. Use the best conditioners you can to keep your hair strong and impervious to chlorine damage.

Tip 5: Go into the pool at intervals, spending shorter periods of time in the pool more frequently rather than allowing all of your protective products to be continually rinsed away by solvents in the water. As mentioned before, always rinse in between and even use light amounts of hair oils to protect your beautiful hair. This way, you can maximize the cleanliness of your hair while still getting the time you need in the pool.

Tip 6: It is a good idea to avoid swimming in a pool at all if you have recently had chemical treatments to your hair. There are potential reactions which occur at a chemical level and there is potential for hair damage. Consult with a professional about such situations.

In Conclusion

You can still enjoy summer pool fun and maintain a fine set of hair. All you have to do is pay attention and follow some reasonable tips. Check out more information on the internet because there are even more tips and tricks available.

 

TOP 10 DOS AND DON’TS FOR CURLY HAIR

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People often associate curly hair as being unmanageable and hard to handle. However, with proper care and management, caring for curls of all textures can be hassle free. Here are 5 tips that will help you to manage your hair much more easily.

1. Water Is A Curl’s Best Friend

Water should be a primary component of your hair care regime. Why? Because water softens, moisturizes and nourishes by penetrating deeply into the hair shaft. To make daily styling easier, rinse your hair in the shower or bath daily (or every two days). Whilst rinsing (with or without conditioner) use your fingers to rake through your hair to remove any knots or tangles. If your hair is particularly prone to tangling, apply conditioner to wet hair and then detangle using a wide toothed comb or paddle brush.

2. Avoid Thin Toothed Combs

This brings me to my second tip: never use a thin toothed or narrow comb to detangle curly hair. Because the teeth are narrow and close together, when detangling this can cause the hair to tear which results in excess breakage. The only time you should use a narrow toothed comb is if you have already detangled using a wide toothed comb or padded brush and need a smaller comb to remove extra tangles.

3. Enhance Curl Definition

There are many ways to enhance the natural curl pattern of your hair. One of the best ways is to scrunch. Scrunching refers to a technique often used by stylists to enhance curl definition and reduce frizz. The best way to scrunch is to apply small amount of a moisturizing lotion or leave in conditioner to your hair from root to tip. Then turn your head towards the ground (it may sound silly but it works by helping to elongate your curls). In the same way you’d scrunch a piece of paper, scrunch your hair to define its natural curl pattern.

4. Go SLS Free

SLS which stands for Sodium Lauryl or Laureth Sulphate, is a strong detergent used for cleansing products such as dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. It is arguably the most common ingredient found in commercial hair shampoos. So why is SLS bad for curly hair? Curly hair is prone to dryness because it has fewer cuticle layers than straight hair; SLS therefore causes problems because it over cleans curly hair and subsequently causes dryness and breakage.

5. Leave Flat Irons Alone

There is nothing wrong with straightening your curls, after all we all love to change our look sometimes. However, flat ironing your hair on a daily or even weekly basis is likely to cause split ends and breakage. Regularly using a flat iron on your hair will weaken your tresses by damaging the hairs cuticle layers. Instead of straightening daily or weekly why not try using rollers or flexi-rods to switch up your style without extra heat.

6. The Importance of Moisture

It’s a good idea not to apply a lot of strange substances to your long curly hair and don’t pull it tight around your hair brush or use hot air to make it straight just let it be naturally curly otherwise you will spend a lot of time and effort and the whole process will be annoying.

7. Using Good Shampoo Correctly

Experts on curly hair care suggest that if you are going to use clarifying shampoos don’t apply them to your hair more than one time during a month. Select a shampoo that is not transparent due to transparency being an indication that it contains detergents that will decrease the moisture in your hair and that is not suitable if you want smooth manageable long curly hair. Be easy while shampooing your hair and try to slide the shampoo down the shafts of your hairs.

8. Give your hair a pre-holiday deep treatment, with heat, especially if you plan to heat style your hair. This extra step will help protect the cuticle from damage.

9. Nothing is more unattractive than sparse, stringy ends, especially on girls/women with curly hair. Regular trims should be a part of your hair care regimen. Curly hair should be trimmed at least every 3 months, and 1 week before a major event or party. But don’t just trust anyone with your gorgeous locks. Ensure that your stylist is familiar with styling and cutting curly hair.

10. Use the right tools when styling your hair. Always opt for natural boar bristle brushes and not nylon brushes, as they tend to break the hair especially during winter months.

Incorporating these techniques will help you to take better care of your hair especially if you are looking to have stronger more beautiful hair. Regardless of how curly your hair is, these techniques can be added to your hair regime and will make styling so much easier.