6 Good Habits For Happy, Healthy, And Hydrated Hair
They say our hair is our crowning glory. Don’t you think it deserves some extra attention? Check out the habits that keep my hair beautiful. You don’t have to walk around with damaged hair. I’ve discovered that it’s essential to develop good hair care habits in order to keep your hair looking the way it deserves to look. There’s no reason to have to settle for damaged hair and there is a way out from under it. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “Oh, don’t worry. It grows back”. While that’s true, waiting up to a year or more for damaged hair to grow back can be a devastating and painful wait. And, if you have long hair it can take up to three years!
We take care of our skin making sure we stick to our healthy routines for our makeup and skincare products yet when it comes to developing the same good habits for our hair, many of us fall short. You can have the hair you desire simply by developing a good hair care routine and sticking to it.
As a former cosmetologist, I’ve learned a lot of hair and what needs to be done to keep it in great shape. I still make sure I read up on the latest and greatest for keeping our locks in optimum shape and I’ve discovered that there are tried and true habits that do work. That’s why I thought I’d share with you what works for me and why it’s never too late to get started.
1 – Should You Wash Your Hair Daily? I’ve read so many debates on this topic. I believe when it comes down to it, it’s all about personal preference. Washing your hair every day does not damage your hair. Even the folks over at WebMD agree with me in stating that, “Experts say there’s no single answer to how often people should shampoo. You may not need to do it as often as you think. It usually comes down to personal preference. For guidance, take a look at your hair type and styling choices.” And this is the exact truth.
If you strip your hair with bleach and intense coloring procedures, you might not want to wash it every day. You really need to look at your own situation and make a determination based on how you are treating your hair to begin with. I don’t color my hair – yet – so I wash my hair daily. That routine has worked for me personally and my hair stays happy and healthy all year-long. So, you make that determination for yourself.
2 – Conditioning Your Hair – Having too much of a good thing (i.e conditioner or protein) can actually start damaging your locks and cause limp and greasy hair. If you have unprocessed hair, be careful with your conditioner. I literally use a pea-sized amount and only condition the ends of my hair. Then, I run what’s left on my hands and run that through my hair and quickly rinse it off two to three times. This method has transformed my hair. It’s full of body and shine and it’s all due to NOT over-conditioning it. When you over-condition your hair, the strands feel and appear stringy and lack what we desire most – volume! You can tell when you’ve over-conditioned when your hair feels too soft and limp. It can also feel heavy and oily. This makes your hair hard to style too.
You can experience these effects from the wrong conditioner too. If you have medium to thicker hair, use a light daily conditioner with natural hydrating products like almond oils, shea butter, coconut and macadamia oils, and keratin proteins. If your hair is already over-conditioned, give it a good rinse with a clarifying shampoo to remove some of that residue. If your hair is on the dry side, apply a leave-in conditioner after you get out of the shower and before you style your hair. They really do work! I’ll cover hair care products below so be sure to continue reading!
3 – Regular Haircuts – It might seem like a simple enough habit to get into but you’d be surprised to discover how many people actually get haircuts every six to eight weeks. All the experts agree that avoiding the salon is counterproductive to maintaining healthy hair. It also hinders the growth of your hair too so if you are looking to grow your locks be sure to get frequent cuts. The ends of your hair will dry and split as well if you’re not trimming them off. It’s a simple habit to get into and if you book several appointments in a row, you’re more apt to keep the appointments.
4 – Taking Care Of Your Scalp – Having a healthy scalp is essential to maintaining beautiful healthy hair. Be sure to use shampoos that do not contain sulfates or parabens. Sulfates are the chemicals that make shampoos lather up. Parabens are preservatives that cause irritation and eye problems after prolonged use. Both of these chemicals aren’t good for your hair so be careful about the products you are buying. Don’t over-brush your hair. Contrary to what you’ve been told, brushing your hair stimulates the follicles which foster growth and brushing too much too often will cause damage to your hair strands that result in frizz and split ends.
5 – Eating A Lot Of Protein – Protein is the building block of hair because hair is keratinized protein. Hair is considered a non-essential tissue, so the body doesn’t send protein to hair follicles first but instead, it focuses on our essential organs like the heart or liver. If you’re eating enough of the right foods, the body will be able to distribute protein everywhere it’s needed. Iron is another essential nutrient your body needs. It’s an energy source for the hair and it’s a mineral that the hair needs to be healthy. In fact, iron deficiency has been linked to female patterned hair loss. Even if you are a vegetarian, you can still find ways to eats a lot of protein.
6 – Avoid Hot Hairstyling Tools! Yikes! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen women use flat irons and curling irons with the heat setting set to the inner core of the sun! Your hair will sizzle and fry right off your head so be very careful with these tools. If you plan to curl or straighten, be sure to use a protective spray beforehand. It can save your hair and make all the difference in the world to your locks.
One key factor in keeping my hair healthy is directly correlated with the products I use. I find they make a huge difference in the overall quality and texture of my hair. And while it’s true, I do not have color-treated hair, my hair still suffers from the effects of the elements and everything I’ve mentioned above. I’ve discovered a company called Hask and their products astound me every time I use them.
A little bit about the company:
HASK is a collection of hair care products featuring exotic oils from around the world. Utilizing high-quality ingredients, luxurious fragrances, and fresh packaging, the HASK Exotic Oil line provides consumers with high-performance, salon quality results at an affordable price. The range includes shampoos, conditioners, shine oils and deep conditioners based on the key ingredients of Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, Monoi Oil and Keratin Protein.
HASK Shampoos and Conditioners are free of sulfates, parabens, drying alcohols, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors. Initially introduced in Europe in 2012 with great success, distribution of the HASK Exotic Oil line has expanded worldwide over the past two years! The Exotic Oil line continues HASK’S long heritage of developing innovative, quality products at an affordable price. HASK Toiletries, Inc. was founded in 1946 and gained popularity in New York City so for over 50 years, the HASK brand has delivered unique, intensive conditioning treatments to restore and repair damaged or chemically treated hair. Salon-inspired ingredients blended with high-quality formulas provide targeted solutions to specific hair care needs.
HASK Toiletries, Inc. was founded in 1946 and gained popularity in New York City so for over 50 years, the HASK brand has delivered unique, intensive conditioning treatments to restore and repair damaged or chemically treated hair. Salon-inspired ingredients blended with high-quality formulas provide targeted solutions to specific hair care needs.
My current loves are their Mint Almond Oil Shampoo, Mint Almond Oil Conditioner, and their Mint Almond Oil Root Thickening Spray. The products arrived in an adorable bag too!
These products are designed to Invigorate & Amplify your hair every step of the way!
Mint Almond Oil Shampoo – With Bio3 Thickening Complex
3 Key Ingredients: Ginseng, Gleditschia & White Nettle
3 Benefits to Hair: Restores volume fortifies & invigorates
Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors. Boost and restore lifeless locks with HASK Mint Almond Oil Thickening Shampoo. Known for its high content of omega fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium, almond oil helps increase body and volume while adding nourishing shine to hair. With Bio3 Thickening Complex and peppermint oil to invigorate hair and scalp, this shampoo gently cleanses, leaving even the most flat hair looking thick and full.
All you need is a very small amount of this Mint Almond Oil Conditioner. It doesn’t leave my hair heavy or lifeless.
Mint Almond Oil Conditioner – With Bio3 Thickening Complex
3 Key Ingredients: Ginseng, Gleditschia & White Nettle
3 Benefits to Hair: Restores volume, fortifies & invigorates
Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors. Boost and restore lifeless locks with HASK Mint Almond Oil Thickening Conditioner. Known for its high content of omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and magnesium, almond oil helps increase body and volume while adding nourishing shine to hair. With Bio3 Thickening Complex and peppermint oil to invigorate hair and scalp, this conditioner gently detangles, leaving even the flattest hair looking thick, full and soft
This Root Thickening Spray is a game changer if you are looking for some extra volume in your hair. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling sticky or heavy either. There is no product residue after using it and that’s what I appreciate most!
Mint Almond Oil Root Thickening Spray – With Bio3 Thickening Complex
3 Key Ingredients: Ginseng, Gleditschia & White Nettle
3 Benefits to Hair: Restores volume and fortifies & invigorates
Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors. Boost and restore lifeless locks with HASK Mint Almond Oil Root Thickening Spray. Known for its high content of omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and magnesium, almond oil helps increase body and volume while adding nourishing shine to hair. With Bio3 Thickening Complex and peppermint oil to invigorate hair and scalp, this lightweight mist restores and strengthens, leaving flat, lifeless locks instantly looking thicker and fuller.
I can’t begin to express how amazing all three of these products have been to my hair. The formula is thick, rich, and creamy and leaves my hair clean, hydrated, and full of body and bounce.
As per the below photo, you can see how shiny and full of body my hair is. This was taken before styling and just after drying.
I’ve come to know and trust Hask hair care products and of course, I had to share how wonderful they are with you! Be sure to head on over to their site and check them out for yourself. I know you’ll love them as much as I do.
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