Are you taking care of your hair?

11 Nov

At this time of year, when we have the first frost, the central heating comes on, there’s lashing wind and rain, we might start to see the signs of winter in ourselves. Our skin, our hair becomes increasingly drier, snaps and breaks. Our skin flakes and loses its lustre, just as our hair can.

This is as much an issue for those who wear hair extensions as it is for those who don’t. How we care for our hair is important, at any time of year. But it’s about doing the basics well, as well as sourcing the treatments and products we need to care for our own individual locks.

Using the right shampoos and conditioners, wearing a moisturising hair mask once a week or using serums and turning down the heat is, of course, important. But we also need to make sure we’re doing the most basic stuff right.

Apparently, there’s a right way, and a wrong way, to brush our hair. And most of us are doing it wrong. So here are the tips we’ve discovered to make sure that whether you wear hair extensions or not, you’re not doing more damage to your hair than you need to in these cold, harsh, winter months.

Never brush your straight hair when it’s wet. It might be tempting but hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet. When you detangle it while it’s wet you’re pulling on each individual strand, stretching it and causing it to break. This can make hair weaker and can increase split ends.

If your hair is curly then brush with your fingers while it’s wet. If you let it dry and then brush curly hair you can cause breakages.

Brush your hair regularly. We often think that more brushing could do more harm than good. Instead, hair breaking as we brush it is an important step in its renewal. Hair breakage – we lose around 120 hairs a day – is important to give space for new strands to grow.

Brushes, and brushing, can help stimulate both the scalp and healthy hair growth. Flat, soft bristled brushes will do the least amount of damage to both your locks and your scalp.

While having your brushing routine is vital for keeping your hair healthy and to reduce breakages, don’t forget other good hair habits.

Using a good conditioner, and doing it regularly, is important. Leave it on for a good twenty minutes, allowing the conditioner to penetrate the strands and help restore the oils and nutrients that have been stripped by the cold weather.

But similarly, don’t over wash. We can be guilty of shampoo-ing too often and this can do just as much damage to our hair as doing nothing. When hair dries out we’re talking about it losing the oil it needs to stay healthy. Shampoo can strip this oil away, and not give enough time for it to come back. It can leave you with oily roots and dry ends, which will cause you to wash even more often and so the cycle begins.

Follow these tips and you’re have healthy and glossy hair through the whole of winter.

 

 

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