For the 1% who are genetically blessed and can get out of bed looking like they just left the hair salon, this post is not for you. For the rest of us who have to curl, straighten, gel, mousse, comb, tease, condition and style our hair so we don’t scare our family and friends, please continue reading. The more we do to our hair, the more susceptible it becomes to damage, dryness, and breakage because many hair products actually contain chemicals that strip our hair of its natural moisture and many of the styling tools we use involve a great amount of heat. This causes us to enter a vicious cycle in which we have to use more products and waste more time trying to fix our hair that has been damaged from previous styling efforts. However, there are natural products and easier styling methods out there that will keep your hair healthy and looking amazing so that you can avoid this vicious cycle all together.
Many products that claim to rehydrate your hair, repair split ends, prevent frizz, etc. actually contain chemicals that can worsen the condition of your hair over time. Alcohol is one of the main ingredients that most of these hair products use. However, alcohol is actually a drying agent that sucks the moisture out of your hair, which then increases the potential for breakage and split ends down the line. Many shampoos and conditioners contain a chemical called sodium lauryl sulfate, which is what causes that sudsy lather to form when mixed with water. This chemical has been shown to not only cause scalp irritation and hair loss, but has been proven to be carcinogenic as well. Other ingredients to avoid in your shampoo and conditioner include propylene glycol, olefin sulfonate, and ammonium lauryl sulfate, each of which cause hair loss, irritate your scalp, clog oil glands, and deteriorate hair follicles. Organic products are the way to go because they tend to steer clear of harsh chemicals such as the ones mentioned earlier and work just as well.
Along with using organic products, there are natural oils and even foods readily found around the house that can repair and protect damaged hair and give it a sleek, healthy shine. Natural oils such as argan, coconut, jojoba, almond and vitamin E all reduce frizz, restore moisture, increase shine and strengthen your hair all in one. They can be used on wet or dry hair for styling, or even left in over night or used under a heat lamp as a deep conditioning treatment. Some foods around the house that can be used to help restore moisture and nutrients to damaged hair include banana, mayonnaise, olive oil, avocado, and egg yolks. They can be applied to wet or dry hair, but should be left on for at least half an hour to let the oils and nutrients penetrate the hair.
Styling tools such as blow dryers and curling irons can reek havok on your hair over time. However, if you use natural products that work as “heat protectors,” such as the natural oils mentioned earlier, before using these styling tools, your hair will not undergo as much damage. Using ceramic curling and straightening irons are also less damaging than metal ones. Using regular curlers instead of a curling iron is also another effective alternative. Also, styling your hair when it is wet causes more damage than styling it when it is dry because your hair is not as strong when it is wet. So, try waiting until your hair has somewhat dried before styling it or even brushing it to prevent excess damage.
On top of all the tips mentioned earlier, some random things you can do to keep your hair healthy and strong include getting frequent trims, washing your hair every other day instead of every day to prevent drying it out, and massaging your scalp to increase blood flow to your hair follicles. Hope these tips help! Thanks for reading. This has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.