Although it gives us a lot of hassle, most of us are really fond of our hair and even go to extreme lengths to maintain it. The scalp hair is not only an important social convention, but it is an important part of who we are, how we act and what our beliefs are; ever since immemorial times people have been interested in styling their hair, and there was a time when both men and women kept long hair. This is just a remnant of evolution from times when hair was supposed to protect us from the harsh elements of nature, but since shelter and clothing have become parts of our lives, hair is just an aesthetic characteristic. So with all this styling and dyeing, how can we maintain healthy hair?
Hair is made from keratin, a substance which is also found in our nails; the hair’s roots produce natural oils which are meant to protect it all through its length, as well as the scalp. How does this get along with the fact that the shampoos we use are acidic and therefore oil-dissolving? Well, excess oil is not very good for the hair either, so regular washing is necessary. Depending on how greasy your hair gets, you should wash it at least twice a week. A common mistake a lot of people make is washing with water that is too hot; this hurts the scalp’s sensitive skin and the hair roots and dandruff or other undesired elements appear. Mildly warm water, enough not to make the head feel cold is just right enough for washing your hair.
Choosing the right shampoo is also an important part of maintaining healthy hair; luckily, there are shampoos for all types of hair. You need to be especially careful if you have wacky hair color ideas and like to try new things periodically. Hair dye always affects the hair, so you need to purchase shampoos and conditioners especially made for hair that is dyed.
That being said, you should never be cheap when it comes to shampoos and other hair treatments; buy better products, your hair will be all the more grateful for it; avoid products which contain sulphates and parabens and try to use organic products. And if your hair color ideas come too often, try to consult specialists and at least use the best dyes on the market.
Styling and dyeing your hair all the time will lead to damage, sometimes irreparable. So if you want to avoid the need of cutting all of your hair, get in the habit of paying attention to it at least twice a week. Wash gently with the tips of your fingers and insist on the scalp to get the blood flowing and encourage hair growth; rinse thoroughly and apply conditioner or a hair mask a few times a week. When you brush, do it as gently as possible and try to avoid doing it when the hair is wet. Another advice to help you have healthy hair always is to avoid using a hair dryer as well; yet if you have to, choose a qualitative one and never place it closer than 30 centimeters to your hair.
Finally, styling products, curling and straightening irons, hot curlers and similar paraphernalia should only be used scarcely. Cutting the tips of your hair at least once a month is also advised, because it rejuvenates the hair and helps it grow shinier and thicker.