Healthy Hair Secrets:

Secrets to Healthy Hair

Healthy hair care is not simply about which brand of shampoo and conditioner you use, but also involves maintaining your physical and mental health.

There are certain chemicals to avoid in shampoo and conditioners. Some of these are Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Coal Tar, Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Formaldehyde, Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl), Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine and Sodium Laureth/Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Each of these chemicals has been shown to have harmful effects, and to avoid them, you should ensure you read and understand everything listed in your product’s ingredients.

Do not use two-in-one shampoo and conditioner products. Ever!

Shampoo is designed to have one effect on your hair, while conditioner is supposed to do another and one application can not do both. Shampoo opens the pores or scales on the hair follicles and cleans away any build up of oil, dirt and pollutants. Conditioner closes or smoothes the follicles down, filling them with clean moisture and protection. It is important to do both, regardless of your hair type.

Be extremely wary of products that leave a chemical buildup on your hair. If you avoid the above-mentioned chemicals, this should not happen. Some brands will encase your hair follicles in a thin silicone coating, which may appear wonderful at first, but builds up over time and leaves your hair brittle and resistant to moisture.

Hairdressers have been known to refuse to attempt to apply any product to hair that has long-term buildup, because they know results will either be uneven or completely ineffective.

If you want your hair to be at its best, a balanced diet full of healthy, natural foods is absolutely essential! Fatty, greasy, processed and sweet foods lead to toxic bodies and oily, fine, limp and dull hair.

You may have noticed when people either put on a lot of weight or are unhealthy and skinny, their hair loses its body and thickness and also changes color.

Circulation is also very important for healthy hair, so exercise regularly and drink plenty of water.

If you still feel your diet is lacking, you can give yourself a boost with Dr. Ben Kim's Greens. There are herbs you can take for hair, such as horsetail, to improve the strength and thickness.

A true secret to healthy hair care is not to go all-out every day. Try to give your hair regular breaks from suffocating products such as gel, hairspray, and mouse.

If you can treat your hair with a deep moisturizing product once a week, you will definitely see the benefits. If you only worry about styling your hair for special occasions, you will have fewer split-ends and more natural re-growth.

When it comes to using the hair dryer, try to leave this for special occasions also. When you do use it, make sure your hair is wet and stop using it once it is dry. The reason for this is because it’s this drying of the already dry hair that causes the most damage.

If you're unsatisfied with your hair, don’t accept the status quo -- there are definitely things you can do, use, and take to improve your hair's condition. Beautiful, healthy hair is an attractive quality and with the right care for your hair, you can achieve this every single day.

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