Longer Healthier Hair That Shines

If you’re looking for longer healthier hair, according to the experts there are a few ingredients to be considered when selecting products used on your hair. Most shampoos are filled with sulfates that strip the oils needed for healthier hair and most people shampoo their hair on a daily basis and without using a conditioner. When shampooing the hair, only lather up the scalp and allow the suds to slide down the hair to remove the dirt and build up on the hair. I never thought about only adding shampoo to my scalp and not my hair. When I was a little girl and learning to shampoo my hair, my mother would always say, let me smell your head to see if it’s clean. I’m thinking, can’t you just smell the ends of my hair? Always end your hair wash with cold water to add a boost for hair growing power as it helps lay down and smooth the hair.

Conditioner is your best friend, replaces the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft as well as seals outer cuticles and should be used every time you wet your hair. Choosing a good shampoo and conditioner is pertinent to growing long hair, especially if you’re looking for faster results. The hair grows from the roots and grows 1/4 – 1/2 inches a month and trimming at least 1/8 inch from the hair every 6 weeks will rid the split ends of the hair that causes the hair to look shorter because split ends reveal thinner hair.

Heat and color cause strands to get thinner at the bottom and causes breakage and shorter lengths, therefore a heat protectant should be used if constant heat is used. If you color your hair yourself and using the same color as before, only the roots should be colored to avoid stripping the nutrients from the bottom hair, giving healthier looking hair. You can use a conditioner made at home that will provide the needed nutrients for healthier looking hair by mixing:  1 cup of unrefined coconut oil, 1 tablespoon almond oil, 1 tablespoon macadamia oil and 1 tablespoon jojoba oil. Your hair will give off a healthier look and shine.

Buddemeyer, Ruby, and Catanese, Nicole

Cosmopolitan

June 14, 2019

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