How To Take Care of Your Hair

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How to Take care of Your Hair – Getting and Maintaining Beautiful Hair

Beautiful, healthy hair just gives a woman that extra look of radiance, health and feminine beauty. Not to mention long, gorgeous hair helps a woman maintain a youthful look well in to her later years. It’s important to keep your hair healthy through your diet as well, but this article will be more about taking care of your hair itself. (read my article about 8 keys to instant charm)

10 steps to healthier hair:

Step 1

[G]et yourself a really good quality hair brush. Don’t just use some badly made hair brushes, or old brushes with broken or uneven teeth, as they can snag your hair and cause breakage. Ideally, get yourself a brush with boar bristles, or a brush with bristles made out of bamboo. These types of brushes are much kinder to your hair, and help to evenly spread your natural oils through your hair, and bring a beautiful, luscious shine to it.

Step 2

[I]f you have tangles, don’t just yank any old brush through them. Use only a wide-toothed comb to disentangle your hair. Fine-toothed combs are just terrible for your hair; it splits the hair shafts! Not only this but using a fine-toothed comb can damage your roots, as well.

So, especially when your hair is wet – use a wide-toothed comb to brush your hair.

Step 3

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[T]his is counter-intuitive for most women – but, when you brush your hair, start brushing it from the ends first, and gradually move upwards with the comb or brush. This will do wonders for helping you get the knots out, and will cause a lot less breakage! A lot of the time, brushing your hair from the roots down just puts more stress on your hair, and makes knots worse!

And, when brushing your hair, do it gently :) and don’t yank the brush through in a hurry – make some time before work, or before whatever daily commitments you have, to brush your hair gently, forming it in to a beautiful, shiny crown of glory! Don’t dig your brush in to your scalp, either. Gently does it!

And, as much as you can – let your hair dry naturally and avoid brushing your hair when it is wet. When your hair is wet, it is much weaker because it swells and stretches like an elastic band, and brushing it in this state can cause the hair follicles to snap.

Step 4

[P]ay special attention to the ends of your hair. Most women do so much damage to their hair by curling it, straightening it and putting hundreds of different styling products in it! Even if you DO use heat protection, your hair can suffer. So, remember to put a little bit of oil on the ends of your hair every now and then – perhaps once a week or once a fortnight, whatever suits you. This will help restore moisture, strength to your hair and give it that ‘bouncy’ effect.

Step 5

[Y]ou need to regularly and properly condition your hair. I don’t mean using just the standard conditioners like pantene or sun silk, but actually deeply condition your hair with a high quality oil that actually penetrates the roots. See my post on ‘Achieving Feminine Beauty and Healthy with Coconut Oil‘ for a conditioning method using virgin coconut oil.

Most women who know how to take care of their hair know that most of the time, the most natural things can have the greatest benefits – and, they’re cheaper to use, too! :)

Most modern shampoos contain a whole host of chemicals and ingredients in them! A lot of these chemicals and ingredients actually dry out your hair. If you want to use shampoo, go with an organic shampoo – or with a high quality shampoo range such as Aveda or Carita (a beautiful french shampoo range). These two ranges are much more expensive than the conventional shampoo products you buy in the supermarket or in chain hair care stores, but you will most definitely notice the difference in your hair!

Step 6

[I]f you want to grow your hair long, regularly massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers in a slow, circular motion. If you like, you can even use an essential oil, or a little bit of virgin coconut oil, or olive oil to massage your scalp. Massaging the scalp helps encourage circulation, and helps make your hair grow.

Step 7

[R]efrain from washing your hair every day – another surefire way to completely dry out your hair, and strip it of its natural oils. Your hair produces oil not because it’s dirty but because it protects your hair, and helps keep it strong. Have you ever noticed that when your hair is oily, it gets tangled up a lot less, and it is actually stronger? It’s because your hair and body knows what it’s doing – and is trying to help your hair by conditioning it with its own oils!

The more you let your hair get oily, the faster and stronger it will grow. Let your hair have this process.

A little trick

And, if the greasy look really bothers you – just get some baby powder, and put it on your hair, and brush it through! It absorbs the oils of your hair. You’ll be amazed at how well this little trick works and actually takes away the greasy look completely! .

If you have dark hair – the baby power will most likely show up when you use it. So the Toni and Guy spray-on products will be a great alternative to baby powder.

Step 8

[W]hen drying your hair, never, ever wrap the towel around the length of it and scrub, rub, or wring the hair!! No, no no! This can damage the hair shaft! Just take the towel, wrap it around your hair gently and pat-dry it. This is much easier on your hair, and not to mention it won’t produce as many knots or tangles in the length of your hair!

Step 9

[I]f your hair is long, and if you are growing it longer, make sure you tie it back when you go to sleep at night, or even braid it. This helps to stop knots and tangles. You can even use a hair net or a silk hair cap when you sleep, to keep it all in place and to stop it from spreading all over the place.

Satin or silk pillow cases can help, too – they are much softer on the hair and helps to stop breakage and yanking of the hair overnight if you toss-and-turn in your sleep a fair bit.

Step 10

[A]void washing your hair in very hot water. Most people have outrageously hot showers, and wash their hair in the same extremely hot water. The excessive heat can cause damage to your hair.

If you have the money, also invest in a water filter for your shower head to filter out any harsh chemicals that are damaging to your hair, such as chlorine, in the water.

I use a shower filter at home, and not only has it made a difference to my hair – it’s made an enormous difference to the state of my skin! Instead of having bits of dry skin peeling off my face when I step out of the shower, my skin still remains soft and healthy, ever since I used a shower filter. There can be some pretty harsh chemicals in the water you use to shower, so seriously consider this option.

Dr. Mercola makes really good shower filters, and this is the one I use at home, made by him: Pure and Clean Shower Filter. Please note: we have absolutely no affiliation with Dr. Mercola; he’s just a really cool natural doctor whose made a huge difference in the lives of millions of people through his thorough and passionate research in to natural health. :)

I hope this post has helped you know more about how to take care of your hair, and I’m sure I’ve missed some great tips, so if you have any more good tips for hair care, please add them, and share them in the comments section!

Have a LOVELY day! :)

Renee

PS… Hair is actually one of a woman’s stronger’s assets and attraction triggers for men. To find out the other 16 blood boiling attraction triggers, click here and find out. 

Renee the feminine woman

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  • Ashley

    February 19, 2013

    How can I make my hair grow faster and healthier?

  • Ronak adeel

    February 15, 2013

    Its really wonderful feeling to have long hair…:)
    n ur suggestion r really benifical…:)

  • thankyou

    December 9, 2012

    should we brush our hair when it is dried completely from natural air to avoid breakage of hair?
    i use TREsemme shampoo and conditioner. but from that only 70% hairfall is reduced. and i want to reduce more. what should i do?

  • thankyou

    December 9, 2012

    my hair fall about 37 whenever i brush my hair when it is wet after i take shower. i will try not to brush my hair when it is wet. i think this will work :)

  • stephanie gonzalez

    December 6, 2012

    I am going to take your adivce and try it myself. Because I think it would really work and it sounds really smart so thank you. I will never forget this.

  • Rachel

    December 4, 2012

    Hey, thanks sooooooooo much this was really helpful!!!!

  • Summer Jane

    June 20, 2012

    Renee,

    This page was the first one I looked at as I started my Internet search on how to better take care and grow my hair. Thank you! Great resource.
    I am 40 and my hair has always been dry, but as I age, it has become more noticeable, of course. I have had great success with “pre-shampooing.” Your coconut oil treatment is similar to what I do. I shampoo about twice a week and make sure that I treat my hair with oil beforehand. I use a 2:1:1 ratio of pure coconut oil, avocado oil, and virgin olive oil. I also add several drops of sea buckthorn seed oil to every ounce of this mixture. (Seems to make the other oils absorb better.) I tried pure coconut oil but found it hard to apply as it hardens in the hair and difficult to wash out. This mixture of oils (all penetrate the hair shaft) really works for my hair (thick and course). I make sure to apply it throughout all my hair and especially on the ends, leaving it on for 15-60 minutes before shampooing. Then, I finish with conditioner of course.

    I am also starting to use ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer spray on my hair when it is wet (after shampooing & conditioning or just conditioning) to rebuild the protein in my hair. Oils are fantastic for preventing protein loss, but they don’t replace lost protein.

    -SJ

  • Marcos Rosasco

    April 12, 2011

    Should you be looking for methods to make your hair grow faster than I can suggest is to never comb your hair even though it is wet, it’ll make the hair fragile and the best technique to dry it out is let it air dry.

  • Meike

    February 28, 2011

    What I most neglected was cutting my hair regularily. Firstly, it involved finding the time to spend 2 hours at the salon, and secondly, I didn’t feel I could pay 35pounds every couple of months. So, I got my own scissors! They are good ones too, and were only 8pounds. Now my mom and sis and me we each trim each others ends at least every 2 months, and I find it quite easy! Neither of us is as daring as to try out layers etc, but after having layers all the time long, straight hair is actually really nice. So I’m happy:)