A bad hair day can seriously zap your self-esteem and make you want to go into hiding. Try these tips to keep your hair looking at its best.
Stop the hair abuse
The bottom line is; in order to have more good hair days, we must be kind to our hair. Stopping the abuse is our first priority! Put down those super-hot hair dryers, curling tongs and flat irons, and give your hair a break. Excess heat is damaging as it depletes moisture from our hair and scalp and, over time, can strip away our natural protective oils. The result? Hair that’s dry, frazzled and prone to breaking.
Give your hair a break from the heat. If possible, attempt to air dry at least once a week to give your hair a break from damaging styling tools. When you do use heat styling tools, use the lower settings on your styling devices and try a heat protection spray to create a barrier between your hair and the heat to help prevent damage. The sooner you stop the abuse, the healthier your hair will start to look.
Make time for hair care
Some days are so hectic that our hair just doesn’t have a chance. And most bad hair days are really our own fault. You may be better off skipping your morning shampoo if you don’t have the time to do it right.
There are a few simple rules to proper shampooing:
- Scrub your scalp to remove excess oils and product build-up.
- Remove all traces of shampoo and conditioner when you rinse. Most shampoos and conditioners need plenty of water to remove dirt and residue and to release their conditioning ingredients. Hair that hasn’t been rinsed thoroughly can be limp, oily and unmanageable.
- Just when you think you’re done rinsing, rinse some more. And to help seal the hairs cuticle and give you more shine, rinse with cool or luke-warm water, never hot.
Beware of product overloadMy quick tips to make every day a ‘Good Hair Day’
Truth is, the more products we pile on, the greater our chances are of having a really bad hair day. Hair products can weigh our hair down and make it look dull and lifeless. Lighten up on the products and let your hair breathe.
1) Look for powerful moisturising and conditioning ingredients when you choose your shampoo and conditioner.
2) Go sulfate free! Sulfates are harsh, drying and can strip the colour from your hair.
3) Just when you think you are done rinsing your hair, keep rinsing and count to ten.
4) Your hair is weakest when it is wet, so be gentle when combing wet hair and avoid putting it into a ponytail or plait until it is thoroughly dry. This will help prevent damage.
5) Consider investing in a good hairdryer with ionic technology. It may help your hair dry faster and with less damage. Remember, the louder your blow-dryer is, the lower the quality may be.
6) Ease up on the products to avoid build-up which could cause lifeless, unmanageable, oily hair.
Let’s face it – the only thing worse than a bad day is a bad hair day! Follow these quick and simple steps to banish the bad hair days forever. Healthy hair is happy hair!
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife