|The Most Important Tip For Having Healthy Hair
At home maintenance includes several things. One of the most important things for your at home maintenance plan is to drastically decrease if not eliminate your use of heat. I recommend to only use heat once per week MAXIMUM. And the heat that you do apply needs to be the minimum amount needed to effectively straighten and/or curl your hair. First, you should only use heat tools that allow you to control the temperature (like this one). Secondly, having the heat setting on the hottest temperature is definitely not recommended. If your heat tool goes up to 400 degrees, try curling your hair on 350 (for fine/thin hair). If that doesn't work, increase the heat level 25 degrees until you get the desired results. I have not seen hardly any heads of hair, especially relaxed, that requires the maximum amount of heat offered in heating tools. The few that I have seen have extremely thick, coarse hair and most of the time the person is natural. Then and only then can your hair endure that type of heat. Even still, once per week is the absolute maximum that I would recommend AND only one pass of the flat iron is needed.
The reason why I recommend shampooing weekly is because generally after one week the hair becomes heavy due to an accumulation of your own natural oils as well as product build up. This causes the hair to not move and be free flowing. I personally don't like when my hair feels like this, so shampooing weekly is a no brainer for me. However, I also know how to style it and make it look nice so again, shampooing weekly isn't a big deal for me. But there are people out there that struggle with styling their own hair and can not realistically do their own hair every week. In fact, they may actually do more harm than good by trying to tackle their own hair. If this sounds like you, just stick to no heat and wrapping and call it a day. Never go more than two weeks without shampooing as a clean scalp equals a healthy scalp.
The last part of your home maintenance program should consist of products that you do or don't put in your hair. Your hair naturally makes its own oils so putting lots of oil sheen, grease, and serums only makes it greasy and heavy. This is not a good look and causes you to have to shampoo your hair more often. I do sometimes apply a little tiny bit of serum right after I have shampooed, dried and styled it, and I also use one right before flat ironing to protect my hair from heat. I also use a serum when moisturizing and sealing my hair. With serums and oils, a tiny bit should go a long way. Also avoid styling products with alcohol like hair spray and spritz as these have a tendency to dry the hair out. A light holding spray is ok, but again, use in moderation. Also, when using holding spray and oil sheen hold your arm all the way out and spray towards your hair allowing the product be misted onto your hair. Spraying too close puts too much product on your hair.
Following these steps will put you on the right track to developing a home maintenance program that will allow your hair to becoming the healthiest its been. It also helps your stylist to keep it that way by providing you with the necessary treatments and other things you need. Having both of these things does nothing but help your hair, but your at home maintenance is the most important part. Remember, take care of your hair and it will take care of you!
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