10 Tips to have healthier hair
1 - Eliminate dry ends with regular trims
There are many causes of dry ends: with long hair, it’s difficult for proteins to reach the ends; using inadequate shampoos; using a lot of hair products or treatments; not using sun protection and prolonged exposure to the sun. At the end of summer, many women suffer from dry hair, but there’s a few tricks you can use to revert these effects and get ready for fall. One way to minimize this problem is to invest in a good haircut. Ideally, you should have your ends trimmed every two months. If you don’t want to keep changing the length of your hair, try using a split end remover that only removes split, dry and damaged ends, without removing length. You can find a split end remover to do it yourself or ask your stylist about this cut.
2 - Try a deep root cleanse
Daily residues, that can come from excessive dirt, pollution or hair products, build-up every day, resulting in heavy strands that don’t respond well to treatment. Our tip: Invest in anti-residue shampoos to deeply clean your roots and scalp. These products open up pores in your scalp, cleanse strands and seal the outermost layer of your hair. This treatment can be done at a salon or at home, with more natural products you can get at the supermarket. To go gentle on your roots, we recommend using this shampoos every 15 days, and, after use, apply an intense treatment mask to bring out the shine and hydrate.
3 - Protect your hair against UV rays, every day
Many people think that when it’s not hot out, we don’t need to protect ourselves from the sun. Just like our skin, UV rays are harmful to our hair, even on cloudy or cool days. Prolonged exposure to the sun leaves hair rougher, dull, fragile and brittle. Dyed or colored hair require special care, as the sun not only damages hair but can also alter the treated color. To help you create a routine to protect your hair, we recommend applying a UV filter spray every day, especially if you’re planning a long day in the sun. You can also use accessories such as hats or scarfs.
4 - Your scalp also needs care and attention
On cold fall or winter days, it’s common to wash hair in hot water and use the hair dryer more frequently. Altogether, these factors attack your scalp, triggering problems like dryness, breakage, frizz, etc. Using natural oils, for example, sesame oil essence, to massage your scalp is essential to keep it well-nourished, as well as increasing blood flow and free of toxins. Try massaging your scalp once a week, for 5-10 minutes, before normal wash. Tip: Include your neck muscles in your massage routine, which will greatly help you reduce stress.
5 - Bet on the Leave-in
When the temperature drops, it’s common to crank up the hair dryer to max. It’s normal, right? But, you know the side-effects: frizzy, brittle hair. Leave-ins to the rescue! They reduce frizz, protect your hair against drastic temperature swings and add definition to your hair.
6 - Tips on using hair dryer, curling iron and flat iron
Ok girls, we know that you can’t live without the essentials, right? But the heat from your beloved hair tools can cause serious damage to your locks if you’re not careful.
A few tricks of the trade:
1) Drying about 40% of your hair before brushing is less aggressive on the roots
2) A curling iron should be used at specific temperatures according to your hair type.
• Thick hair: up to 446°
• Fine or fragile hair: up to 350°
• Progressive treated or dyed hair: up to 392°
Use a thermal activated leave-in, especially those that have silicon or keratin, because they form a protective skin around each strand that helps seal cuticles and eliminate frizz.
Hold the dryer at least 6 inches away and never leave it on the same spot for too long.
7 - Washing your hair less frequently keeps your hair healthier
Washing your hair too much can leave it dry, so try washing it every other day. Shampoo removes natural oils that are essential for your hair’s health. Warm water is best, so pay attention that it’s not too hot. For oily or curly hair, dry shampoos can reduce oiliness, leaving hair with more volume and bounce.
8 - Can’t miss with keratin
Consisting of amino acids, keratin helps in the process of hair strand structure, replenishing loss due to excessive product use, sun exposure, chlorine and other factors that can damage hair.
Keratin can be applied in many ways:
• Directly to strands • Together with a mask • Mixed with argan, coconut or almond oil
• As a finisher
We suggest using it once per week, as too much keratin can weaken your hair.
9 - See a good hair stylist about reviving your hair’s tone
Summer fun involving the sun, beach or pool can affect your hair’s color, leaving it off-colored or dull. That’s why it’s so important to use products specific for your hair type and going to a trustworthy stylist for coloring. Often, just touch up will do the trick, adding more color and shine to your hair.
10 - Use oil on cold days
On cold days, we all like to use something like a hat or scarf to stay warm. But, these fabrics can create a rough sensation when rubbing against hair. Plus, we all know that rainy days equal more frizz. To minimize these effects, we recommend using oils to untangle and add more shine to your hair. Tip: keep a small bottle in your purse to use on the go.