Your hair is extremely vulnerable to a plurality of external factors: heat, humidity, ultraviolet rays, the accumulation of salts in water, stress, ingrowing hair, pollution… All of these can be dubbed “enemies” of healthy and beautiful hair. It is decidedly not easy to keep our hair healthy and in the best conditions.
The first thing needed in order to have healthy hair is to have a healthy scalp and well-hydrated roots. For this, it is advisable to brush your hair before washing it, because damp hair is more susceptible to breakage, as well as before going to bed so as to enhance blood circulation.
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The seasons are another factor that we must take into account when caring for our hair. Depending on each season, hair care will vary since the natural aggressions it will suffer tend to differ.
During winter, low temperatures are the worst enemy. Don’t leave your house with wet or humid hair as it could freeze and easily break off.
Summertime offers the directly opposite dilemma: high temperatures that tend to produce dryness due to the sun. Applying sunscreen is certainly the best option during the summer. Apply it to your hair while indoors and let it be absorbed naturally before going out.
In the spring, the hair is weakened by the cold of winter, which is why we must condition it for the abundance of heat that summer brings, linked to the change of routine which can harm your hair’s quality and growth.
It is important to periodically use specialized moisturizing products in conjunction with night treatments to accelerate the healing process and that will protect your hair and scalp during the day when it is most exposed to natural elements.
Though the main elements that affect our hair tend to be external ones, other factors such as stress, diet and habits like drinking and smoking influence its growth and strength. Fad diets that do not provide the necessary amount of nutrients have proven to have a decidedly negative impact on our hair’s appearance to the extent of being able to cause hair loss and noticeable deterioration.
A good diet, rich in vitamins, proteins and vegetables, provide a mane that looks bright and shiny and that is most importantly healthy. Proteins are responsible for producing keratin, so it is important to be sure that we are consuming the necessary amounts in our daily diet. Iron is also an important factor to consider because hair becomes thin and fragile when we don’t consume enough of it.
Here are some helpful and natural tricks to keep your hair looking amazing:
On sunny days: cover your hair with a handkerchief, hat or turban. This will protect you from the sun, especially in outdoor places such as the beach, the park, etc. You will prevent your scalp from being mistreated by the sun’s rays. After a day at the beach, use a shampoo and conditioner to hydrate your hair.
Take care of your hair when at the beach: it is recommended that when leaving the water you rinse your hair with fresh water at a temperature below 22 degrees, then apply hair protection or conditioner.
Protect your hair from the heat: have a moisturizer available and apply it several times a day. It is important that you do not use a hair dryer during this period, since the air currents help to dry out your hair. Let it dry naturally.
Nourish your hair with a cream based on bananas and avocados. Mash it in a container, apply it will giving yourself a gentle scalp massage, leave for 15 minutes and rinse.