Healthy Hair : Stop Shrinkage & Damage
One of the best ways to avoid shrinkage and maintain the hairs moisture is to use a hair diffuser.
If you are wearing a curly style and want to avoid a lot of shrinkage a diffuser helps to gently dry the hair but still maintains the hairs length while it is wet.
Detangle the Hair – always handle your hair with care.
Never pull or tug on the hair especially when it’s wet. If your hair is tangles take one hair at a time and slowly and gently pull the hair so it slides smoothly out of the tangle. If you get too impatient and pull the hair it can easily tear causing unnecessary breakage. Detangle gently from the ends upward using the fingers first followed by a wide-tooth comb. An excellent detangler is Infusium 23 or Terax Crema Conditioner.
Healthy Hair: Deep Condition Braids!
If you are wearing braid extensions don’t forget to condition them. Since braids can remove the natural moisture content from our hair underneath, it’s essential to moisturize. A great tip is using a bottle with a diluted mix of water and a few drops of vitamin E oil. Spray this mixture on your braids to promote moisture penetration.
This with help prevent knotting of the hair as well as shedding when the hair is taken down. A good moisturizer is also important on the day you’re going to take out your braid extensions. Take Down Hair Moisturizing Cream is an excellent braid remover. Also, after washing your hair always be sure your hair is completely dry to avoid bacteria and mildew from forming. A great tip is using a micro-fiber towel to help absorb water quicker.
Healthy Hair:extensions Need Pampering Too…
If you are wearing artificial or human-hair extensions it’s very important that you care for yourscalp during this period. These extensions can wreck havoc on the hair because they remove the hairs natural moisture content but also they stop moisture from reaching your hair.
While wearing extensions (regardless of whether they are artificial or not) always treat your scalp with a gentle massage using a scalp moisturizing cream or natural olive oil. A great scalp massage cream that’s not too oily or expensive is the Head and Shoulders Soothing Lotion for Dry Scalp Leave-in Treatment or the Jane Carter Solution Scalp Nourishing Serum. Carol’s Daughter also has a line of scalp treatments available as well.
Steam Treat Your Hair
Steam treatments promote easy absorption of water and moisturizers from conditioners to deeply penetrate the hair shaft. Use a steam treatment especially when deep conditioning your hair. Simply use a warm towel to cover wet hair after a shampoo wash or a steam cap for 20-30 minutes.
Follow it with a warm then a cool rinse.
The warmth of the steam will open up the pores and help remove any dirt on the hair and scalp. The cool rinse will close the pores and hair shaft to further protect the hair from any damage. This is an excellent routine to do every two weeks.
Essential Ingredients For Your Curly Hair
Naturally curly hair requires moisture to restore it and keep it looking shiny. Ethnic curly hair especially needs to have lots of moisture. However, most ethnic products contain low end oils that weigh down and coat the hair, while non-ethnic products dry the hair – not adding enough moisture keeping it looking dull.
These natural ingredients add and maintain the hairs natural moisture balance keeping it looking shiny, bouncy and manageable.
HAIR TIP: If your scalp is itchy or flakey, pour some diluted mixture of water and Sea Breeze or Witch Hazel on a cotton ball and dab it on your scalp to take away the itchiness or flakes.