Four healthy habits that will take your hair from meh to mah-velous!
Check in with Your Scalp. Is it dry and tight or supple and moisturized? Though many of us forget it’s there, healthy hair starts at the scalp. Your scalp should move easily when gently nudged with your finger tips. Areas of tightness and immobility can spell problems, like hair loss, brittleness, and dryness. Keep your pate happy with regular scalp massage and a moisturizing treatment like Scalp Therapy.
Practice ‘Just Right’ Cleansing. Not too often, not too harsh, and not too little. Unless you put absolutely no product on your hair, periodic cleansing with a low or no-foam shampoo, like Get Clean! No Foam Shampoo or Get Fresh! Shampoo, is required to remove build up and allow moisture and nutrients to penetrate the hair and scalp. However, no one needs a heavy detergent to accomplish effective cleansing. Any product that contains sulfates and/or produces a vigorous foam is probably taking too much of the good stuff (like your hair’s natural oils) out, leaving hair dry and unbalanced.
Make Your Conditioner Count. A good conditioner, such as Intense Quench or Featherweight, should do three things: moisturize, strengthen, and balance. To get all three, check for ingredients that draw moisture into the hair (humectants), vegetable-derived proteins that strengthen the hair and a balanced pH (between 4 and 5). It also helps if you get a slippery texture to detangle and smooth along the way. Always rinse out your conditioner in unless it’s specifically designed to be a leave-in. Excess conditioner in the hair can cause fungal disorders on the scalp and inhibit your hair’s natural shine.
Limit your Leave-ins. Yes, you can have too much of a good thing. Whatever your hair type, it’s best to stick to a stripped down styling routine. With Just Right Cleansing and a Conditioner that Counts, you shouldn’t need buckets of styling products to keep your hair nourished, shiny, and well-defined. In fact, less is often more. Too many layers will dull shine and actually dry out your hair by blocking natural oils and nutrients from penetrating the hair. To find your perfect mix of styling products, start with your natural moisture level. Oily to normal generally need hydration and hold, while normal to dry hair types need oil and hydration with less of a focus on hold.