So what if the 1st of the year has come and gone, it’s never too late to add a new resolution to your list, especially when it can be the means of achieving your best hair possible! Beautiful, healthy hair is a sign of youth and vitality and who doesn’t want more of that? But no matter what your age, if your hair is not its best these few simple tweaks to your hair care routine can ensure healthy vibrant hair and take years off your look.
Resolve to trim regularly
Okay, fine, you’ve heard it a zillion times but have you resolved yourself to actually doing it? Nothing says, “Old” like scraggily, frizzed-out, weak looking ends. Once the ends begin to split a chain of ugly events start to occur; the small split runs up the hair shaft causing frizz, breakage and thinning, followed by more frizz, more breakage and more thinning. But you can nip this in the bud by resolving to get regular trims every 6 to 8 weeks or so. In addition, haircuts tend to lose their shape in about 4 to 8 weeks and no longer look like the hairstyle they were intended to be.
Resolve to lighten up on the heat.
Just because your favorite go-to hairstyle requires blow drying, a hot iron, or hot rollers, it doesn’t mean your hair needs to pay the price. Nothing is gained by blow-drying hair from a totally wet stage but much can lost. Allow hair to air dry as much as possible before using your hair dryer; blot it dry or wrap it in a towel for 10 minutes to soak up excess moisture. Besides following the rule of always using a thermal protective product before applying heat, give your hair a break by adding 1 or 2 new styling options to your repertoire. Chignons, braids, ponies and twists do more than just look pretty; a new do’ gives a certain, “Je ne sais quoi”, magnetic charm or flirty frippery. Not the same old, same old. An updo is also a saving grace for hair that’s been pulled, stretched and over-heated into submission daily.
Resolve to deep condition or to masque
Deep conditioners and hair masques do basically the same thing . . . restore elasticity and shine and deliver deep moisturizing which strengthens the hair. This step needs to be in every woman’s bag of tricks, especially if you color your hair or do any type of chemically treatments to your hair. Regular deep conditioning treatments work to rebuild hair with a boost of moisturizing that hair can’t get with normal conditioning. Deep conditioning is the key to getting body, elasticity and shine back into dry, lifeless, chemically treated hair. Apply the masque or conditioner to clean, towel dried hair. Cover with a shower cap or saran wrap and heat under a hooded dryer. Or heat a dampened towel in the microwave and wrap it around your head to seal in the heat. Just keep it heated for 20 to 30 minutes for maximum penetration. How often? Your choice. Start by conditioning once weekly for severely dry hair and adjust as needed. On average, once or twice a month will give hair the moisture or nutrients it needs.
Resolve to stay active and eat healthy
It’s not just taking preventative measures or what you put on your hair that matters, your diet and lifestyle also play a significant role in your hair health. A diet rich in protein like salmon, poultry, eggs and fresh whole foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole wheat and other healthy carbs, will give you the vitamins and nutrients needed for your healthiest hair.