Don’t Let Brands Clean Your Wallet: What are you really getting for extra money spent on specialty products? Consumer Reports tested products on 1,700 ponytail samples and found that pricy shampoos were no better than cheaper ones. What should you buy? Choose shampoos and conditioners designed for your hair type, such as those for oily, fine, or color-treated hair.
Use Gentle Color to Cover Grays
Hair doesn’t just change color as we get older – it also becomes weaker and grows more slowly. That means damaged hair won’t be snipped off as quickly by haircuts. Chemicals used on “mature” hair should be weaker to avoid damage.
Keep Brushes Away From Your Curls
Curly hair is more likely to break and become dry and brittle. Gently using a pick keeps curls looking better than combing or brushing. Conditioners with polymers can smooth hair and make it more manageable. Look for polyvinylpyrrolidone on the label. Don’t overdo the use of flat-irons and relaxers, which can damage hair.
Calm Frizz in Winter, Too
Humidity gets the rap for causing frizzy hair days. But there’s more static electricity when the air is dry. This means frizz also flies in winter months and in the desert climates of the Southwest. Use conditioner to stop static electricity. Shampoos that are pH-balanced also can calm the frizz for hair that’s colored or relaxed with chemicals.
Avoid Extreme Color Changes
Perhaps you’re a brunette who always wanted to be a blonde or a blonde who wants to go darker. Be aware that you’re risking damage to your hair with more extreme color changes. Some dermatologists recommend staying within three shades of your natural color.
Protect Hair From the Sun
The sun is no kinder to your hair than it is to your skin. Sun exposure can dry out hair, especially if it’s color-treated. Use a light hair spray with broad-spectrum sun protection — or wear a hat when the sun is strongest. Frequent summer trims can keep your ends looking healthy.
Give the Blow Dryer a Rest
Frequent blow-drying is hard on your hair and can actually lead to hair loss. When you do blow-dry, turn down the heat. Finer hair is especially sensitive to damage from heat, but even thick manes need some tender care. Protect your hair before styling by using a conditioner or a heat styling product.
Shower Before You Swim
Avoid chlorine damage by rinsing your hair before entering the pool or wearing a swim cap. If your hair is already saturated with water, it won’t absorb as much from the chemical-laden pool. Use a pH-balancing hair product to further protect your hair.
Take a Time Out From Styling
For better hair days, the best thing you can do is — nothing. All the tugging, combing, brushing, drying, and chemically treating hair damages the shafts. Even vigorous towel-drying can damage hair. Gently blot wet hair with a towel. If you have damaged hair, take a break from styling. As the damaged hair grows out, the new growth will be healthy.
Be Aware of Changes in Your Hair: Sudden changes in your hair, such as brittle hair or losing much more hair than usual can in rare cases be a sign of a health problem. Some medicines can cause hair loss, too. If you notice dramatic changes in your hair, see a dermatologist 🙂 🙂