Your hair needs consistent nourishing just like your body so conditioning your hair with hair products that use natural or vegetable oils is a great start. A visit to your stylist for a hair treatment every few months is recommended because at that time you can also get feedback on the condition of your hair and get the ends trimmed to prevent splitting and to remove the dead ends which allow the new growth to reach its full potential. Treatments with shea, cocoa, mayonnaise, egg are excellent for the hair and can be used at home but there’s nothing like having it massaged into your head by your stylist.
What products should I be using in my hair to keep it healthy?
Hair products that use natural ingredients are most recommended because there are no side effects. Coconut oil, arghan oil, morrocan oil, carrot oil, olive oil or products with natural oil bases are great examples. They give the hair nourishment and prevent dry scalp and dandruff. Use these products when your hair is damp after washing it since hair absorbs better when already wet. There are some good leave-in conditioners and hair lotions that can also help depending on your hair texture one can be more effective than the other so ask your stylist for a recommendation. Salt water from the sea and heat from the equator are ideal for skin and hair so don’t be shy to treat yourself to a vacation it will do wonders in a week!
How do i get my hair to grow longer/faster?
Keeping your hair healthy in general is the best suggestion. Hair grows about 1/2 inch – an inch per month on average so just keep it healthy and be patient, believe it or not but keeping the ends trimmed gives the new growth its best potential so trimming an inch every 4-6 months is also suggested.
How often should I wash my hair?
As often as your hair gets oily or dirty depending on your hair texture. Thin straight hair should be washed every 2 days because sweat and dirt build up quicker where on the other hand black hair (afro) depending on the style only requires weekly or even bi-weekly. If you wash your hair too frequently it can cause dryness but if you don’t wash frequent enough your hair gets too greasy and oily yet there are oils that linger from your head naturally that are actually good for your hair so it’s a perfect balance through trial and error as you get to know your hair but once you find what works don’t change it. How you style your hair after washing it also makes a difference for example, if you’ll be blow drying and using a flat iron after every wash on a daily basis that will damage your hair. There are products that help resist damage to heat for hair but that won’t be enough. Wrapping the hairstyle with a bandana overnight can help with maintaining a style. Restyling the hair with flat irons and curling irons without rewashing is common however going from wet to tool dry daily is not recommended for hair. If a daily shampoo is required a hair bun, braids or letting it air dry in some rollers overnight is a recommended alternative for a nice style in the morning depending on your lifestyle.
What type of shampoos should I use?
Use sulphate, paraben and alcohol free shampoos. These strip moisture from your hair and cause dryness. Professional brand names available at retail stores are a safe choice. A consultation with your stylist can obtain the best result for you specifically depending on your hair texture and lifestyle.