Hair Care 101 for Long, Healthy Tresses
November 23, 20171. Rule Out Any Underlying Condition
If you notice that your hair is thinning and falling out, the first thing you should do is look into the possible reasons why. Hair loss is often an indication of an underlying medical condition. The most common cause is a genetic predisposition that leads to androgenetic alopecia (also called pattern hair loss). Other causes are vitamin deficiencies, stress, thyroid problems, body weight changes, and chronic auto-immune diseases. All these issues can result in temporary or chronic accentuated hair loss, which is also known as telogen effluvium. To tackle hair loss regardless of its cause, it's important that you really observe yourself, listen to your body, and always consult your doctor. There are many hair loss products that can improve hair growth, thickness, and provide significant overall help. Try nourishing and restructuring products like The Cosmetic Republic's professional line.
2. Mind What You Eat
Your diet can encourage hair growth, or stall it. In general, your hair can benefit from protein, zinc, iron, biotin (vitamin H), vitamin B complex, and omega-3 fatty acids. Examples of foods that contain these beneficial nutrients are leafy greens, nuts, eggs, whole grains, salmon, and low-fat dairy products. In contrast, sugary foods and starches can end up hampering hair growth. This is especially true for people who have might have diabetes or metabolic syndrome, since high blood sugar may over-stimulate androgens or male hormones (increased sensitivity to androgens is a characteristic of people with androgenetic alopecia). In other words, people with high levels of blood sugar are at a higher risk of developing androgenetic alopecia if they are genetically predisposed or suffering from some form of temporary hair loss. All in all, a poor diet can wreak havoc on your system, unleashing hormonal imbalances which may in turn trigger hair loss. It is really important to avoid foods that raise insulin or sugar blood levels, not only for the sake of hair health, but also for your overall well-being.
3. Cut Down on Shampoo!
You've heard it before: shampoo is bad for your hair. Regular shampoo with sulfates, that is. Sulfates are what make shampoo foamy. This foam is meant to help remove dirt from the scalp, but it can also remove natural oils. That is why most shampoos dry your scalp out, and a dry scalp means brittle hair. In other words, sulfates are quite abrasive to your hair. To remedy the effects of a lifetime of sulfate-based shampoos, switch to sulfate- and paraben-free formulas like the ones offered by The Cosmetic Republic.
The way you treat your hair as you shampoo is important, too. Focus on massaging your scalp gently, not on rubbing the tresses. The mids and ends of your hair virtually don't get dirty, so avoid putting shampoo on them or rubbing them too much. Another golden rule of hair care is to shampoo less. Two or three times a week should be enough depending on your hair type and daily activities.
4. Air-Dry More Often
Air-drying is a safe way to dry your hair because it removes the least amount of moisture. If you have curls, it also helps keep their shape However, blow-drying at a safe distance and a low heat level is not particularly damaging. Also, do not rub your hair dry with a towel! Wet hair is a lot more prone to breakage, so dry rubbing is very hard on it. If you twirl your hair in a towel, you might get similar harmful consequences. Try using a microfiber turban if you need to accelerate the process of drying your hair. Your hair will thank you.
5. Say No to Heat
Heat is one of your hair's biggest enemies. It damages hair cuticles. Consequently, your hair shafts become more exposed to external aggression and thinning, eventually weakening. If you must use hair styling tools, try to make it as sparse as possible and watch the temperature (400 degrees Fahrenheit is completely ruled out!). When using a straightener, go for ones with ceramic plates because they spread heat evenly. Don't run them on hair tresses for too long. Instead, run them down the strand twice in a steady but quick motion. If using a blow-dryer, keep it at a safe distance and use a diffuser.
6. Feed Your Hair: Hydrating Masks
Hydrating masks are like food for your hair. Their nutrients penetrate hair cuticles and get into the cortex, making hair much suppler from the inside. You can find lots of brands with different natural ingredients like avocado, egg, argan oil, olive oil, among others, or make your own masks. Hydrating masks should be applied at least once a week and should be left to act on the hair for a minimum of 20 minutes. Covering your hair with a shower cap can make the mask more effective.
7. Keep It Trimmed
Be prepared to make frequent appointments with your hairdresser when you're trying to grow longer, stronger hair. Contrary to what people may think, regular trims won't affect your hair length, but they will help you get rid of split ends on time. If you go too long between trims, the split ends will just progress, and you will have to get rid of much longer sections of hair.
8. Stay Away from Chemicals
As mentioned before, sulphate surfactants, parabens, and other chemicals are really harsh on your hair. Many experts also consider parabens to be less than safe for your health. If you want to keep shiny tresses, you'll have to use products that have fewer chemicals or don't contain them altogether. Choose options that contain natural ingredients, and do not layer product after product on your hair. Mousses, hairspray, gel, and other styling products may dry your scalp and hair out.
9. Be Gentle with Your Hair at All Times
Treat your hair gently when shampooing and brushing or when exposed to the sun, doing sports, and even sleeping! Specific measures need to be taken when doing these activities, so you can keep your hair in the best shape. Follow these care tips consistently:
10. Choose the Right Hairstyle
You should be aware of the type of hairstyle that suits your hair's needs. In other words: prioritize your hair's health over style. If you want to have healthy hair, you should reconsider drastic color changes, relaxer creams, really tight braids, and over-styling in general. Try to go natural, your hair will thank you! The Cosmetic Republic USA can help you recover your hair's beauty with high-quality products. we create hair products that can restructure your hair from the inside out, using only the best technology and research. For more information, call us at TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form on this website. Do you want to stay up to date with our latest news? Find us on Facebook (The Cosmetic Republic USA, Twitter (@TheCosmeticUSA), and Instagram (@thecosmeticrepublicusa). Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.