A woman’s cupboard will consist of many tools and products to ensure that your hair is perfect day in, day out. However, getting it right every day can be difficult if your hair is dry, limp and thin.
Blow drying, curling, straightening and alcohol based products fry your hair and cause split ends and thinning, leaving your hair dull and damaged. These are our top tips on how to achieve thick, healthy and shiny hair.
It’s All In The Brush
Brushing hair when wet can cause breakages and split ends. Instead, use a wide toothed comb to detangle knots. Brushing too hard and fast can also cause hair to break and plastic bristles take remove natural oils from your hair. Swap your plastic brush for a boar bristle brush as it will spread the natural oil throughout your hair and make hair shiny and soft. Try Lady Jayne Classic Pad Brush (1) .
Beauty From Within
Making sure to drink enough water and ingesting good fats such as avocado and fish oil will help to make hair healthy and shiny. Multivitamins specialising in hair, skin and nails can also increase hair thickness. Including adequate exercise in your lifestyle improves blood circulation, which stimulates hair follicles and causes hair to grow.
Be Picky With Products
Products that contain alcohol can dry out hair and cause it to thin. Try a pre-wash treatment the night before you wash to help your hair retain moisture during your shower. Products with keratin will help to smooth out hair, meaning less straightening and add extra protection to coloured or chemically straightened hair. TreSemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray (2) will seal in your shine and helps to protect hair from the effects of heat.
Lower The Heat
Reducing the amount of heat you put on your hair by blow drying, straightening and curling may not be as easy for those who have hard-to-tame tresses. Using a heat protectant spray or serum before applying heat will help to protect hair from damage. Ensuring you invest in a ceramic plated hair straightener is better for hair than those plated with metal or glass. The ghd Eclipse (3) not only has ceramic plating but is also designed to style hair with less heat.
Conditioning is Key
Keeping hair well hydrated means it is less likely to split and become thin. Conditioning also keeps hair shiny and looking healthy. A deep conditioning mask should be applied once a week for optimum health and shine and using a leave in conditioner can also help achieve a lovely glow. Try John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Daily Nourishment Leave In Conditioning Spray (4).
Stay Away From Rubber
Rubber elastics can rip hair and cause breakages and split ends. Choosing a material elastic with no metal pieces or a soft cotton elastic such as .. will help keep hair thick and healthy as well as not giving so much kink and rubber elastics. You should also vary where the elastic sits in your hair so as not to over damage hair in one spot. Check out Emi-Jay for fabulous hair ties that won’t hurt your hair. Twenty per cent of profits go to charity and they are regularly seen on celebrities (www.emijay.com).
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