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Keeping Hair Healthy

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Healthy hair is beautiful hair. When your hair is dry, brittle, limp or frizzy, it’s difficult to style it and keep it looking good throughout the day. To keep your hair healthy, follow these 5 simple rules:

1

Turn down the heat

Heat and hair don’t mix well. Let your hair air-dry whenever possible; recent studies show that the heat from a hairdryer causes hair to become rough and dry. When you must use a hairdryer, use the “cool” or “warm” settings.

Curling and flat irons can cause a lot of damage. Purchase appliances with heat-control settings, and use the lowest setting possible. Make sure your hair is completely dry before using a hot appliance on it; steam causes even more damage. Use curling and flat irons only when absolutely necessary; they both contribute to hair breakage.

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2

Protect your hair.

Wear a swim cap or apply a leave-in conditioner before swimming in the ocean or pool. Salt and chlorine strip color from your hair, dry it out and cause split ends.

Cover your hair with a hat or scarf to protect it from the UV rays of the sun. In addition to harming your skin, these rays cause damage to your hair. During the summer, use a deep conditioner at least once a week. You can also find hair sprays with SPF to protect your hair, much like sunscreen protects your skin.

3

Don’t yank, pull or strangle your hair.

Show your hair the respect and love it deserves! Use a detangling spray before you comb wet hair; never yank the comb through tangles or you’ll end up with damaged hair (and you’ll pull out a bunch, too). Don’t ever brush wet hair; opt for a wide-tooth comb instead. For dry hair, use a soft, natural bristle brush.

Be gentle with the pony tail, too; strangling your tresses with a too-tight hair tie contributes to breakage. When using a hair tie, make sure to use one that’s meant for hair—plain rubber bands cause too much friction and break hair.

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4

Eat healthy.

What does healthy eating have to do with healthy hair? Everything. Your hair needs proper vitamins and nutrients to grow strong and stay shiny. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy oils from nuts or olives and whole grains.

5

Don’t wash every day.

Unless your hair is truly dirty, here’s no need to shampoo every day. Daily washing removes healthy oils, which leaves hair dull and dry. If you color your hair, washing too often pulls the color out much faster. For shiny, healthy hair, wash every other day (or even every three days).