It has been said that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. It is true that our hair is one of the first things other people see about us, whether we are male or female. Having healthy, well-kept tresses on our heads can immediately show others that we care about our appearance.
Having a head full of healthy vibrant hair seems to come easily to some people. There are people born with thick locks of hair that seem to shine and look luxurious at all times. Other people have thin hair that seems to hang rather limply on their heads even though they spend thousands of dollars a year to improve this condition.
There are things that everyone can do to help ensure that they will have hair that is thick and full of volume. In order to get thick hair, that is full of volume and shine, your first priority hast to be health related, the health of your hair and the health of your body. The health issues you are suffering in other parts of your body will be evident in the way your hair looks.
Make certain that you are eating a well-balanced diet so that your hair gets all of the nutrients that it needs to grow and remain strong. Drink plenty of water on a daily basis so that you remain properly hydrated. Do not take part in “fad” diets that have you starve your body or replace all of your normal intake with just one type of food. Treat your body well if you want to have healthy hair.
You must remember to protect your hair from the damaging effects of the sun, wind and rain. We have become accustomed to putting sunscreen on our skin so that we do not get skin damage from sun burns and we know that a wind burns can be more severe than a sunburn is, but many of us do nothing to protect our hair from the harmful rays of the sun.
It sounds old fashioned, but wear a bonnet, hat or scarf over your hair to reduce the amount of sun damages it receives. When you are going to be outside in the rain used an umbrella to prevent the rain from wetting your hair. Rain water was once thought of as pure and clean, but we know that the rain is filled with pollutants that can harm your hair and infect your scalp.
When you have wet hair do not use a hairbrush on it. If you simply have to comb out your hair while it is still wet, then use a large toothed comb so that you do less damage to your hair. Wet hair is vulnerable to breakage and brushing it while it is wet can leave you with thinner hair, that is not a full as it should be.
Condition your hair every time you wash your hair. This does not mean that you should squirt some conditioner on top of your head, rub it in mindlessly and then rinse it out. Conditioner is designed to help hold the moisture in your hair, not in your scalp. You should pour the conditioner in your hand and begin applying it to your hair about two inches away from the surface of your scalp. If you apply too much conditioner to your scalp, this may make your hair appear oily near the scalp, and dry and frizzy farther down. Apply your conditioner correctly and never skip this step.
Use shampoos and conditioners from the same product line. The ingredients in these products are designed to work in conjunction with one another. If you are mixing shampoos and conditioners from different product lines, you are not getting the full benefits the products were designed to supply.
The more heat you apply to your hair, the thinner and less volumes, you can expect your hair to be. If you feel that you have to use flat irons, hot rollers, curling irons and other such implements, then you must use a product designed to protect your hair from the heat before you apply the irons to the locks of hair. If you use these things frequently remember to give your hair an occasional break. Skip a few days of these heat applications and allow your hair to recover.
Hot water can damage the hair just like the heat from styling utensils. You should be washing your hair in tepid or room temperature water and never in really hot water.
When you wash your hair use an absorbent towel to pat the hair dry. Do not rub the towel over the hair vigorously. Rubbing the wet hair can cause more breakages of the hair. If at all possible, allow the hair to air dry and use a wide toothed comb if you have to brush it before the drying has completed.