Did I ever tell you that I’m a licensed cosmetologist? I can’t remember….
Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I am. When I was in the salon, I wasn’t that stylist known for creating amazing hair design or color. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I could hold my own but those weren’t my areas of focus. I wanted my clients to have HEALTHY HAIR. Much like having a healthy body, the formula is quite simple but the execution of that formula isn’t always that fun.
I had people sit in my chair with damaged, dry hair and want me to continue to put chemicals on their hair that just made it even more dry and damaged. I would always put them on a hair repair plan and set them up with regular appointments so we could get their hair back on track.
the day we take #LOVEYOUMONTH to “the head”, so to speak…tackle our crown and glory…our hair. Honestly, it’s where the style message, confidence, and everything in between begins. I, for one, don’t want to go any where if I’m having a BAD HAIR DAY. So…this post is dedicated to:
THE 5 CHARACTERISTICS OF HEALTHY HAIR?
1. SHINY: Healthy fats like omega-3 and omega-6 add the essential fatty acids that help you achieve healthy hair. Omega-6 fatty acids promote hair growth and support skin cell renewal, while omega-3 fatty acids moisturize your hair follicles for long, radiant hair. Often, you can tell a lot about a person by their hair. Whether the hair looks dry or dull, brittle & broken or shiny and lustrous, it could be speaking volumes about your internal health. Maybe it’s medication, diet or illness that is causing problem hair, but good eating habits and proper hair care will yield the opposite result.
2. CLEAR SCALP: Exfoliate your scalp to remove dead skin and product build up. Healthy pores and hair follicles are important to encourage hair growth. The oil from tea tree is well known for its effective treatment of viral and bacterial infections. These attributes leave your hair protected against many forms of scalp irritants.
3. NORMAL LOSS: The normal amount of hair loss is 50 -100 hairs per day. Be careful to watch the side effects of medications because some could cause hair loss.
4. CLEAN ENDS: This one just amazes me…I can’t believe how infrequently people get their ends trimmed. Taking care of your ends means getting them trimmed every 6-8 weeks. It’s easy to remember if you are getting your hair colored, permed or relaxed because those services happen with the same frequency. Do a 1/4″ to a 1/2″ trim to maintain length because if you don’t, the split ends could require a trim of an inch or more just to remove the damaged portion.
5. ELASTICITY: This has to do with a balance of protein and moisture. A combination of eating healthy and conditioning properly is what helps with the elasticity of your hair. To determine your elasticity, take a piece of hair and pull it between two fingers. If it has a little give, your hair has a healthy elasticity. If it is brittle and breaks immediately, moisture is needed. Here’s the deal…it is important to enlist the help of your hair care professional because the protein/moisture balance can be a tricky one. Too much protein an make your hair brittle and too much moisture compromises the strength of the hair.
I hope these 5 characteristics help you with getting your hair on track for 2015. Because your hair plays such a crucial role in your style message, start the healthy hair routine TODAY! Remember, when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good about how you look you take the risks necessary to achieve your life goals.