Are you dreaming of long hair? Have you grown your hair to the desired length but it does not look as nice as you want? Whichever answer is positive, we help you find out whether you are taking good care of your hair.
Washing Hair – Is the Water Too Hot or Too Cold?
Washing your hair is the first step in hair care. If you make mistakes here, they will have an impact on the overall health of your hair. Of course, the hair care products must be suitable for your hair type, but also the water temperature and even the movements you use are extremely important.
The water must not be too cold or too hot. In the former case the hair cuticles remain closed, so the nutrients from the cosmetics have no chance to penetrate. In the latter case, the scales are very open, which may lead to dull hair and excessive sebum production.
It is best to wash your hair with lukewarm water, although slightly cooler water may be sufficient for the final rinse.
Washing Hair Too Often or Too Rarely and Which Products Do You Use?
There are other issues related to hair washing. The frequency of washing your hair should be adjusted to your hair type and lifestyle.
Usually, there is no need to wash your hair every day, especially when using aggressive cosmetics with SLS and SLES. In such cases, the hair becomes dull and rough and the scalp becomes dry.
If you don’t wash your hair enough, you may end up with impurities and excess sebum on your scalp and hair.
Be sure to comb all strands of your hair thoroughly before shampooing so that the shampoo can penetrate every nook and cranny. Dilute the shampoo with a small amount of water and only then apply it without rubbing or sudden movements. Rinse after a while (unless the shampoo manufacturer recommends keeping it longer). Conditioners and masks take a little longer to take effect. Usually it is from 5 to 15 minutes. Note: it’s a mistake to leave them on your hair for several hours, let alone overnight. This will cause your hair to break down and make it very susceptible to damage.
Blow-drying your hair – no to excessive heat!
Wrap wet hair in a turban or towel to absorb excess water. Set the blow-dryer to the lowest heat setting. This will take a little longer but will not damage your hair. Of course, direct the hair dryer in the direction of the hair growth rather than against it.
It is never advisable to sleep with wet hair. Wet hair is much more susceptible to mechanical damage due to changes in sleeping position and rubbing it against the pillow. It is best to simply tie your hair up in a loose braid or a light bun.
Combing Long Hair – No Tugging
Brush your hair in the morning, in the evening and as needed. However, you should be careful not to pull your hair too hard or tug on it as this would damage the hair structure and is therefore not recommended. Such brushing pulls the hair out and exposes the ends, which dry out and break.
Growing Long Hair: Yes, But Not with Split Ends
Long hair is beautiful but it should not be allowed to grow with split ends. Split ends don’t look good as they ruin the look of your haircut. The split ends get brittle and the split ends keep getting bigger and bigger. The only solution is a trim.
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