Hair Care Tips For Smoother Tresses & Less Frizz
Does it seem as though you’ve tried every hair care product on the market? Over the course of our lives many of us will use or have used a cocktail of serums, gels, moisturizers, cleansing products and an array of styling tools to get anywhere near the look that seems so easily attained at the salon. Try as we might most of us will fail miserably because we don’t understand the key to having amazing looking hair. Luckily, we’re in the sharing mood so here it is. Great hair has three major characteristics no matter the length, color or texture of your hair – it has a closed cuticle, smooth hair shaft and minimal frizz.
Why is it that we are not able to maintain the gorgeous style that we get at the salon. Well the simple answer is that most things are better left to a professional. The more complicated answer is that you have to understand what your hair needs to look its best before you can have hair that behaves as you’d like. Usually the choices we make regarding hair care kind of come down to time and money. How much time are you willing to put into finding (or making) products that give you the desired end result while not breaking the bank. Or in the case of many, are you willing to shell out good money for a hair treatment or product line in order to preserve your valuable free time. Whichever of these are your priority we can give you a few pointers on how to maximize the results of your hair care processes.
Understanding Our Hair
It is key to understand the anatomy of hair when trying to figure out what your hair needs. The follicle, which is embedded beneath the surface of the scalp, is the only part of the structure that is live. Blood flow delivers vital nutrients to this base and provides the beginnings of healthy hair. That said, you now understand why we stress that you nourish your hair from the inside in order to begin and maintain health on the outside.
Moving away from the follicle – we have the shaft of the hair which has a cuticle layer. Under a microscope your hair would resemble a roof covered in overlapping shingles. These “shingle like” structures make up the cuticle and when your hair is healthy and fortified with protein the cuticle is closed and the layers are flush against one another. As your hair becomes damaged the cuticle lifts up and can become porous. If left unchecked the open cuticle will become susceptible to damage. The good news is damage to the cuticle is not irreversible. However, if your cuticles have been damaged it will take time and a little TLC to get you hair back to its best.
If you feel like the brands and varieties of hair care products is constantly expanding in your favorite drug or beauty supply store – you’re right. Beauty brands are always researching the needs and desires of their customers. This would explain why there is a product to match any condition of the hair from scalp to split ends. Don’t be overwhelmed by the abundance of choices because there are specific ingredients that will interfere with your plan to improve the health and manageability of your hair.
Water should be the first ingredient in your hair care products. There is a little known fact that when manufacturers list ingredients they are required to list them in the order of concentration by weight. So if water is not the first ingredient you should keep looking for products that are water based. Hair that is well hydrated is healthy and poised for continued growth. Harsh sulfates, parabens, and silicones are among the harsh ingredients that will prevent you from growing your most beautiful mane. They strip your hair of the vital nutrients that it needs to remain healthy and continue growing.
You should select a hair care line that is gentle and also hydrates. If the ingredients and benefits are clearly explained consider that a bonus. Essentious hair care, for example, has an aloe vera based formula and includes ingredient information and user testimonials. No matter what your preferred brand is, take a little time to do your research to make sure that you’re replacing any nutrients that your hair needs to get growing.
Deep Conditioning is Key
Think about all that your hair goes through, it deserves a little special treatment sometimes. Deep conditioning your hair is not a luxury, it is a key factor in a hair care routine that promotes healthy growth. Deep conditioning is so important because the emollients that you’ll find in better deep conditioning treatments will penetrate the shaft of the hair and also provide nourishment and moisture to the follicle. A healthy and strong follicle is literally the base of getting your hair smoother and less frizzy. You should consider deep conditioning your hair weekly if any of the following is part of your care routine.
- Regular use of styling products – frequent use of styling products can create buildup on the hair. This buildup will weigh hair down and cause it to be less manageable.
- Regular use of heat – whether you use curlers, flat irons, or blow dryers. When you apply heat to hair it dries hair’s natural moisture as well.
- Chemically processed hair – dye, relaxers and other chemical based treatments break down hair’s molecular structure and strip it of moisture. Over time this can be a recipe for prolonged damage and breakage.
- Braids and weaves – although both of these styles are great for protecting your natural hair you should deep condition your hair prior to getting your hair styled in this manner and you should also deep condition once you’ve removed these styles as well.
- If your shampoo is not sulfate free – sulfates rob your hair of crucial moisture.
If any of the above indicators sound familiar you should begin conditioning your hair at least once a week, and if hair is severely damaged you should incorporate a protein treatment. Once you have added deep conditioning to your regular hair care routine; the appearance of your hair will significantly improve.
For DIY Lovers
We are always looking for new ways to achieve beautiful hair with minimal cost. DIY hair treatments are a great way to get soft hair that looks amazing, between regular trips to the salon. There are few hair care tips that everyone can agree on since all of our hair is so different. However, there is a bit of a consensus on a few of these DIY methods. Here we’ll break down how and why these ingredients are all the rage in learning how to get soft hair.
- Coconut Oil – add it to shampoo, use as a pre-wash treatment or use as a deep conditioner.
- Eggs – applied as a mask will strengthen hair and leave it soft.
- Aloe Vera – excellent for its cooling and healing properties
- Essential Oils – Use essential oils to add moisture to you hair as often as needed.
Eating Well For Healthy Hair
A healthy, balanced diet can give you fabulous hair that is strong and shiny. Kudos to those of you that are filling up on Omega fatty acids, beta carotene and other essential nutrients. The truth is, most of us don’t get the full benefit that our diet can provide. You may want to try a vitamin supplement that will fill in the gaps that your diet may miss. If you’re not familiar with the types of foods you should eat to not only get, but maintain soft healthy hair we’ve compiled the key foods that will not only make you feel good but also leave your hair looking great.
- Dark leafy veggies
- Whole Grains
There are so many foods that will contribute to your hair looking great, there has to be something on the list that you love to eat. If not, you will have to go the extra mile to make sure gentle care and treatment is given to your precious strands.
Ingredients To Look For
The ingredient list in any of your hair care products should be short and relatively simple. There are many ingredients that you can look to in order to improve the quality of your hair. But there are some that are supercharged and seemingly tailor made to improve the quality and appearance of your hair.
Coconut Oil – It’s all the rage and you can find it in virtually any product that can be eaten or applied topically on the body. What’s awesome about coconut oil for hair is that it has the ability to go beyond the surface of your hair. It can get beneath the cuticle to strengthen hair from the inside, this creates maximum moisture retention.
Jojoba Oil – The molecular composition of jojoba oil resembles human sebum more closely than any other naturally occurring oil. Sebum is a thick waxy substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands and is responsible for keeping your tresses and scalp moisturized naturally. This substance lubricates and waterproofs hair. One of the greatest benefits of the two oils (jojoba nd sebum) being so similar is that the body registers the jojoba oil as sufficient enough moisture so it will slow down on the production of sebum – resulting in hair that is not heavily coated in oil. Jojoba oil is also anti bacterial and anti fungal, which makes it very beneficial when paired with a cleansing agent.
Wheat Protein – This is the real MVP, especially if you have hair that has been weakened by chemicals and other hair treatments that are taxing on the hair. The real magic of wheat protein is that it penetrates the cortex providing replenishment by adding Cystine to weak strands. All hair can benefit from a hair care system that contains wheat protein, but for those of us attached to our chemical processes wheat protein is a welcome savior for tired tresses.
Aloe Vera – The multitasking gel that can heal cuts, burns and minor stomach irritations. But when used on your hair, aloe vera is a champion. Not only does it provide the expected cooling that aids in cleansing and healing the scalp. Aloe vera is a master of providing hair with an optimal pH. Why is your pH level important in the hair growth process, I’m glad you asked. A normal pH is 4.5 – 5.5, and if your hair is too alkaline the cuticle will open too wide and not close, this could lead to frizz and split or frayed ends. Conversely, if hair is too acidic the cuticle will close too tightly. This will weaken the hair and lead to breakage.
With an ingredient line up like this you’ll have healthy hair care success in no time. Just remember the importance of understanding what your hair needs so that you’re not wasting time or money treating a head of hair that isn’t yours. Hair care solutions are not one size fits all and you’ll more than likely have a couple misses before you get the combination that is just right for you. Be patient, growing a healthy beautiful head of hair is a marathon not a sprint and the more you educate yourself about what is good for hair and why – the easier it will be to go the distance. You’re education has begun, and now that you’re armed with information, go forward and grow longer.
You only get one head of hair! If the way that you treat it is ruining it, you need to go another route. The great thing about hair is that as long as the follicle is healthy and thriving hair growth is still possible. The bad thing is if you’ve never learned how to properly care for and maintain your hair your growth could be stunted and slow. Proper hair care is possible without breaking the bank you just be patient – the possibilities are endless.
Unlike most hair products, which make your hair look good temporarily, Essentious actually improves the health and condition of our hair over time. With each use, you will see improvement of your hair. It will become more manageable, smoother, shinier, stronger, and more hydrated. You will need less styling products to give your hair a sleek and lustrous look because your hair will naturally look healthy. Essentious Hair Care is a unique system that harnesses the power of nature to gently clean, condition and replenish protein and minerals lost through daily hair care practices. All are Essentious products are Aloe Vera based, pH balanced, and infused with vitamins, proteins, and natural extracts for healthy hair.