What To Do With Winter Hair

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Whether it’s long or short, hair always looks best when it’s healthy. And when our hair is looking it’s best, we feel our best. Here are some tips to get your hair and yourself in tip-top shape.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for split ends except to cut them off. There is no serum, spray or gel that will magically glue them back together; they must be trimmed.   The longer they’re left uncut, the further up your strands they’ll split and the unhealthier your hair becomes. A trim every six to eight weeks is best.  Use products designed to do re-con on dry hair.   A proteinizer will strength your strands, while a reconstructor will work to rebuild any vitamins and molecules your hair is missing.  Try supplementing hair loss or thinning with biotin, a water-soluble B vitamin. It encourages hair growth and thickness.   While you can take biotin as a pill, it can also be acquired through dietary means as biotin is found in foods like liver, sardines, salmon, egg yolks, bananas, carrots, cauliflower and mushrooms.  Shampoo on a semi-regular basis. Washing hair everyday can strip hair of natural oils that are essential for protecting your hair and keeping it looking healthy.   See how long you can go without washing your hair, without it getting greasy.   This will help you figure out your hair’s natural moisture balance. Don’t use shampoos or products with alcohol listed as the first or second ingredient.   Alcohol dries out your hair.

Eat a healthy diet to get healthy hair. Beans, like lentils and legumes, provide protein, iron, zinc and biotin.  The American Diuretic Association recommends at least three cups of beans per week.  Nuts are also a great source of zinc and selenium, a mineral that promotes scalp heath.  Eggs and poultry are no-brainers for protein.

Always use a wide-tooth comb to brush out your hair when it’s wet. You will avoid breakage and pulling on your hair. For combing dry hair, avoid brushes with plastic bristles. Natural boar bristles are the gentlest on your hair.

Use styling products with silicone in them.  It will help protect hair from the damage of heated styling tools, like your blow drier or curling iron.

Try using a deep conditioner about once every two weeks.  Get a intensive conditioner that will penetrate hair and strengthen your strands.

Use heated styling tools sparingly to prevent split ends and over-drying.  Let your hair air dry, then use tools to polish the look.

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