With all the frying, dyeing, washing, pulling, brushing, and just general stress of life it's a wonder most of us have any hair at all! Whether it's thinning hair, dry hair, colored hair, or just down right disobedient hair, if your hair could be described as a "hot mess" we've got some pointers to save your damaged tresses!
First, there are basically two aspects to your hair just as there are two aspects of your body. There's how it looks, and its internal health. Most the time if you glop on a bunch of products or coat your hair in conditioner you can make it look okay, but deep down you know it is in terrible shape. Everyone just wants their hair to look good on the surface but tend to neglect its health. Your hair is made up of keratin, the same protein of which your skin is composed. Heat and chemicals denature proteins, robbing them of their strength and changing their function. So all that straightening every day, teasing, hair spraying, and dyeing are bring you closer to a bald head then you ever want to be. Though you cannot undo damage, you can improve your hair's texture and beauty by changing your wicked ways right now! Put the straighteners down ladies.
There are three things you can do to help your hair, without having to step foot in a salon.
- Go with the flow of your hair. If your hair is curly, let it curl. Use products for curly hair. The same goes for those of you with straight hair. Do not defy the natural texture or your hair for to do this you must break it. African American women, your course hair has a beauty all its own. Let it run free. Leave the relaxers and perms alone and you'll be surprised the natural beauty you will reveal.
- Use as little product as possible. Try to stick with all natural ingredients and avoid alcohol and sodium-laurel sulfate. These ingredients are drying. Use products with natural oils, shea butters, and herb/fruit extracts. Jojoba oil, coconut oil, and olive oil are all natural, inexpensive ways to condition and repair any texture of hair. Be careful with the oils though. Just a dab will do.
- Wash your hair as little as possible. If you don't drown it in product it is less likely to get as greasy. Your hair moisturizes itself and every time you wash it you strip those natural oils. Let them be and only wash every few days.
Don't fall victim to society's stereotypes and superficial propaganda. Natural beauty is the only true beauty. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars to change your hair. Trust us when we say, you are absolutely gorgeous just the way you are and once you let your hair be itself as well, every day will be a good hair day.