Oct 01, 2014

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Healthy Hair Tips

Your hair is your number one accessory. It can add or take away from your overall look, so it’s important to take care of it. Here I share some beauty tips to keep your tresses in healthy and beautiful condition!

1. CHILL WITH THE LATHER
One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that you should shampoo your hair daily.  In fact, washing your hair everyday can lead to dryness and fade the color for those who color treat their locks. If your hair is straight or thin, try washing every other day. If you have curly hair or thick hair, you can get away with shampooing just two or three times a week.  Use a dry shampoo in between washes to keep healthy hair fresh and remove excess oil. I like TRESemmé’s Fresh Start Dry ShampooAlso, try to opt for a natural cleanser or no-sulfate shampoo. Sulfate in shampoo robs your hair of vital oils and dries it out. Go for a naturally derived cleanser or a non-sulfate cleanser like DevaCurl No-Poo Cleanser.

2. DO AN OIL TREATMENT
It’s good to do an intense oil treatment once a month, especially if you have dry strands. Try PHYTO Huile d’Ales Pre-Shampoo Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment.  It not only hydrates and revitalizes your hair, but also protects it from damage.

3. USE THE RIGHT BRUSH
Avoid plastic-bristle brushes. Go for a hairbrush with natural boar bristles (round brushes work best for drying your hair).  For damp hair, aim for a wide-toothed plastic comb instead of a hairbrush to detangle. Wet hair is a lot weaker than dry hair, so it’s best to avoid using a hairbrush or treating it too roughly when you’re detangling.  Then once it’s toweled dry, you can switch to a flat hairbrush.

4. GET A TRIM
As your hair grows longer it becomes prone to splitting. Make sure to get regular trims, at least ½ inch every 4 to 8 weeks to maintain healthy hair ends.

5. PROTECT COLOR-TREATED TRESSES
If you color your hair, make sure to use color-protective products. Coloring can dry out and damage healthy hair. Remember that color protective products are specially designed to minimize dryness and keep color, so don’t be afraid to use them. They have nourishing ingredients that help prevent damage and strip less color from your delicate locs. Try L’Oreal VIVE Color Care Shampoo.

6. PLEASE DEEP-CONDITION
Many of us don’t realize the importance of deep conditioning. Using your daily conditioner is not enough, especially for those of us who heat-style regularly. Try to use a deep-conditioning treatment once a week.  Use an intensive hair mask with essential oils like argan oil or olive oil. I love Moroccanoil’s  Intense Hydrating Mask with argan oil. It leaves my healthy hair silky smooth and full of shine! It’s no wonder my hairstylist has been recommending it to me for the longest time. 

7. ALWAYS USE A HEAT-PROTECTIVE SPRAY
Heat-protective sprays seal your hair so that the heat will glide over it, preventing drying, breakage or even burning. It’s important to always spray some on tresses before using styling tools, especially before blow drying or flat ironing. Try the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray.

8. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that counts—it’s what you put in your mouth! The foundation of all of your new healthy hair is the nutrients you eat. Try incorporating salmon in your diet. It’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B and iron, all which are important to support a healthy scalp.  Protein is also very important to include as part of your diet, since your hair is made up of proteins. Make sure to incorporate different kinds of meats as part of your diet. Vegetarian? No worries, what Latina doesn’t enjoy some rice and beans? Beans contain plenty of protein that can help promote healthy hair growth and strength.

 

What’s your favorite healthy hair tip?

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Johanna Ferreira

Johanna Ferreira

Johanna Ferreira is the Beauty Blogger at New Latina. She is a freelance writer from Queens and in love with all things beauty. She has interned in the beauty and editorial departments of Self, InStyle and Latina Magazine. Johanna has also contributed to numerous other beauty sites.

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