Hair Care Tips:
People ARE Looking!
|- Stunning red hair -|
Which one are YOU?
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By following some simple
hair care tips, you can improve the looks of your hair.
People ARE looking at those red locks! So, of course you want to keep them healthy.
BEAUTIFUL RED HAIR REQUIRES:
You won’t have gorgeous healthy hair if you eat unhealthy. What you eat feeds your body at the cellular level, from the inside out! Eat live healthy food, not junk food or processed food full of sugar. A poor diet starves the scalp and skin. This is a simple hair care secret. What you put into your mouth does matter and one of the most important hair care tips!
- Beauty does come from within.
High stress and fatigue negatively affects your hair. That’s because when you are tense, your scalp tightens, blood vessels contract, and then how much oxygen and nutrients that get to the hair is reduced.
What helps? A relaxing scalp massage! This helps relax that tense scalp and soothes......aahh.....This is one of those hair care tips that feels great and easy to do.
- Be aware of hormonal changes.
Hair sometimes changes when you go through puberty and with any hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause. It also may change as you get older, all by itself....you may have to wash it more often because it gets oily or less often if it's dry. Maybe the hair shade is lighter or darker.....just go with the flow!
- Be gentle with your red hair.
This should be an obvious hair care tip...be gentle with your hair..whether it’s wet or dry. Treat your hair as though it were a delicate treasure and don’t yank or tug on it. Be gentle when you comb or brush your hair. If you have TANGLES or knots, don’t yank on KNOTS but start at the end to comb out and work your way up gently.
Use good quality brushes and combs that do not scratch your scalp or damage the shaft of the hair. Don’t wear very tight ponytails or braids because it can irritate your scalp. If you’re a young person, be careful with blow-dryers and curling irons -- ask for adult help so you don’t burn yourself.
- Use the right products for your hair type.
Is your hair oily, dry, normal, or combination? Is your hair texture straight, curly, frizzy, coarse, fine, or chemically treated? Once you find your hair type, choose products that fit. Shop for the correct hair care products.
For natural redheads, use moisturizers and sunscreen formula shampoos and/or conditions that can protect against excessive radiation exposure.
Because red hair tends to darken over time, products with natural brighteners or light highlights can help maintain your shade longer.
A HENNA SHAMPOO can bring out the natural red highlights or even boost fading natural red hair color. You can even try using beet juice or cranberry juice to boost red highlights.
|A reader, Hal, shared with me this tip...so might be worth trying! -- "When we were younger [Hal and his younger brother], we had a little trick that we used some of the time. I don't know why but we knew that PRELL shampoo made our hair look redder than other shampoos did. So, we always had Prell at home and used it when we thought appropriate."|
A simple HAIR RINSE to keep your red hair shiny and prevent buildup from all those hair products uses simple kitchen cupboard ingredients. This is an inexpensive hair care tip! It works by correcting the hair's pH balance and brings out natural highlights in your hair:
Mix about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with about
1 cup of water. Combine ingredients in jar or pitcher. Wash hair and rinse well. Then pour the mixture over your hair, massage into scalp and through the hair. Rinse very well with cool water to remove all vinegar traces.
- Keep your hair clean.
"Healthy hair = shiny hair"
This is probably one of those hair care tips that should be obvious but needs to be mentioned anyway. Everyone is different regarding how often to shampoo. You may need to wash your hair daily or once or twice a week. It also depends on what you’ve been doing, like exercising, working where it’s dirty, etc., and how oily your hair is.
Shampoo it - simple hair care.
A SHAMPOO ROUTINE:
* Use a gentle shampoo/conditioner for your hair type *
- DRENCH your hair thoroughly in warm water for about a minute before you apply shampoo.
- Rub a little SHAMPOO between your palms before applying it to your hair.
- Gently MASSAGE your scalp with your fingertips as you lather up. Do NOT use your fingernails, massage roughly, or scratch your scalp. Do NOT pull up long hair onto the scalp to wash it because it causes tangles.
- RINSE and repeat if necessary for hair that is very oily/dirty.
- Rinse WELL. If you use a separate conditioner, apply as directed, rinse again.
- RINSE and rinse well with plenty of water; then finish with cool rinse to close the cuticle and stimulate the scalp.
- Gently TOWEL dry, squeeze and pat hair, but don’t rub too vigorously.
- Use a wide-tooth COMB to untangle. Be gentle. For long hair, start at ends of hair and then work up toward the scalp without tugging or pulling. You may notice a few hairs falling out, that’s normal.
(It’s natural to lose up to 100 hairs throughout the day.)
- DRY the hair. Best if you can air dry it, but for colder climates or if in a hurry, carefully use a hair blower, keeping it moving and using a low-heat setting. If you are a young person, ask for an adult’s help.
IF YOU HAVE RED-DYED HAIR:
* Red hair dye fades fastest and using color-formulated hair products (shampoo, conditioner, gel, etc.) is essential from the start to maintain the shade as long as possible.
* Avoid excessive dyeing or other harsh chemical treatments that could severely damage hair, no matter what its natural color.
STUFF THAT DAMAGES YOUR HAIR:
- Curling irons, hot rollers, electric curlers. These are used to curl hair. For young people, if you want to curl your hair without the risk of burning yourself with curling irons or electric curlers, try the old-fashioned cold rollers. These used to be how mom or grandma curled their hair. Maybe not trendy but they work. A lot of women would wash their hair, then wrap their hair in the curlers and either sleep in curlers overnight or wear them during the day while it dried or sit under a hood dryer for an hour! You may know someone with them or buy them at the store to try for fun.
- Straightening irons and combs plus blow-dryers. These are used to straighten curly hair or style hair. Ask for help with anything that uses heat so you don't burn yourself.
- Chemical treatments and styling techniques to change how the hair looks.
- Relaxers or straighteners. These make curly hair straight using special chemicals. These can make your scalp red and itchy and damage the hair so have a professional do it.
- Perms. Permanents make the straight hair curly for a long time. The curl stays in your hair even after washing it. But as your hair grows back it will be back as it is naturally. The hair is set in rollers and special solutions are applied. Have a professional do it because the solutions can make your scalp itch or burn, and even damage the hair at the root if done incorrectly. Ask the stylist for hair care tips for your perm.
Follow these hair care tips and display that beautiful red hair!
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