Do you have a hard time figuring out which hair products to buy? Or do you have a bunch of products in your bathroom cabinets that you wish you hadn't wasted so much money on? Below are five tips to help you when selecting products for your hair.
1. KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS
Make sure you read your labels and educate yourself about the ingredients used to create products that you use. Make an informed decision about what you're buying. Ask yourself, “what can I live with and what can I not? What is more concerning about this ingredient and what isn’t a big deal to me?” Evaluate these questions in context because we do not live in a perfect world and it is unlikely that we will ever do so. If a product is made with way too many ingredients, most of which you can't pronounce or can't understand, you may want to reconsider adding it in your shopping cart. For some more information on ingredients take a look at: Do You Read Your Hair Product Labels?
2. CHOOSE YOUR STYLIST WISELY
Many of us ladies love having a stylist work on our hair and for great reasons too! Build upon your relationship by discussing products used on your hair by your stylist and possible effects whether positive or negative. If your stylist is open to trying out new products, bring them the products that you like using and have them use them on you. That way you feel good about what's going into your hair and on your scalp. In addition you get to continuously use a line of hair products that work well for your hair!
3. IF YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT A PERM.......
Perming hair requires the use of harsh chemicals on your hair. Many times these get to the scalp because the roots of the hair with the new growth need to be straightened. It is recommended that stylists grease the scalp to create a temporary barrier to avoid damage to the scalp and resulting discomfort. Stylists have to protect their hands from these harsh chemicals by wearing gloves. Based on this, you can imagine then what your skin experiences when it comes into contact with a relaxer. If the benefit of perming your hair is greater than the risk, keep in mind that there will always be a possibility that you may suffer permanent damage to your hair and scalp that could include dry breaking and thinning hair, flaking scalp and worst of all scarring and damage to your hair follicles, all of which could lead to permanent balding. Find a well experienced stylist who has a great reputation for managing permed hair. You may also want to consider other options like straightening your hair using heat. The latter can be quite damaging if implements used are extremely hot thus burning your hair and scalp. If heat treatments are applied too regularly, they also damage your hair and cause breakage.
4. MAKE YOUR OWN CONCOCTIONS!
DIY products (home made) using nourishing oils like coconut and Shea butter can work well. Make sure you prepare them in sanitized containers. Keep your work area and hands sanitized. Preserve your concoctions well because you don't want to make a jar of product and leave it sitting around growing bacteria or mold after you've dipped your fingers into it. Transferring contaminated product to your hair will only create more problems for you! There's a lot of great DIY videos out there so check them out. If you're too busy to try this, try Naturaz products which are made with natural ingredients that target moisture retention as well as nourishment.
5. DON'T ATTACH TO PRODUCTS THAT AFFECT YOU
If you've had a bad reaction or any reaction to a product, stop using it immediately. If your hair is badly damaged, cut it off and in the meantime while waiting for your hair to re grow, use cute scarves, hats, wigs etc. Apply simple, nourishing products to your hair and scalp and with some TLC and time, your hair will re-grow.
6. BE VIGILANT ABOUT YOUR KIDS HAIR!
Avoid using harsh chemicals on your children's hair and scalp. Perming their hair should be a no no! You'd rather cut the hair and keep it short than subject them to chemicals that could damage their hair and scalp for good. Find simple nourishing products and oils to maintain their hair. Keep the hair braided if easier, but protect their hairline and scalp. Tight braids are very damaging to the hair and scalp and can be very uncomfortable for your child who will not be able to advocate for herself.
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