(And Women Too)
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HAIR LOOKING ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC!
By Christine Gonsalves
Hi folks, I hope this article finds you prosperous and in good health, but mostly in good health!
You know, every month, I usually write about women’s hair, etc., but Chrissy’s has a very large male cliental, and more than one of my clients has asked me to write some articles about men’s hair, so I hope all you guy’s out there, (and women too), enjoy this month’s column.
To start with… Hair is basically protein and keratin with no blood supply or nervous system and has no reparative qualities.
Once damage has occurred, the only way to repair the hair is to cut off the damaged length.
Of course, a healthy looking head of hair starts with a great looking haircut, but that’s just the beginning.
Like your car… your hair needs maintenance… in order to preserve strength, elasticity, and shine.
Following are my hair care tips for men.
Towel drying is one of the biggest causes of damage to men’s hair.
When hair is wet, it is highly susceptible to damage.
When the hair is rubbed with a towel, some of the hairs become tangled in the threads of the towel and become stretched to the breaking point, causing damage to the cuticle (the shingle-like outer layer of the hair), frizziness, and split ends.
To properly towel dry, shake out the excess water and stroke your hair in the direction it grows, rather than rubbing the hair with the towel.
Drying takes a bit longer this way but after a few haircuts, you’ll notice the difference in the way your hair looks.
Blow drying is also a common cause of damage to the hair.
Excessive blow drying can dry out the hair and scalp.
If you must use a blow dryer, apply a thermal styling spray or detangler to coat the hair and protect it from damage, then, use a wide-tooth comb to prevent pulling, and always leave the hair slightly damp, this will prevent over drying the hair.
Nothing feels better than a piping hot shower, but it’s wreaking havoc on your hair and scalp.
Very hot water strips too much of the essential oil from the hair and scalp, and leads to dryness.
Use a Good Shampoo!
A good shampoo and conditioner will help cleanse the hair, add moisture and elasticity, and smooth the cuticle to add shine.
Don’t use a brush on wet hair… because that’s when the hair is most vulnerable.
When combing through wet hair, use a wide-toothed comb and gently work out any tangles.
The condition of your hair is often a reflection of the overall health of your body.
Eat well, exercise, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and reduce stress in your life.
Doing so will result in a healthier scalp and great looking hair.
Living well and staying healthy will also increase the rate of hair growth.
Avoid Tight Hats
A tight hat (or ponytail) can cause “traction alopecia,” a condition in which hair is pulled out of the scalp.
If worn long enough, the damage can become permanent.
A tight hat or ponytail can also cause damage to the cuticle and breakage.
Keep it Trimmed
Since the only real way to remove damaged hair is to cut off the damaged section, keeping your hair trimmed regularly will help eliminate split ends.
Even if you’re growing your hair out, make sure to get it trimmed about every five weeks, but make it clear to your barber or stylist that you only want enough hair removed to eliminate the damage.
Since hair is such a “Big part of Your Appearance”, keeping it well maintained will make you more attractive.
Following the simple guidelines above will put you well on your way, to a healthy looking head of hair.
OOooops, as usual, I’m almost out of room, so I hope you stay healthy and prosperous, but mostly healthy, and I’ll see you next month, and remember,
“If your hair is not becoming to you, then maybe you should be coming to us” — where Classy meets Sassy! Chrissy ♡
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