Hair Skin Care Healthy Hair

To have your hair healthy and looking its best, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive hair care products. In fact, some of the best things your can do for your hair won’t cost a penny!

For instance, simply avoiding excessive exposure to the sun can help protect your locks from breakage. Sunlight can contribute to the breakdown of your hair’s protein structure, which makes it more likely to break. If you’re going to be spending an afternoon outside, consider shielding your hair with a scarf of a wide-brimmed hat.

Many of the items you likely already have in your kitchen can help boost your hair’s health. If you’re hair is looking a little dull, rinse it with one quart of unsweetened tea after shampooing with your regular shampoo. If your hair is dry and brittle, warm 1/2 cup of olive oil, work it into your scalp and then cover your hair with a towel. After 45 minutes, shampoo and marvel at your hair’s shine!

In this section, we’ll give you tips on how you can easily and affordably keep your hair healthy. We’ll offer tips on keeping aging hair healthy and will also discuss caring for ethnic hair.

Aging Hair

As we age, our hair tends to change, much like the rest of our bodies. Often, our hair will lose its color and will begin to thin. For some of us, our hair disappears altogether!

To keep your hair looking young and healthy, be sure to eat a well-balanced diet. Also, use products that contain antioxidants and high levels of protein. This will give your hair the nutrients it needs to stave off breakage and hair loss.

Caring for you hair in the golden years is different from caring for your hair in your teens. Arm your self with the information you need to keep your aging hair as beautiful as ever!

Healthy Hair Tips

Some people are born with great hair. Others have to work hard to get beautiful hair. Great hair starts from the inside. Therefore, the food you eat and the supplements you take can go a long way in boosting your hair’s health.

To keep your hair at its best, or to get the hair you’ve always dreamed of, try the following foods for healthy hair:

  • Avocados are great in dips and on sandwiches. Surprisingly, vitamin-rich avocados are also great in your hair. To see the biggest benefits, mash one pitted, ripe avocado with one egg and apply to wet hair. After 20 minutes, rinse a few times. If your hair is damaged, use this mixture once a week. If your hair is healthy, use it once a month.
  • One to three times a day, take one to three 250-mg capsules of primrose oil, flaxseed oil or borage oil, all of which contain healthy-hair-building omega-3 fatty acids.

These healthy hair tips will have your hair looking its best in no time!

Ethnicity and Hair

When people use the phrase “ethnic hair care,” they are often referring to hair care for people of African ancestry. Sometimes people get frustrated at the lack of hair care products available for African-American consumers. These days, however, more and more products for ethnic hair are popping up on the shelves of salons and drug stores, making caring for ethnic hair easier than ever.

African-American hair is generally black and tightly curled. It often requires products that will add moisture as well as strengthen, repair and protect the hair from breakage.

To keep ethnic hair looking its best, try the following:

  • Always use a high-quality conditioner after shampooing.
  • Limit shampooing to just twice a week.
  • Instead of using a brush, use a wide-toothed comb.
  • To reduce frizz, don’t vigorously rub your wet hair with a towel. Rather, dab at your hair with a towel if you don’t have time for it to air dry.

Tips on ethnicity and hair can tame your mane and have your hair looking its best!

Resources

Ciba Specialty Chemicals (2000-2007). Ethnic Hair Care – Coarse and tightly Curly Hair. Retrieved October 24, 2007, from the Ciba Web site: http://www.cibasc.com/index/ind-index/ind-per_car/ind-pc-cp/ind-pc-cp-ethnichaircare.htm.

HairCareGuide.com (2004-2007). Hair Care Guide.com. Retrieved October 24, 2007, from the Hair Care Guide Web site: http://www.haircareguide.com.

The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. (2007). Healthy Hair. Retrieved October 24, 2007, from the RD.com Web site: http://www.rd.com/channel/healthy-hair/.