Gerry Cupido ad­vises how we can avoid dam­ag­ing our hair

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE -

WOMEN spend many hours and much money main­tain­ing and try­ing to achieve healthy, strong, red-car­pet ready hair. Many go to great lengths to re­search and find the right prod­ucts, then blow-dry and flat-iron their hair into sub­mis­sion. It’s not al­ways pos­si­ble to get it right all the time and there are a few com­mon mis­takes we of­ten make with­out re­al­is­ing it. Here are a few you should look out for. How of­ten do you wash your hair? You could well be sham­poo­ing your hair much too of­ten. You shouldn’t be wash­ing your hair more than three times a week. If you have nat­u­rally curly hair even less so. Wash­ing your hair too of­ten strips your hair from its nat­u­ral oils, which leads to dry­ness. If you are ac­tive and per­haps go to gym ev­ery day and feel you want to rid your hair of sweat, sim­ply rinse off your hair with wa­ter only in­stead of us­ing sham­poo or soap. This will cause far less dam­age. Do you brush your hair while it’s still wet? Stop! That is when your hair is most frag­ile, which could lead to break­age. To avoid this while you get those stub­born knots out, use a de-tan­gling spray (for very knotty hair). Then us­ing your fin­gers, work through sec­tions of your hair to get through the knots. How many of us reach for a towel to dry our hair? Even worse to rub the hair dry. Us­ing a towel in­cor­rectly to dry your hair can lead to frizz and break­age. Be­fore reach­ing for the towel, use your hands to squeeze out as much wa­ter as you can. Then you can use the towel to gen­tly pat and squeeze your hair, avoid­ing rub­bing and wring­ing. Try­ing to get your hair as dry as pos­si­ble be­fore us­ing your blow dryer on it, is a ne­ces­sity. The less time you spend us­ing heat on your hair the bet­ter. To avoid this, make sure your hair is at least 60% dry be­fore you start go­ing at it with any heat. This, of course, is where your towel-dry­ing tech­nique comes in handy. Now that your hair is 60% dry you’re still not ready to start with that blow-dryer. There’s one cru­cial step that peo­ple tend to leave out. Don’t for­get to ap­ply a heat pro­tec­tor to your hair. Heat styling prod­ucts not only help to pre­vent dam­age to your hair, but they also help to get the most out of your heat tools. This might be ob­vi­ous to most, but go­ing over­board with your flat iron and curl­ing tongs is a one-way ticket to dam­aged hair. Too much heat causes dry­ness since you are strip­ping your hair of mois­ture. To avoid the prob­lem of dry­ness, try us­ing your tools on the low­est tem­per­a­ture in­stead of burn­ing your hair with ex­treme heat. This might take a bit longer but it’s worth it to avoid the dam­age. Ap­ply­ing heat to one place for too long can lead to se­ri­ous heat dam­age and burn. When us­ing a blow-dryer you should brush through the length of your hair in­stead of fo­cus­ing on one area at a time for too long. When you use your flat iron and curl­ing tongs you shouldn’t be hold­ing it on the same area for longer than 10 sec­onds. So you have a shelf or two filled with a va­ri­ety of hair prod­ucts. Yes of course us­ing hair prod­ucts has its ben­e­fits but you shouldn’t be us­ing too many dif­fer­ent kinds or too much of it at the same time. This can lead to greasy hair, which of course means that you will want to wash your hair more of­ten and that’s not a good idea. Sim­ply use less. In this way your prod­ucts will last longer as well. Ap­ply­ing your prod­ucts in the right places is just as im­por­tant. Some are meant to be used on the length of your hair while oth­ers are only meant to be used at the roots. For ex­am­ple, smooth­ing creams should be used at the ends while prod­ucts meant to cre­ate vol­ume should be used closer to the roots. When it comes to styling you hair you might be be­ing too rough on it. Es­pe­cially when it comes to those braids, buns and pony­tails. Wear­ing your hair too tightly pulls hair at the hair­line and yanks out hair from the root. If you can, let your hair down as of­ten as you can.

Ty­ing your hair up in a tight bun or a pony­tail is bad enough for your hair­line and it will cause strain to your roots, but do­ing so while your hair is still wet causes even more dam­age. Also, sleep­ing with wet hair is bad for you and sleep­ing with wet hair knot­ted into a bun is even worse. To avoid frizzy and dried out hair while sleep­ing, change your pil­low cover from cot­ton to satin. Cot­ton cov­ers draw mois­ture from your hair. Satin cov­ers work es­pe­cially well for ladies with nat­u­rally curly hair.

Too much heat dam­ages hair by dry­ing it out.

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