In winter our hair often electrifies. As a matter of fact, static electricity that accumulates in hair is very harmful. It makes hair thinner and weaker so that it may start to break and lose its color. To say nothing of the ends of your hair that usually split in winter and make it difficult to arrange and manage. Static electricity can also be one of the causes of winter hair loss. How annoying it all is! But is there anything can we do about it?
The easiest way to reduce buildup of static electricity in hair is to use a common antistatic agent. But don’t sprinkle it on your hair but rather on the comb and brush. You can also use it on your winter cap for preventive measures. It is also possible to substitute the antistatic agent with a usual antistatic hair spray from time to time.
Speaking about combs and brushes, avoid using the latter, especially those with plastic or metal teeth. Use only wooden combs instead (or combs with ceramic coating). For better results drip a few drops of some essential oil (almond, lavender, peach, jojoba etc.) on the comb.
Also there are special shampoos and sprays with antistatic or smoothing effect. They will definitely do their job making your hair more manageable.
As a rule, hair that is over-dried and thin accumulates most of static electricity. Therefore, you will benefit from various moisturizers: balms and masks. By the way, they will also help you restore color of your hair and make it look more lustrous.
1. Are hairstyling products harmful to hair?
No, modern hair products are rather good and safe so that you can use them almost every day. But try to use water-based ones and avoid those that contain alcohol.
2. Do hair conditioners make your hair ends split?
Absolutely not. Conditioners make your hair soft and remove static electricity. The only way to get rid of splitting ends is to cut them off.
3. How can I get rid of dandruff?
Use dandruff shampoo. There is a variety of such hair care products in stores. Usually they contains ketoconazole which attacks the fungus that causes dandruff. Some people think they have dandruff when they spot some little white flakes on their heads, but in reality it may mean that your scalp is too oily or dry. In this case you should simply switch your shampoo and find something that suits you better.
4. Is my hair being damaged during dying or highlighting?
Hair becomes porous after chemical treatment. Technically, yes, it’s being damaged. But sometimes it feels even better after such treatment, as thin and flat hair becomes more porous and may get more volume.
5. Can I wash my hair every day?
Well, try not to do that. Water doesn’t have the same pH as hair. Also, you should have a really good shampoo that is between 4.5 and 5.5 pH.
6. Is hair damaged if you blow dry it often?
Yes, it is. If you are really into it, try to blow dry it with cool air. Also add silicone drops prior to blow drying to make your hair protected against heat.
7. Does good hair condition depend upon what you eat?
Certainly. But remember, once you start using vitamin and mineral supplements it will take about three months before you notice any changes. Your hair needs nutrients containing enough amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals.
8. How long can my hair grow?
Hair doesn’t grow endlessly. It grows in cycles of 2-6 years, and then it comes out and is gradually replaced by new hair. Averagely, hair grows about one centimeter a month. Some people just can’t get their hair long, because their hair has a shorter growth cycle.
9. It is possible to make one’s hair thicker?
No, you are born with a certain number of hair follicles, You can’t have more just out of your will.
10. What can I do if my hair does not grow?
Scalp massage can be of help. Even if you lose a lot of hair you should really try it. Without massage you will lose even more, believe me. Scalp massage increases bloodflow to hair follicles, thus helping them get more nutrition and oxygen.
11. Does hair really turns green because of chlorine?
Yes, there are chemical elements in water (including chlorine) that can make blond hair a little greener, especially if your hair is bleached.
12. Is smoking harmful to your hair?
Yes, it is, but not directly. Every time you take a smoke it destroys some part of vitamins and other useful elements in your body that are essential for your hair. It is especially true about vitamin C.
13. Why does my hair become oily very soon after washing?
You probably use the wrong shampoo. The shampoo shouldn’t be be too strong, as it somehow tricks the scalp to produce more fat. So just change it for a lighter option.
14. Can I brush my hair wet?
No. If you have just washed your hair try to organize it carefully with your fingers and brush or comb it only when it’s almost dry.
15. Is hair perming harmful to my hair?
Yes, it is. After any sort of chemical treatment hair loses its natural elasticity and becomes more porous. Be careful with your hair and never perm it if you have just dyed it or made highlights, or if your hair is in bad condition.
16. What determines your hair color?
The natural color of your hair is hereditary and it depends both on the type of the pigment and the number of pigment cells that are present in it – the more cells are there, the stronger is the color. There are two types of the pigment: eumelanin, which gives hair a light brown or black color (depending on the number of pigment cells); and pheomelanin that gives hair red color. Gray hair is generally coarser and contains more air. In addition, pigment cells in gray hair are often defective and/or inactive.
17. Is it true that some bleaches are gentler than others?
Yes, it depends on the strength of hydrogen peroxide contained in the product.
18. Why does hair sometimes become flat because of hair conditioner?
That’s because you have not washed it out of your hair thoroughly or it simply does not suit your hair. Switch to a different conditioner that is not so strong.
19. I have naturally curly hair. How can I have really nice curls?
Use shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments with moisturizing properties and that are specially adapted to curly hair. Spread mousse, gel or other hairstyling product evenly throughout the full length of your hair after washing. Turn your head upside down and wipe the rest of water with a soft towel. Do not touch your hair while it’s getting dry.
20. Why does my hair electrify?
In winter your hair is usually exposed to rapid changes of the temperature: it’s cold outside and warm inside, so your hair gains static electricity. It may also be caused by synthetic materials in your clothing.
Here are simple everyday tips to regrow your hair and keep it healthy.
Don’t cut your hair too short and don’t do it too often. To avoid splitting ends and to keep your hair in a decent condition it is recommended to cut your hair approximately 1 cm a month. As far as the hair grows about 1 cm every month you will not want to have it being cut more (unless you want a shorter haircut). So make your hairdresser aware of your preferences.
Comb and brush your hair tenderly. Long hair is fragile. As a matter of fact, it can be compared to soft nylon stocking. The longer the hair, the softer you should be while treating it. So don’t be too hard in combing and brushing to avoid the damage.
Never brush wet hair. Your hair is very vulnerable when it is wet. So never attempt to brush your hair in this case. Only when they are more or less dry, start a gentle brushing from the ends and proceed gradually to the roots.
It’s important to clean your brushes. Clean your brushes and combs regularly as they quickly collect dead-skin cells and become greasy and dirty. Clean them with boiled water or shampoo.
Braiding of hair. You hair feels much better when they are free. If you prefer it having in knots and braids, don’t overdo with it. If your hair is really long, you are welcome to braid before you go to bed to avoid tangles in the morning (but don’t make braiding too tight).
Choose right hair accessories. Always watch what you use to take care of your hair. Avoid sharp metal accessories and make preference of wooden ones.
Do not use too much shampoo. Shampoo always seems to be a quick fix. But try to wash your hair less frequently to avoid its harmful effect. In order to smooth it use more conditioner. But remember not to apply it on the scalp, rather put it from the ears down to your hair ends.
Dryers,straighteners and bleach. Avoid them as much as you can. You definitely don’t want your hair be like dried straws. It could have been awesome as it is with much less sacrifice.
Think about food. Make your diet healthy and varied. Add more B and E vitamins to your plan, as they are essential to your healthy hair. Remember, good nutrition is just as important for your your hair as the rest of your body.
Summer is a very special season for our hair. Heat, dust and strong sun-rays can pose a serious threat to its normal growth if no preventive measures are taken. As a matter of fact, a great number of people complain of dry and brittle hair, splitting ends and excessive hair loss in summer. If you are among them, you will benefit from the following tips. They will help you protect your hair from summer threats and keep it healthy, strong and beautiful.
If your hair is exposed to the sun throughout the day, it may be helpful to wear a cap, a sunhat or a scarf. This could be especially important for those who have their hair dyed dark and don’t want it to lose color. Remember, ultraviolet radiation is very harmful for our hair. Even those who use a tanning bed or booth should protect their hair by wearing a scarf or a towel. To say nothing of the summer sun-rays, which can be far more dangerous. That is why it’s recommended to use a shampoo or other hair care products with UV-protection.
It is very important to wash your hair thoroughly in summer, otherwise it will lose its shine and nice color pretty soon. In order to do this there is a proven method: you simply need to mix your shampoo with some baking soda and wash your head with it. It will remove chemicals, particularly chlorine from the hair. You may use a clarifying shampoo as well.
It’s necessary to keep your hair moisturized in summer. Don’t wash your hair with shampoo every day, as it can make it dry and fragile. If you are not happy with your usual shampoo, you can benefit from using moisturizing shampoo or/and conditioner on a daily basis. Don’t use hair care products with alcohol, because they take natural moisture away. Also limit your use of such items as curling irons and blow dryers. Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated and, thus, help your hair stay moisturized.
To obtain extra-fine gloss of your hair use such hair care product as hair shine spray or silicone serum. But don’t overdo with them, because you can easily make your hair greasy. On order to avoid this, you can take an unused powder brush, apply the spray or silicone serum on it and use it to stroke your hair.