Healthy Hair Secrets You’ll Wish You’d Known Sooner

A six-step plan for the lustrous locks of your dreams.

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Hair Secrets From the Pros

Protect Your Hair from Heated Styling Tools

If you’re going to use products that expose your hair to extreme heat regularly, be sure to apply a thermal protecting hair product first. Products containing ingredients like royal jelly or vitamin B5 will coat the hair to protect it from damage while conditioning and repairing previous damage.

Shield Your Hair from the Sun

In summertime, we hear lots about protecting our skin from the sun but not so much about our hair. While the effects of the sun on the hair are not life-threatening, they can lead to dry, brittle and dull-looking hair. Look for shampoos, conditioners and leave-in conditioners that offer UVA and UVB protection to prevent excessive dehydration of the hair.

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Let Your Hair Down

If you frequently tie up your hair, you my want to consider changing up your routine. Keeping your hair tightly pulled back can be damaging because the hair is being unnaturally pulled and tugged. Also, the act of pulling an elastic on and off can lead to breakage.

Use the Right Brushes and Combs

Be sure to use a comb only when your hair is wet. Combing through dry hair with a comb instead of a brush will break strands of hair because the rigid tool can get stuck on split ends.

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Avoid Ammonia

Ammonia is typically found in permanent hair dyes, which are very commonly used. Ammonia can leave hair dry and ends split. In the last couple of years, ammonia-free permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes have made their way into the market. If you can, use an ammonia-free dye to protect your hair from further damage.

Let Your Hair Rebel

It’s no secret that straight-haired women yearn for curly hair and vice-versa. Keeping your hair curled or straightened unnaturally can be damaging to your hair since it requires excessive heat and several products to achieve those looks. To keep your hair looking healthy and shiny, avoid forcing your hair out of its normal style often. Save that for special occasions only. It will be far less damaging in moderation.

Now that you’ve got these hair secrets under your belt, check out these home remedies for dry, damaged hair.

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