Everyone seems to want thicker, healthier-looking hair. Subconsciously it’s an evolutionary indicator of health, youth and vitality. Sadly, as we age our hair can tend to fall or thin out, so I thought I’d jot down some of the key mistakes I’ve seen people making – are you guilty of any of these?
Not being patient enough let your hair dry 80% before applying any heat. Blow-drying your hair when it’s still sopping wet is just asking for increased hair damage
Best practice: towel dry your hair by gently pressing (not rubbing) the water out of your hair. Rubbing the hair can cause extra knots and tangles and increases the frizz. My favourite way is to immediately wrap my hair in an Aquis towel as soon as I step out of the shower. It slashes the drying time and eliminates the need for rubbing or even pressing the water out of my hair. And when I can, I let my hair air-dry until it’s ready for blow-drying – see below.
Not being kind enough try to avoid any heat at least once or twice a month to give your hair a rest
Best practice: OG readers and followers will know that since last year, I’ve been doing a no-heat-hair-challenge at least once every six months. What do I mean by that? Literally what it says. I use NO HEAT WHATSOEVER for a period of four to five weeks (depending on what else is going on in my life) and the difference it makes to the hair is incredible. That’s no to say I don’t use product in my hair to tame the frizz and the natural wave in my hair. (Check my IGTV for my favourite serums, oils and balms that help me get through the no-heat-hair-challenge without looking like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards).
Not being gentle enough and using the wrong comb brush on wet hair
Best practice: Too often I see people being too rough with their hair and then they wonder why their hair breaks and doesn’t grow long. When I was a young girl, my mother told me to “treat hair like you would treat the finest silk” and that’s stayed with me for life. Literally caress your hair when you’re brushing or combing it… use a specially designed brush or a wide-toothed comb to remove any tangle and knots and use it slowly and lovingly. I use the Manta Hair Brush and swear by it for the best way to handle wet hair.
Going for a quick fix when it comes to your haircut
Best practice: Certainly, lots of layers will give you volume and the appearance of thickness in the first couple of weeks after your haircut but as your hair starts to grow and the delicate and brittle ends break, the edges of your hair will start to look scraggy if there is not enough weight in the hair at the bottom. I find a happy compromise is to have a few layers cut for movement and shape within the style, but always stick to a blunt shape at the bottom
Not eating right to feed your hair follicles
Best practice: Your hair is not vital to survival, so it’s the very last place to which your body will nutrients. Eating a nutrient-rich diet will reflect in your skin and your hair; eggs, fatty fish, spinach, avocadoes, nuts and seeds… all of these will help to literally feed your follicles. I also take a specially formulated hair supplement every day and I always make sure to eat enough protein so that my hair follicles are strong and healthy.
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