Damaged, brittle, dry hair from colour, hair tools, diet and environment including many other factors can determine the condition of our hair.
Did you know washing your hair everyday can actually damage your hair? How? Well, it un-stabilises the scalp's microbiome. Wetting or washing your hair swells the hair cortex, so, when the hair cuticle is raised, protein can be lost temporarily.
If you wash your hair regularly the hair swells and contracts causing "hydro-fatigue". This in turn can cause several "hair issues" such as lack of curl formation, flat hair, breakage and hair stress.
Let's face it - breakages, split ends and frizzy hair does not equate to a good hair day.
Our lives are so busy with work, heading out the door for errands or meeting friends and family that we guiltily reach for the styling tools.
All hair whether it is dry, oily, damaged or weak need moisture, hydration, protection and nourishment.
We can try:
Blow drying our hair on a warm setting or let it dry naturally
Embrace our curls
Be brave enough to go grey without dying your hair?
Be careful of not to over process our hair with dyes. Leaving hair dye longer then intended can sometimes weaken hair strands and you may notice breakage or hair falling (sometimes 3 weeks afterwards)! In some cases using hair conditioner may make it seem like it is breaking or falling more! *see below for hair growth cycle
Be gentle on your hair when it is wet
Massage your scalp and hair with oil before washing your hair
Eat well and drinks lots of water
Always protect your hair before blow drying or straightening by using leave-in hair treatments.
Use a few drops of oil after styling your hair to give it protection and shine. Use oils designed to penetrate and moisturise your hair and to give it nourishment.
Eat a well balanced meal. Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, balanced portions of proteins, Vitamin D, Iron and Zinc is good for hair.
Have regular hair cuts
Be gentle on your hair
We recommend Eesha's Hair and Scalp Massage Oil.
Eesha's hair and scalp oil is formulated to condition and nourish hair and scalp. It leaves hair soft and shiny while providing it with hair penetrating ingredients. The oils are nutrient rich and helps to provide hair resilience.
Do you know your hair type?
Hair can be categorised from straight to curly hair.
Type 1 - Straight hair that does not curl (1a, 1b, 1c)
Type 2 - Wavy hair between wavy and curly (2a, 2b, 2c)
Type 3 - Curly hair (looks like the letter S or Z (can get damaged easily or become frizzy (3a, 3b, 3c).
Type 4 - Coiled tightly (4a, 4b, 4c) this hair type is susceptible to damage also.
We can loose up to 50-100 strands of hair per day. Hair goes through cycles:
Anagen - growth hair phase
Catagen - regressive phase
Telogen - resting phase, hair sheds from scalp
Exogen - shredding phase (part of Telogen phase). This phase can last anywhere from 2 - 5 months. New hair growth in follicles are replaced. Old hair will tend to break and fall off as part of washing or brushing your hair.
If you are concerned about hair breakage and hair loss it is best to see a Trichologist.
Shampoos that are alkaline or basic can cause a negative charge on hair which in turn can cause friction and hair breakage.
Conditioners lessen the charge of the hair and makes it less frizzy and helps to detangle hair.
Ensure that we are gentle with our hair when wet as it is susceptible to breakage. Detangle gently.
Let us take a holistic approach to our hair. Let us buy quality products that nurture nature.
Please always remember that you are beautiful inside and out and it is always good to appreciate and to look after what we have.