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How to Take Care of Your Hair

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Having the right kind of information for taking care of your hair is imperative to having Beautiful and Healthy hair.

In the social media world we live in now that keeps spitting out new “Viral” ways to make our hair beautiful and on-trend, it forces us to overcomplicate our hair and how we care for our hair.

Taking care of our hair is simple and the basics of the science behind hair are all still the same as they have always been but nowadays, there are all of these different road maps being pushed out there for us to follow with our hair.

The problem lies with all of those different road maps because they can be confusing and often times filled with WRONG or misguided information.

I’m guilty of over-complicating my hair too, it’s easy to do especially when you are in a funk about your hair and are looking for something new.

But the truth still remains the same that the act of caring for our hair is simple and what we want our hair to do and to look like is where the challenge is.

OK, let’s get into this and let’s start with how our hair grows which is just as important and the anchor to knowing how to take care of your hair.

How to Take Care of Your Hair

  1. How Does Hair Grow
  2. Hair Care
  3. Why Your Hair Isn’t Growing
  4. Hair Genetics- Why does hair stop growing when it gets to a certain length?
  5. Hair Love (it’s a thing, and if it’s not then I’m making it one because it’s important towards your overall hair health.)

How Does Hair Grow?

Knowing how your hair actually works keeps you calm and in control of your hair so that you don’t waste time or money on pointless products, or damaging hair techniques.

Hair grows from the hair bulb/ root, beneath the scalp and pushes out and down to create long locks of hair. 

Simple, enough but let’s go a little deeper into how hair grows.

The bulb of the hair is made up of living cells that will divide and grow to build hair shafts.

The blood from the blood vessels on your scalp will then feed the root which will create growth and (more cells) which creates more hair.

The hair then pushes through the skin as it grows and along the way it passes through an oil gland.

That oil gland is what keeps the hair shiny and soft but it can also make your scalp oily if you don’t clean your scalp well or enough.

Once the hair is pushed through the skin it is considered to be dead which is a good thing because otherwise, haircuts would be painful.

So, the very best thing you can do for your hair is to maintain a healthy and clean scalp, and one way you can ensure a clean scalp is by having a good hair cleaning schedule and to use good shampoos that are suited for your hair.

Our hair can do some amazing things and withstand a lot of physical torture from daily styling and heat, if you are curios to know more of what your hair can do I encourage you to read the related post below.

Related Post: 15 Things You May Not Know About Your Hair

Hair Care

There are 3 things that are vital when it comes to taking care of our hair.

  1. Having a Clean Scalp
  2. Keeping Hair Hydrated & Moisturized
  3. Keeping the Ends of Hair clean

HAVING A CLEAN SCALP

Everyone should have at least some kind of an idea on how often they are washing their hair weekly.

Having a hair cleaning schedule is important and probably has some of the most misconstrued and misguided information around.

When it comes to having a hair washing routine, the easiest way to put this is simply to…

Only Pay Attention to Your Own Hair!

If washing your hair every 2-3 days a week works for you and your hair, Great, do that.

The thicker or more coarse your hair is the longer you can go in-between hair washes but not everyone falls into that 1 time a week category and that’s OK.

Washing your hair 1 time a week maybe on-trend right now but you could seriously be jacking up your hair’s health by following the crowd.

If your hair is finer or has a silky texture to it than you will most definitely need to wash your hair more than 1 time a week.

Remember that oil gland that the hair has to go thru, well with finer or silky hair that oil will slip down the hair shaft, way faster than coarse or thicker hair.

Which is why people that have finer or silky hair will have to wash their hair more because their hair literally will look overly shiny- greasy, from scalp to ends.

You can use all the dry shampoos you want or just get your hair wet to re-style your hair but you need to wash and clean your scalp to control the oil.

If your scalp is dirty than your hair is dirty.

If your scalp has build up than your hair has build-up. (Dry Shampoos cause build up)

If your scalp is oily than your hair is oily.

Play around with your own hair cleansing schedule and see what works best for your hair and your lifestyle.

Read the related post below if you are interested in learning more about hair washing schedules and what’s best for your hairs’ color and texture.

Related Post: How Often Should You Really Be Washing Your Hair?

One more point, if you feel like your on a good hair cleaning schedule but your hair still feels limp, lifeless, and just sucky all around than it’s a good time to use a clarifying shampoo that is well suited to your hair.

KEEP HAIR HYDRATED & MOISTURIZED

The 2 beauty terms, “Hydrating” and “Moisturizing” are more often than not used out of context when it comes to hair care and hair products.

Although the 2 terms go hand in hand they are completely different from one another and what they do for our hair.

Let’s separate the 2 beauty terms and define what they both actually mean and how to use them.

Hydration is the process of causing something to absorb water.

Our bodies need to be hydrated in order for it to function properly, we hydrate by drinking water, which also hydrates our hair, skin, and nails.

When hair is hydrated it means that the inner shaft of the hair is absorbing or retaining water, which is good, we want our hair to retain water so that it stays hydrated.

How we actually use the Hydrating process on our hair is by using Humectants, Proteins, Amino Acids, and Vitamins.

These Humectants have the ability to penetrate into the hair fiber and increase or improve the absorption of water and nutrients in the hair.

This allows the hair to hold onto and retain more moisture in the hair for longer periods of time.

By using these hydrating heavy conditioners/ treatments you are nourishing your hair from within.

You want to give your hair a Hydrating treatment about 1-2 times a month on average but also after harsh chemical treatments like bleach…

The most natural and easiest way that I recommend for hydrating your hair is with Coconut Oil.

Coconut Oil Hydrating Treatment

You want to warm up 2-3 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil and massage it into your scalp and down to the ends of your hair.

Once you are done you want to wrap your hair in a plastic cap and then a towel and leave it on your hair for at least 30 minutes.

If your hair is finer than you may only want to leave this treatment on for about 15 min or so and if your hair is thicker or more coarse you can leave it on your hair for hours.

Shampoo your hair 2 times and then condition your ends, you can do this treatment to your hair anytime you feel your hair is overly dry or brittle.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a 1 size fits all for hair treatments so be cautious.

You really need to know what type of hair you have and the actual condition your hair is in when deciding which treatment is best for your hair.

The reason is that if you have finer hair and use a treatment that is better suited for thick hair, it’s gonna weigh your hair down and cause build up.

Moisturizing the hair refers to the presence of water in a product, like oils and creams.

The process of moisturizing hair is done with oils or creams, that will coat and seal the outer surface of the hair shaft so that the moisture in the hair is locked in place.

Moisturizing your hair is something you can do daily with cleansing shampoos and conditioners or hair products like serums and creams, these all will help prevent our hair from losing water.

When you are looking for moisturizing hair products make sure that water is either the 1st or 2nd ingredient on the list, very important.

When it comes to Hydrating and Moisturing the hair just remember that first you want to Hydrate your hair to penetrate the hair fiber to nourish and replenish the hair from the inside.

Then you Moisturize to seal and shut down the hair shaft to keep moisture/water in the hair.

KEEP THE ENDS OF HAIR CLEAN

The ends of our hair need to be trimmed and kept clean for your hair to be in the healthiest form.

The reason behind why it’s so important to getting hair trimmed, is for the overall health of your hair.

Split ends, hair breakage, stressed hair, damaged hair, broken hair, all of them can happen anywhere and everywhere on the head.

A piece of hair is like a string, when the ends of a string become stressed or damaged it will begin to break at various sections of the strand which will cause the string to become weak and runs the risk of the string becoming shorter.

If you don’t cut your hair as your hair grows all of those splits and breaks will be scattered around moving up towards the top of the head.

When you add missing haircuts, plus the daily stresses brought on to your hair like putting your hands in your hair a lot or using hot tools, this can make your hair look worn out, dull, and neglected.

How fast your hair grows and if you are growing your hair out all factors in deciding how often you should go and get your hair cut but you still need to trim your hair.

My professional answer to how often you should be getting your hair trimmed is on average every 6-8 weeks if you want to maintain your current style.

If you are wanting to grow your hair out some or even a lot than you should be getting your hair trimmed every 10-12 weeks.

These timelines are only guides for you to apply towards your own hair.

Some may need or want to get their hair cut sooner than every 6 weeks and that’s Ok.

Some may want to stretch their hair cuts to every 15 weeks because they are growing their style out, and that’s ok, but make sure you are really taking care of your hair when you push past the 10-week mark.

How often you are getting your hair trimmed should be based on the advice of your hairstylist and the direction you are going with your hair.

The best way to protect your hair from split ends or broken hair is to make sure to always protect your hair

Make sure to always ask your hairdresser anything about your hair or if they may have anything new to offer as a style or helpful product, above anything or anyone else Always trust your hairstylist, we are the trained and educated professionals with more than the average knowledge on the subject of hair.

Why Your Hair Isn’t Growing

There are a few reasons why hair doesn’t grow.

  • Overprocessed Hair from Chemicals or Heat
  • You Put Your Hands in Your Hair All the Time
  • Your Hair is Tied Up in The Same Spot
  • You Need To Drink More Water
  • Health and Medications

The very most important and dominant reason why your hair isn’t growing or not growing fast is because of your DIET.

If you eat like shit and don’t drink enough water then your hair, skin, and nails will be the first to suffer from poor choices with our diets.

If your body is lacking nutrients than your body will naturally send the nutrients that it does have to the areas of our bodies that need it more.

This is why our hair will begin to slow down its growth, it’s also why we grey at the sides of our temples, hairline, and at the very top of our heads. 

Its because there is poor blood circulation to those areas and our body sends what it needs to the areas that are lacking. 

As we get older our bodies will have a harder time maintaining enough blood flow to the top of our heads so our hair will start to turn grey and slow down its growth process.

For my 20-some-year-old readers, this may not be affecting you yet, Grey hair or your hair grows slow, but let me tell you it will be important later.

I have seen girls in my chair that are in their mid 20’s with 40% of their hair already Grey.

Check your diet first and make sure you drink enough water daily to keep your body, hair, skin, and nails up.

Also, Keep your hands out of your hair.

This is seriously damaging and stressful for your hair and is a big reason too why your hair may be growing slowly, it’s because you keep breaking it by messing with your hair too much.

I swear by this hair growth recipe and so many of my clients in my chair have seen growing success with this recipe as well.

Hair Growth Recipe

These measurements are for long hair so you can adjust according to your hair length and thickness.

Mix all the ingredients together, with your hair slightly damp you want to massage this treatment in to your scalp and thru the ends of your hair.

After you have massaged the oil into your scalp for a few minutes, take a plastic bag and put your hair in it, close it up and wrap a towel around your head to secure the plastic bag.

Leave this treatment on for as long as you can, I mean like hours, and when you are ready to wash it out make sure you shampoo your hair 2 times and condition your ends after.

You can do this growth treatment weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly it all depends on how fast and how much hair growth you are wanting and you will see noticeable results quickly.

Hair Genetics

Hair Genetics is exactly the same as why we look like our parents, so if your mother or father had finner hair than most likely you will too.

Not every time but mostly, you will have at least your mother or father’s hair, some even have their grandparent’s hair types.

My Mother has what I call true Island hair, it’s thick, puffy when not managed, dark, and it grows so ridiculously fast.

True Island hair, which makes sense because my Mother was born and raised in Guam.

I have silky, straight, finer hair with a lot of hair strands, and my hair grows but not crazy fast as my mothers do.

Two of my brothers have my mother’s hair and my other brother and I have our father’s hair.

There is not much you can do when it comes to your genes aside from embracing what your parents gave you.

You can, however, help your hair by taking care of it with a conscious effort and adding hair supplements that are full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your hair needs, it will help support your hair to looking and feeling its best.

Hair Love

Give you hair some Love and appreciate what you have to rock.

Not many women can say or actually will say that they love their hair, whole heartily.

For various reasons, we tend to hate or dislike our hair and that’s ok its what keeps us on our toes with our love-hate relationship with our hair.

Despite the up and down relationship we have with our hair, it’s still important to Love what you have and to work with your hair to have it at it’s best.

There are small things you can do for your hair to show it love.

  • You can use Satin or Silk Pillowcases, which are great for your face too.
  • You can sleep with a Sleep Cap on or in braids to avoid roughing up your hair while sleeping.
  • Don’t wrap your hair up when it’s wet, instead use a Hair Towel that absorbs the excess water from your hair.
  • Protect your hair every day with the right products. (Check out My Favorite Products list)
  • Switch up your part and where you wear your ponytail or bun.
  • Learn how to use heat on your hair properly so you can avoid damage.

Read the Related Post below for using heat and hot tools on the hair the best ways that personally suit you and your hair type.

Related Post: How to Avoid Heat Damage to Your Hair

Thanks for Hanging out here today and I hope you had a great time.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this article and if there are any other hair topics you would like me to cover, just let me know in the comments or you can contact me by email.

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