The average human head contains somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs. Whether your hair is curly or straight, frizzy or tame, here are some things you can do to keep those many strands healthy and beautiful:
- Get regular haircuts. Hair care professionals generally recommend getting a trim every 6 to 12 weeks. Hair becomes more brittle the older it gets, so a regular cut helps to prevent breakage and split ends. Generally, shorter styles require more frequent visits to the salon.
- Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and scalp condition. Both salon-quality and over-the-counter shampoos and conditioners come in a variety of types. Ask your stylist for recommendations based on whether your hair is fine, thick, curly, straight, dry, or oily. A dermatologist can also assist you in finding a shampoo to treat dandruff or other scalp conditions.
- Limit the use of harsh styling tools and treatments. Extreme heat can damage the hair's cuticle or outer layer; avoid this by limiting the use of styling tools such as dryers, straighteners, and curling irons, and always use them on the lowest effective heat setting. Similarly, chemicals can injure the scalp and cause structural damage to hair. This includes not only chemicals in the environment such as cigarette smoke or chlorine from swimming pools, but also chemicals in hair treatment products. Combat chemical damage by avoiding frequent coloring, relaxing, or straightening treatments. A moisturizing shampoo can also help if damage does occur.
- Eat hair-friendly foods. One of the best ways to have great hair is to grow it healthy in the first place! A nutritious diet with plenty of protein and vitamins supports your hair as well as your body. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are healthy fats essential for nourishing the hair follicle and stimulating hair growth. These can be found in foods like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed.
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