Week 1: instant refresh
1: Time for the scissors.
It might not be the first thing you want to hear, but take a look at the peaks – unfortunately, it's usually necessary. The outermost layer of the hair consists of several layers of overlapping scales of keratin, and if they are undamaged, they form a light-reflecting surface that gives the strands a beautiful shine. When the hair just comes out, it is undamaged, but the more you brush and affect the hair, the more this protective surface layer is damaged. When it is roughed up, dust and grease residues easily accumulate in the unevenness. The hair becomes more matte than shiny. Hair ends that are completely devoid of scales divide and become what we call split ends. Unfortunately, the only solution is to cut them off.
2: Do a thorough cleaning - gain volume!
It's not just split ends that need to be removed, the scalp also needs a major cleaning. Today's mild, sulfate-free shampoos are indeed very gentle on the drier lengths, but they sometimes have a hard time removing all the stubborn residues of styling products and dry shampoo that can be a coating on the scalp.
Invest in washing with a special detox shampoo once every two weeks and apply a hair wrap immediately afterwards to re-grease the lengths. If you want to boost the color, a tip is to run a so-called color shot after you have detoxed and the shine will be as if you came straight from the frizz. The scalp in particular is hot in hair care right now and there has been a range of lovely clay masks and exfoliating products that help lift debris from the scalp. The best thing is that the hair also gets a lovely, airy volume.3: Get a good shampoo
Adapting your shampoo to your hair texture is essential, but don't stick to the same shampoo, but also take into account your daily needs. The humidity changes the feeling on the hair, but also wear and how the scalp feels can change from day to day. A mild, unscented scalp shampoo is suitable when the scalp feels irritated. Keratin and amino acids can strengthen chemically processed hair and smoothing shampoo calms frizz in humid weather. And be sure to rinse out the shampoo thoroughly so that there are no residues that irritate the scalp.
Also, take it easy with dry shampoo and don't use it more than three days in a row. The combination of alcohol, perfume and starch can act as a lid on the scalp, irritating and preventing your natural oils from lubricating the hair shaft. Instead, check out dry shampoos with fewer ingredients, they don't give as much nice texture but can just be switched with if you're a dedicated dry shampoo user.4: Invest in good conditioner and a proper hair mask
The lengths of the hair are actually dead, but it is possible to give them seeming life with the help of the right amount of fat, moisture, repairing and masking ingredients. The concentration of the caring ingredients in a mask is higher and goes deeper into the hair compared to a conditioner.
Conditioner closes the scales on each hair that the shampoo roughened up. The best combination is therefore to first apply a mask, rinse, and finish with a conditioner that seals the moisture and the softening substances in the hair. Wrapping and conditioner on the scalp is generally a no-no, but if you have very dry hair and a dry scalp, it can become softer by applying it from root to tip. If you have thinner hair and want volume, don't ignore the packaging and choose nourishing volume products.
Week 2: less friction and smarter styling
1: Make friends with your natural texture
Right now there are no super clear hair trends more than just healthy and natural hair - regardless of texture and color. It's nice that we are over and past tiring perms and toxic Brazilian blowouts. The very worst thing there is for the scales of the hair is tupering, second worst is chemical manipulations such as permanent and then comes bleaching. Therefore, love your hair and embrace your natural texture.
2: Bond with bonding products
Hair consists of disulphide bonds, and these are what determine its porosity (for example, horn has more disulphide bonds than hair strands and is therefore harder) and treatments with chemicals cut these bonds so that the protein in the hair breaks down, making it brittle and frizzy. So-called bonding products slow down this process because they repair the damage to the bonds by recreating them at the molecular level, and have become standard in hair care. Olaplex was the first and still stands up to the competition.
3: Please swaddles and nice pillowcases
The silk creates minimal friction and thus wears the hair less. Scrunchies in mulberry silk are not only gentle and stylish, they also do not create unsightly "tassel marks". Silk pillowcases are comfortable to sleep on and their shiny surface prevents tangles from forming during the night, which leads to reduced wear and tear when brushing. Since silk does not absorb moisture or grease, they also do not dry out the hair.
4: Put away the heating tools (for a while)
Take a break from all kinds of heat tools for a while and create habits that make you feel like you don't need to work with tongs to like your hair. Most often, it is a frizz-free result or increased volume that you want, and then you can instead invest in shampoo, conditioner and leave-in products with those properties.
You should treat wet hair like a baby and preferably have a special, very gentle brush for it. If you must blow dry your hair, do so on low heat and prep with a heat protectant.
Week 3: food and supplements that boost
1: Increase protein intake
The hair is dead when it reaches the surface of the skin, so it is important to first give it all the conditions to grow - and grow strongly. You need to eat nutritious, balanced and varied, and if you want to boost your hair (plus your nails and skin), you need to get protein from eggs, shellfish, fish and meat. Prioritize organic and sustainable fishing, and when you do eat meat - which doesn't have to be any quantities - make sure it's naturally pastured for a good fat profile and more environmentally defensible.
Iron is also important for hair growth, but supplements have some side effects, so it is much better to get it through food. And you have to eat several kilos of spinach to reach the same value as a small piece of meat. Undersigned beauty editor also swears by collagen for strong hair. Collagen has a composition of amino acids that seems almost magically good for hair growth, and especially the combination with sulphur, vitamin C and biotin.
Load up on vegetables for your protein, especially sulphurous ones – such as cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, Brussels sprouts, white cabbage, red cabbage. Sulfur is an important component of connective tissue protein and is abundant in hair, skin and nails. If you have difficulty getting your half kilo of vegetables a day, you can supplement with Msm capsules.
Vitamin C is also part of collagen synthesis and works in synergy with sulfur and protein. Biotin is a popular ingredient in all "hair pills" and is one of the most recommended supplements for growing long hair.
3: Too much of a good thing…
Ingesting different food supplements can also be counterproductive for the hair, and individual substances in very high doses can create imbalances and stress for the body. Collagen basically counts as food due to its composition and origin, but take it carefully with other pills. Stop every now and then to see what effects you get. The basis is always real food.
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