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Tips for healthy long hair



1. KNOW YOUR HAIR TYPE
      Is it oily? Dry? Thick? Fine? Frizzy? Combination? Knowing your hair type will help you to choose the products most suited to keeping your hair at its healthiest.

2. IMPORTANCE OF USING THE RIGHT SHAMPOO
      Using the right shampoo encourages your hair to remain glossy and healthy. The best type of shampoo and conditioner for all types are ones with no parabens and high levels of alcohol. These tend to damage the hair, strip natural oils and inhibit growth. When shampooing and conditioning, I like to stick with the same brand as they supposedly work better together.

3. DON’T BE SCARED TO GO FOR A TRIM
      I go for a trim every 8-10 weeks. The ends of your hair can get dry very quickly due to the weather or not enough moisture in your hair. If you trust a family member or a friend to trim your hair for you - even better! You only need to cut off half an inch (at least) to stimulate faster growth and achieve a healthier look.

4. TREAT IT
      Be nice to your hair. There are many hair treatments available on the market right now, such as PantenePro-V AgeDefy Advanced Rejuvenating Mask, The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil and my personal favourite Organix Argan Oil of Morocco. These help improve the appearance, strength and feel of your hair, as well as stimulating growth. Massaging the oils in thoroughly, but gently, will prevent breakages.

5. TOO MUCH BACKCOMBING AND TEASING IS A NO-NO
      There is no harm in light backcombing and teasing - we all love a bit of volume but too much can cause your hair to knot. Knots cause damage and breakages and that will leave your hair looking weak and thin. For instant, I use Tresemme 24hr Body shampoo and conditioner three times a week. It creates a lot of volume in my hair and I like to use rollers on the top hair layer for an extra oomph.

6. PREVENT HEAT DAMAGE
      Avoid using heat as much as possible. Your hair is at its weakest when it is wet, allow it to air dry if possible instead of using a hair dryer. When using hair dryers and hair straighteners, reduce the temperature, use heat protection spray and be gentle. I use the Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray before using any heat on my hair.

7. CUT DOWN THE CHEMICALS
      Too much bleaching, colouring and hairspray will cause your hair to dry out and produce a lot of dandruff. Always use the minimum amount of hairspray, not too close to the hair, to get your wanted look.

8. EAT THE GOOD STUFF
      A healthy body means healthy looking hair. The food you eat to stay healthy on the inside naturally pays off for the hair too. Protein is your best friend for rich and healthy looking hair. Eat your regular 5 fruit and veg a day - foods such as walnuts, fish (high in OMEGA 3), sweet potatoes and kidney beans are great growth factors.

9. NEVER ENOUGH WATER
      There is literally nothing that drinking a lot more water can’t fix. The benefits are endless; water is cheap and easy to get hold of and yes it is one of the best ways to boost hair growth, hydrate the hair and feed the hair follicles.


10. DON’T BE HARSH
      Use the right comb for your hair. Paddle brushes are great for untangling knots. Comb your hair every night before bed - this helps with blood circulation and distribution of natural oils.