Guide for Proper At-Home Hair Care
Maintaining your hair is relatively easy with the right kind of steps. Hair is made up of proteins, so keeping a healthy diet, regular exercise, and good hygiene is an essential part of maintaining luscious locks. You've already taken a step in the right direction by visiting a salon professional, but in-between appointments it's important to be mindful of how you are treating your hair. Much like brushing and flossing your teeth are important in between dentist visits! Here are some things you should do at home to maintain your beautiful hair.
Proper amounts of product for most heads of hair.
- Wash hair sparingly and use a good-quality professional salon shampoo, free of sulfates and parabens. We recommend Eufora International Products because of their nourishing, high quality ingredients, and sustainable green culture. Washing hair too often can leave hair dried out, leached of its natural oils, and may damage your hair. Aim to shampoo your hair at most every other day or only once to twice a week. Be sure to focus only on the scalp when shampooing, the rest of your hair will be cleansed when rinsing.
- Condition every time you shampoo your hair, although very processed or colored hair definitely needs a little more love than virgin hair. Apply conditioner to the ends only and let stay for 2-3 minutes (but if you suffer from dry/itchy scalp you will benefit from conditioning the scalp as well). Deep condition once a week. Using Eufora Moisture Masque, apply all over your head from scalp to ends and leave on for 30-60 minutes, you can also leave these products on overnight. Deep conditioning is very good for your hair. It keeps hair soft, healthy and moisturized.
- Washing in warm water vs cold: While warm water opens a hair's cuticle to allow shampoo and conditioner to do their job, cold water helps to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner — which helps your hair look shiny and healthy. So, by all means, take a warm shower, but at the end, rinse with cold water. For color-treated hair, stick to lukewarm or cooler water temperatures. Super-hot water fades color out of hair faster and strips the color because it opens the surface of the hair strand, which causes the color molecules to escape.
With Vivid Hair/Fantasy Colors,
ALWAYS USE COLD WATER!
- Whenever you can, let hair dry naturally. Only use a Wet Brush or wide tooth comb to brush out tangles while hair is wet. If you have to use a blow-dryer, wait until hair is 70%-80% dry and apply a thermal protection product like Eufora's Retain, and dry your hair using the lowest temperature setting and limit usage to once a week.
- Styling by itself won't overly damage your hair, but repeated stylings multiple times per week put some serious strain on hair. If you use any kind of heat styling tools, be sure to use a thermal protectant! A very important part of heat styling is using the proper temperature, fine hair should only be ironed/curled at a low setting, below 280 degrees, (the same goes for damaged or chemically treated hair). Normal hair can be ironed at 250-300 and thick, coarse or extra curly hair at 300-350, no one should be ironing their hair with 400-450 degree heat. So you want to go out on Saturday night and need your hair straightened. That's fine. Just make it an occasional treat, not an everyday thing.
– If you spend a lot of time in a swimming pool, wet your dyed hair and apply a protective leave-in conditioner before you get wet to help prevent the chlorine from damaging your color, because the chemicals in chlorine can build up and cause haircolor—especially lighter colors--to shift to an unattractive green hue. Or, wear a swim cap to keep your hair dry.
- Satin pillowcases help to prevent frizzing and roughing of the cuticle on any hair texture and can help to prolong styles, whether your hair is kinky, curly, wavy or straight. Standard 100-percent cotton pillowcases are moisture-sucking and cause a lot of friction, which can cause significant hair breakage. Also, don't skip regular trims!
Regular hair cuts
- Cutting the ends of your hair doesn't affect the follicles in your scalp, which determine how fast and how much your hair grows. Hair grows an average of a quarter-inch to an inch every month—whether or not you cut it. BUT, if you are not cutting off split ends they will continue to split up the hair shaft much like a piece of frayed rope. Regular trims help keep your haircut's shape as it grows, improve the look and feel of your hair. By trimming unhealthy split ends, hair will have less breakage and flyaway's, making it look thicker and even shinier. On average a client should visit the salon every 3 months or less depending on the style to maintain their haircut.
Putting hair up
- Lastly, try not to use hairstyles that tightly pin or pull the hair back. You run the risk of thinning your hair line from the stress of always being tightly pulled back. Instead, experiment with up-dos: a simple ponytail or chignon looks clean and requires very few hair products. Satin Scrunchies are so much better for your hair than traditional hair ties. You could also just keep your hair down and wear a headband.
- Depending on the type and condition, hair can be up to 57% weaker when wet. Rubbing it with a coarse cotton towel or other looped fibers creates friction, which can cause excess damage by snagging and ripping uplifted cuticles (cue frizz and split ends). For the love of hair, discover a better, faster, healthier way to dry. One that’s based in truth and knowledge. Aquis Hair Towels are available at Oracle Salon. They cut drying time by 50%, restore strength, reduces frizz & breakage, color stays vibrant longer, and enhance smoothness & shine.
- Some research suggests that biotin (part of the B complex vitamins) may improve hair growth and thinning hair. Many experts recommend a biotin supplement for hair health because it’s water-soluble (meaning your body excretes what it doesn’t need) and doesn’t have any side effects. In other words: Why not? Other good sources of biotin: almonds and avocados. We are not doctors, and recommend based on our own personal experiences with our own hair and the hair of our client's, consult your doctor prior to adding any supplement to your regimen.
Vegetables for hair growth
- Full of edible fiber, spinach is a rich source of iron and zinc in addition to other essential vitamins and minerals. These two particular minerals are highly necessary for the hair, as the absence of zinc and iron often leads to hair loss in many people.
- Carrots are a rich store of Vitamin B7 or Biotin that is considered a healthy tonic for the hair. Biotin is essential for hair re-growth. At the same time, it helps to strengthen the hair roots so that hair does not fall out easily.
- Onions are also a helpful nutrient for the hair. It is an affluent source of zinc, iron and Biotin, all of which are needful for hair growth. In addition to hair growth, onion is a wonderful vegetable that helps in preventing the premature graying of hair.
- Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene. Our body transforms beta-carotene into Vitamin A. Beta-carotene is required for cell repair within the body. Sweet potatoes fulfill the dearth of Vitamin A to a large extent.
- Tomatoes are rich sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants are also effective cell-repairing agents. They help to remove impurities and toxins from the surface of the scalp. Tomatoes help to improve the shine and luster of the hair.
- Beetroots contain lycopene that helps to stimulate hair growth.
- Curry leaves contain keratin, which is considered an ideal tonic for hair growth and offers you lustrous hair.
- French beans are the richest source of Vitamins A and E. Vitamin E is highly needful for improving the luster and volume of hair. It also protects your hair from premature graying.
- Another rich store of keratin and Vitamin E, green chilies are excellent for fostering hair growth. It also helps to repair the damaged cells of the scalp in order to promote new hair follicles.
If you follow the tips in this guide along with the advice given to you verbally during your hair appointment, you are sure to have the best hair of your life! Never hesitate to contact us with questions, email@example.com
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