It's time we leave the struggles of hair care behind us. Here are five ways we can grow and protect healthy hair in this new decade!
1. know when & how often to Wash Your Hair
In dry climates, maintaining moisture in hair can be difficult. When your scalp is dried-out, it produces less oil. If you're hair doesn't get as oily in the winter or in general, washing will only strip your hair of the little natural oils you do have. We recommend you drink more water, consume omega-3 essential fats to encourage sebum production, massage your scalp regularly, and wash hair 2 or 3 times less than usual.
In humid climates, the hair is stimulated by high levels of hydrogen in the air and may frizz as a result. Humidity adds to the hydrogen bond in the hair, causing them to fold over each other. The Smithsonian Mag explains it best, "If you straighten and dry your hair, it’ll be like the metal spring, completely straightened out into a rod. But if it’s a humid day, and your hair is prone to curling, water molecules will steadily be absorbed and incorporated into hydrogen-bonds, inevitably pulling the metal rod back into a coiled shape." (Source: Why Humidity Makes Your Hair Curl).
To reduce frizz, we recommend the Morrocanoil Treatment. This product strengthens hair and smoothes out fly-aways with its argan oil, rich in antioxidants, and linseed extract. Simply apply before hair dries and allow the oil to give your hair a luxurious treatment.
2. cleansing methods to prevent hair damage
Many shampoos, particularly ones that contain surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate, are notorious for stripping and leaving hair extremely dry. It's time to switch it up, mamasitas.
For ladies with fine and straight-textured hair, you may be familiar with the struggles of hair thinning, falling out, and feeling limp. You can certainly make a difference by swapping out traditional shampoos - you know, the ones we think are doing their jobs because they leave hair feeling dry in 'preparation' for the conditioner. To remedy these issues, Matchasita suggests PURA D'OR Original Gold Label Anti-Thinning Shampoo and Conditioner.
This sulfate-free, hydrating shampoo and conditioner is excellent for nourishing your scalp to promote healthier growth. It also adds volume and detangles fine hair to reduce hair fallout. Even if you don't experience this, Pura D'or's natural ingredients, which includes argan oil and biotin, should leave your strands feeling stronger, thicker, and healthier.
For wavy, curly and coily-haired babes, you may have been dealing with hair breakage, dryness, and lacklustre curls. We recommend you try a co-washing cleanser for your hair. Co-washing or 'conditioner-only washing', is a shampoo-free method of cleansing hair. Matchasita's favourite is As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.
This co-wash cleanser contains organic ingredients that remove buildup, easily detangles, provides moisture, and leaves curls feeling and looking softer, bouncier, and more defined with every wash.
There's even more perks. Ditching shampoo for co-washing also frees up space in your shower, cuts your washing time in half, and preserves water. If you don't feel comfortable ghosting shampoo entirely, we suggest LuxeOrganix's Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.
Whichever you choose, sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoos and conditioners are best.
3. Use a Silicone or nylon-Bristled Brush
If you're still styling your hair with a traditional, tightly-packed, boar-bristle brush, it's good to know you're keeping yourself well-groomed. We have another type of brush we think you'd be interested in adding to your brush collection - the Denman Classic Styling Brush. This type of brush doesn't only detangle hair, but it's soft nylon bristles massages and exfoliates the scalp and stimulates blood flow.
We know the stigma behind wet-brushing hair, but the Denman's brush resolves that. In fact, we find that wet-brushing hair with a silicone or nylon brush like Denman's tremendously reduces breakage compared to dry-brushing. Particularly for ladies with curly and wavy textures, we think you'll like it for how easily it glides through wet hair and defines curls.
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