Of all the relationships in one’s life, we daresay a relationship with shampoo should be one of the most significant. Shampoo will take care of you. However, shampoo needs to be treated right in order for you to get the full benefits from your collaboration. So, how do shampoo and you go best together? It’s easy!
First, make sure to wet your hair with warm water. This allows not only the built up oils and product to be loosened and rinsed from your scalp, it also opens up the cuticle, allowing your hair to reap the full benefits of conditioning.
Now here’s something most people don’t know: you should only apply shampoo to the roots of your hair. This is because this is the part of your hair, the cuticle and scalp, which needs cleaning and stimulation. So, you should apply shampoo to the roots and gently massage. If you get too vigorous here, it may result in knots in your hair or frizz. No one has time for frizz! As you massage the shampoo into your scalp, work it down towards the ends of your hair. The point here is merely to clean the hair, so no need to scrub. The ends can be fragile, so keep that in mind!
Now it’s time for the rinse. Make sure you remove all the shampoo from your hair and scalp at this juncture, or it can lead to dryness and cause (gasp!) flakes.
Gently squeeze extra water from your hair and apply the conditioner next. Make sure you keep condition away from your roots and scalp, as your natural oils are more beneficial to your hair there. The conditioner is really to keep the rest of your hair smooth and shiny. Distribute evenly through your hair using only your fingers.
Now it’s time to rinse again! This time, you’ll want to use cool water. Not only does it feel nice, but it helps to close the cuticle at the scalp and lock in moisture to keep your scalp healthy and therefore your hair looking more luxurious with shine and bounce!
So, there you have it! Simple steps that will ensure the easiest long-term relationship of your life.
How often should you cut your hair?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman with the perfect haircut wants to keep it looking as perfect as possible. One of the keys to keeping your locks looking their best is to know how often to get a trim. Obviously, this depends largely on the length of your hair as well as the chemical processes and products to which your hair may be exposed. Here are a few quick tips and guidelines to help keep your mane manageable.
The average person has hair growth of about one half inch a month. Of course, this can differ slightly from person to person, but it’s a good place to start. For those of you with long hair, it’s important to keep in mind that the hair at the ends is older hair, and thus is more prone to breakage and split ends, especially if you dye or highlight. Long hair should be cut every 8 to 12 weeks, and if you notice breakage or split ends a haircut may be needed as frequently as every 6 to 8 weeks. If you want your hair to grow longer, a stylist should only trim about a half inch off the ends. To keep it the same length, talk with your stylist about how much or how little would work best for you.
For medium length hair the same general rules for long hair apply. A haircut every 6 to 12 weeks will do just fine for your ‘do. If you’re growing your hair out, you may want to take more time between trims.
Short hair usually has a particular style to it, and thus you will need haircuts more frequently in order to keep that feather cut fresh. Short styles need a trim every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on how fast you gauge your hair to grow.
If you frequently color, highlight, perm or straighten your hair, you may notice a need for a trim more frequently. As mentioned, chemical processes such as these can take cost your coiffure and will require more regular attention.
Here’s to keeping our tresses terrific!
Everyone knows exercise is good for you. You can see the benefits in your body if you stick to a regular exercise routine. But, exercise has benefits beyond building muscle, stamina and losing weight. Exercise, in fact, has beauty benefits that make it not only good for your calorie count, but your complexion as well.
Sometimes the focus on the cardiovascular benefits of exercise overshadows what it does for the rest of you. Exercise gives you glowing and beautiful skin. By increasing blood flow, it helps to nourish cells and keep them vital. This means your skin looks younger and more vibrant all thanks to pumping a little iron at the gym.
A popular myth is that exercise detoxifies the skin. While it’s not true, the increased blood flow does help flush debris out of your system, sort of like a facial from the inside. Can’t go wrong with that!
If you have skin conditions that can be exacerbated by stress, then exercise is the perfect prescription to keep flare ups at bay. Acne and eczema, for example, can improve by reducing stress and forming healthier habits. Reducing stress can also reduce cortisol levels which in turn help reduce wrinkling! Cortisol can impact collagen production, causing skin to lose its elasticity, which can encourage wrinkles and sagging.
So get up off that couch and hit the gym or the great outdoors in order to keep that complexion healthy and youthful!