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Healthy Hair Treatment Tips for Winter From Trichologist

Dropping temperatures and shifting weather conditions can really mess up your healthy hair strategies! Luckily, Philip Kingsley, trichologist and owner of the Philip Kingsley Clinic in NYC, is here to help with these pro tips
Health Hair Tips #1 ~~ Shampoo daily and condition afterwards as a hair treatment routine.

Health Hair Tips #2 ~~ Use a scalp mask every one to two weeks—a healthy scalp leads to healthy hair.

Health Hair Tips #3 ~~Opt for a pre-shampoo deep re-moisturizing hair mask as a hair treatment.

Health Hair Tips #4 ~~Flaky scalps are at their worst during winter, so the occasional use of Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp shampoo can be an extra beneficial hair treatment.

Health Hair Tips #5~~Do not brush hard. Use a gentle brush, preferably one with air vents and rubberized bristles that have balled ends, to style only, to maintain healthy hair.

Health Hair Tips #6 ~~If you’re using a hair dryer, do not over-dry. Stop as soon as hair is dried; it’s the extra few seconds after the hair is dry that can cause damage, that would require additional hair treatment.

Health Hair Tips #7 ~~Apply a moisturizing and protective styling aid for wind and cold protection, concentrating on the ends to maintain healthy hair during the winter season.
 
  
 



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Get Healthy Hair

Healthy Hair, Thicker Hair

How To Get Healthy Hair

by Elizabeth Passarelia Real Simple Magazine

A little extra effort pays off when painting a living room or baking a birthday cake. But when it comes to getting healthy hair, it’s better to do some strategic slacking. Experts refreshingly suggest: Stop trying so hard. In turn, you’ll have hair that’s in top condition (not to men­tion extra time in the morning and money in your pocket-book). Here, six no-nonsense tips for cutting back.“How to Get Healthy Hair”

COMB EARLY, BUT NOT OFTEN

Prevent post-shower snarls before you step under the water by using a wide-tooth comb on dry hair. (Wet hair is more fragile and prone to damage.) Then don’t pick up a comb or a brush again until your hair is partially dry.

SHAMPOO STRATEGICALLY

“People who have dry hair can easily go four to five days between shampoos,” says Harry Josh, a New York City hair stylist. Oilier hair may need lathering every other day. Consider subbing in a dry product, such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray, to break a daily-shampoo habit. If you develop greasy bangs or a limp-looking hairline, pull your hair into a shower cap but leave out the hair around your face. Then wash just that area, suggests Mandie Joslin, a hairdresser at the A Line Salon, in Corte Madera, California. Otherwise simply restyle between shampoos by wetting hair and drying it.

SKIMP ON HAIR CONDITIONER

If your conditioner bottle is empty before the shampoo bottle, chances are you’re using too much. A dime-size dab of conditioner suffices for most people, says Michael Jacobson, a co-owner of the Michael & Michael salon, in Chicago. Applying more than you need not only costs more but also creates a dirt-attracting residue that necessitates more shampoo­ing (and the vicious cycle begins again). Use conditioner from midshaft to the ends only, and rely on your scalp’s nourishing oils to keep the hair closer to the roots healthy. (Occasional strokes from a natural-bristle brush will help distribute these oils.)

TOWEL DRY BEFORE BLOW-DRYING

Trying to dry sopping-wet hair can take forever and invites heat damage. Speed things up by blotting hair with an absorbent towel (no rubbing, which roughs up strands). Next, gently wrap your hair turban-style until it’s 80 percent dry and move on to other tasks, like apply­ing makeup or getting dressed, while your hair dries naturally. Then enlist a dryer.

USE MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT

Try to give hair a break from heat styling at least three mornings a week. When you do wield a tool (be it a dryer or a curling or flat-iron), stick to a medium-high setting. “If your flat-iron has a temperature gauge, never turn it past 410 degrees,” says Chrystofer Benson, artistic director for Logics, a hair-care line. “Many irons go up to 450 degrees, but that setting is only for pros giving Japanese straight­ening treatments.” Before heat styling, apply a protec­tive spray, like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat. Then slowly run or roll the tool over each section of hair once or twice (instead of doing it quickly three or four times). “This is more effective, reduces damage, and lasts longer,” says Josh.

LAST TIP FOR HEALTHY HAIR . . . DON’T TOUCH!

Your fingers deposit debris and oil, so mindlessly stroking, tucking, or twirling your hair during the day is one of the quickest ways to dull it down and dirty it up. Always style hair with clean hands, then do your best to keep your paws off.



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Healthy Hair Tutorial

A Healthy Hair shaft

How to Get Healthy Hair

Maybe you have found yourself asking these questions (If not, just humor me):
Healthy Hair lies down smoothly and reflects light”
What purpose does hair actually serve? It may provide some insulation, but not much to speak of really. Scientists believe that the evolutionary function of hair was to provide:

  • Protection of vital parts of the body from cold.

  • Additional layer of protection for the skin. We have less hair today than our ancestors and future humans may eventually become hairless.

It’s ironic your hairs’ lack of function is what gives it our cultural meaning. Healthy hair is your crowning glory . . . a decoration of sorts. Hair is one of the most important defining statements about your self-identity.

If your hair is not in order, all other attempts to create a statement of who you are will fall short. Hair is protein . . . the same protein that makes up your fingernails, teeth and skin. The scientific name for this protein is keratin. Soft shiny hair is an indicator of good health, like clear skin and strong fingernails. Your hair is fed by blood, which first feeds your essential organs such as your heart and brain. Whatever nutrients are left goes to the extremities. This is why dull lackluster hair sometimes indicates an illness or vitamin deficiency.

Anantomy of an Individual Healthy Hair Strand

Let’s take a closer look:

  • The cuticle~~ The outermost layer of your hair is made up of overlapping scales, as on a fish. Healthy hair cuticles lie down smoothly and reflect light, giving hair its shine. This is the only protecting layer for your hair. A conditioner can help smooth the cuticle. Most women can tell whether they need conditioner by the way their hair feels, such as dry, brittle, broken ends. Here’s a test to find out whether your cuticle is damaged. Shampoo and condition your hair, then comb it out. If the comb sticks in your hair down toward the ends, your cuticle is either dry or damaged, and you will benefit from a deep-moisturizing conditioner.

  • The cortex ~~The bulk of the healthy hair strand, makes up 90 percent of its weight. It gives the hair texture, strength, elasticity, and color because it contains melanin, or pigment. Some leave-in conditioners with protein actually penetrate the cortex and build up the hair from the inside out. (When you use permanent hair color, it needs to penetrate the cortex in order for it to take).

  • The medulla~~The light, air-filled core. We don’t know just what it does, and some people with fine hair don’t have it at all. Anthropologists think that this might be a throwback to our caveman ancestors, who needed insulation to keep them warm.

  



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