There are some hair commandments to live by that I would like to share. We should pay as much attention to our hair as we do to our clothes and make-up and let's face it, when our hair looks fabulous, we feel fabulous too! Wouldn't it be great to have that just-stepped-out-of-the-salon feeling every day? Well, these hair commandments might help.
1. Thou Shalt Not over-wash
I know this is something that divides readers but many hairdressers and experts agree that you should not wash your hair every day as it strips away essential oils. There are some fabulous dry shampoos on the market and hair can be much easier to manage when it hasn't been washed for a couple of days. Imagine how much time you would save too! This is one of my top hair commandments to live by.
2. Thou Shalt Avoid a Disastrous DIY
Home coloring and home cutting can be cheaper but can lead to disasters and the need to wear a hat indoors. Let's face it, it's best to leave it to the experts who know the precise color that is going to match your skin tone and who can give you a professional hair cut that doesn't look like it has been done by an eight year old! Save the embarrassment of a home color catastrophe and speak to your hairdresser about colors and cuts.
3. Thou Shalt Not Pull Hair Too Tight
Tying our hair back and away from our face makes it so much easier to function throughout the day. However, pulling hair back in the same places and for a long period of time can lead to those dreaded bald patches at the hair line. Give your hair a rest and try not the rock the severe pulled-back ponytail look too often.
4. Thou Shalt Condition Regularly
My hair is super curly and can get super dry. Conditioning treatments for me are a must and they help give my hair that much needed moisture and shine. You don't need to spend a fortune on hair conditioners as you will find some fabulous ingredients in your kitchen. For example, you can make a deep conditioning treatment for dry hair by mixing a ripe banana with two or three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, a quarter of a cup of plain Greek yogurt and one tablespoon of pure honey. Apply the mixture to wet hair and cover with a plastic cap for thirty minutes. Rinse and enjoy your gorgeous shiny hair.
5. Thou Shalt Not over Style
The constant pulling and tugging, application of hair products and heat can take its toll on your hair, leaving it dull, dry and lifeless. Love your hair and give it a rest. Avoid hair products that contain alcohol and detergents as these ingredients are going to strip your hair of its color and vitality. Also, avoid too much heat if you like to straighten and curl. You can actually straighten your hair without heat by mixing a cup of water with two tablespoons of brown sugar in a spray bottle. Spray it onto damp hair and let it dry naturally. There are many ways to create curls in your hair without heat too. See 7 Awesome Ways to Curl Your Hair ...
6. Thou Shalt Accessorize
Our hair deserves some delicious adornments just as much as our ears, fingers, wrists and décolletage. So accessorize your hair with the array of clips and slides available on the high street and online. It can be an easy and inexpensive way to add glamour to your outfit and can also add a little interest to an otherwise boring hairstyle.
7. Thou Shalt Eat for Healthy Hair
Remember, we are what we eat and what we consume can leave its mark on our face, body and hair. There are certain foods you can eat to ensure your hair gets the nutrients it needs. Salmon is rich in protein and vitamin D, which are key nutrients for strong and healthy hair. It is also rich in omega-3, something your body also needs to help make strong hair. If you're not a fan of salmon, have a handful of omega-3 rich walnuts for luscious locks. Foods rich in vitamin C will also help feed those hair follicles. Greek yogurt, eggs, sweet potatoes and oysters are also essential foods for healthy hair, so stock up!
These are some of the hair commandments I live by. Do you have any others?