What to do about dry hair

smiling teen on flower petalsDry hair is never a good thing as dry hair becomes damaged more easily, and will split, break, and be course. The following is a look at what you can do about dry hair:

Tip one: Brush your hair out well each day using slow gentle strokes. This is going to help dry hair because it will keep the pressure off the already damaged ends. In addition it will remove unwanted pollutants and particles from your hair that can cause further damage, and last but not least, it will help to bring the natural oils from your scalp skin down through the strands of your hair. The result will be hair that is not nearly as brittle, a good distribution of oils to keep it from becoming too dry, and a more shiny, lustrous look. All of which are great results.

Tip two: Protect your hair from the elements. Dry hair is often caused by too much sun exposure, wind exposure, etc. So, you are going to want to do what you can to protect your hair from these things, and to reverse any damage. The best way to do this is to first buy a spray on protection product that protects against sun damage. Second, consider wearing hats, wraps, scarves, etc. if you are going to be in the sun regularly or for prolonged periods of time. Third, condition your hair regularly so that it stays moist, consider using a jojoba oil and rosemary mixture. You can buy this, or make one of your own. Lastly, consider using hot oil treatments once a month or so to help replenish the natural oils in your hair.

Tip three: Protect your hair from summer fun such as chlorinated swimming pools, salty oceans, and lots of up-dos. You do this by using anti-chlorine shampoos, shampoos with moisturizers in them, by avoiding getting your hair too wet, etc., by washing your hair and conditioning to get rid of sun screen, salt, sweat, etc. And, lastly, wear your hair down on occasion to give it a break from the strain of always being pulled into a ponytail.

Tip four: Avoid shampoos that are extremely alkaline or that contain alcohol.
These dry hair out further. Instead, opt for natural shampoos, and shampoos designed for your specific hair type, as they generally have ingredients that will help with the dryness that is natural from exposure.

Tip five: Cut off damaged hair. When hair is dry, the cuticle is easier to break, or lose, and thus you get more split ends. If you do not remove them, they continue to split up your hair. So, keep split ends or dead hair cut off. Even if you are trying to grow your hair out, cutting off damage will help, as your hair can’t be repaired with shampoos, etc. It can be strengthened, but once the damage is done, the only way to repair it is to remove the dead hair.

Up-do hair for formal events

teen with an updoIf you have a formal event coming up, like a school dance, a recital, or something else that requires you to dress up and look your best, you may want to consider and up-do. They have a way of helping your look more formal, and they are usually a great look for a busy night as they will stay in place and look good the whole evening, you don’t have to stress about your hair going flat etc.

The following is a look at up-do hair for formal events:

The first thing you want to do is decide what look you want: smooth and sleek, formal curls, classic, what? Once you decide what you want you can continue to have your hair done by friends, family, or a stylist.

No matter what up-do style you choose, you will want to start with clean dry hair. If you do it while your hair is wet, it will not stay in place as well, and if it is dirty, your hair will not look nearly as nice.

In order to do a proper up-do, you are going to need the following items:

  • Plenty of bobby pins in your hair color
  • A flat iron
  • A Curling iron

Once you have everything ready, try the following steps for an attractive up-do great for your formal occasion:

Part left of center. You are not going to want to part straight down the middle, and parting to the left of center is the most classical, and flattering part.

Create an anchor for your hair. Whether you are going to use curls, or go for a more smooth and sleek look, you are going to need a place to anchor the pins, and a place to pull everything. The best way to create and anchor for your hair is to take pieces from both sides and tie them together and pin into place, so that the create a platform to pin other hair to.

teens at a promPiece by piece, get hair in place, and use a small mist of spray to keep it in place. You will want to use your flat iron on the hair so that it sits just right. Work your way through your hair. You will want to alternate between sections on one side of the head and the other so that your hair is balanced at the end. If you are going for the smooth sleek look you will pin hair under, if you are going for the curled up-do, you will want to use your curling iron, create curls, then pin them in place.

For a really fast up do, consider pulling hair into a mid ponytail, and then use a curling iron and pins to create a nest of curls in the back of your hair.

Healthy hair tips for teens

teenager with thumbs upAs a teen, your hair is a big part of who you are. It is part of your outfits, it is part of your personal style, it is part of who you are. So, healthy hair for a teen is a big deal. Without healthy hair, one of the biggest parts of who you are is going to be problematic. The following are some tips for how to keep your hair healthy:

  1. One of the things you should do for healthy hair is avoid harsh shampoos and chemicals. Whenever possible, use natural and organic hair-care products. While other products can get your hair clean and soft, in the long run it will damage it. So, use natural products with the oils and extracts that will keep your hair looking shiny, strong, and beautiful.
  2. Shampoo properly. Shampoo is one of the things you use on your hair most, so use that time as a chance to help you have healthy hair. When you apply your shampoo, massage the scalp, and do it in a circular motion to allow your hair follicles to be stimulated.
  3. Avoid using electric hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons. When possible, you want to let the hair dry naturally. The more you dry, heat, or alter your hair, the more damaged it becomes. The less it is, the better your hair health will be.
  4. Be sure to practice proper diet and nutrition. Good nutrition where you eat good food, and drink plenty of water. The fresher the foods, the better. Eating right and getting plenty of water, is going to help you feel better all around, in addition to giving you healthier hair and improved texture.
  5. Wash your hair regularly. A lot of people will say washing your hair too much makes it unhealthy because it dries it out. However, if you choose the right shampoo, it is actually better for you, because when you put the shampoo on, you massage your scalp, and stimulate the oil glands, and this keeps the hair naturally healthy.
  6. Use shampoo specifically designed for your hair type. If you have oily hair, get natural shampoos that are designed for oily hair. If your hair is dry, get shampoo for dry hair. If your hair is curly, use curly hair shampoo, if it is colored, use shampoo with color protector.
  7. Always rinse with cool clean water when you wash out your shampoo, this will give you extra shine.
  8. Never brush your hair if it is really wet because this is a time when it is elastic, and it can be stretched and pulled to the point where it will break. If you are going to brush wet hair, use a wide-toothed comb is best for wet hair.
  9. Brush your hair well each day to help you remove dirt, pollutants, etc. this will keep it cleaner, and in addition it will stimulate circulation which will increase natural oils. This improves the natural sheen and gets oxygen to the hair and scalp.
  10. Use hot oil treatments, conditioner, and other products that help stimulate the scalp and reduce dandruff or the possibility of dandruff.