Healthy HAIR is every woman’s dream. Who doesn’t want a head full of healthy strong HAIR? My HAIR is fine and I often struggle with breakage and shedding. Hair grows about .3 to .4 mm/day or about 6 inches per year. With that being said HAIR should be trimmed every 8-12 weeks to reduce hair breakage. There are 3 cycles to hair growth. 1st is Anagen Phase where new HAIR grows, this stage can last from 3-5 years but could be longer for some. 2nd is Catagen Phase where hair begins to transition into a rest phase and is at the end of the growth phase; usually the shortest length in your head and last for a couple weeks. 3rd is Telogen phase where HAIR is no longer growing and sheds; typically last for 3-6 months. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind for strong healthy HAIR.
-You should get a trim every 8-12 weeks to reduce hair breakage. Breakage is what makes HAIR appear thinner.
-Rinsing your HAIR with cold water closes the cuticle to your HAIR so it’s flat and light reflective, not dull looking.
-Stay away from brushing your HAIR when not needed. Brushing causes friction on the hair, leading to cuticle damage and breakage, which makes hair lusterless and frizzy. Brushing should be done to detangle or style.
-Eat enough protein! Iron and protein are important for HAIR health. If you’re active you need more protein then one who’s inactive.
-Check your vitamin levels and take supplements if needed. Iron levels are important for healthy HAIR. Women often develop iron deficiency because we aren’t getting enough. Due to normal monthly menstrual blood loss, iron deficiency anemia can develop.
-Never flat iron your HAIR wet. Wet HAIR is more likely to have breakage because it’s in a fragile stage.
-Moisture! If you have colored treated HAIR you should apply a protein conditioner on your hair followed by a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment.