Dr. E. Antonio Mangubat: Hi! I'm Dr. Tony Mangubat with The Hair Foundation. Today, I'm talking about hair care and maintenance tips before hair loss occurs. Let's talk about keeping healthy hair looking its best.
There are everyday things that you can do to keep your hair healthy, and that you probably take for granted. Take care of your hair like you do your skin, keep it clean, avoid over styling or processing, and protect it from environmental damages like UV rays and pollution.
When washing your hair, be careful not to wash your hair too frequently. And when you do, place shampoo on your scalp and lather it up; let the shampoo run through your hair. A clean scalp can help prevent hair diseases. If you have an oily scalp, you may have to wash more frequently to prevent that dull looking sheen on your hair.
Use conditioner on the ends of your hair, not on the scalp to prevent extra oil. You should also select a shampoo and conditioner combination. It doesn't have to be expensive; based on your hair shape; curly or straight, and your hair condition; damaged, fine, or frizzy, to target potential hair problems that can come naturally based on your hair type. Where I have to protect hair from ultraviolet radiation or put a spray on UV protector to prevent hair from drying out.
Sometimes based on how we've treated our hair, too many permanence and/or colorings can cause chemical damage. You'll cause dried out, dull, frizzy hair that won't hold its style, and it will appear limp and damaged. One way to combat this is to stop drying or perming your hair, and go natural.
You can also use products with Dimethicone, which is a silicone base that makes hair shiny and slippery. Hair serums perform similarly and they can also be applied with a few drops and rub through your entire hair.
Now maybe your hair damage is from too much heating and drying, damaged hair can't be repaired. So it will have to be trimmed and re-grown. How can you prevent this? Just let your hair air dry, or just stop using the heat source that causes the damage. If you still want to dry your hair, then start using the lowest heat setting on your dryer. There are also hairdryers that come with lower heat settings.
Sound easy? Well, simple tasks and a little TLC will help you achieve healthy hair. Treat your hair like you do your health or your mental well-being. For more information, visit our website hairfoundation.