Whether you like to leave the health of your hair in the hands of professionals by frequenting an area salon, or you prefer to tame your tresses at home, you may not be aware of some of the many amazing treatments on the marked aimed at women suffering from follicular woes. Are your locks losing hydration? Are you fighting a losing battle with frizz? Perhaps your hair is starting to thin or turn gray. Or maybe the texture has changed over the years. No matter the problem you’re dealing with on the coiffure front, there are solutions available; so if you’re looking for help with your head, here’s the 4-1-1 on healthy hair.
- What cut can do for you. You might not put a lot of thought into your haircut and how it contributes to the overall health of your hair, but you definitely should. You not only need to select the right cut to flatter your face shape, but also to work with your hair type. Even though you may prefer long hair, all those split ends that result from chemical over-processing can make your length look awfully unhealthy. A shorter cut, on the other hand, will get rid of the fly-aways and make your hair a lot easier to manage. So ask your hairdresser about a flattering cut that is good for you hair and then go for a trim every six weeks or so.
- Color options. Whether your hair is starting to grow in gray or you simply don’t like the mousy brown you were born with, you may be looking for a different color. There are many options both in the salon and at home. Chemical dyes are the most common because they affix to your hair for longer-lasting color. Many now come with intense conditioning treatments to counteract the effects of the harsh chemicals. But if you’re just looking to spruce up your color without all the chemicals, try natural henna. It will fade in a few weeks, but considering that it is free of toxins, you don’t have to worry about coloring more often.
- Thinning. A surprisingly high number of women suffer from thinning hair or outright hair loss, and yet, it is a condition that is rarely discussed. But there is no reason for your appearance to suffer because of it. Although there are OTC remedies (like female Rogaine) that will allow you to treat the condition on your own, there are so many potential causes for this hair loss that at-home treatments likely won’t work for the majority of patients. It is important to make an appointment with a dermatologist, who can make a determination about the cause of hair loss in order to prescribe the appropriate treatment (which may be medical).
- Hydrating treatments. With all of the chemicals we put on our hair (from shampoo and hairspray to dyes and chemical straighteners) it’s not very surprising that many of us experience subsequent damage (brittle hair, breakage, and dryness, for example). So if you want to turn your strands of straw into the shining locks you see on TV, try a hydrating mask. You can go to a salon for a special treatment (hot oil, for example), but for a lot less money you could do the same treatments at home. And if you’re looking for something natural, consider masks made from mayonnaise, olive oil, eggs, and a number of other ingredients. Recipes can be found online.
- Strength and shine. If frizz and split ends are a real problem that you’re having trouble treating, but you can’t afford the pricy salon treatments, try an at-home alternative: liquid keratin. Made from the same proteins that are found in your hair, this solution will bond to individual strands in order to protect them from the heat and chemicals that you bombard them with daily, improving both strength and shine and leaving your hair frizz-free.