General Hair Tips for better Hair Care
Our Stylists say…
Not everyone is born with beautiful hair, but by learning the right hair care facts, you can make your hair look its best.
1.Eat your way to beautiful, healthy hair.
Similar to your body, your hair also needs a balanced diet to stay healthy.
Foods, Vitamins and supplements to help general hair growth
Hair is mostly protein. Our advice to achieving healthy hair would be to eat well balanced diets that include healthy proteins, along with foods high in vitamin B, C, E, A and K.
Your hair will most likely respond well to the addition of high protein foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts. Fish has good protein as well as essential fatty acids and natural oils.
Vitamin B – Green vegetables, beans, sunflower seeds, nuts and peas.
Vitamin C – Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, melons and berries.
Vitamin E – Avocados, rice bran, nuts, dark green vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Vitamin A – Carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, cantaloupe and apricots.
Vitamin K – Seafood, dairy, figs, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, brussel sprouts, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, oatmeal, soybeans, wheat, yoghurt, egg yolks and liver.
Dry & Brittle Hair
The cause of dry and brittle hair is probably a lack of essential fatty acids.
Including plenty of fatty acids from positive sources in your diet can help give your hair back its strength and lustre.
Essential fatty acids can be found in oily fish such as tuna, sardines, herrings, trout and salmon.
Also found in seeds, nuts, olives and avocados. You should try to eat four servings of oily fish per week.
Drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water ever day to keep your hair and body hydrated.
Another nutrient important for hair strength and growth is trace mineral silica. Silica is vital to the strength of hair, and can stop hair breakage.
Foods that are rich in silica are rice, oats, lettuce, strawberry, cabbage, green, leafy vegetables, cucumber,sunflower seeds, celery, parsnips, asparagus, cauliflower and onion.
Greasy & Lanky Hair
There is possibly a lack of vitamin B in your diet.
Include lots of whole grains, nuts, seeds, dairy products, eggs, wheatgrem, legumes and green, leafy vegetables in your diet for a change.
These are all great sources of B-complex vitamins.
Also avoid consuming oily foods as much as possible.
Grey or White Hair
Black sesame seed benefits the body as a whole, especially the liver, kidney, spleen and stomach. Its high oil content not only lubricates the intestines but nourishes all the internal viscera as well. Black Sesame contains polyunsaturated fatty acid, vitamin E, protein, lecithin which are essential minerals for healthy hair.
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the mental factor has much to do with changes in the condition of the hair. The hair starts to turn white or falls if one is burdened with anxiety or is mentally too tired. Our advice is to refrain from being upset easliy, train a strong will, stay broad-minded, optimistic and calm in order to meet the complications of life. This will not only keep your hair in good condition but will help you acheive good physical and mental health.
2. The hair needs acidification and fatty acids.
Acidifiers have several unique qualities.
a) They compact the cuticle layer, which will help reflect light, which in turn gives your hair more shine.
b) It adds a positive electrical charge to the hair which strengthens hydrogen bonds which add elasticity (spring/bounce/body).
c) It make it easier to clean your hair. When the cuticle is compacted, styling products only adhere to the outside portion of the cuticle, so it rinses off easily.it prevents cuticle damage and detangles the hair.
Hair usually receives natural oil from the scalp and neck. Many people who think they have “dry hair” do not.
Dry hair is a lack of moisture not fatty acids. To replace lost essential fatty acids is very easy to do.
Just take a drop or two each time of the REDS Cuticle Repair Complex ($26.80), rub it into your hands, and work it in to the ends of your hair. It helps reconstruct internal strength as it contains protein silicome which instantly smoothens and seals the damamged hair cuticles, giving you that natural bounce in your hair.
3. Don’t choose a shampoo or conditioner because of the fragrance.
Fragrance does nothing for your hair.
Instead, purchase a shampoo or conditioner because it works good, not because it smells good. At REDS, we have formulated a variety of products customised for the different hair types such as ebonded, dry & tangled hair, for permed hair etc. Feel free to drop by our salons to make your enquiries.
4. Prevent damage to hair rather than trying to fix it.
Though we do carry effective products to treat damaged hair, it is preferred that you prevent it. Healthy hair can only be achieved through constant and regular care. For the best results, visit a salon weekly and treat your hair to a good hair wash or get your stylist to reccommend a suitable treatment to nourish your hair.
5. Have a professional colorist do your hair.
Most unwanted hair color disasters are often due to the lack of understanding about the basic hair coloring “laws” and how they apply to coloring hair. Hair colour does not work like paint. It is highly likely to experience undesirable outcomes with DIY colouring especially when you don’t possess the right knowledge. Also, it is easy to add damage to your hair unknowingly by over-processing hair ends.
6. Avoid brushing wet hair.
Use a wide toothed comb. Brush hair only when it is dry. Wet hair is much more fragile and susceptible to damage than dry hair. Fine-toothed combs as well as bristled-brushes, exert a lot of pressure on the wet hair. Thus, causing the wet hair to stretch to a point where it breaks off due to excessive stress.
7. Choose the right hair accessories.
When selecting hairpins, use one with a smooth, ball-tipped surface. Use loosely fitting clips and wear them in several areas of the head to minimise hair breakage. This is to ensure that pressure and friction is not concentrated on one area . Wear a fabric-covered scrunchie as much as possible. Rubber bands or anything that pinches hair is chipping away at the cuticle, and when you remove a rubber band, it takes lots of hair with it.
8. Trim Trim Trim.
Trimming your hair regularly can prevent the formation of split ends or get rid of those that are already there. Split ends doesn’t only make your hair look awful, but also risks your hair of getting completely forayed.And the only effective way to eliminate the split ends is to cut them off. You may want to keep your hair long, but to prevent the splitting from getting worse, the only way to do that is to trim.
9. Use products designed for your hairtype.
You should always buy a shampoo & conditioner that compliments your hair type. It is wise to choose products designed to cater to and nourish your hair. Start by considering your unique hair type. Chose hair products that are specifically designed for damaged, permed, relaxed, or color treated hair.For example, if your hair tends to be dry and brittle, you’ll want to pick a product that infuse moisture and protect hair against damage. On the other hand, if your hair has a tendency towards natural oiliness, lighter moisturisers are often work best.