One of the biggest assaults on American hair is that it is truly overwashed, overtouched and overheated. We emerge from our teenage years with acne prone skin habits that we stick to for way too long. As we enter the threshold of 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, our bodies inevitably change and so must our regimens and the products that we use. If we aren’t having crazy adolescent hormones, why do we keep washing our hair daily like we are still 13?
As a haircare manufacturer, it may seem counterintuitive to recommend that people wash hair less, but we know that it’s the best thing for healthy hair. It’s challenging to accept that the simple concept of washing hair everyday – may be unhealthy and damaging but it is because it strips away natural oils that keep hair and skin balanced. To ensure that you are not overwashing, start by washing every other day and research hydrating shampoos which high quality ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Arginine that gently clean without SLS and parabens. Just to give you a visual, most cheap shampoos are no different from car soap!
Our medical advisor and consulting dermatologist, Dr. Doris Day, advises everyone to “keep hands away from your hair.” Why? When people are concerned about hair loss, they unconsciously touch their hair more, inhibiting hair growth. One of the biggest things we see for people who have thinning hair is that they are always touching their hair!
Do you crank up the heat on your heat tools to the higest level because it’ll make styling faster? Well, it’ll dry, break, and damage your hair faster too. 350 should be the max temperature you should heat your hair, so dial back and your hair will thank you. Curl & Frizz expert Rudy Pena tells clients, “When blowdrying your hair, keep nozzle of your blowdryer a few inches away from the hair so to safely dry hair without burning it.”
Bottom line: stop taking your hair for granted, and start taking care of it because the hair factory will slow down and change gears. Let’s all be a little more proactive because like skin, your hair ages too, and it’s never too early to start taking better care of your hair and repair damaged hair.