10 commandments for beautiful hair
Discover the 10 commandments for keeping hair soft and healthy
Having beautiful hair is every woman's dream. To keep hair shiny, strong and supple, like you see in magazines, you need to follow some simple and effective steps, both for washing and styling.
To help you in your SOS Hair Mission, dermatologist Carolina Reaton Marçon and Natura Brasil's wonderful hairdresser, Gui Cassolari, have written these 10 commandments for healthy hair.
1 - Beauty comes from within
Your diet has a direct effect on the health of your hair and scalp. Eat fruit and vegetables every day to help restore vitamins and minerals, says the dermatologist. "In addition to helping keep your body fit and healthy, a healthy, balanced diet also helps you to have strong, beautiful, shiny hair."
2 - Hot water = damaged hair
A hot bath might be relaxing for your body, but it is extremely bad for your hair. Heat increases the secretion of sebum on the scalp, making seborrhea more likely and increasing hair loss.
Carolina adds that "hot water removes the layer that provides the hair with moisture and natural protection, leaving it dry, dull and frizzy. The ideal is therefore to wash your hair with warm water. And when you take a hot bath in winter, don't spend too long in hot water.
3 - Lather it up, but don't go overboard
The way we wash our hair also affects hair health. "Go easy on the shampoo and don't put it directly onto your head. Divide it between your hands and then apply it to the hair using your fingertips and never with your nails", explains the dermatologist.
4 - Untangle carefully
Using the wrong kind of comb is one of the main reasons for hair breakage. To avoid this, Gui Cassolari advises to "untangle the hair in the shower using conditioner and a wide-tooth comb". The expert explains that is is a must when you have fragile or sensitive hair because it helps reduce hair loss.
5 - Restorative hydration
If you use specific care products to meet the needs of your hair, then you are on the right track to healthy hair. Care masks are perfect if you want to nourish your hair deep down in just a few minutes.
6 - Beautiful and sculpted
Don't overuse your hair dryer, straighteners or curling tongs, as they damage the hair. And it's no secret. Incorrect use of these appliances can dehydrate, burn, and even break hair. To do it right, before styling your hair, remove all excess water with a towel, without rubbing. "Never place the nozzle of the hair dryer directly onto the hair and always dry it thoroughly before using straighteners or curling tongs", says the Natura Brasil hairstylist.
7 - Chemicals on healthy hair
Chemicals can change the texture and colour of hair. But the more radical the change, the greater the damage. "The best thing is to choose a style that doesn't stray too far from the natural structure of your hair and a colour that is closest to your natural shade. This will minimise damage to your hair", says the dermatologist. "If you opt for progressive straightening, space the sessions at least six months apart each time."
8 - The right hairstyle
Varying the way you tie your hair is great fun and a good way to change your look. But when it comes to getting dressed up to the nines, you need to be careful. Gui Cassolari advises to use crocodile clips or fabric ties, as these accessories cause less friction on the hair.
"Tight braids, ponytails and tight buns can damage hair. The strain caused by these hairstyles, especially when it's continuous or frequent, can create enough tension to break the hair or lead to traction alopecia [hair loss].!, says Carolina.
9 - Watch the weather
Adapting your hair care to the weather is a smart move. On warmer days, protect your hair from the sun by wearing a hat and keep your hair well hydrated. "Avoid air conditioning because it dries out the hair and makes it more fragile, so it loses all its shine", advises the dermatologist.
10 - Take advice from the expert, not from your friends
We all know at least one disastrous story about a DIY home haircut or a chemical treatment at home. For more radical changes, always consult a specialist professional. This also applies if you notice anything unusual on your hair or scalp.
"Ideally, you should have an expert make a diagnosis, which will identify the reasons for these changes and tell you the right treatment to follow. There are often hormonal or metabolic changes that need to be controlled in order for hair to grow healthy", Carolina concludes.