It's Your Hair, Take Good Care of It

Written By Wilfredo Allen on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00 PM

As women, we don't need to be told about the merits of taking good care of our bodies, including our hair and scalp. Healthy hair is an indicator of a healthy body so it is important that those of us with thinning hair take notice, examine our diets, personal grooming habits and lifestyle, and strive to take better care of ourselves. Ensure that you do everything you can to improve your overall health and avoid creating situations such as diets and stress that lead to more hair loss.

Keeping your scalp and hair healthy requires more than just washing and conditioning your hair with just any available product, especially when you are in the process of losing it. These are some things you can do in addition to normal daily care to keep your remaining hair healthy and looking its best.

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* Consult an experienced hair stylist to select a style that accentuated your natural facial features and minimizes your thinning. Discuss keeping it short (as short hair has more bounce) with bangs and layering around the face. These features give the illusion of more hair in the front and gives shape and movement to thin hair, adding volume in the right places.

* Use a mild shampoo with a minimum of chemicals ingredients and use a clarifying shampoo from time to time to remove build-up and reside. If your hair is oily, shampoo every day to remove the excess sebum produced in your follicles. Massage your scalp while shampooing to help promote circulation in the scalp. Condition, rinse well, towel dry and, using a coarse comb or brush, blow dry on a warm or cool setting only.

* Use a conditioner suited to your type of hair, ask your stylist to recommend one if you need help. Conditioners coat the hair and besides protecting it from damage due to brushing and blow drying will temporarily increase its volume. Use a lighter conditioner with fewer ingredients to pump up the volume.

* Use a good quality root lifter to help your hair stand up at the scalp and a volumizer to thicken the hair shafts and make your hair look fuller.

* Avoid any hairstyle or styling technique that pulls and holds your hair tightly. The constant pulling action of ponytails, buns, braids, cornrows and even rollers and curling irons may eventually lead to permanent hair loss in localized areas.

Taking care of ourselves and making the most our thinning hair is important for us to feel good. Using good quality professional products including a cosmetic enhancer to thicken you hair can help do just that!

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