Hair Care


How to Look After Your Hair

Co-authored by Ashley Adams

Hair can become damaged by many things, from the temperature of your shower to the conditions of your environment. Damaged hair looks and feels brittle and coarse, and can often be more difficult to style. If you want to get your hair looking shiny and healthy, you need only follow a few simple steps, like choosing your hair care products carefully, washing your hair less often, and protecting your hair from damaging environmental conditions.

 Oily Hair

When buildup accumulates on your scalp, the hair follicles get clogged. Hair follicles are what connects your hair to your scalp. In healthy hair, groups of cells attach to the sebaceous gland and muscle fibers. This causes your hair to grow slightly away from your scalp, which is what gives it its fullness and volume that everyone craves. Get the most bounce for your buck.

Dry Hair

The hair and sebum (scalp oil) are naturally acidic between 4.5 and 5.5 pH levels to keep the hair and scalp healthy. When your scalp and hair become too alkali (weak in acidity), the naturally acidic sebum that fights fungi and bacteria on your scalp is stripped away. This enables your hair to become dry, leaving it coarse and difficult to manage.

Color Damaged Hair

Whether you've done heat treatments, coloring, perming, anytime your hair goes through a styling procedure, it gets weakened. For example, the hydrogen bonds between keratin molecules are temporarily broken when straightening your hair. Each time, the keratin molecules get weaker and more damaged. Keratin makes your hair, while melanin keeps the color vibrant and lively. Getting enough nutrients for both is what boosts healthy hair growth and maintains the natural hair color looking young and fresh.

Hair Loss

Apple cider vinegar is packed with highly rich nutrients that are known to keep hair strong, healthy, and beautiful. Vitamins include: B1, B2, B6, C, biotin, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Citric acid is the main antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, which damage the cells, DNA, proteins, and cell membranes. The damages include: speeding up the aging process, causing weaker, thin hair - eventually leading to hair loss.