Hands up if you want glossy healthy hair?! Yep us too! With so many ‘do’s and don’ts’ all over social media on how to get healthy hair, what do we really believe?
When Kim Kardashian’s hairstylist announced to the world that she only washes her hair twice a week, everyone went into shock! How could her hair possibly be so luscious and not a disgusting greasy mess? Dry shampoo has definitely saved our lives in the morning… and we get an extra 10 minutes in bed!
Denman has investigated various different methods and tools to keep your hair healthy and in great condition without needing a personal hairstylist… because not all of us can keep up with the Kardashians!
1. Diet and Exercise
We all know that it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes a balanced diet as well as regular exercise, but did you know that this can also affect your hair? Fresh fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and lots of water will give all the necessary nutrients to your hair.
Exercising can increase the blood flow from our muscles into our scalp which will also carry nutrients. It can help with hair loss; one of the main factors of hair loss is stress, so when you exercise your body produces happy hormones called serotonin. This helps to reduce stress… which helps to reduce hair loss… which will make you feel great!
*TOP TIP* Be careful when putting your hair into a ponytail that the hair elastic isn’t tied too tight around the hair. This may damage the cuticle which can cause the hair to break.
2. Washing and Combing Wet hair
By washing your hair every day or every other day, you are striping away the natural oils from the hair which can cause it to become dry and lifeless. So it’s probably best if you only wash your hair two to three times a week! Some of us are not blessed in this department and our hair can get greasier, quicker than others (everyone is completely different) so it’s good to invest in a dry shampoo to last you a few extra days until your next wash day. It is also extremely important to wash your hair in warm water as this will open the cuticle to allow the dirt and grease to be removed and then rinse in cool water to close the cuticle and add shine and gloss to the hair.
When the hair is wet you should only use a wide tooth comb on the hair. We recommend the Denman DCP6 Rake Comb. Start by detangling at the bottom of the hair and work your way up to the roots. This method is used because it is the direction the cuticle scales lie and therefore it will not damage them when combing.
*Hair Fact* Did you know that as soon as your hair strands leave the scalp, your hair is dead?
3. Quality Brushes are Essential
When it comes to choosing the correct brushes for your hair you want to make sure you invest in the best. Buying a cheap hairbrush will not do you any favours in achieving healthy looking locks; in fact they may even do more damage.
You want to purchase a brush that will not break or fall apart in a few months’ time which is why many hairstylists choose Denman – ‘the hairdressers’ hairbrush’. Not only are Denman brushes manufactured in the UK, but they are also made from the highest quality materials, which means you could have yours for a very long time!
The Denman D6 Be-Bop is one of our favourite brushes and it is amazing to use in the shower. Not only does it detangle long hair but it also great for stimulating the scalp to get the blood flow rushing to the roots, which can result in hair growth and healthy hair. This brush is also great for women who are experiencing hair loss during their pregnancy as it is gentle on the scalp.
When it comes to blow-drying your hair, we recommend the Denman D31 Freeflow brushes. The widely-spaced pins allow you to blow-dry smoothly without catching or tugging the hair which means that it won’t break.
*TOP TIP* Make sure to clean your brushes regularly. Brushes that have excess product build up and oils can carry bacteria. Depending on the hairbrush, you may be able to wash it in warm soapy water and dry away from direct sunlight. The Denman Classic Styling Brushes allow you to remove the pad and pins for a more thorough cleaning process. If the brushes have any air holes, make sure to cover these when washing so the water doesn’t get trapped inside. You can also use the Denman Cleaning Brush which allows you to remove loose hair and dust from the bristles.
4. Coloured Hair and Electrical Tools
With so many fashion trends happening every week such as Glow In The Dark and Rainbow Hair … everybody wants to have the latest style but what a lot of people don’t realise is that it’s the maintenance of the colour which is doing more damage to our hair.
Chemically damaged hair is caused by consistently bleaching and colouring the hair over and over again. It may also be caused by leaving the bleach or colour on too long which will over process the hair making it dry and brittle. The hair shaft can become weak which means the hair can break.
Heat damaged hair is caused by using high heat electrical tools on the hair. This could be straightening, curling or even blow-drying the hair at a temperature that is too high for the hair type. When the hair is damaged by heat it loses its natural oils, damages the cuticle and in some cases it can even harm the scalp.
*TOP TIP* If the hair has been damaged using chemical or electrical tools, it is best to use a shampoo that is coconut or jojoba based which are great for moisturising the hair, and also get it cut every 6 weeks. We recommend the Denman D81 Mixed Boar/Nylon and D82 Boar Bristle brushes as they are excellent for distributing the natural oils evenly throughout the hair especially if it has been over-processed, dry and brittle.
By cutting back on electrical tools, colouring chemicals and learning how to use the correct brushes for our hair type, we can begin our journey to achieving beautiful healthy hair this year… who knows maybe our hair will look even better than the Kardashians!
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