Add Texture and Shine to Healthy Hair

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Want healthy hair?  Of course you do!  While many of us want healthy hair that has great texture and shine, it doesn’t always seem like it’s all that easy to achieve.  Not sure how to add texture and shine to healthy hair?  You’re in the right place because we’ve uncovered some great tips to accomplishing that yourself.  No, you don’t have to be a hair professional to achieve your hair goals and they don’t have to be that difficult either.  Seriously!  So many women feel like having healthy, gorgeous hair is only for the celebs and professionals of the world but it’s just not the case.

Add More Moisture Into Your Hair
Here’s the deal, you know how your skin needs moisture to really be healthy and glowing?  Well, the same rule applies to your hair.  So often when we don’t have hair that’s shiny and full of great texture it’s because it’s lacking moisture.  That being said, we need to add moisture into our hair ourselves.  One of the best ways to do that is by utilizing conditioning treatments like leave-in conditioners, condition balms, and even through the use of hair masks.  Focus on adding more moisture into your hair, it’s likely craving it and you’ll notice that your hair will bring out its natural texture and shine as you start to give it more of the moisture it needs.

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Give Your Hair a Break Sometimes
We’re all about having fun with styling your hair and trying different hair styles through the use of styling tools and products.  However, to really keep our hair health and add that texture and shine we want we need to make sure we’re giving our hair a break every once in a while.  When we apply heat to our hair every single day it can cause our hair to be put under stress, taking away some of the texture and shine we’re working towards.  Make it a point to give your hair a break and allow it to just be at least one day a week.  Your hair will thank you and be more willing to give you that texture and shine you’re so eager to achieve.

Don’t Add Too Much Product
Listen, we’re all about utilizing hair care products to help you get healthy hair that shines and has great texture.  However, there is such a thing as applying too much product to our hair.  While we encourage you to make use of quality hair care products that are specifically formulated to work with your hair type, make sure you’re not adding too much of the products you’re using and don’t add every single product under the sun to your hair.  Having too much product in your hair can negatively affect your hair’s shine and texture.  Often times it can cause your hair to be too weighed down and create too much product build up on your scalp and hair – keeping the shine away.

Subtle Changes In Hair Texture

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One thing that we may not always realize is that our hair changes as we age. Think about what your hair was like ten years ago…it was likely at least a little different than it is today. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just part of life. When you take a moment to think about the fact that our hair does change, it makes sense because our bodies as a whole change over time as well – it’s really only natural that our hair follows suit. We’re talking about subtle changes in hair textures that we experience, so that you’re prepared for when these changes start to develop in your hair.

The Teen Years
Let’s face it, during anyone’s teen years we’re all going through a lot of changes… both with personality and hormonal. There’s just a lot going on during that teen phase of life. It’s said that because teens are dealing with a lot of hormones in their bodies, it has a major effect on the hair and its texture. In fact, experts suggest that during these teen years, because of the hormones that are being produced, hair grows faster and tends to be a lot thicker at this time in our lives. While that’s an awesome benefit of hormones, hormones also develop sebum more rapidly. The downside of this increased sebum production is the fact that it can lead to hair and the scalp overall to appear more oily and/or greasy.

The 20’s
Ahhh the 20’s… experts suggest this is the time where your hair is likely going to be its best ever. While this is great to know…it can also be affected by some things texture wise that can negatively impact our hair’s appearance. In general, experts have said that many women begin or have been coloring their hair in the 20’s. While there’s nothing wrong with coloring your hair, if you don’t take proper care of your hair it can begin to get very dry from the coloring treatments. In addition, your hair can become dry if you’re struggling with hormonal problems or not getting enough of the essential vitamins in your daily diet. Often the result of lack of vitamins/dryness occurring in the hair it can become dry looking and even begin to lose its natural shine.

The 30’s
Ok, so not to scare you… but experts have said that our bodies begin to shed hair more after the age of 20. This means that by the time we reach our 30’s the increased shedding of hair can become more noticeable and increase even more. Many women begin to notice their hair becoming thinner and more fragile in their 30’s because of the increased shedding as well as hormones that occur after having children (as many do at this point in time). This is a common hair texture change that often leads into the 50’s…some women experience it at different times but typically happens between the 30’s and 50’s.

The 60’s
After many experience thinning hair after their 30’s, once reaching your 60’s those who had/have curly hair will begin to notice their hair becoming straighter. Much of this is a result of thinning hair texture.

All You Need to Know About Hair Texture

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When choosing a hairstyle, there isn’t a single thing more important to consider than your hair texture. Just about everyone has experienced either first hand or knows someone who has hair that is straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky. While this quad of adjectives does describe hair’s texture, these attributes are more-or-less changeable. On the contrary, understanding the attributes of your hair’s width and pattern, which are (for the most part) unchangeable, can help you truly understand your hair’s texture. No matter what shape hair holds – straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky – there is the possibility that is one of the three following widths of texture: fine, medium, or thick/coarse.

These width descriptors – fine, medium, thick/coarse – aren’t used to explain how the hair feels in your hands, rather it describes the thinness or thickness of each individual piece of hair. The standard measurement which is used to determine the width of texture is the thickness of a piece of sewing thread. If a single strand of hair is thinner than a piece of thread, then it is labeled as fine; If a strand of hair is the same width of a piece of thread, it is medium; if a strand of hair is thicker than a piece of thread then it thick/coarse.

So, what does this all mean? Well, a few things really; knowing the width of your hair can help you figure out why your hair “acts” a certain way, and knowing these common hair behaviors can help you style your hair so that it’s always looking its best.

Fine Hair
Typical behaviors of fine hair include not holding styles (i.e. curls) for very long, is easily weighed down by heavy product or too much product, often looks thin, and has a tendency to break easily. While it might not always seem like it, individuals who have “fine” hair texture actually have more hair than those with thick hair. Those with fine hair may also notice that their hair gets oilier faster than others. If you find that achieving volume is a struggle, you should try out either a texturizing powder or a dry shampoo. Both products contain ingredients that absorb oils and bond to the cuticle of the hair, giving it a temporary thickness without weighing it down like most products.

Medium Hair
Typical behaviors for medium hair include the ability to maintain style; a tendency to cover the surface area of the scalp; and it’s typically resilient to breakage. Those with medium hair will find that because their hair is less prone to breakage that it can hold just about any style. One thing that individuals with medium hair may struggle with is dehydration or dryness of the strands. To cure and prevent dry hair you should use a leave in conditioner after washing and get into the habit of using a conditioning mask on a semi-regular basis.

Thick or Coarse Hair
Typical behaviors of thick/coarse hair include a dense, full appearance; the ability to maintain styles with little hair spray; a high heat tolerance; and it is often unwilling to take to chemical hair color. Those with thick or coarse hair may never need extra-hold hairspray, but they do need some sturdy hair elastics. Unlike fine and medium hair, thick or coarse hair contains three layers: the cortex, the cuticle, and (the additional layer) the medulla. Although the medulla is filled almost entirely with air, it’s the protein in its composition that gives it the extra strength. If you find that your hair is resilient to hair color, talk to your stylist about a color compositing shampoo which will prevent the color from fading.