The ABC’s of Hair

By Rachelle Thomas

A Is For Avocado

Yep, that’s right.  Mash a ripe avocado together with an egg and apply it to wet hair.  Avocados are rich in vitamins and help restore luster to your hair.  Leave on for a minimum of 20 minutes and rinse.  Do this once a week for damaged hair and once a month to maintain healthy hair.

B Is For Beer

Need some life in your hair?  Flat beer gives your hair body, so the next time you have trouble finishing a can of beer, keep the leftovers and use as a hair tonic since the proteins found in beer coat, rebuild and repair damaged hair.  It’s easy.  Shampoo and rinse hair as usual.  Pour a flat warm beer on your hair and work it through.  Rinse with warm water and viola, you’ll have instant body and shine.

C Is For Combs

Combs have been around for thousands of years, but a bad quality comb can do more damage to your hair than good.  Make sure if you use a comb you choose one that has wide-teeth which is specifically designed for detangling clean hair.  Make sure it’s seamless to avoid snagging your hair while combing.  Small, fine-tooth combs are best for smoothing and finishing short or straight layers.

D Is For Dandruff

These white flakes should come from the sky and not your head.  For a home remedy, after shampooing, rinse hair with a mixture of half natural apple cider vinegar and half water.  This also leaves hair extremely shiny.  There are also specially formulated shampoos to treat dandruff like Head & Shoulders available in your local drugstore.

E Is For Egg

Eggs aren’t just for breakfast-they can help add protein to your hair, making it strong.  Crack an egg and mix one into your shampoo.  Cover your hair with a shower cap for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.  Be careful not to rinse with hot water or you will have scrambled eggs in your hair which can be difficult to remove.

F Is For Frizz

Hair becomes frizzy when it’s depleted of its natural oils.  It is tough to control and makes you look disheveled.  Well, no more!  If you can, try to wait a few days between washing your hair, use a moisturizing hair conditioner, leave in hair treatment and anti-frizz finishing products.  If you’re away from home, tuck a fabric softener sheet into your purse and use it to wipe down hair strands and keep those pesky frizzies at bay.

G Is For Gray

When you look in the mirror and find another gray hair, you have two choices.  You can embrace them or hide them since there’s unfortunately, no way to prevent them.  If you just have a few strands that stand out, try a hair mascara which you can find in your local drugstore.  If you  have lots of them, see your stylist for a semi-permanent hair color that matches your natural color to mask them in-between colorings.

H Is For Hairspray

Minimize use of hairspray as it can make your hair flat and weigh it down.  A soft hold hair spray gives your hair a soft, flexible hold, whereas a medium hold hairspray provides flexible styling and finishing.  A firm hold hair spray provides long-lasting firm hold as its name implies.  Using a hairspray that contains panthenol helps moisturize hair follicles and protect hair against the effects of the environment.

I Is For Ions

Ions are atoms that have gained or lost an electron and bear a charge of energy.  Positive ions are found in dust, smoke and other toxic substances and are considered unhealthy.  Products like an ionic flat iron and hair dryer use negative ions to heal damaged hair.  Use ionic products in your hair care routine to help renew, repair and revitalize hair.  The results are immediate and give your hair a softer, smoother and shinier finish.

J Is For Juice

Who knew these juices provide all kinds of nutritional benefits to hair?  Drinking carrot juice helps provide healthier looking hair.  Wheat-grass juice turns gray hair back to its normal hair color again.  Rubbed into the scalp before shampooing will help repair damaged hair and alleviate itchy scaly scalp conditions like dandruff.

K Is For Keratin

Your hair is primarily made of keratin which is also responsible for the elasticity of your fingernails.  It is the protein that helps protect your hair.  Without enough protein for keratin, hair grows more slowly, and individual hair strands that do grow are weaker.  By eating foods like gelatin and keeping hair moist, it can grow out while still remaining healthy.  There are also products containing keratin you can use to help improve the condition of damaged hair.

L Is For Layering

Layering changes the thickness of the hair, creating a thinner or thicker appearance.  Layering gives the hair a fuller appearance with more texture and movement.  Coarse hair, followed by medium hair, is more suitable for layering than fine hair, which can tend to look thin and wispy when layered.  Layering often brings out a person’s eyes, lips and other facial features by framing the face.

M Is For Modern

Your hairstyle says a lot about you and who you are.  Choosing the right one just might help you land that new job or make you a hit at your next event.  Your hairstyle can look trendy whether you wear it short or long, as long as it has a modern, updated cut.  So if you’re still sporting that do’  from the 80’s, trade it in for an updated style and make a big impression.

N Is For Nourish

If you’ve tried every shampoo, conditioner and styling product hoping for thick, shiny hair, you’re going about it all wrong.  Healthy hair begins from the inside.  The truth is, eating the right foods will not only help you feel great but give you healthy hair as well.  Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and get on the road to luxurious locks.

O Is For Olive Oil

The benefits of olive oil for the body, skin and hair are endless.  It’s not only good for cooking but makes a great moisturizer as well.  So if your hair is as dry as the Mohave Desert, add some moisture to it by warming some olive oil and apply it to your hair.  Cover hair with shower cap, wrap in a warm towel and set for 45 minutes, then shampoo and rinse.

P Is For Pantyhose

If you’ve got an old pair of pantyhose lying around that no longer fit or have snags or runs, don’t throw them away.  Instead, recycle them into hair ties or scrunchies.  Just cut strips around the waist band and use to wrap around hair.  They’re an inexpensive alternative to rubber bands which can damage strands and lead to breakage.

Q Is For Quick

Taking care of your hair and maintaining its strength, softness, shine and manageability can take a lot of time and work.  But not anymore.  All you need is a few ingredients you can find right in your own home and a little bit of time.  Try this quick hair mask for dry, damaged hair and return your hair back to its natural, beautiful state quickly.  Mash one banana and mix together with one whole egg, three tablespoons of honey, three tablespoons of milk and five tablespoons of olive oil, and apply to hair.  Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes and shampoo out.

R Is For Roots

If you’re trying to hide your roots between colorings, change your hairstyle or zigzag your part line.  If that doesn’t do the trick, pick up a root touch up kit at your local drugstore to mask roots.  You can also use mascara or even eye shadow that matches your hair color to cover roots in an emergency.

S Is For Split Ends

The cure to split ends is to prevent them from happening in the first place.  Don’t over brush your hair and never when it’s wet.  If you have tangled hair, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle from the ends up.  Don’t use rubber bands or barrettes as these can lead to split ends and breakage.  And last but not least, a trim is your best solution to get rid of split ends quickly.

T Is For Towel

Always towel-dry wet hair until it is only slightly damp.  This will help cut down on the blow-drying time and ensure that the hair products you are using in your hair don’t get diluted by excess water left in your hair.  This is not only a time saver, but you can avoid over damaging your hair with heat.

U Is For UV

UV, or ultraviolet rays, can ruin your hair color and be harmful to our hair and scalp.  To protect your hair from the damaging effects of UV rays, wear a hat when outside and condition every time you shampoo.

V Is For Vitamins

You need vitamins and minerals for healthy hair growth.  Vitamins not only rejuvenate damaged hair follicles and promote healthy growth, they give your scalp nourishment and aid in the repair of dry and damaged hair.  Vitamins A, C, E, Biotin, Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), B6 and B12 are good vitamins for your hair.  Make sure you’re eating foods containing these vitamins to help maintain healthy hair.

W Is For Water

Everyone knows water is good for the body but did you know that drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water each day will help to keep hair hydrated, flexible, soft and shiny?  And that’s not all.  It also helps you maintain healthy skin, cleanse your body of toxins, keep your energy levels up and reduce your risks of illness.  So drink up!

X Is For eXtensions

Hair extensions are hot right now, that’s why you see so many celebrities wearing them.  They’re not only fun and fashionable but are a way to add length and provide volume and shape to hair.  There are many different types of hair extensions available including weaves, clip-in, and adhesive based fusion.  Clip-on hair extensions are a temporary way to change your look since they’re removable.  To find out which type is best for your hair, consult a professional.

Y Is For Yoga

Believe it or not, yoga can add years to your life and the life of your hair.  Inverted yoga postures like Downward-Facing Dog, Standing Forward Bend, Shoulder Stand, Head Stand, Camel Pose, Cobra Pose, and Cow Pose are believed to help keep hair healthy and said to convert gray hair back to its natural color, due to the increase in blood supply to the hair follicles in the scalp.  Increased flexibility of the neck gives the head an even greater blood supply to the scalp which helps the scalp muscles relax, resulting in better nourished and thicker, healthier hair.

Z Is For Zzz’s

Sleep is not only good for your mental and emotional being but good for your hair too.  When you’re sleeping your body is working to repair damage to both your body and hair, so get lots of it.  To help to achieve maximum hair health, try sleeping on a satin pillowcase.  This will stop your hair from rubbing as you sleep and control fly-aways that contribute to static and frizz.













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