Stronger Hair And Nails

How to improve the look and feel of your hair and nails. Helpful tips that will save you time getting ready and save you money at the salons.

"Bad Hair Day": the number one complaint that many of us have when it comes to our looks. Sometimes it can't be helped- even the most beautiful people in the world have bad hair days. You are definitely not alone when it comes to this. From frizzy to flat, from oily to damaged- these are only a few of the many -issues- that your hair has. What can be done to help you achieve the kind of hair your have always wanted ? What can be done to help your hair work for you, and not against you ? Learn a few handy hints to make your hair problems virtually non-existent.

For any hair type, there are a few "musts" that need to be done to help minimize those bad hair days.

1. Regular hair cuts. Depending on how fast your hair grows, maintaining your hair in this way prevents many problems. It is much easier to spend a little time preventing hair problems than trying to fix the damage that will happen.

2. Seasonal changes. Depending on what season it is, your hair has different needs. During the summer there are many elements that can dry-out the ends of your hair, but at the same time, the heat increases oil production on your scalp. During the winter static becomes a problem as does potentially dry hair all around. You know when your hair acts up- use the proper products to combat these problems.

3. Using quality products. This doesn't mean buying expensive salon shampoos and conditioners. It means choosing the proper products for your hair type and using it properly. Read the labels and determine the proper products for you. Sometimes product labels promise results that simply do not happen- you will probably have to test a few different products before you can find the one that really does what you need it to do.

4. Working from the inside-out. Because what we put into our bodies directly reflects what we look like on the outside- we need to really consider this fact. Eating properly, taking in essential vitamins and keeping hydrated are important factors for improving and maintaining your appearance. For healthy hair and nails, eat high-quality protein foods such as legumes, nuts and seeds. Eat foods high in Vitamin B, or take a supplement. It's been said so much but, make sure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

What can I do to keep my hair manageable during the winter?

As previously mentioned, getting a haircut to remove the damage done to the ends of your hair from the summer months is the first step. Using a good deep-conditioner and leave-in conditioner are excellent ways to combat dryness and static during the winter months. Since you are also more likely to use a blow-dryer in the winter, a quality heat-protectant spray is an excellent idea to make your hair look and feel soft to the touch. Flattened hair from hats and scarves is also a big problem. Use mousse in the morning and simply reactivate that volume by flipping your head upside down and lifting the roots when the hat comes off.

How should I deal with the damaging summer elements ?

If you plan to spend a lot of time in the pool, make sure you have a good anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner to use immediately when you shower. It is also a good idea to deep condition your hair before swimming- this also prevents damage. Chlorine is very drying and damaging to your hair, so if at all possible, purchase a swim cap to prevent this damage. If this is not an option, assure that you use a deep-conditioner or hot-oil treatment at least once a week. Another good idea is to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to remove the residue left behind from styling products, chlorine, salt and sunscreen. Remember that although you have hair on your head, it is still very susceptible to sunburn. Look around for reliable sun-protection products for your hair, especially if your hair is colored. Experiment with a variety of updo's to prevent the breakage that tight ponytails cause. Try using headbands and clips instead.

What type of brush is best for my hair type ?

Round bristle brushes work best for wavy or curly hair that is straightened. The wider the brush, the smoother your hair will be. Use a flat paddle brush for everyday styling of straight or wavy hair. For curly hair, just use a pick- this will also help minimize frizz.

My hair is flat- what will make it look fuller ?

Use a lightweight shampoo and conditioner- heavier conditioners tend to weigh already-flat hair down. Remove all excess water from hair and use volumising mousse, primarily at the roots. Use a round brush, and as you blow-dry, lift the hair away from the scalp- or just flip your head upside down. A diffuser attachment works well for some hair types. When hair is completely dry, lightly use a finishing spray at the roots and wherever else you wish to maintain the volume.

How do I care for my nails ?

The nutrients that are absorbed in your body are directly reflected in the appearance of your nails. Specifically Vitamin B, calcium and plenty of protein are essential for healthy nails.

Protect your hands and nails from harsh detergents and cleaners by wearing rubber gloves whenever you will be in contact with such chemicals. Be sure to wear gloves while gardening also.

Moisturize nails and cuticles at least once a day, preferably right before retiring for the night.

Give your nails a break from polish- the more your nails are allowed to breathe, the less they will chip or break.

Try applying a hardening polish before you apply regular polish. This way, the polish will be less damaging to your nails.

Biting your nails is not only a nasty habit to have- it makes your nails look horrible. People say that you can tell a lot about a person by their nails: remember this and remember to take care of your nails !

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