Hair 101: Everything you need to know about your tresses
Our relationship with our hair is a lot like our relationship with people. The more you get to know them, the better you understand them and their behavior, and thus, the better you’re able to take care of them. Hair is actually more complicated than we think. It’s important that we learn everything we can about it so we know what hair care routine to follow and how to effectively resolve different hair problems.
As you can not really sit your hair down for a heart-to-heart talk, we’ve made a list of hair facts that we thought you should be aware of. We also threw in a bunch of hair care tips to help you have a better relationship your tresses. We hope you’re taking notes!
Everything you need to know about your hair
1. A single strand of hair has a lifespan of about three to five years
So if our hair is going to last that long, we better make sure we keep it healthy all the days of its life. A sick, damaged hair is not much fun to be around.
2. Hair is made up of a tough fibrous protein called keratin
Our diet affects the health of our hair just as much as it does the rest of our body. Protein is the building block of each strand of hair that we have; And if we’re not getting enough protein from our daily food intake, our hair becomes weak and grows more slowly. This could lead to further hair problems including hair loss. To keep your strands healthy and fuel hair growth, have a well-balanced diet that is rich in protein as well as other vitamins and minerals.
Editor’s Tip: Give your hair the extra protein that it needs by pampering it with keratin treatments every once in a while. If having it done at the salon is too much hassle or expensive, you can try an at-home treatment like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask. It nourishes hair and infuses keratin from root to tip. You can learn how to apply at-home keratin treatments here .
3. Hair grows faster in warm weather
Higher temperature stimulates hair growth, so you definitely were not imagining things when you felt like your hair always seemed to grow faster in the summer. So if you want a few inches added to your locks quickly, hang out in warm places.
Editor’s tip: Not getting enough sun to grow your hair a few inches? Not a problem. Sun’s not the only solution! Wash your hair with Sunsilk Strong & Long Shampoo, which deeply nourishes your hair to be strong as it grows!
4. Hair is a great indicator of your overall health
Your hair knows what you did (and did not do) last summer – and your whole life, actually. It keeps a record of everything that ever went into your bloodstream. So the rest of your body can not really keep anything from your hair. That being said, the condition of your hair reflects your lifestyle. So if you ever notice that there’s something off with your hair, do a lifestyle check.
5. Hair is most vulnerable when wet
That means wrapping it around your towel after a bath or vigorously rubbing and brushing it post-shower can cause serious damage and breakage. Gently squeeze out excess water and blot-don’t rub. Then, start detangling from the bottom and work your way up. This is also the reason why you should never tie your hair when it’s wet.
Editor’s tip: Always use conditioner after washing your hair with shampoo. Cream Silk Damage Control Conditioner has Fiber Repair Complex which is specially designed to repair weak and damaged hair. It protects hair from and make it more resilient to damage.
6. Your hair hates it when you wear a ponytail overnight
Hair ties (even the ones made of fabric) create tension and cause stress to your strands and scalp. Leaving your locks locked down with it for several hours can definitely break and damage your hair. So let your hair down during bedtime to give your tresses a break.
It’s great knowing all these things about your hair so you know what to do and what not to do. We’re all after beautiful, healthy hair, and achieving that begins with how you treat your tresses. Now that you know your strands better, you can move on from your getting-to-know phase and start living happily ever after!