When it comes to exercising, we think of our bodies and our skin. We think about how running, weights and yoga can help tone and sculpt; keeping our skin strong and bodies healthy. Little do we think however, about how we can give our hair a workout.
While it’s not possible to actually physically exercise your locks, you can use a multitude of products that help to strengthen, revive and keep them shiny and healthy. In the summer months, this is especially important when saltwater, chlorine and sunshine can wreak havoc on your hair and leave it weakened and dull.
So, just what is healthy hair, and how do we give it the workout it deserves?
What is Healthy Hair?
Hair health is often something that is overlooked in our busy schedules. While we concentrate on keeping our complexions glowing, we forget to pay the same attention to our locks.
Your hair should always be strong, shiny and bouncy. Healthy hair should have a lustre to it, meaning that it should never look brassy or dull, or have bitty and split ends.
At some point, all of us will experience some degree of hair damage, caused by lifestyle, stress and the environment, but learning what condition your hair is in will give you all the tools you need to combat your particular condition.
My hair is fragile
Fragile hair is characterised by weak fibres, easy breakage and dullness. It can be due to any number of reasons, but overuse of styling tools and environmental aggressors are the leading causes.
It’s easy when you have this condition to mask the damage with heavy treatment masques, but these won’t address the underlying issue. Following a prescribed haircare routine, enriched with the nutrients your locks need will help repair the existing damage and keep your hair protected against any further breakage.
The tug test helps determine how elastic your hair is, to determine whether or not it is fragile. Simply dampen a few strands of your hair and tug slightly. If your hair bounces back to its original length, it isn’t damaged, but if it breaks off, your hair is weak and needs a unique treatment and routine to repair it.
Look for products that use words such as “elastic” and “collagen” as these will be the best ones to repair the broken bonds in your hair. Tigi’s Elasticate Shampoo and Conditioner are great everyday options, as they are infused with Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, which contains Amino Acids to build up the missing protein in your hair and keep it elastic and bouncy. Once a week, pre-shampooing, use the cult Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, which improves the strength and suppleness of weakened hair. You can read more about what makes it so fantastic on our blog.
Finally, use a specially made hair towel to use post-washing, as regular towels are made up of rough fibres, which actually cause the hair to weaken. The Aquis Hair Towel minimises damage by using soft fibres that nourish and condition the hair as they soak up excess water.
Instead of using heat tools, such as hairdryers and styling tools, try letting your hair air dry. This will quicken up the repair process and also strengthen any weakened fibres.