How to Maintain Healthy Hair | Style

Published January 26, 2010

With so many different hair types and textures, it is important to know what your hair needs to remain healthy. What works for someone else's hair may not work for your hair; it may even ruin your hair’s health. 

Keep these tips in mind:

Relaxer Timing – “Girl I relax my hair faithfully every 4 weeks.” Setting a definite time span for retouching your relaxer is not always the best. Often times our hair grows different lengths each month.  You may require a relaxer sooner than usual or you may be able to wait a few more weeks.

Condition & Comb – The hair is extremely vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet, so stop fighting with tangled hair after shampooing. Let your conditioner go to work! Keep the moisturizing conditioner in for at least 10 minutes to soften the hair, then comb and rinse. This will make it easier to manage.

Clean Hair & Scalp - Healthy hair goes hand-in-hand with clean hair. Use a moisturizing shampoo that won’t strip the joy from your locks. Squeaky clean is not the goal. There’s nothing like a good invigorating shampoo to get the blood flowing and the hair growing! (Try Pantene's Relaxed & Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shampoo, $8)

Tools – You should have access to all the tools that you need to maintain your hair. Having the proper comb and brush can make a difference in your hair’s health. Be sure to have a comb or brush that can do the job gently without causing breakage. 

Limit Heat – We’ve heard a thousand times that excessive heat is damaging to our hair; but we still seem to reach for the flat iron to get that ‘do just right in the morning.  Instead, you can pin curl or wrap your hair to avoid the morning heat. Bonnets work well too.

Deep Treatments – Aside from your normal hair care regimen, you should treat your hair to an occasional penetrating infusion of what it needs. Add a little heat or oil to your normal conditioner for a deep conditioning comparable to a salon treatment.

Color Maintenance – Women with relaxed hair should be very careful when deciding on and maintaining hair color. Lightened hair especially needs additional therapy above and beyond the norm.  

Trim – When our hair grows from the roots, it’s at its healthiest.  Our hair goes through a lot by the time it reaches the ends when we chemically treat it, curl it and neglect it.  Regular trims keep those damaged ends from splitting.

 

Written by Kenia Prophet

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