Help Your Hair Grow
Experts often suggest that the best way to get healthy hair or help your hair grow faster, is to wash less often and stop using styling tools whenever possible. However, this advice is not very practical for many people.
The natural oils in your hair help to keep it looking shiny and healthy but many traditional shampoos strip these oils away. Instead, look for products that thicken the hair instead of stripping natural oils. Terms like anti-breakage, restorative, or renewal are often used on these products.
Our top choice: L’Oreal Paris EverStrong Reconstruct Shampoo
2. Super-absorbent towels:
Twisting and rubbing your hair with a terry cloth towel can do a surprising amount of damage. Instead, choose a microfiber towel for gentle and more effective drying. Because these towels soak up water quickly, they are great at protecting your hair from unnecessary trauma.
Our top choice: Sephora Aquis Microfiber Hair Turban
3. Heat-protecting spray:
Flatirons can reach temperatures up to 410°F meaning that it is not hard to damage the hair with repeated usage. In order to protect the hair from burning many people cover their hair in a layer of silicone that prevents heat from damaging the surface. This will keep your hair much healthier looking and prevent the damage and wear that slows growth and requires more frequent trimming.
Our top choice: Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
4. Less-damaging hair color:
Most boxed hair dyes include small amounts of ammonia and peroxide which not only smell bad but also strip your hair of moisture and natural oils. Instead, look for dyes that do not contain these harsh chemicals. New salon dyes have been introduced that can create a dramatic color change without any acrid odor or stinging of the scalp. In many cases these new dyes are also more resistant to fading than their harsher cousins.
Our top choice: INOA from L’Oreal Professsionals
5. Deep conditioner:
Deep conditioner is the best way to repair the damage done by heat treatments such as flatirons and hair driers. Many deep conditioners leave behind a film which soothes damage and hides dryness. For best results, deep conditioner should be used once a week and allowed to soak in.
Our top choice: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment for Dry Hair
6. Ionic blow drier:
Heat from normal blow driers can make hair feel like straw but ionic driers emit charged particles instead of heat. Not only does this greatly reduce drying time and cause less damage to the follicles, it also encourages the cuticles to lie flat instead of sticking up or trapping static electricity.
Our top choice: T3 Featherweight Professional Hair Dryer
7. Silicone-emitting flatiron:
Most flatirons will make hair feel silky but the heat can actually cause small cracks in the cuticle that leads to breakage and split ends. Instead, look for plates with a porous ceramic coating that emits silicone-based conditioners. These flatirons have been shown to eliminate frizz better than ceramic irons and will be gentler on your hair.
Our top choice: Remington Style Therapy Frizz Therapy Flatiron
8. Gentle brush:
Using a rough brush with stiff, wiry bristles can also damage hair and a metal brush can heat up while blow drying, causing further damage to the cuticles. Opt instead for a rubber paddle brush with synthetic bristles.
Our top choice: Goody Start Style Finish Frizz-Free Finish brush
These are some of the very important products that you may need to keep in your bathroom. Other than these, quality bath and shower accessories give the perfect finishing touch to your bathroom.
Mark Clair is a 46 year old interior designer, decorator and planner. He is a prolific writer and enjoys putting his thoughts into words on pretty much anything around that evokes an interest in him. Happily married and the father of a new born girl, Mark is now exploring the many little joys and challenges of parenthood. For more information, follow him on twitter.