Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hair Do's & Don'ts

Making few changes to your hair care routine can do wonders. We all heard of tips and tricks to maintain healthy hair but not all of them are always true. I've teamed up with Madison Reed  to share 10 popular myths and determine whether each of them is fact or fiction. 

1. Color Hair Without Worry? Do it
I've been told numerous times that dyeing your hair damages your hair and that's the main reason why I stayed away from it all my life. However, choosing a healthier hair color is the solution. Avoid hair dyes that contain harsh chemicals such as PPD, ammonia and resorcinol. Madison Reed Radiant Creamy Color doesn't contain any of those but instead it has some ingredients that strengthen and repair your hair: Micropigments, Argan Oil, Keratin, Ginseng Root Extract.
I'm also in the process of dyeing my hair for the first time. I wasn't too sure about the color, so I decided to take Madison Reed Hair Color Quiz to help me decide. The quiz consists of 7 questions and it helps you find the right match for you based on your hair and skin tone. I got matched to Venezia Brown - 4NGV, which is described as natural dark brown with hints of gold.
Photo Credit: Madison Reed

2. Shield Hair from Sun Exposure? Do it
Sunlight doesn't only damage your skin but also your hair. It weakens hair causing breakages and fades color, so use hair styling products with UV protection. 
3. Tie Wet Hair in a Ponytail? Don't
Each strand is weak when your hair is wet because the chemical bonds that hold hair proteins are temporarily broken.
4. Use Heat Protection? Do it icon
Heat from blow dryers, flat irons or curling irons can damage your hair, so make sure to prep your hair with heat protective serums and sprays.
5. Rinse Hair in Cold Water to add shine? Don't
I personally never heard of it but this is not true. Hair cuticles don't open or close due to hot or cold temperatures. What you can instead is use products that will provide shine to your hair. Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss adds gentle shine, conditioning and color refresh. 
Photo Credit: Madison Reed

6. Ease Up the Tension: Do it
Pony-tails, buns or braids that are too tight can strain your scalp and cause hair loss, so instead of pulling back strands drastically, use products that eliminate frizz.
7. Trim Hair Often to Grow Faster? Do it
Get a trim every 6-8 weeks to avoid split ends that cause hair to break and thin out.
8. Dye Hair during pregnancy? Do it
Healthier hair color allows pregnant women to dye their hair. Dr. Jan Hansen, broad-certified OB/GYN, confirms women can dye their hair but advises them to always consult doctor before doing so. 
9. Blow Dry All Winter Long? Don't
Constant drying can damage your hair, so avoid blow drying your hair too often. Simply cover your head during winter if your hair is wet, so you won't feel chilly. However, it doesn't increase your likelihood of catching a cold.
10. Shampoo Everyday if you don't need to? Don't
Washing your hair too often strips away natural oils, which can lead to dry, frizzy and unmanageable hair. It also causes color fading. I used to wash my hair almost everyday when I was a teenager and it really damaged my hair. Ever since I stopped, I noticed a huge improvement in my hair. 

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