Believe it or not how you treat your scalp is directly related to how strong your hair is.This means cleaning your scalp and paying attention to any scalp ailments or irritation that you might have.
Pay attention to scalp health by using oils(affiliate link) that not only encourage hair growth but that keep your follicles very healthy. When your hair starts off very strong it is easier to maintain that strength throughout the life of the strand.
Finger detangling is popular for a reason; combs and brushes wreak havoc on your hair’s cuticles even if your hair is straight. If you must use a comb ensure that the comb is a wide tooth comb(affiliate link), and if you must use a brush ensure that the bristles are not close together.
Any device that can strip the hair strand will lower your hair’s tensile strength so finger detangling helps you to avoid damage that tools can cause with one stroke on your hair.
Avoid Certain Ingredients
Your product ingredient list, is your best friend, there are certain ingredients that can strip your hair causing it to be detrimental to your hair’s elasticity.
Chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate, often found in regular shampoos, isopropyl alcohol, and diethanolamine are all harmful to your strands. Try to choose products that are as natural as possible and that are chemical free.
Protect Your Hair From The Sun
The sun can have harmful effects on our skin and on our hair. Heat and UV rays weaken the hair strand and will lower its elasticity over time.
Wear a hat when you know that your hair will be exposed to the sun for long periods of time, try sunblock for your hair or use a natural oil with SPF, anything to keep your hair protected daily.
Avoid Heated Styling Tools
Just like the sun, curling irons(affiliate link), flat irons(affiliate link), any kind of iron(affiliate link) or heated device that is applied directly to your hair can break it down and make it weak. If you are a straight haired natural then protein treatments cannot be left out of your regimen.
Direct heat breaks down critical layers of the strand to get your hair straight and sometimes your hair will remain permanently straight as you lose protein from heat styling. This is called heat damage and the only way to combat it especially if you prefer your hair curly is to cut off the straight ends and start over.