Luminous vitality – part 2

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Luminous Vitality: Part 2Hair strands have a very complex structure, comprising of the shaft, root, follicle and bulb. But did you know that our hair consists of 91% protein and is made up of amino acid chains? By taking care of your locks properly, you can achieve healthy, shiny hair.

Brush with care

When brushing or combing wet hair, be gentle. Our strands can only stretch a certain amount before snapping. Try using a comb and adding lots of conditioner to help detangle and smooth out knots.

Cool it on the tools

Whether you love sleek straight hair or bouncy curls, to create these looks most of us rely on heating tools – be it straighteners, flat irons, hairdryers or curling tongs. Which, of course, cause hair damage over time. To avoid heat damage, invest in a heat protection spray and try using your tools less. Try Sebastian Trilliant Thermal Protection and Shimmer-Complex R315 or Pantene Heat Defense Gloss Spray R64,99.

Be split end wary

Everyone has split ends. And it doesn’t just happen because of heat damage. As our hair ages, it splits. Visit your hairdresser for a trim every ten weeks or so.

Washing products

Everyone has there own preference and brand when it comes to shampooing and conditioning our tresses. Try stick to a product so that it can have time to work on your hair. Remember not to wash your hair too often, as you will land up stripping your hair from its natural oils. For healthy shiny hair, try Charles Worthington brilliant shine shampoo and conditioner, both R94,99 or Pantene PRO-V Strength &Shine Force Brilliance shampoo and conditioner both R34,99.

Treatment time

If your hair is in need of some TLC, invest in a treatment or conditioning mask you can apply at home once or twice a week. If you’re not a fan of waiting around with product in your hair, ask your hairdresser for a treatment next time you visit them. Try Dr. Miracle’s restorative treatment pack, R44.95, and if you have very dry hair give Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask a go, R79.

Wrap up

Now that you’re on your way to healthy hair, add some shine and nourishment when styling with a smoothing serum, spray and an oil – they’ll control any frizzy or stubborn hairs to. Try Wella Mirror Polish Shine Serum, R199 or Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shine Serum, R94,99. Adding a drop of hair oil will do wonders to your hair. Try Moroccan Oil treatment oil, R380, 100ml or Redken All Soft Argan-6 oil, R320, 90ml.

If you missed out on part 1 of our Luminous Vitality series, we share our steps to glowing skin. Or you can skip to part 3 and learn the secrets to perfect skin, and the role make-up can play in part 4.

IMAGE: YuriyZhuravov/Shutterstock.com

Other articles you may be interested in:
Luminous vitality part 1
Luminous vitality part 3
Luminous vitality part 4

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Heidi G

    Thank you for the tips and the products. I’m trying to grow my hair so this information really helps!

    4 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Lovely tips. I have slightly dull hair and use a ghd… I already use Pantene Force Brilliance shampoo, conditioner and treatment. Wonderful, worthwhile products. Pantene is always good. Will definitely invest in some argan oil. Can’t wait to try out these tips!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I agree good products and oil will help all the way

    5 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Good tips. I always oil and give a self head massage once a week and then put some hair mask, my hair love it and always behave.

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    I do agree with ricebunny, avoid 2 in 1 products.
    Too much heat, too much color is not good of course
    There are vitamins that are now available for slin hair and nails.
    In asia we use coconut oil and apply it on our hair like a leave on conditioner then rinse after a couple of hours, makes the hair healthy and shiny…

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    conditioner is key! never use two in 1s i always leave my conditioner in for 1 hour and trust me you will see a difference after the first time!

    5 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    This article is for caucasian hair,nothing for our stubborn,kinky hair :(

    5 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    love the article. I got very frizzy hair.

    5 years ago •

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