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Hair Care "Do"s and "Don't"s

dos

  • Massage your scalp for a minute—or even better have someone else do it for you—every night before you go to bed to stimulate blood flow to the roots of your hair.
  • After shampooing your hair, rinse with cool water. This makes the hair cuticle lie flat and your hair will look shiner.
  • Apply conditioner to the hair before swimming. Chlorine and salt water dry out the hair.
  • Blot—do not rub—your hair dry.  Rubbing hair can cause the strands to snag and tangle.
don'ts
  • Don’t scrub the ends too much when shampooing your hair.  Excessive scrubbing dries them out and makes them brittle.
  • Don’t pull your hair back in tight ponytails, braids, headbands, or combs for long periods of time because they can break the hair and even cause “traction” alopecia, a type of hair loss.
  • Don’t brush your hair too much when it is wet.  It will snap and break.
  • Don’t wash your hair in hot water. Hot water dries hair just as it dries skin. It also opens the cuticle, which makes it more absorbent to pollutants on the hair and scalp.

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