7 simple tips from dermatologists to maintain healthy hair.

Change your electronic devices

Is your favorite hairdryer from your college days? Bad news: it’s damaging your hair. In addition to being dusty, the hot air transmission system dries your mane with each use. Your hair is brittle and weakened. Beware: same pattern for your straightening, curling, waffling iron… Garbage! Opt for a recent hair dryer that controls the temperature and adapts it to your needs. The same goes for the straightener, if the plates are ceramic, it’s better. The ideal is still to dry your hair naturally, of course.

Check the ingredients on the products you use

Tired of strolling around the shampoo aisle for hours without knowing which product to choose? Identify your needs (don’t hesitate to ask your hairdresser) and check the ingredients on the products. The must: a protein-enriched formula with some moisturizing elements. And stay away from collagen-based shampoos, conditioners and other hair care products. Not only will they grease your roots, but they may weigh down your dream mane. The key is to pay attention. After all, you do check the number of calories on a chocolate bar, right?

Don’t overdo the dry shampoo

After the gym or as a touch-up before going dancing… we love it. Practical, it slips easily into our bag, and works wonders. Result: we use it all the time. Except that in the long run, dry shampoo can cause residues on the scalp. Dandruff accumulation means inflammation and itching. So to avoid disaster, we stick to our good old shampoo and use dry shampoo only in case of emergency (or delay).

Wash your hair… seriously

If you just lather up your shampoo and rinse quickly, you’re doing it all wrong. No matter how often you shampoo, there’s nothing like a good scalp massage to thoroughly remove any traces of seborrhea that might have sneaked in. Seborrhea is the medical name for dandruff, which frequently results in redness, itching and even worse: hair loss. Take an extra 5 minutes in the shower, and your scalp will thank you, I promise.

Avoid extensions

Do you regret your last hair folly and dream of getting your mane back? It’s true that extensions are a good way to get your hair back… as long as you choose a healthy method that won’t weaken your hair. Exit the clip-in extensions. Sure, it’s very easy to use, but the clips pull on your roots. Result: your hair is weakened and becomes brittle with time. The least aggressive technique is still cold extensions with vegetable glue. Do you want to change without going through an extension ? Patience and food supplements will be your best allies.

Do not rub your hair with a towel

When you get out of the shower, nothing is easier than grabbing a towel and rubbing your mane dry. Tip: break this habit as quickly as you’ve adopted it. Not only does rubbing the cuticle (the outer layer of hair) cause advanced dryness in the ends, but it also weakens the hair and makes it prone to breakage. And all the benefits of your super repair mask will be wiped out in one rubbing. The right move? Gently tap the roots and ends. Your mane may take a little longer to dry, but it will look like a Hollywood star (yes, yes).

Brush your hair… gently

It stimulates scalp circulation and rids your mane of any split ends that might break. Except that there’s no need to detangle your hair roughly, even if you’re running late. Opt for a wide-tooth comb if you can’t wait for your mane to dry, otherwise prefer a flat brush with natural hair (boar’s hair for example). Note: detangle your hair once it is dry (starting with the root of course) to avoid any risk of breakage. If legend has it that you should brush your hair 100 times before going to bed, the reality is quite different. A single stroke is enough, once or twice a day.

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