Step 1: Use a gentle shampoo.
Many common shampoos contain harsh sulfates that can strip your hair, causing it to become dry and eventually leading to breakage.
Harsh sulfates include:
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- TEA Laureth Sulfate
- TEA Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
These types of harsh shampoos should be used for clarifying only. Using a clarifying shampoo removes excess dirt or buildup, but it’s not necessary for healthy hair. You shouldn’t use a shampoo with harsh sulfates as your regular day-to-day shampoo.
The following sulfates are gentle and will not damage your hair:
- Polyoxethylene Fatty Alcohols
- PEG 80
- Sorbitan Laurate
- Decyl Polyglucose
- Cocamidoprpyl Betaine
- Sodium Myreth Sulfate
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
The best type of shampoo is one that is gentle and hydrating such as Hairfinity Gentle Cleanse Shampoo.
Step 2: Use protein treatments to rebuild hair structure and strength.
When hair is damaged or breaking, its protein bonds are probably broken, causing the hair to lose strength. If the protein is not replaced, the hair will eventually break. A protein treatment such as Hairfinity Strengthening Amino Masque should be used every other week (for chemically relaxed or damaged hair). For healthy hair, a protein treatment should be used every other week, alternating with a moisture treatment such as Hairfinity Balanced Moisture Conditioner.
Step 3: Use moisture treatments.
Moisture treatments help build hair’s resilience and prevent breakage. If protein treatments are not balanced with moisture treatments, dryness and breakage can result. A good moisture treatment for black hair is Hairfinity Balanced Moisture Conditioner. It can be used after your protein treatment, or after every wash. This product is formulated to replenish hair ti its optimal moisture level and improve manageability.
Step 4: Use water-based and oil-based moisturizers correctly.
Your hair may be dry, even if you’re using a variety of moisture products on it. Oils and other moisturizing products that contain petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oil do not moisturize your hair effectively; instead, they seal moisture in or out of your hair. They should only be used to seal the hair and add shine. Water-based moisturizers such as Hairfinity Revitalizing Leave-In effectively penetrate and moisturize the hair. Using an oil such as Hairfinity Nourishing Botanical Oil can serve dual purposes since it contains oils that can penetrate the hair shaft and restore vitality.
To combat dryness, apply your oil-based product after rinsing out your moisture treatment. Use a light oil such as Hairfinity Nourishing Botanical Oil following the application of your water-based moisturizer, to seal moisture in the shaft.
Step 5: Use hair vitamins to promote healthy hair.
Supplements such as Hairfinity Hair Vitamins can help fill in the gaps left by your regular diet and provide the body with the nutrition it needs to grow healthy hair from the Inside Out.
Step 6: Use a wide tooth comb.
Step 7: Use a satin scarf or satin pillowcase for sleeping.
Cotton scarves and pillowcases can absorb much needed moisture from the hair. Satin does not. It allows your hair to retain moisture, while protecting it from friction and damage.
Step 8: Limit heat styling to once a week and use thermal protectants.
Heat styling can damage your hair, especially if you do it too often. When you straighten your hair with heat, you are temporarily altering the protein bonds in your hair and weakening it. A product with thermal protection properties such as Hairfinity Revitalizing Leave-In should be used prior to heat styling.
Step 9: Wear protective styles.
To minimize breakage and retain moisture, try wearing your hair in a protective style at least 3 days a week. Protective styles are those that don’t expose the ends, such as buns and French twists.
Step 10: Properly neutralize after applying chemical relaxers.
When you relax your hair, you need to make sure you properly neutralize. First, wash all relaxer out with water. Then, wash with neutralizing shampoo at least three times. Then, apply the neutralizing shampoo once more, and let sit for 10 minutes. Then wash and proceed with conditioners and styling.
In order to achieve the healthiest hair possible, you need to do the following:
Nourish from the Inside Out – Using a supplement such as Hairfinity Hair Vitamins will help fill in the gaps left by your regular diet and provide your body with the nutrition it needs to grow healthy hair from the Inside Out.
Stop Hair Breakage – By following the hair care techniques in Secrets for Beautiful Hair, you can minimize your hair breakage and allow your hair to reach its maximum length.
Address Any Other Problems that May Limit Growth – Using specific types of products as part of a hair care regimen can help reduce breakage and increase your hair length. Need help building the perfect hair care regimen for your hair? Get a FREE Custom Hair Plan designed for your specific hair needs. Want pinpoint the exact cause of your specific hair problems? Get a Microscopic Hair Analysis and let us analyze your hair in our lab to determine its true condition and provide your with a customized plan to give your hair exactly what it needs.