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  • Writer's pictureKatie Hallberg

Hair Care 101

Did you ever hear that you inherit your hair from your dad? I don't know where I picked that up or if there is any truth in that DNA inheritance. My dad has good hair in his mid seventies and I have always been complimented on mine.

Hair is made of keratin and you have about 100,000 hair strands, with about 1,000 strands per square inch on your scalp. Your scalp is part of your body’s largest organ, the skin, and it produces sebum to condition hair strands for added strength and natural luster. Both hair and scalp need clean hair care products for a healthy outside, and balanced nutrition for support from within.

How I keep my locks flowing and growing:

  1. LET IT GET DIRTY - I lose count sometimes on how many days it's been since I last washed my hair. Yes, even in the humid hot summers of Austin, TX. Frequent shampooing will strip your scalp of natural oils. If you give it some time in between, your scalp can regulate to maintain it's natural balance. Sometimes I will need to rinse out the sweat and use conditioner. Other times I blow dry that sweat right in there. Who needs sea salt spray!!!

  2. DONT BRUSH WHEN WET - Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers. The hair is most vulnerable when wet. Water makes hair swell from the inside, which forces the cuticle up. "When that happens over and over again, you get frizz and breakage," says cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller.

  3. SAVE YOUR T-SHIRTS - the flat texture of a cotton tee is best when wrapping up wet hair. You can put the towel over the shirt.

  4. USE GOOD PRODUCTS - What we put ON your body is as important as what you put IN. So don't lather yourself and hair chemicals like artificial fragrance, parabens, sulfates (that make it sudsy) and silicone forms an artificial layer on the hair strands. I am a brand influencer for and use these products.

  5. EAT GOOD FOOD - You literally are what you eat. "Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well." says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City. If you need help cleaning up your diet email me "Clean Eating"

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