How to keep your Hair Healthy

February 4, 2003

Having beautiful, healthy hair is easy when you know how. Michelle Aldridge from shuum hair salon in Brisbane has some tips on how to treat your hair right!

Cleanliness is next to…

Don?t make the mistake of thinking you need to wash your hair everyday. Unless you sleep in an ashtray or wear tonnes of waxy styling products, there really is no need to wash your hair daily.

?Regular washing your hair strips it of essential sebum (hair?s natural moisturiser) and can leave it dry and brittle,? says Michelle.

Oils ain?t oils

If you have naturally oily hair Michelle advises to use a mild, pH-balanced shampoo when you wash. Rubbing the scalp vigorously when washing is another no-no, as this will stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum that will result in lanky, oily-looking hair.

Banish bad hair

Did you know that not rinsing your hair thoroughly is biggest cause of the dreaded bad hair day? ?Try to rinse your hair for an extra couple of minutes after shampooing and conditioning,? says Michelle adding that excess shampoo and conditioner can ?counteracts styling products, leave your hair looking dull, limp and unmanageable.?

A load of hot hair

Blow drying your hair into shape may be a necessary evil, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you are not torturing your hair mercilessly. Michelle explains ?Overheating your hair makes it susceptible to breakage and strips it of shine.? Not exactly the look you were after?

?A better idea is to blow-dry hair until it?s 80% dry and then let it air dry, naturally. Alternatively use a leave-in conditioner or styling product that protects your hair from heat styling,? says Michelle. ?Also, hold the hair dryer at least 30 centimetres away from your hair.?

Clip go the shears

It?s no use washing, conditioning and caring for your hair if you?re walking around with a lot of scraggly old split ends. Maintaining healthy hair means getting a trim every 6 weeks. ?The tip of each hair can be 10 per cent weaker then the root, making it more vulnerable to breakage and split ends. Having the tips trimmed every 6 weeks helps to maintain the condition of your hair and its style.? And that?s what we all want!

Michelle Aldridge is the Creative Director of shuum in Brisbane. For questions about other common hair mistakes email her at

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