Five Commandments To Great Hair

Tracee Ellis Ross is a hair goddess 

Long, short, curly or straight the key to great hair is healthy hair. As someone who believes they were a hair stylist in their past life, there are five key components to great hair and it has nothing to do with a budget, although an extra $10 a month can go a long way to having lavish locks like your Fairy Hair Sister. I'm no pastor but I do like to get a little preachy about having the Oh Diane look.Take a look at what I believe are the five commandments to great hair.

1. Get Deep
If you don't have a hair mask, intensive treatment or hair conditioner in your arsenal, go out and get one right now. Weekly treatments don't just give you an excuse to run around the house and sing Beyonce for 30 minutes but  by using a fortifying moisturizing hair mask like Kerastase Nutritive Masque Nutri-Thermique penetrates the hair follicle and provides moisture from roots to ends restoring your hair to a more healthier state with nutrients and oils.

2. You are What You Eat
A healthy balanced diet rich in Vitamin B, Iron and Biotin are the secret to shiny full locks. Eating foods such as walnuts, kale, salmon and eggs will help to provide your digestive system with the  correct vitamins to achieve shiny and strong locks.  If you are unable to get all of your vitamins in your diet, I suggest you go for a supplement such as Nature's Bounty  Hair, Skin and Nail  Gummies, a daily vitamin that contains Biotin as well as Vitamin C a formula found to give  you healthy hair.

3. It Begins With the Ends
Nothing worse that split ends but they are unavoidable, they are the oldest parts of our hair and old things don't hold up as well as new. The key to decreasing split ends begins with keeping them healthy. In addition, to those deep treatments, I suggest a weekly ends treatment of just coconut oil, just on the ends left on overnight and washed out in the morning. The coconut oil penetrates the ends and decreases the amount of split ends.

Along with the coconut oil hack, a dust trim every 6-8 weeks is necessary to maintain your ends. I trim my own ends at home and after washing use a Leave-In that will help frayed ends such as TRESemme Split Remedy Leave-In Split End Conditioning Treatment which reduces split ends by up to 80%.

4. Protect Yourself From Heat
My mother is a huge advocate of avoiding heat on your hair at all cost. Flat irons, curling irons as well as blow dryers, can dry your hair out and create thinning as well as breakage. Decrease direct hair with wet sets, air drying as well as pin curls and the use of rollers to create various styles. If you must use heat, use a heat protect ant like Aussie's Heat Protecting Shine Spray. Protectants create a barrier from the heat styling tool and the hair shaft, locking in moisture and protecting the follicle.

5. Don't Snap, Crackle or Pop
Combing and Brushing can create havoc if done incorrectly. If you have curly hair, stay away from wet brushing and no matter what your length and texture comb from the ends up. Also, that whole brush 100 times a night, is a wive's tale. Keep your brush strokes limited to about 10, just enough to stimulate your scalp and shed old hair. The  ghd Paddle Brush, is great for daily styling.