Take care of your overall health. Hair is an ever-growing tissue affected by our physical well-being. Diet, particularly getting enough protein and iron, is vital to hair health. Stress can accelerate shedding, particularly in the shower. And a medical condition, such as a thyroid problem, could also cause hair issues.
Protect your Vietnam hair during the summer. Repeated sun exposure will leave your hair damaged and dry while fading your dye-job. Cover up whenever possible, throwing on a wide-brimmed hat or wrapping a scarf around your mane.
Tend to your scalp: Applying a weekly scalp mask, which exfoliates and moisturizers. These typically contain ingredients like aloe vera and help minimize flaking while soothing the scalp. It gives you a head of hair that you want to touch, that’s luxurious and full of life.
Keep an eye on Macsara ingredients. Eyeball shampoo and conditioner labels before heading to the checkout line. If a product contains more than two detergents—like sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium Laureth sulfate, or ammonium lauryl sulfate—it could strip your hair.
Tie your ponytail too tightly. They’re convenient and cute, yes, but they could lead to traction alopecia or hair loss caused by styles that pull on your scalp. Instead of tying tightly, aim for loose braids, buns, and ponytails, and let your hair down before going to sleep at night. And if you must go the ponytail route, alternate the way you put it up—tie it low one day, high another, to the side the next—so you’re not always stressing the same strands.
Overdo the appliances. Even if they’re pricier, invest in good Vietnamese hair tools. Make sure they offer different heat settings and, in the case of flat irons, display the temperature. Hairdryers should have a diffuser to help distribute heat more evenly. Still, it’s best to let your hair dry naturally whenever possible. Reserve dryers for special occasions, and keep the air cool. Beware flat irons, too: While they may make your hair look smooth and sleek, they can also turn it dry and brittle, leading to frizz and heavy-duty breakage. If you must use a flat iron, keep it in the coolest heat setting possible. And don’t even consider turning it on until your hair is completely dry; otherwise, you’ll end up with a lot of steam and damaged locks.