Healthy and beautiful hair goes a long way in boosting your confidence. The problem is that your strands are constantly prone to damage, dullness, thinning, dryness, breakage, frizz, and other issues. With all of these potential strand stresses, it’s no surprise that maintaining healthy hair takes effort.
While genetics is important, your diet, pollution levels, and overall approach to hair care play a role in your hair health. Here are a few pointers to help you establish healthy haircare habits for great hair days in the future!
Eat a Balanced Diet
Hair is mainly made up of a protein called keratin, so eating a protein-rich, balanced food will go a long way in maintaining your hair health. Include foods like fish, meat, beans, and eggs in your daily diet. Berries, spinach, avocados, and anything else rich in vitamins C and E will help boost collagen production, resulting in stronger strands.
Brush before Your Hair Wash
Brushing your hair and detangling the knots will help keep it strong. When your hair is wet, it is fragile and prone to more breakage. Additionally, brushing dry hair distributes the natural oils in your hair from the scalp to the ends, and it’s smooth and ready to style after a shower!
Turn Down the Shower Temperature
A hot shower gives you that relaxing end to your day, especially during the winter months, but it can be extremely damaging to your hair. Hot water can irritate your scalp and possibly weaken the hair strands.
Luke warm water showers followed by a quick cold-water rinse will help boost shine and maintain healthy hair.
Use the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
Try to use shampoos and conditioners that are gentle and formulated to strengthen your hair. Applying conditioner to the mid-shaft and ends of your hair and then working your way up will help your hair get the right kind of conditioning.
When washing your hair, try to concentrate on the scalp rather than the length of your hair. Washing only your hair can result in flyaway, dull, and coarse hair. Always use a conditioner after shampooing unless you use a “2-in-1” shampoo that cleans and conditions your hair. A conditioner can help improve the appearance of damaged or weathered hair by increasing shine, decreasing static electricity, improving strength, and providing UV protection.
Pay Attention to Your Scalp
A healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair. If you have a dry or itchy scalp, it could indicate more than just dandruff, and treating it right away will help solve any problem before it worsens.
Sleep on Silk
Change your cotton pillowcases for silk ones. It protects the cuticle of your hair by reducing friction between your hair and the fabric and aids in moisture retention.
Another helpful tip for reducing strand stress is to sleep with your hair in a loose top knot secured with a silk scrunchie, or if you have thick or textured hair, try a low loose braid to give you more control over your strands during the night.
There are numerous other ways to keep your hair healthy and be your best self all year. Recitals Hair Salon’s expert hair stylists will be delighted to assist you with all types of hair treatments and hair styling for all hair types. Contact us today to know more!