By following this guide of healthy hair habits, all women will feel a renewed sense of beauty!
Commit to a Healthy Hair Habits
This means getting trims every 4-6 weeks to keep split ends spreading throughout the follicle. When hair has a dry, straw-like texture, styling is difficult and products aren’t fully absorbed.
Weekly deep conditioning treatments penetrate the shaft of the hair in a way regular conditioning products cannot. This protects hair from damage and can even heal overly processed hair.
A big misconception is that deep conditioning will weigh down finer textures. That isn’t true. The wrong deep conditioner will weigh down fine hair.
Regardless of a woman’s hair type, she should always try to steer clear of chemicals. This is especially important for thin tresses. Also, look for volumizing deep conditioners that add protein for strength.
A Strengthening and Moisturizing DIY hair mask for all hair types
Stir eggs and melted coconut oil (1 egg per 1 tablespoon) into a bowl and apply to damp hair after washing. Leave the mask on for an hour and rinse with cool water. Increase measurements based on hair length and thickness.
Warning: This gets messy.
Wrap Hair in Satin
Satin is the best fabric for healthy hair. It prevents tangles, helps maintain smoothness, doesn’t leave hair matted, and it won’t steal the moisture from those intense conditioning routines.
Satin pillowcases can be purchased individually in a wide range of colors to match even the most complicated bedspreads. Satin lined caps should replace rough, wool hats in the winter, and don’t forget about snag-free satin ponytail holders and head wraps and scarves.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Most women buy beauty products based on celebrity endorsements and recommendations from friends. But the amount who actually read the ingredient labels, is alarming.
Products that are applied topically aren’t any less important than ones that are ingested. Switch chemical-laden hair products for more effective, safer natural versions.
Contact a Dermatologist
Whether it’s about thinning hair, a severely itchy scalp, or stubborn hair that doesn’t seem to respond to products, a dermatologist can help.
They can recommend products and write prescriptions. Sometimes a bad hair day is just a bad hair day, but it can also be a sign of anemia or thyroid disease.
Regular hair health checkups should be a priority like annual physicals and dental exams.
Protective styling is a fun, creative hair care habit with endless options. Protective styles are designed to give hair a break from heat tools and tension causing acts like over teasing.
This can mean simply rocking natural curls or waves, playing around with buns, braids, and foam rollers.
The best part, some of these styles last for days or even weeks.
Healthy heads of hair start with healthy scalps. Improve blood circulation in the scalp for hair growth by gently massaging a natural oil (coconut, Jamaican castor, or tea tree oils) into the scalp with fingertips or a scalp massaging brush. This technique also helps with reducing dandruff.
Using gentle, chemical free shampoos will cleanse dirt, but maintain the scalp’s natural oils. This clean environment reduces build up that blocks hair growth.
High Levels of Heat and Healthy Hair Don’t Mix
These rules are for women who insist on heat styling: Use salon quality ceramic or tourmaline irons, don’t apply heat after oil (fried hair isn’t sexy), and never ever run out of heat protectant.
Scorching hot showers are relaxing to achy muscles, but stressful to the hair. Hot water rinses away necessary natural oils and causes brittle hair and dry scalp. Leading a frizzy, flat mane. Stick with lukewarm water for washing and cooler temperatures after conditioning to seal moisture.
Nobody wants limp, lifeless hair or a painful sunburned scalp. Wearing big, floppy hats, stylish scarves, and turbans don’t just up a girl’s cute factor. They protect her hair.
Comb and Brush Strategically
Combing and brushing stretches the hair and can cause it to snap. Keep in mind that wet hair is even more vulnerable. Try waiting until hair is dry (or mostly dry) before attempting to style it.
Also, comb and brush starting with the ends and working up to the roots of the hair. Starting at the roots and working your tools downward can cause breakage from getting stuck in tangles.
Choose Products Based on Climate
As the season’s change, so should hair products. Practicing proper hair care significantly depends on paying attention to the body’s changes.
Some people have drier, itchier hair and skin in the winter, they will need to focus their products on moisture. The same people can have oily hair in the summer from sweat and humidity and should opt for sulfate-free clarifying products.
The most potent beauty products are the most accessible. Like so accessible that it’s highly likely at least three of them are in most people’s kitchens right now.
A nutrient-dense diet, like a good deep conditioner, can promote healthy hair.
Proteins- Turkey, chicken, eggs, yogurt, quinoa, and cottage cheese.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids- Salmon, chia seeds, anchovies, and avocado.
Vitamin A- Pumpkins, carrots, bluefin tuna, liver, and bell peppers.
Vitamin C- Blueberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and strawberries
Iron- Lean beef, kale, spinach, oats, halibut, and bok choy.
Biotin- Lentils, peanuts, almonds, cauliflower, and dairy.
Looking and feeling great requires the highest levels of self-care. Routines and results don’t build themselves overnight. Don’t fret.
When done faithfully, these hair habits will also improve overall health! Stay tuned for more hair and beauty tips.