3 ways to make your hair healthier
We all wish to have a great-looking, healthy hair, but very few people know how to do it. Often we end up spending a lot of money on products that guarantee fantastic, immediate results that seem too good to be true (and usually so they are!), only to be later disappointed. However, there are plenty of simple, healthy, and affordable ways to improve your hair’s quality without relying on expensive (and sometimes damaging) products. Try to implement these pieces of advice in your hair care routine and over time, you’ll make a great difference.
1. Don’t overlook the basics
Many of us imagine that having a healthy hair implies time-consuming procedures, costly treatments, and many visits to the salon. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Actually, ensuring the health of your hair comes down to a few crucial principles:
- Maintain a healthy diet rich in proteins, iron, and amino acids;
- Drink a minimum of 3 liters of water every day to hydrate your hair from within;
- Wash your hair regularly, but not every day (every other day, or two times a week depending on your hair type is advised);
- Use conditioner and hair oil;
- Avoid blow-drying, heat styling, and chemical-filled products.
2. Protect your hair with caps, hats, and hair bands
Yes, you read that right! Caps, hats, and hair bands are not only a quick fix for a bad hair day, or a final touch to your outfit, but also an amazing way to protect your hair and thus ensure it stays healthy. Wearing caps and hats outside will guard your precious strands from harsh sun rays that could seriously damage them by removing the moisture. No one’s dreams of dry, brittle hair, am I right?
Similarly, you should always protect your hair with a cap when you are in a swimming pool as chlorinate water is very harmful.
And finally, even if you love having your hair blowing in the wind like a movie star, you might want to consider tying it up from time to time. I know it’s way less glamorous but using hair bands will limit your hair’s exposure to different agressors in the environment.
3. Keep it natural
Today we have all the products and the technologies necessary to have full control of our hair no matter how bad it looks in the morning. However, having our strands perfectly mastered, doesn’t always mean they are healthy as well. Here are some of the harmful procedures and products that you should get rid of (or at least, limit their use):
- Heat styling with blow-dryers, curlers, and straighteners;
- Undergoing procedures heavy in chemicals such as dying and curling;
- Shampoos, conditioners, and other products that have many chemicals, especially sulfates and parabens.
To maintain a good-looking healthy hair, you should try to style your hair naturally, with a towel, for example, and choose natural, chemical free products. Apart from ditching the regular shampoos and conditioners, you should try applying a home-made hair mask by mixing avocado with peppermint oil; egg with olive oil and coconut oil, or with curd and mustard oil. Do some research online, and find the best recipes for your type of hair.
By following the three tips mentioned above, you have all the changes in the world to make your hair healthier and maintain it that way. Don’t forget to pair the aforementioned ideas with a balanced lifestyle, as stress and health problems can often negatively affect your hair. That being said, enjoy your healthy hair by ticking off the basics, covering, or tying your hair from time to time, and keeping it natural!