Having gorgeous healthy-looking hair may seem like an unconquerable task. Luckily for you, we have already done the research – so you can apply these insights in your hair-care routine:
- Trim it – hair, like grass, need to be trimmed every 10 to 12 weeks to get rid of split ends. This also helps to reinvigorate new hair growth.
- Nourish and Protect Your Scalp – your scalp is part of your skin but is often overlooked when it comes to skin care routine. Impurities from hair care products, bathing, and environmental toxins can build up in your scalp. Having a clean scalp prevents blockage and inflammation of hair follicles, which can cause weak hair and even, baldness. Salicylic acid is particularly good for cleaning scalp, but a regular dandruff shampoo also works best.
- Choose Your Shampoo Wisely – every person is different and requires different kind of shampoo. If your hair tends to become oily, use a shampoo that is high in detergents. Otherwise, use a pre-shampoo to protect hair cuticles from detergents in shampoo or use a cleansing conditioner.
- A Conditioner is Hair’s Best Friend – it does a lot more than you think. Besides, holding moisture, a conditioner can protect against heat from hair dryers and sun, but it must apply evenly. Therefore, you should comb your hair before rinsing off the conditioner. Ingredients such as “methicone and polyquaternium” protect against heat from blow dryers and are vital ingredients of a good conditioner. Use moisture-rich and hydrating shampoo or conditioner during winter season and replace them with more lighter hair care products during the summer months.
- Heat is Hair’s Worst Enemy – instead of blow drying, use a cotton t-shirt to soak up excess water from your hair and let it air-dry. Using a towel causes unnecessary roughness that further damages hair. If you must blow dry, use a heat protectant spray that can protect at temperatures over 450 degrees, and use a comb to spread the protectant evenly throughout.
- Avoid excessive exposure to sun – since UV rays are known to oxidize and damage exposed hair. Not all water temperatures are alike and hot water tends to cause more damage than lukewarm water Because hot water washes away color and dries out hair.
- Check Your Diet – Perhaps, the biggest and most understated aspect in maintaining great looking hair is the role that diet plays in our everyday life. Hairs need specific kinds of nourishment in the form of proteins, omega-3-fatty acids, iron and zinc that are best sourced from food. Great sources of proteins are lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and eggs while salmons, sardines, herrings are natural and pure sources of omega-3-fatty controls oiliness). acids. Minerals such as zinc and iron are also vital for healthy hair.
- Leave Your Hair Alone! Hair needs a break too! Avoid twirling, picking split ends, ponytails, and head bands since they cause hair follicles and shafts to be pulled and become damaged. Avoid placing clips and pins in the same area and use a plastic comb, instead of a bristle brush, for a traction-free experience.
- Use Natural Ingredients – while synthetic ingredients might be ideal in some situations, naturally sourced ingredients are the way to go. Many haircare products have oils such as coconut, tamanu (antioxidant), avocado, olive and castor oil that resemble oils in your skin. Other ingredients to look out for in haircare products include seaweed (absorbs excess oil), rosemary oil (prevents hair loss), tea tree oil, honey (hydrates hair), and tapioca.
- Sleeping on satin pillow covers is known to reduce hair breakage due to friction. Cotton and other materials are quite rough in texture due to which they also cause more friction against your hair.
- Brush your hair day and night, it is a sure shot way to increase the luster of your hair. It spreads the natural oils through the length of your hair. Do not use plastic brushes as they cause increased breakage.
Beautiful looking hair is an expression of one’s inner-self and is reflective of how each one of us feel when we look at ourselves in the mirror. Healthy and stylish hair requires a daily balancing act with a lot of discipline maintaining and nourishing for lush and silky hair texture. Your motto should be LOVE & RESPECT your hair, lest you must embrace your long, short, straight or curly hair.