To condition or not to condition, to oil or not to oil – when it comes to your hair you’ll find all kinds of advice. Mothers’ will tell you to “oil your hair” while your hair dresser will recommend the new IT thing “hair spa, Moroccan oil, strengthening not rebonding and all.” Before you pick your choice of treatment, here are a few things you must know.
Let’s face it, your hair has a mind of its own and does pretty much whatever it wants on a daily basis. There may be days when you feel like it’s completely out of control. But there is one way that you can show your hair who’s the boss and gain back control – and that’s through a proper hair care routine.
You don’t have to completely overhaul your current hair care routine and buy all new hair products. But there are certain simple tips and tricks that you can follow that can bring about a massive improvement in your hair in just a few days.
See our tips below along with some of our favorite Healthy Huemans.
6 Healthy Hair Habits To Start Now
1. Ditch the stress.
You may have heard that stress can cause hair loss, and it’s true. While the first two causes of hair loss are genetically programmed, hair loss due to stress is environmentally caused and may be more easily controlled if the stress can be managed. Excess stress and worry can cause hair loss and lackluster locks, so meditate, do yoga, take a walk, or enjoy a cup of calming tea.
2. Chill out.
If there’s one thing most hairstylists agree on, it’s that a cold rinse at the end of the shower can do wonders for your hair. Rinse shampoo and conditioner with very cool or cold water to tighten pores, tighten the cuticle, and enhance the shine.
3. Get a trim.
The benefits of trimming include fuller, healthier ends, less breakage, and length retention. Get clipped at the stylist’s every eight weeks or so (if you have long hair) or more frequently to maintain the style if you have short hair. Regular trims remove frizzy, split, frayed ends.
4. Cover up.
It’s not just your skin that can be damaged from sun exposure; your hair is in danger as well. If exposed to the sun, your hair can soak up the sun’s ray which can be rather damaging. Therefore, try to wear a baseball cap in the summer to protect your locks. Your hair isn’t safe in the winter either. Be sure that you wear a knit hat during the cold months since arid air can dry out and damage your hair.
5. Minimize heat.
Hair fries when dried quickly with a blow dryer set on high, so use the blow dryer only at its lowest setting and, if possible, after hair is already 75 percent air-dried. Keep the use of curling and flat irons to a minimum, too. Heat ruins the health of the cuticle.
6. Balance that diet.
Feed your hair with a diet full of hair essentials: protein, biotin (from eggs, organ meats, dried fruit, molasses), iron, iodine, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acid.
7. Use the Proper Shampoo
Regular shampoos are pretty harsh on hair. Therefore, if you have dry hair you should look for milder or natural shampoo to wash your hair with. In addition, if you have dry hair you should try to shampoo your hair less frequently, about once or twice a week. Also doing a hair detox can help your hair absorb other product’s nutrients.
8. Condition Regularly
Needless to say, if you have dry hair it needs a lot of moisture. Therefore, be sure that you condition on a regular basis. You can substitute a cleansing conditioner for shampoo during one of your weekly washes. In addition be sure to deep condition once a week to repair your dry strands.
9. Stay Away from Coloring Treatments/Chemical Treatments
Coloring your hair or applying chemicals to your hair can be very detrimental to its health. It typically dries the hair out and leaves it very weak. These harmful treatments include dying your hair, getting a perm, or getting hair chemically straightened.
These are the hair care tips to keep in mind to ensure the health of your hair. If you experience constant hair fall or thinning hair, consult a doctor to address the underlying cause of this problem.