10 Hair Hacks For Your Healthiest Hair EVER!
Let’s be honest, when it comes to our skincare regimen, we invest our money to have the healthiest skin, but the strange reality is that many of us forget to take care of our hair. Most of us just simply reach for any old shampoo and conditioner from the drugstore and heat style our locks everyday!
Did you know that your hair cells are the fastest growing cells in your body? Which means that they are one of the first to be affected by poor diet and lifestyle. When our hair is in poor condition it often results in dry, dull and weak hair which can be due to dietary deficiencies, excessive chemical and heat exposure from products and styling as well as wear and tear and over washing.
While genetics also play a key role, your diet, the weather, pollution, and your overall approach to hair care are all critical to maintaining the health of your hair and even scalp.
So here you go – 10 simple hacks for healthy hair!
Avoid Hot Showers:
While steaming hot showers may feel great; cold water makes your hair look shinier! One easy way to give your hair a little gleam is to lower the temperature of your shower. High temperatures dehydrate your hair as they strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils, leaving your scalp dry and tight.
Stop Over-Washing your Hair:
Washing your hair too frequently, and especially every day, can remove natural oils from your hair, making it dull and dry over time. You may need to ‘train’ your hair to regulate its natural oils by slowly stretching out the length of time before washes. Ideally, wash your hair once or twice a week and you can always use dry shampoo on the roots between washes if it starts to look and feel oily.
Never Go to Bed with Wet Hair:
Sleeping with wet hair can lead to damage, hair is most fragile when it’s wet, if you sleep on a cotton pillowcase the moisture will be absorbed and the strands will be tugged, leading to damage and breakage.
Use a Microfiber Hair Towel:
Possibly THE most common hair mistake everyone makes, is wrapping their wet hair in a towel by twisting it and placing it on top of their head. When you wash your hair, the water, especially when hot, will cause the hair cuticle to open, leaving it vulnerable to frizz, breakage and damage. When the hair is then twisted into a towel, the friction will weaken your hair strands and permanently damage your hair. It is recommended to gently squeeze your hair with an old cotton t-shirt or even better with a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels helps reduce drying time as well as decrease the likelihood of breakage and frizz.
Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase:
Silk pillowcases not only help preserve your hairstyle, but it also minimizes frizz and prevent moisture loss because unlike cotton, it doesn’t tug or pull on the hair strands at night. It is also beneficial to use silk hair ties as they’ll cause less tension.
Massage your Scalp Regularly:
Logically, if you have a healthy scalp, your locks will likely look and feel healthy and one of the best ways to promote a happy and healthy scalp is scalp massage. Not only is it incredibly soothing but it can encourage new hair growth and rebalance your scalp
Stop Putting Oil in Wet Hair:
This is the most common mistakes people do. Applying oil on wet hair will only make your hair appear greasy and not shiny. You should never apply oil to wet hair, best to be applied as a treatment before washing your hair or a drop after styling.
Find the Right Brush for Your Hair Type:
Detangling your hair with the wrong brush can lead to serious hair damage, from frizzy hair to dandruff, and even excess hair fall.
- For fine hair: Opt for a soft brush with boar bristles, to smooth your tresses without tugging.
- For thick hair: a nylon brush is best as the flexible bristles will detangle your hair without adding any unwanted volume.
- For kinky, curly or coily hair: A wide-tooth comb is ideal as it won’t pull the hair strands or disrupt your curl pattern.
Brush your Hair Before you Shower or When you Condition:
Its best to detangle your hair when it’s dry before you shower to minimize breakage. Its also best to brush through your locks with a wide-tooth comb when conditioning.
Eat More Healthy Fats:
Healthy fats from coconut, avocado, nuts, seeds and oily fish are great for giving your hair strength and shine from the inside out! If you are deficient in these essential fatty acids, you may notice that your hair is prone to breaking and is weak and dull. Get more fats into your diet!
There you have it! Some simple ways to nourish your hair from the inside out so that it is healthy and strong! Ensuring that your diet is rich in important nutrients as well as understanding how the external treatment of your hair affects its health are the keys to lovely locks!