No one is immune to the depressing effects of a bad hair day. Most people think that it’s the fault of their DNA when their hair loses its lustre. Unfortunately, bad genes are only one thing people can inherit from parents: Health, diet, and hygienic norms can be as damaging to hair as genetics. Allergies, ageing and illness can also play a role. It’s easy to blame poor genetics, but for most people, there is a lot that can kick-start the health of hair. With some healthy habits, you can improve the volume and vibrancy of your hair naturally, giving you the confidence that makes life just a little sweeter!
Don’t forget to avoid these mistakes while you apply the following hair tips. You’ll be glad you did!
Protect Your Hair’s Natural Oils
Human hair has natural oils that protect your hair from the sun, the wind, the rain and other natural stresses that your hair goes through on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many hair products can remove those natural oils, which can make your hair susceptible to being damaged by the environment. If your hair feels dry or cracked, you are most likely using a shampoo with harmful additives or cleaning your hair too regularly. Some people get the best results by only shampooing once or twice a week. This will require a bit of experimentation depending on your environmental factors. Reducing the number of times you use shampoo on your hair will allow your hair to re-regulate itself and produce the right amount of natural oils that will protect your hair best.
Investing in a shower cap can be one of the best things you can do for your hair. When you want to shower but are trying to cut back on washing your hair, this will help you to avoid the temptation to get it wet. Not only will you protect your hair from damage from unnecessary exposure to chemicals, but you might love the amount of time you save washing and drying it daily.
Avoid Using Hot Tools Excessively
Heat damages your hair by drying it out and making it prone to cracking and forming split ends. Your hair is composed by somewhere between 10 and 13 per cent water. When your hair is exposed to heat and the moisture evaporates, it not only leaves it susceptible to cracking, but it can actually reduce its volume and lustre, making it appear thinner than it actually is.
Wrapping your hair up instead of styling it with hot irons will not only keep it out of the way and keep you feeling cool, but it will also protect your hair from damage. You don’t have to completely stop using hair dryers to dry your hair, but avoid using hot tools excessively. Cut it down to a minimum, and if you absolutely must use a hair dryer, be sure to use the lowest heat setting possible. Luckily, drying won’t be as frequent a problem if you’re cutting back on how often you wash it.
Avoid as much as possible any process that requires the sustained application of heat including perming, straightening, curling or dying your hair. Where your hair is concerned, your natural self is your most healthy, beautiful self!
Cut Out Those Shameful Sulfates
Not everything in your shampoo is there to promote the health or appearance of your hair. Some additives are there purely to enhance your experience while you bathe. That doesn’t sound like a problem until you learn that some of the chemicals that are designed to make bathing more enjoyable are doing damage to your hair.
Sulfates, the chemical additives that create a foamy texture in your shampoo’s lather, can dry and damage your hair. Sulfates are in the vast majority of shampoo products, unfortunately. Looking for a shampoo that skips the sulfates is one of the most immediate things you can do to promote the health of your hair. Choosing an olive-oil based shampoo could help you make sure you are nixing dangerous ingredients.
A Balanced Diet Keeps Your Hair Healthy Too
Unhealthy eating habits might be holding your hair back from looking as amazing as it could be. Just like your body, your hair depends on getting the right nutrients to grow.
Your hair is primarily made of keratin, a protein, so make sure you are getting the protein that your body needs to be healthy. Scientists say that not getting enough can even lead to hair loss. Keeping your essential amino acids in check will not only help to keep your hair healthy, but it can also keep your body healthy too.
Additionally, getting enough of vitamins A, C and E are crucial for maintaining healthy hair. You can find these prolifically in nuts, fish, eggs, and whole grains, which are also excellent sources of the proteins your hair needs.
Taking Care of Loose Ends
It might seem counter-intuitive, but trimming your hair regularly is one of the best ways to keep the strands of your hair thick and strong. Even the healthiest hair can split over time, and the ends of our hair are often exposed to the most abuse.
Some people who want to grow their hair out hate the thought of losing even an inch. Trimming your hair regularly will keep its ends protected, and although it might take a little longer to get to your ideal length, you’ll be much happier at the state of your hair when it does. If your hair has devolved into a frizzy mess, one of the most liberating feelings is chopping it off and starting with a clean slate.
Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you, and having a great hair day can make your entire day seem brighter. Give yourself the gift of the confidence boost that you deserve! By ditching the chemicals and embracing a natural hair care regimen, you’ll love the way you feel and the healthy way you look.