If there is one common dream that most women share, then it is having long, shiny and healthy looking hair. But we have all suffered from lacklustre, brittle, hay-like hair at some of the other points! Split ends, dryness, and frizzy hair are just some of the tell-tale signs of hair damage. Having long, healthy and luscious mane is however not such a difficult task; all you need to do is follow hair care tips and tricks that work for you! Even though, honestly our erratic lifestyles, pollution and bad food habits, all do our hair enough damage! If you are indeed looking for a simple hair care routine to achieve great hair follow these simple healthy haircare practices religiously.

All you have to do is integrate these beauty tips for hair into your lifestyle, and very soon you’d have luscious locks that could make even Rapunzel go green with envy.

Regularly trim your hair
 

Regularly trim your hair

This is one tip your hair stylist is tired of telling you, but believe us, there is no remedy as amazing as regular hair trims. Dead, damaged and split ends are your hair’s worst enemy, and the longer you keep them, the more damage they do to your hair. If you care about the health of your hair, it is imperative that you trim your hair at least every six to eight weeks. This simple exercise will ensure that you will not only grow faster but will also look a great deal healthier, shinier and smoother. This little tip also ensures that your hair will grow a lot faster.

Cold water rinse
 

Cold water rinse

Giving your hair a cold water rinse is a great way to ensure healthy, lustrous hair. Rinsing your hair with cold water ensures that your cuticles that have opened up during the hair wash are closed. It is necessary to have open hair cuticles while shampooing and conditioning as you want them to thoroughly do their jobs, but once that is done, it is important to seal them shut with a cold water rinse. This ensures that your hair does not get damaged easily. It is also a great way to make sure your hair feels shiny, healthy and frizz free for a longer period of time.

Avoid heat styling
 

Avoid heat styling

Regularly subjecting your hair to heat styling causes a great deal of damage to your treasured locks. Subjecting your hair to heat fries your hair, making it brittle and weak. This will, in turn, keep your hair from growing long and prevent it from looking healthy and strong. Constant heat from styling tools reduces the moisture content from your air, making it dry, frizzy and easily prone to breakage. When overused, it can also burn your hair. Avoid heat styling your hair every day. Instead of blow drying your hair, let them air dry. This will definitely prevent permanent damage to your tresses.

Eat your way to good health
 

Eat your way to good health

It is rightly said that what you put inside, is what shows on the outside. Diet has an important role to play in the health of your hair and its growth. Since hair is made up of protein, it is necessary to include enough protein-rich food in your daily diet. If you are a non-vegetarian, you can eat foods such as fish, eggs and lean meat, as they are the best sources of dietary protein. But if you are a vegetarian, you can eat pulses, lentils, dairy products, soya and green leafy vegetables in the form of salads or curries to get your daily quota of required protein. These foods promote healthy hair growth.

Drink enough water
 

Drink enough water

Water is the cheapest and the best remedy for achieving beautiful and healthy looking hair. It hydrates the body and aids in regulating the circulatory system acts as fodder to the follicles and stimulates hair growth. The lack of water levels in the hair roots and scalp makes your hair brittle and prone to damage thereby slowing down hair growth. Water makes up almost 25% of the weight of a single hair strand and having enough water is a mandate you dare not overlook, as it is the best tip for lustrous hair growth. Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day will help the strength of your hair, increasing growth.

Hot oil treatment
 

Hot oil treatment

We put our hair through a lot, thanks to all the styling, colouring, heat, detangling and washing. This is why it is very important to restore the damage if you want healthy looking hair. It is about time to paid heed to all the advice your mom and grandma used to bombard you with about oiling your hair regularly. Hot oil massage is the easiest way to pamper your hair to a spa-like treatment at home. It helps to strengthen and prevent dry, brittle hair and also split ends. Hot oil treatments are a great way to stimulate better blood circulation to your hair, promote hair growth, reduce dandruff, frizzy hair and dry scalp.

Use a mild shampoo
 

Use a mild shampoo

The products that you use to wash your hair also play an important role in the health and strength of your hair. It is important to pick a gentle yet clarifying shampoo. Sulphate free shampoos have a low content of chemicals and are perfectly suitable for most hair types. Additionally, sulphate free shampoos are gentle on the scalp too and do not dry out or irritate the scalp. When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning primarily the scalp, rather than washing the entire length of hair. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse. Never forget to use a generous amount of conditioner to help seal in the moisture and for shiny and silky hair.

Make use of homemade hair masks
 

Make use of homemade hair masks

If you have hair that goes past your shoulders, then it can be several years old. This is why the lengths of your hair need more TLC than what a normal conditioner would be able to offer. Indulge your hair in a nourishing hair mask if you want healthy looking tips and ends. Hair masks are a great way of pampering your tresses and giving them the extra protection they need. Here are some simple homemade hair masks for great hair:

Egg mask
 

Egg mask

Egg is a rich source of proteins and amino acids, making it a great way to reduce hair fall, promote hair growth and add shine.

You will need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Procedure: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and beat them together with the egg. Apply this mixture to your entire head, cover it with a shower cap or hot towel for about 20 minutes before washing it with cold water and a mind shampoo.

Avocado banana hair mask
 

Avocado banana hair mask

Avocado and bananas are both super moisturising and are a great way to nourish your scalp. This hair mask is a great way to revive damaged hair and make them soft and shiny.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Procedure: Blend all the ingredients together in a mixture to form a smooth paste without any lumps. Apply this mixture to your hair and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo.

BB Pro Tip: To further enhance the effectiveness of this hair mask, you can mix a 1/4th cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water and pour this mixture on your hair after shampooing. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then condition your hair as usual.