Most of us go above and beyond to make our hair look healthy and lustrous. We get our hands on the best hair care products and opt for regular hair spas and treatments — all in the hopes of getting celeb-like hair.

But did you know that while these things can help you achieve a healthy mop of hair, it’s those little everyday habits that are truly game-changing? If you don’t know what we are talking about, then fret not because we’re going to give you a headstart.

Here’s a list of five simple hair care habits that your favourite actress, influencer or just any woman with gorgeous healthy hair swears by — and you should too.

 

Using a wooden comb

Using a wooden comb

Brushing your hair before going to bed is a great way to improve blood circulation in the scalp, stimulate dormant hair follicles and distribute the natural oils to reduce frizz. But brushing your hair with a plastic bristle comb is something you should have stopped doing a long time back. Why? Well, because plastic is a non-conductive material — meaning that it causes static, which leads to breakage. Therefore, it would be wiser to switch to a wooden comb or a boar-bristle brush to comb your locks.

 

Using a silk pillowcase

Using a silk pillowcase

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase is one of the worst things you could do for your hair. Cotton causes a lot of friction when you sleep, which leads to a lot of tangling, frizz and eventually hair breakage. Therefore, it is advisable to switch to a slippery satin pillowcase ASAP to maintain your hair health.

 

De-stressing often

De-stressing often

One of the biggest causes of hair fall in women is, you guessed it, stress. Be it mental or physical, too much stress always has a negative impact on your body, and this means your hair as well. Ensure that you practice at least some form of stress-relieving activity a couple of minutes a day for long and lustrous hair.

 

Steering clear of tight updos

Steering clear of tight updos

All of us love ourselves a sky-high ponytail or a perfect top knot every now and then. While that’s completely okay, it starts to become a problem when you do it often (read: everyday). Tight hairdos put a lot of stress on your delicate follicles and weaken them over time. Additionally, rubber bands put pressure on your strands and cause them to break. Therefore, switch to holding your buns and ponytails in place with either a cloth scrunchie or a protective hair clip.

 

Maintaining scalp health

Maintaining scalp health

In order to achieve long and shiny strands, it is really important to take care of your scalp. From using scalp scrubs and clarifying shampoos to regular hair masks and hot oil massages, a healthy scalp is a definite ticket to bring you closer to the hair of your dreams.

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