What do we want? Healthy hair. When do we want it? Now!
There are quite a few questions and variables to consider when maintaining a hair routine, some of which can be long-term solutions to achieving healthy hair. In a world of instant gratification, however, we know that waiting 2-3 months to see the fruits of your labour can seem like a lifetime, which is why we've created a list of some really effective healthy hair tips so that you can achieve the hair of your dreams today.
Thick, bouncy hair with high shine has always been the goal for many girls, but how to maintain healthy hair is a question many girls struggle with constantly. To use oil or not to use oil? To wash every day or only a few times a week? Follow along below for all our go-to healthy hair tips to unlock the hair of your dreams…
- 1. Scalp massages
- 2. Put the hairbrush down
- 3. Book an appointment with your hair stylist
- 4. Don’t wash your hair too often
- 5. Make hair conditioning a habit
- 6. Avoid colouring your hair
- 7. Drink enough water
- 8. Invest a silk pillow cover
- 9. Avoid heat as far as possible
- 10. Use a cotton t-shirt to dry your hair
1. Scalp massages
Regularly massaging your hair is an amazing healthy hair tip we swear by. It helps to improve blood circulation, evenly spread the oils that you massage, make the roots strong and keep your strands hydrated. Massaging your scalp with coconut oil once or twice a week, increases the chances of making your hair appear long, strong and lustrous. Hair oils are effective for hair growth and act as natural conditioners because they are loaded with essential vitamins that are necessary for your scalp health.
2. Put the hairbrush down
Old wives tales have always told us that brushing your hair 100 strokes a day will lead to shiny, healthy hair, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, this is a practice that is actually quite damaging to your precious strands. Over-brushing your hair leads to them becoming extremely brittle, damaged and cause split ends. We recommend putting the hairbrush down ASAP and using it as little as possible since over brushing can be rough on the hair thanks to all the pulling and tugging.
3. Book an appointment with your hair stylist
For most people, though although some people cringe at the idea of cutting their hair, this is actually one of the best healthy hair tips you can follow. Getting your hair trimmed regularly improves both the look and feel of your hair by getting rid of the dry, damaged areas and split ends. This is also a great way to reduce breakage. If you’re someone who is very sceptical about getting a haircut, then know that the difference doesn’t have to be significant. Trim your strands by half an inch every 2–3 months to keep your hair looking fresh.
4. Don’t wash your hair too often
When you are choosing a shampoo for your hair, do your research very well instead of picking a shampoo that’s popular in the market. This healthy hair tip proves to be really helpful in the long run. Always pick a shampoo that’s extremely gentle and does not contain sulphates or parabens.
Additionally, washing your hair very often, irrespective of the kind of shampoo can also cause serious damage to your strands and make the scalp dry. Your hair will lose moisture as the wash always strips the roots of its natural oils and makes the scalp feel dry and itchy, leading to hair loss.
5. Make hair conditioning a habit
Hair conditioning is a very important tip for healthy hair. You should condition your hair without fail each time you wash your hair. Same as a mild shampoo, use a mild conditioner. Applying an appropriate amount of conditioner will keep your hair shiny and smooth. It will keep your hair free from knots that will not lay stress on your hair roots and will prevent hair breakage. A conditioner also helps manage frizzy hair while adding shine and volume to it.
6. Avoid colouring your hair
Hair colours are ammonia based, which is a bleaching agent and can harm your scalp and cause hair damage. It has also been seen that frequently colouring hair can increase the risk of breast cancer. Hair colours will take away the moisture of your hair leaving them dry. Instead of chemical-based hair colours, try natural ones that are not harsh on your hair and scalp.
7. Drink enough water
One of the best healthy hair tips we have ever received is to drink enough water no matter what. While drinking enough water is vital to maintain overall health, it is also related to your skin and hair. Just like how a plant requires water to grow, so does your hair. Water makes up almost 25% of the weight of a single strand of hair, so it’s recommended to drink eight glasses a day to keep the hair strong, healthy, and hydrated.
8. Invest a silk pillow cover
Here’s a healthy hair tip you should take seriously because your pillowcase is a common irritant to the hair. We suggest swapping out your cotton pillowcase and making a stop today to purchase a silk one if you struggle with morning bed head or frizz. Cotton can pull and tug on the hair while you sleep, but silk’s smooth texture allows the hair to flow freely, and in turn, creates less frizz and tangles.
9. Avoid heat as far as possible
This is probably one of the most common yet surprisingly effective healthy hair tips. Intense heat styling is one of the number one causes of damaged, dry hair. Try to minimize the amount of heat you use in your hair routine to keep your hair looking and feeling it best. We suggest opting for heatless curls, leaving your hair natural or styling in a ponytail or braid to let your hair breathe.
10. Use a cotton t-shirt to dry your hair
If you struggle with frizzy hair, one of our go-to tips is to skip on drying with a towel and use an old cotton instead. The grooves in the towel and its rough texture can dishevel the cuticle of the hair and cause frizz. A cotton T-shirt is much gentler and is proven to allow the hair to dry more tame and smooth.
Indulge in a hair mask
In order to keep your hair healthy, strong and gorgeous, ensure that you indulge in a weekly hair nourishing treatments and DIY hair masks. These hair pampering sessions are going to change the look and feel your mane. Hair masks bring deep hydration to your hair, which helps to keep dryness and brittle ends at bay and bring a radiance factor back into your hair.