We remember to take care of our bodies, but sometimes it can be hard to remember to take care of our hair. While everyone wants beautiful, luxurious locks, many of us do not do what we need to do to make sure that that is possible.
What Does it Mean to Have Healthy Hair?
There are a lot of buzzwords when it comes to hair health, but it can be difficult to determine what is right and what is not. That is why we want to help you sift through the facts. Some of the main things to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining healthy hair are:
- Moisture. Healthy hair will be moist, but not TOO moist. Conditioning and oil treatments can help assure that your hair holds the proper amount of moisture.
- High-quality products. A healthy head of hair starts with the right products.
- Regular haircuts. Regular haircuts keep split-ends at bay so your hair does not start to break up the shaft.
- Proper diet. Eating well and getting in your daily vitamins encourages hair growth.
- Stay hydrated. Your hair depends on you to keep it moist, and drinking enough water can help keep you hydrated, as well as your hair.
- Use heat protectants. If you are regularly using hot tools, you will need to use heat protectant spray to maintain healthy hair.
- Adopt no-heat methods. Using heat on your hair every single day can cause long-term damage, even if you are using heat protectant spray. Try going heatless once in awhile.
Keeping Your Hair Moist
There are a lot of ways that you can promote moisture in your hair, both directly and indirectly. Whether it comes from oils or your diet, assuring that your hair is moist is pertinent for hair health.
- Stock up on undiluted products with good oils. Diluted products, such as cheap shelf brands, often can strip your hair of moisture. Even if your hair feels soft after using such products, it is likely that the sulfates are drying your hair. Look for products with jojoba oil, argan oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.
- Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated will help your hair stay hydrated too. Drink less alcohol, eat less salt, and drink your daily allowance of H2O.
- Eat well. To achieve moist, healthy hair, you need to take in the proper nutrients. Take in the right amount of minerals and antioxidants–especially Omega-3s. The right diet can leave you with shiny, luxurious hair. It can also help prevent hair loss!
- Get to the salon for haircuts. You may think you’re “growing out” your hair, but in actuality, this practice can leave you with dry, breaking locks. Split ends continue to split each hair. When you have these trimmed, you promote growth and moisture.
When choosing hair products, it is best to stay away from cheap, drugstore brands. Your hairstylist can familiarize you with products that will best fit your hair type. If you are struggling with dry hair, hair loss, or breakage, there is a product that is right for you. Speak with your cosmetologist and determine what products you need to be using. They will help you find just what you need to maintain the beautiful, luxurious mane that you desire.
How to Go Heatless
If you’re a curling iron queen, a blow-drying fiend, or a straightening starlet, we get it. Hot tools are an easy way to make your hair look amazing, but they also can damage your hair if you are using them every day. Try some of our less damaging heatless styles a few times a week to get that healthy sheen back in your locks.
- Buns or braids. You can either put your hair up and go out with these, or you can wear them overnight and untwist them the next day to add some glorious texture to your hair–without the heat! For best results for the overnight style, go with a double-bun (one on each side) or double braids.
- Do a ponytail. Everyday ponytails can cause breakage at the base, but a couple times a week in place of hot tool usage can prevent heat damage.
- Mousse. Scrunching your hair with a little bit of mousse after a shower or bath can give you beachy waves without applying any heat.
Foods Your Hair Will Thank You for Eating
Healthy eating can help your hair, but if you aren’t sure what foods can prevent hair loss and promote hair growth, never fear! Below is a list of several power foods for your locks:
- Fish. Rich with Omega-3s, seafood can make your hair healthy and shiny.
- Oatmeal. Believe it or not, oatmeal is also rich in Omega-3s! It also is packed with iron and fiber, all which promote hair growth.
- Spinach. Mineral deficiency can cause hair loss and spinach is mineral-rich!
- Eggs. Eggs are packed with biotin. Biotin encourages hair growth and overall health.
- Liver. Many lose their hair due to an iron deficiency. Liver is packed with iron and can help your hair grow again.
- Nuts and seeds. The good fats in nuts and seeds are amazing for your hair’s health.
Check Out Your Results!
If you make these changes, you may not notice an immediate difference in your hair, but be patient! Over time, you will see a positive impact on your hair. If you have any questions about your hair’s overall health, please consult with your hairstylist.