Published: 29 July 2022
Healthy Hair Habits
Whether you prefer to wear your hair short, medium-length or long, we can all agree healthy hair makes us feel more confidence about our style. Avoid bad hair days and show off healthier, fuller, shinier hair with these healthy hair tips!
How to encourage healthy hair growth:
Brush your hair before you shower
Taking a few moments to brush your hair before you shower can help detangle strands and avoid breakage when wet. Hair may be up to three times more vulnerable when wet, so be sure to treat with care. Brushing before your shower will also make brushing your hair and styling after your shower much easier to do!
Shampoo may seem like the most basic haircare product, but it can be quite powerful! Choosing the wrong shampoo can cause significant hair or scalp damage. Look for products that suit your hair type, for instance, if you have sensitive skin, avoid anything with harsh ingredients. If you have oily, dry or frizzy hair, looks for shampoos that have been formulated to treat this kind of hair.
When using shampoo, concentrate on applying to the scalp. For added benefits, try massaging your scalp while doing so.
Conditioner makes hair softer and easier to manage, while protecting hair shafts from damage, so it’s important to use in your routine if healthy, shiny hair is your goal!
For best results, concentrate conditioner on the mid-to-ends of your hair, then the scalp. If you have shorter hair, aim for about a 2p drop of conditioner. Leave your conditioner on for at least two minutes (some brands may recommend more) before washing it out
Try hair masks
Hair masks can help keep your hair strands hydrated and smooth. If you tend to straighten or curl your hair often with a hot hair tool, it’s especially important for you! Hair masks can deeply moisturise the hair strands and help fight against hair damage.
Know that not all hair brushes are created equal!
If you think a hair brush is just a hair brush – guess again! Many hair brushes are made with a specific purpose. As with many tools, each was built for a different use. Knowing the right hair tool for your goals can help. For instance, a hair detangler brush is useful for those with longer hair that is prone to get knotty, a thermal brush is best for blow drying, and an anti-static hairbrush helps those who tend to have frizzy hair.
Avoid Heat When Possible
We know that strengthens or curlers can provide major hair goals, but overuse can damage or weaken your hair strands. Where possible, avoiding these heated tools can help keep your hair strands strong and healthy. We’re not saying you shouldn’t use them, just that you should be cautious about how much you use them!
Try hair oil
To help minimise breakage, we recommend trying a hair oil after washing your hair. Concreate on the ends of the hair instead of the scalp, where breakage is more likely. Be sure to only use a small amount too – if you use too much oil your hair will look greasy even though freshly washed!
While you can buy specific hair oils, coconut oil is a cheaper well known oil for hair treatments! For coconut oil though, it is best to put on your hair before your shower. Leave it for a few hours before washing off for silky, smooth locks!
Eat a Hair Healthy Diet.
Hair is primarily made up of protein, so it’s no surprise that a well-rounded diet is essential for healthy, beautiful hair. Aim to eat around 45 grams of protein daily, along with Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins from fruit and vegetables.
Some great and vitamin-rich foods to try adding to your diet are: spinach, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, kale, almonds, seafood, and citrus fruits.
Hair too damaged? It may be time to cut.
Unfortunately, long use of heated hair tools, harsh shampoo or overconsumption of alcohol can lead to hair that is extremely hard to treat. In these cases, it may be more advisable to cut your hair shorter and focus on a healthier regrowth. If you’re not sure how damaged your hair may be, or whether it’s treatable, consult a hairdresser first for advice.
Published: 29 July 2022