A healthy hair is key to the beauty of a woman; it requires a lot of attention and care but to achieve that, healthy hair tips is a thing every woman should know. Yes, I know you admire thick and shiny hair – those you see on models and celebrities but what you really need is an insight on how to go about this. You can achieve a healthy hair if you can spare some time for it.
Although some women prefer to go on a low cut but a larger percentage wants to have long and beautiful hair – I want it too.
Having a healthy hair seems almost impossible with the increase in bad food and our “not too healthy” lifestyle habits.
However, it is not an impossibility – below are healthy hair tips that will help you achieve an amazing hair, the kind that will sweep everyone off their feet when you walk past them.
Healthy Hair Tips for Relaxed Hair
Avoid Washing of the Hair on a Daily Basis
When you wash your hair everyday, you give more room for the natural oils to dry. You could wash your hair once a week to retain the oil. It must be stated that there is a difference between not washing enough and not washing on a daily basis. You gave to wash your hair but don’t do it on a daily basis – there has to be a balance in between.
Treat Your Hair with Care when it’s Wet
When the hair is wet, the roots are softer and could lead to hair breakage if roughly handled. Shampoo your hair carefully or use a shower cap before bathing if you don’t want your hair to be wet.
Ensure that you trim your hair when due
Some say trimming monthly is good but it must be known that you are just wasting away your hair, trim only when needed, for maintenance two to three times a year is okay. Trimming guarantees a shining and smooth hair, it also helps hair growth by getting rid of hair fall.
Keep Your Hair Away from Sun and Rain
Too much exposure to sun, dirt and pollution can be dangerous for the hair. You could prevent this by having a scarf or a cap in your bag when you notice such. These entire elements can form as dirt thereby drying the hair oil. This can also lead to scalp infections.
Conditioners help to retain the moisture of the hair. Do not condition close to the scalp as this will make it too oily.
Do not use Tight Hair Bonds
Hair bonds that are too tight will only pull your hair which causes breakage. Use bonds that are free and won’t prevent your hair from becoming fuller.
Buy Your Hair Shampoo and Conditioner from the same brand
A shampoo and conditioner created by one brand would have similar composition and would be more effective than when they are both from different brands. But that is not to say stick to it if it doesn’t work for you, you can always switch and find what works best for your hair.
Do Not Use Hair Straighteners Regularly
Avoid using straighteners every time as the heat could remove moisture from the hair. They could also burn your hair if used excessively. Always remember to use a hair protectant before using the straighteners. Also, avoid using hot tools too close to the scalp, and pulling too tight on the hairs. Sometimes let your hair be natural and let it grow rather than damaging the follicles with too much heat.
Do Not Rub Your Hair When Drying
Sometimes, to speed up the drying process, most women rub their hair making some hair fall off. Pat your hair gently with a towel until its completely dry to avoid breakage.
Weave Your Hair before Sleeping
Some girls go to bed without weaving their hair and wake up with a messy hair the next morning. Make it an habit to braid your hair before bed. Tossing and turning all over the bed can make an open hair to tangle. This means you have to start brushing the hair in the morning and this can lead to hair loss.
Make use of Pillow Covers with Satin
Satin pillow covers help to reduce breakage caused by friction. Pillow covers made from cotton and some other materials are not suitable for the hair because of its rough texture.
Apply Oil to the Scalp
Oiling is good for the hair but too much can be bad too. Use a shampoo that is gentle to also get rid of excess oil on the hair.
Use Suitable Hair Masks
Get hair masks that are appropriate for your type of hair. Hair mask is a mixture of olive oil or grape seed oil, avocado and moisturizing conditioners. Be sure you are using the right mask so you don’t destroy your hair.
Wash Your Hair with Cold Water
Avoid using hot water to wash your hair because the heat could damage the hair. You could also use water at room temperature instead if you don’t like cold water.
Stick with one Shampoo
Do not be hasty to change your shampoo because a new brand is out and it has a unique fragrance. Be loyal to one if you want a strong hair.
Do not use Shampoos and Conditioners with Silicones, Sulfates, and Alcohols
These chemical elements dry up the hair oil and make it weak. Buy shampoos and conditioners that do not have these elements.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This can be used before shampooing your hair to break up product residue. You can also use it after you have washed the shampoo off your hair for a brighter and shining hair.
Brush Your Hair
Brushing helps in ensuring that the natural oil is extended to the length of your hair. When you brush your hair, you give it more strength. Brush your hair twice a day but don’t brush until its dry. It is not advisable to use an hair brush that is made from plastic.
Please note some of this tips although general might not be applicable to those with natural hair, below are Hair tips for those with natural hair.
Healthy Hair Tips for those with Natural Hair (Naturalistas)
Natural hair is free from relaxer and chemicals. This type of hair dries quick and is easily tangled if not properly taken care of.
Here are a few tips that will help keep your Natural Hair Healthy.
Moisturize with Shea Butter
The hair oil in this type of hair dries up easily so you have to moisturize regularly. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that you can use. Other oils like coconut oil and olive oil are good too.
A tangled hair is prone to breakage. Always detangle your hair with comb while using a conditioner to ease the process. You can also pull out tangled hair with your hands gently until its completely detangled.
While other type of hair could be conditioned in every two weeks or more, a natural hair needs to be conditioned once every week. Weekly conditioning will make your hair healthy, shiny and tangle free.
Do Not Over Style
Too much of hair styling can lead to breakage as styling products can dry your hair oils and weaken it. Be protective, gentle and cautious when styling your hair. Make protective hairstyle that requires little maintenance, safe guard the ends of your hair and also provides an opportunity to moisturize when necessary. Examples of protective hair styles are Bantu Knots and Afro Knots amongst others.
Trim Your Hair
Get rid of split ends by trimming your hair. Although some conditioners can be used to make split ends less obvious, trimming is the only reliable way to get rid of damaged hair.
Healthy Foods for a Healthy Hair
It is important to know that the kind of food we eat has an impact on our hair. You should eat good food if you want a better hair. Here are some of the food and supplement that will help to maintain a healthy hair.
Although ginger is used to treat cold but it also contains minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins and potassium, that are good for the hair.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E and helps to improve the growth and smoothness of the hair.
Lack of iron could lead to loss of hair, so do well to eat iron rich food such as Oranges, lemons, broccoli, leafy greens, melon and so on.
it helps reduce inflammation, which causes hair shedding. Food sources of omega 3 are salmon, navy beans, flaxseed oil, and chia seeds.
Honey and Coconut Oil
These oils makes the hair shine brighter. Honey moisturizes the hair and fights against bacteria that cause dandruff.
Treat Medical Issues
Ensure that you go for medical checkups regularly as dietary deficiencies, poor health and medical imbalance (such as thyroid disorders) can cause hair breakage. The blood provides nutrition to hair follicles so it is important to pay attention to your overall health.
Foods that are rich in nutrient and vitamins go a long way to maintain a healthy hair. Some people think that it is what they apply on the hair that makes it beautiful whereas your hair is a reflection of what you eat. A balanced diet that contains fat, protein, vegetables, and fruits helps to produce keratin. Keratin is the protein that forms the hair. You could also avoid grey hairs by eating right.
Water is good for hair care. Try to drink enough water regularly.
Take care of your scalp by applying lemon juice to fight those dandruff. Having a hair with dandruff can be embarrassing. Dandruff also affects the fullness if the hair. These lemon juice will give you a clean scalp and improve your hair quality .
Biotin is a form of vitamin B. It can be found in some kind of food and also available in form of supplements.
Sources of biotin are liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, bananas, soy flour, yeast, whole-grain cereals,whole wheat bread, eggs, dairy products and nuts. Boitin contributes to hair growth.
Vitamin D helps to maintain a healthy hair and improves growth.Foods rich in vitamin D are Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel,salmon, dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, cereals,Beef liver,Cheese and egg yolks.
Eat Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are good sources of selenium which aids the development of healthy hair. Other sources of selenium are sardines and turkey.
If your hair is weak and falls off easily, you could treat this by making use of dietary supplements.
Use Natural Products
Although conditioners and shampoos also contributes to hair growth and smoothness, you shouldn’t use them excessively. Complement then with natural organic ingredients suitable for your type of hair. Examples of natural products are Shea butter, cocoa butter and carrot oil.
Take Vitamin A
Foods rich in vitamin A are carrots, sweet potatoes, collard greens, liver and fish oil. This vitamin is needed for optimal hair growth.
Zinc also help maintain healthy hair. Always take diet that are rich in Zinc to prevent hair loss.
Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C and could be orange or tangerine. Apart from the fact that they are good in treating flu, its also an ingredient for good hair.
Additional info by CEO of KaiyinBeauty – A Natural Hair and Makeup Studio.
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