Everyone wants a healthy head of hair. It really can make an incredible difference towards your overall appearance. There are certain quick and simple things you can do to help maintain their hair and keep it in better condition. Here are our top 10 tips for healthy hair.
Nutrition plays a vital role not only in how the body functions, but also appearance. Eating the right foods promotes healthy hair. Hair needs protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D in order to maintain strength. A good source of these include salmon, herring, trout, pumpkin seeds, and avocado. Walnuts also contain these nutrients in addition to biotin, copper, and vitamin E, which helps protect hair against damage.
Iron is also important because it helps prevent hair loss. Foods that contain iron include eggs, spinach, chicken, and lentils.
To protect hair against breakage, vitamin C is important and it can be found in blueberries, strawberries, kiwis, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Some people are not able to get all the vitamins and minerals to maintain healthy hair through diet. Supplements can help get these nutrients into the body. Supplements like multi vitamins containing the A, B, C, D, and E vitamins, zinc, omega-3, andiron help promote healthy hair. They’re really easy to find too.
Most people jump in the shower without brushing their hair first. Brushing first can help stimulate the scalp and promote blood flow, which helps keep follicles healthy. It will also help remove dirt, dry skin, and excess product from the scalp, leaving it in better shape for shampooing afterwards.
4. Water Type
The type of water a shower uses also can affect hair. Hard water contains minerals that can leave hair dull and harder to manage. Soft water contains less of these minerals and leaves hair in better condition so it’s a better choice. Of course it isn’t always possible to control this! Look into buying a water softener.
5. Shower Routine
Keeping hair clean is important, but washing it too frequently can be detrimental. When hair is washed to often, more strands come loose and the natural oils of the scalp that keep hair healthy are stripped. The frequency of how often to wash depends on hair type and length. Instead of washing hair everyday, washing every other day can help keep hair strong. Thick hair and long hair can be washed less often.
After every shampoo, conditioning is important because it keeps hair softer, easier to manage, and less prone to breakage. Once conditioner has been applied, it should not be rinsed out immediately. Allow the conditioner to sit for at least three minutes before rinsing so it can get into all the layers that make up hair. Leaving it in for 30 seconds just won’t do the job.
Also, deep conditioning once a week will help deliver moisture to the roots which protects hair against dryness.
7. Handling Wet Hair
When stepping out of the shower, a lot of people brush their hair as they normally would when it is dry. Hair is more vulnerable when wet and is more prone to breakage. It’s important to handle wet hair more gently. While wet, it is better to use a plastic comb with wide teeth.
8. Heat Protection
Too much direct heat from using styling tools can lead hair to break, get split ends, and become dry. Before using a styling tool, using a heat protective product such as formulated sprays and serums is a good way to maintain healthier hair. It’s very important to make sure the ends are protected because that’s where most damage from styling tools occurs.
9. Using Styling Tools
Many people use styling tools such as hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. Each of these tools expose hair to a high level of heat which can be damaging. Less damage occurs if the heat setting on each tool is lowered. Also, lessening the frequency of use can protect the integrity of hair, so instead of using a styling tool everyday, every other day is recommended.
10. Regular Trimming
Over time, the ends of hair become damaged and split. This process is accelerated when styling products that use high heat are used. To maintain healthy ends, trimming hair about half an inch every two months can help prevent splitting.
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