Our hair is often put through a lot, so we know how important it is to look after it. Understanding the steps needed to ensure healthy hair can seem overwhelming, so we have broken them down into 7 tips for healthy hair. By following these simple steps, you will see an improvement in the condition of your hair.
With anything health-related that we wish to improve on, we must be sure we are eating the right foods to get the proper nutrients. As after all, what we eat affects every aspect of our body.
Whole foods rich in nutrients like protein, Vitamin C, and omega 3 fatty acids provide your body with all the essential nutrients to keep you healthy and strong. Other supplements such as Iron, B12, folate, biotin, and zinc are also beneficial to take as they can positively impact your hair.
When you do not fuel up on the right food, your body may begin to lose hair, so it is essential to keep an eye on what you eat.
Only wash your hair when necessary
Depending on your hair type, you may go 7 days without needing to wash it or feel it is too greasy after 1. Understanding your hair type and using the right products will help as you want to ensure your hair is getting all the natural oils it needs to stay strong.
Over-washing your hair may cause excess oil to be created and mimic dirty hair when in fact, leaving your hair for a couple of days in between each wash will eventually lead to healthier hair. When you use shampoo, the natural oils and moisture of the hair is stripped, leaving it dry and possibly damaged. We recommend leaving your hair for as long as possible, and if necessary, investing in a good quality dry shampoo to help extend those days.
Top tip – if you struggle with an excessively oily scalp, apply a clarifying shampoo to dry hair, as it will allow your shampoo to reach the oil without water interfering. The soap will not lather up until it is rinsed. Once you have rinsed out the first shampoo, do a second shampoo as you usually would in the shower or bath. Once this has been rinsed out, apply a good quality conditioner to the ends of your hair.
Style out your unwashed hair
Finding a hairstyle like a slick bun or ponytail will allow you to extend the time between washes in a stylish way. Dry shampoo will also help to extend the time in between hair washing. While slick ponytails and buns are excellent at creating extra time between washes, you can also cause damage to your hair if you use bands that are too tight or your hair is pulled too much, so be careful to allow your hair time to relax.
Applying a mask and allowing it time to sit will also help to improve the condition of your hair and can be styled out again in a bun if you wish to wear it throughout the day. We recommend our rescue mask as it is made of natural ingredients to smooth, regenerate and protect your hair.
Minimising the heat you put onto your hair will help to avoid breakages. But there are times we cannot avoid using heat to style our hair, so when it is necessary to use heat, investing in a good quality heat protector will help to keep your hair happy and healthy.
There are alternatives to styling that do not require heat, such as plaiting the hair when damp and leaving it to dry. This will reveal beachy waves.
Silk pillowcases or hair bands
You may have seen the rise in popularity of silk products, and there is a good reason for this. Silk allows the hair to move freely and keeps your hair hydrated, limiting the damage cotton can cause. While it does limit damage, silk products such as pillowcases and hairbands are also excellent at keeping frizzy and knotty hair tame and manageable while promoting shiny and soft hair. Silk products also have many skin benefits; discover our after-makeup skincare routine here.
Don’t skip a haircut!
It may seem strange to hear us tell you to cut your hair in order for it to grow, but it is one of the most important steps. By avoiding a haircut in fear, your hair will not grow; you are causing more damage than good.
When your hair is left for long periods without a trim, it will begin to split, and split ends travel up the hair, causing breakage and hair loss. Which you defiantly want to avoid if you are looking to keep your hair healthy. A regular trim will keep on top of split ends, and you will see your hair become stronger and longer over time.
Handle your hair with care
Your hair can become weak and prone to breakages if it is not looked after. It can be especially vulnerable when wet, so we recommend using our brush before showering to remove any tangles; this will minimise the need to brush the hair when wet and distribute any natural oils into the mid-lengths and ends.
When your hair is tangled, we suggest using a wide-tooth comb to brush your hair. Doing this twice a day will help to minimise the extent of the tangle, starting at the bottom of your hair, removing knots and working your way to the top.
Whilst we can not provide any overnight miracles to give you long and luscious locks, we can give you some realistic tips that can be easily incorporated into your daily and weekly routines. The most important thing to remember on your journey to healthy and happy hair is patience. Adding these steps to your routine will soon become a second thought, and you will begin to notice a difference in the condition of your hair. For more health and lifestyle tips and tricks, check out our blogs or find our must-have products below.