While genetics play a key role, your diet, the weather, pollution, and your overall approach to hair care are all critical to maintaining your crowning glory. Shinier, healthy hair is just 10 tricks away.
1. Massage Your Locks: when your applying your shampoo and conditioner, you should give yourself a gentle massage. The movement helps stimulate blood-flow to the scalp, which brings new blood cells to the area and helps rejuvenate the hair’s roots. Massaging your locks with the oil can make hair feel stronger and look both shinier and healthier.
2. Balance the pH Level: Use Apple cider vinegar rinse to help balance the scalp’s natural pH level, causing hair to look shinier and healthier over time.
3. Get Regular Haircuts: Regular haircuts ensure minimal split ends or breakage. Go for a trim every six to eight weeks. Avoiding the salon is counterproductive to growing out your hair.
4. Don’t Ignore Your Scalp: Consult a doctor, if you’re constantly scratching your head due to dryness and itchiness. Don’t ignore it. A chronic itch traumatizes your scalp. According to the Cleveland Clinic, an itch could be problematic if you find it difficult to work or if itchy spots become sore.
5. Wear Hats: The sun heat oxidizes your hair and dries it out. So, while a hat protects your face from the sun, it also protects your scalp from burning and hair from dehydrating. This is as good an excuse as any to treat yourself to a cute sun hat.
6. Use Hot Tools Only When Needed (Use Protectant): If you insist on blow-drying your hair every day, get smart: Don’t concentrate the highest level on your hair for a long time. Keep it moving on a cooler setting and lower velocity. It might take a little bit longer, but a little more care and time will be beneficial. If you plan to curl or straighten your hair with a hot wand or iron, use a protective spray beforehand—that’s number-one rule to protect hair.
7. Watch out for Water Temperature: Skip hot water showers, because hot water will make your hair dry and brittle as it strips protective oils from your hair. Prefer a temperature which is just a bit warmer than your body temperature.
8. Tying Hair Tightly is a big NO-NO: To prevent breakage due to brittle hair avoid using bands and do not tie your hair too tightly.
9. Avoid Brushing Wet Hair: Wet hair is three times weaker and thus more likely to break. Towel dry your hair first and then gently detangle your hair using a wide tooth comb.
10. Eat a Healthy Diet: Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet of raw fruits and vegetables. The most effective home treatment for hair care is a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and what you put into your body will be reflected on the outside.