Healthy hair can be seen as anyone’s crowning glory. However, with today’s harsh environment, unpredictable weather, plus all the chemicals in our hair products, we’re unknowingly causing damage to our hair. Here, we’ll give you 7 tips for healthier shinier hair in the simplest and most natural way.
- Have a Balanced Diet
Eating a good and balanced diet is important not just for the body but for the hair as well. Hair is mostly made up of protein so it’s advisable to have at least 45g of protein every day to maintain its strength and shine.
Here are some great sources of protein for your hair:
- Lean meat
- Chicken breast
Lack of protein could result in hair loss, weak hair, and loss of hair color as well. Other nutrients that the hair needs are zinc and omega-3 fatty acids which can be found in vegetables, fruits, seeds, and cheese.
- Use a Strengthening Shampoo
Shampooing sometimes strips our hair off its natural oils. These oils are needed to help keep it healthy and strong. Using the wrong kind of shampoo will dry out our hair and do more harm than good.
This will require a bit of trial and error. Look for products that are right for your hair type. Determine your problem areas and then choose products that target those, like hair fall, dandruff, or dry hair.
Avoid shampoos with harsh chemicals like ammonium lauryl sulfate, or parabens. Also, try to shampoo your hair not more than four times a week.
- Choose Your Brushes Wisely
Not only should you brush with care but you have to make sure that you’re using the right comb or brush for your hair. It’s important to not cause any damage or breakage while untanglingyour hair.
It’s advisable to have both a wide-toothed comb and a styling brush at your disposal. A wide toothed-comb should be used first, to untangle any strands, then once your hair is tangle-free from root-to-tip, then you can proceed with brushing it as you would.
Use a brush when blow-drying to add more shine to your locks.
- Avoid Over-Brushing
Your hair loves to be brushed, but over-brushing can lead to hair damage. Brushing it too much can lift your hair cuticles and break it which will then make your hair look dry. As a rule of thumb, just brush your hair whenever you think it needs to be brushed, or if you need to untangle it.
On the other hand, if you have wavy or curly hair, then combing or raking it with your hands will do the trick.
- Protect Hair From the Sun
When it comes to our skin, we make sure to take care of it using moisturizing lotion with SPF, but it’s not just our skin that needs sun protection, our hair can also be damaged by the sun and other elements. To combat this, always do regular conditioning. This will help bring back the moisture that your hair lost and it will help it look healthy.
If you’re going for a swim, always protect your hair by applying a bit of hair conditioner before diving into the water. Also, wear hats in hot weather.
- Trim Regularly
Another way to get healthy and shiny hair is to get a regular haircut. This is especially helpful if you’re prone to getting dry ends. You can help your hair grow more healthy by trimming those split ends. If it’s summer or if your hair is looking dry, try trimming your hair once a month and you’ll see it looking healthier again.
- Apply Natural Hair Masks
Natural hair masks are great for damaged and dry hair. One of the most effective mixtures is the “honey, egg, and apple cider vinegar” hair mask. It’s a hydrating treatment that can also combat dandruff thanks to the antibacterial properties of ACV.
Here is the list of ingredients:
But first, do a patch test for allergies on your neck, wrist and elbows before applying to your hair.
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp ACV
- 1 egg
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Apply on your hair and leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
Start Growing Healthier and Shinier Hair
Healthy hair starts from the inside out. Make sure to eat healthy, and form healthy hair habits in order to maintain beautiful and strong hair. Drink vitamins and follow the tips above, and you won’t have any problems wearing any kind trendy hairstyle in the future because your hair will be healthy enough to rock them all.