Bad hair day happens. For many of us, it happens more frequently than we’d like. If you can relate, then you’d probably want to know how you can have bouncy, healthy hair like the ones being flaunted in hair care ads right? Well, I’m here to tell you that while having perfect, voluminous, shiny and fizz-free hair 24/7 is not possible, there are things you can do to have a beautiful and healthy mane.
Let’s start with the basics.
First, you need to wash your hair regularly. Now I know you’ve been told to wash your hair as infrequently as possible but experts advise against it. Of course it’s not recommended to wash your hair every single day but you should at least wash it every 2-3 days to get rid of excess oil and dirt. For those with very dry hair, you may wash twice a week. But if your scalp gets oily fast, wash your hair every other day.
An important thing to remember when washing your hair is that it’s more beneficial to the hair to use shampoo that is free from chemicals. There’s already enough chemicals in the environment to damage the hair, don’t add to it by using shampoos filled with chemicals like sulfates and parabens. Gentle shampoo made with all-natural ingredients are always your best bet.
Know how to condition your hair. Apply it on the hair tips only, not the scalp if you want to get the best results.
You’re probably always drying your hair using a blower. This is understandable as blow-drying does make the hair look great. But if you use heating tools excessively, it will eventually damage the hair. Keep your use of blow dryers and irons to a minimum – only for important events. On regular days towel dry or air dry your hair instead.
Another hair care tip to remember is to not sleep with wet hair. You should also try not to comb wet hair as doing this can be damaging to your strands.
If you apply oil or serum to your hair, this can have benefits like nourishment and shine to the hair. It also improves moisture content, repairs split ends and promote growth. However be sure to go for natural oil products like coconut or olive oil and avoid mineral oils.
When combing your hair, go for a wide-toothed comb especially if you need to use it on wet hair. Wet hair is prone to breakage so using a wide-tooth comb can help reduce the damage.
Get a trim regularly. Split ends can occur no matter what you do. You can get rid of them by getting a trim every 6-8 weeks.
Eat healthy meals. Your hair needs nutrients to be healthy and strong. That said, consume enough protein and amino acids, as well as other foods like berries, nuts, green leafy veggies and fish which are also great for the hair.
Avoid chemical products as well as heating tools as much as possible, and maintain a healthy diet so you can have healthy, beautiful hair.