There are quite a few things you can do to take care of your hair and the experts at Cost Cutters should be able to give you sound advice on the matter.
Your health, genes, diet and lifestyle contribute to your hair’s overall condition and by following the tips below you’ll be able to have a healthier, fuller mane.
1. Make sure you get all the essential vitamins and nutrients.
A healthy balanced diet is a must if you want your hair and scalp healthy. Eat 45 grams of protein (or more) daily everyday. Include lean meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs and beans in your diet. If you don’t get enough protein, your hair will become brittle and weak, and may even lead to hair loss.
Another thing to incorporate in your diet is zinc. If you’re deficient in zinc, it will lead to hair loss. Consuming nuts, veggies, fruits and even taking zinc supplements may also come in handy.
Finally, as far as hair health is concerned, be sure you have enough omega 3s which stimulate hair follicles for growth as well as improve the health of your scalp. Excellent sources of omega 3s are fish, yogurt, flaxseed, cottage cheese and salads.
2. Get up close and personal with your hair.
Choose the right shampoo, conditioner and other hair care products by knowing the type of hair you have, your lifestyle, activity level and how often you should use hair care products.
Using the wrong shampoo and hair products can lead to hair damage. Know whether your hair is normal, dry or oily and use the correct products. Moreover, avoid shampoos with harsh ingredients, like sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate.
3. Know how often to shampoo, condition and brush your hair.
Conditioning right after you apply shampoo is necessary to keep your hair shiny, soft and manageable. You should run a comb through your hair after applying conditioner for even distribution and wait 2-3 minutes before rinsing.
The standard rules are:
- Wash your hair no more than once every other day.
- Use just enough product.
- Don’t use very cold or very hot water.
- Be extra gentle with your wet hair.
4. Trim your hair every 10-12 weeks.
This is important so as to prevent split ends and keep the hair healthy.
5. Apply a deep conditioner once a week.
Both hairstylists and dermatologists agree that deep conditioning your hair every week is important to keep the hair extra hydrated.
6. Wear a hat when you stay under the sun for long periods.
The sun oxidizes your hair which means it will dry it out. Wearing a hat not only protects your skin but also keeps your scalp from burning and the hair from getting dry.
7. Don’t over brush your hair.
Brushing your hair is a good habit but keep it to once or twice a day. Excessive brushing will cause stretching and it will also lead to breakage.
8. Don’t use hot tools regularly.
Keep your use of hot tools to just 1-2x a week and stick to the lowest setting. Learn how to protect your hair from heat from this guide: