Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a good hair day every single day? Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure that your hair looks shiny and lustrous every day, regardless of your hair type. In this article, you will find some healthy hair tips that can go a long way in maintaining smooth, shiny hair. Follow these tips to get the hair you want now!
Healthy Hair Tips
1. Wash oily hair more frequently
The way and frequency with which you wash your hair can greatly affect its health. How often you wash your hair should depend on how much oil your scalp produces. If your scalp is oily, you should wash your hair more frequently, probably once every day. On the other hand, if your hair is dry or if it is chemically treated, wash it less frequently. As a rule of thumb, wash your hair only when it feels oily.
2. Shampoo the scalp
When washing your hair, focus on shampooing mainly the scalp instead of the entire length of hair. Washing only your hair can create flyaways that are coarse and dull. Massaging the scalp while shampooing can increase blood circulation and help prevent dandruff. Massage your scalp for about 40 seconds before washing it off. If your hair is curly or wavy, avoid using a shampoo with silicone or sulfate.
3. Condition the tips
Always use a conditioner after you shampoo, unless you use a 2-in-1 shampoo which both cleans and conditions your hair. Concentrate conditioner on the tips of your hair, instead of on the scalp. If you want soft and silky hair, leave the conditioner in your hair for a while before washing it off.
4. Seal your hair with cool water
Try to wash your hair at the coolest setting you feel comfortable with or at least, give a final rinse of cool water after conditioning. Doing so will help seal the cuticle and prevent moisture from entering the hair follicle, which can help prevent frizz and make your hair shiny. You can occasionally use hot water to wash your hair if it is too oily or dirty.
5. Dry your hair carefully
Always try to use the warm setting on your blow dryer to dry your hair and give a shot of cold air in the end to lock in the shine. Never blow dry your hair when it is dripping wet since it will not only take a lot of time, but also damage your hair. Use a towel to blot your hair 80% dry, then start blow drying your hair. If your hair is dry, curly or coarse, dry your hair only 25-50%. Also, make sure when you are using the blow dryer, you hold it 6-8 inches from your hair and point it down on your hair shaft to prevent frizz and damage.
6. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet
Your hair is the most fragile when it’s wet, so avoid brushing or excessively combing it until it is dry and only use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair. Some people say that if you brush your hair 100 strokes a day, it will be smoother. However, the only thing it will do is cause breakage.
7. Use a natural bristle brush
When you do brush your hair, use a natural bristle brush like a boar bristle brush. These types of brushes are more flexible and softer, and can distribute the oils in your hair evenly to make it shinier and softer. All of this means that your hair will be less damaged with a natural bristle brush.
8. Go easy on styling products
Try not to use styling products too often as it can be damaging to your hair. Try to use them at most 4 times a week to avoid any damage. Also, make sure you don’t use them on your scalp since such products can dry it out. If you must use styling products, apply them to only your hair strands and not the scalp. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of all the product build up.
9. Don’t color your hair too frequently
Have you had your hair colored and went to your colorist as soon as you saw the first sign of root regrowth? We have all been there, but what we don’t know is that we are actually doing a lot of damage to our hair. You should ideally wait about 6-8 weeks before you go back to get your hair colored. There are a couple of things you can do to stretch the time between color jobs. Washing less frequently will help extend color. When you do shampoo, make sure you use a color-safe or color-enhancing formula. If you have hard water (and you would know if it is difficult to make shampoo or soap lather), use a shower filter as the heavy mineral content can fade away your color.