Maintaining healthy hair requires more than just an occasional trim or color treatment—it also necessitates developing healthy hair habits. You can have the gorgeous hair in the world, but if you don’t take care of it properly, it will eventually become damaged, dry, and brittle. To prevent that from happening, adopt these ten healthy hair habits.
Since most of us weren’t born with perfect hair, achieving and maintaining healthy hair takes a little extra effort. But by following these ten simple tips, you can have the healthy, beautiful hair you’ve always wanted.
Use a Mild Shampoo
When it comes to shampoo, less is more. Harsh shampoos can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and susceptible to breakage. Instead, opt for a mild shampoo that cleans your hair without stripping it of its moisture. When using shampoo, focus on your scalp rather than your hair. Use your fingertips to massage your scalp for a minute or two before rinsing the shampoo. This will help to remove any build-up on your scalp and encourage blood flow, which is essential for healthy hair growth.
Conditioning is essential in any hair care routine, but it’s essential if you have dry or damaged hair. Conditioner helps to replenish the moisture in your hair, making it softer and more manageable. If your hair is particularly dry or damaged, you may consider using a deep conditioner once or twice a week. This will help restore your hair's natural oils and prevent future damage.
Be Gentle When Styling
If you’re constantly putting your hair through heat styling and harsh chemicals, it’s no wonder it’s damaged. To prevent further damage, be gentle when styling your hair. Invest in a good quality heat protectant spray and use it with heat tools every time you style your hair. When using chemical treatments, such as hair color or bleach, follow the directions carefully and avoid leaving the products in your hair for longer than necessary.
Over washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Limit washing your hair to a few times a week if you can. If your hair gets greasy quickly, you may need to wash it more frequently, but be sure to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. If you must wash your hair daily, consider using a dry shampoo between washes. This will help absorb excess oil and keep your hair fresh and clean.
Use Hair Masks
Hair masks are a great way to deep condition your hair and restore moisture. If your hair is particularly dry or damaged, use a hydrating hair mask once or twice a week. For an easy, DIY hair mask, combine one ripe banana with two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of honey. Massage the mixture into your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it.
Let Your Hair Air Dry
Whenever possible, let your hair air dry instead of blow-drying it. Blow drying can damage your hair, so if you can avoid it, do so. If you must use a blow dryer, use a heat protectant spray and hold the dryer at least six inches away from your head. Use the lowest setting possible and aim for the airflow down the hair shaft to prevent frizz.
Avoid Tight Hairstyles
Tight hairstyles, such as ponytails, buns, and cornrows, can stress your hair and lead to breakage. If you wear your hair in a tight style often, give your hair a break by wearing it loose or in a low-key style every few days. And, when you do wear your hair in a tight style, be sure to use a gentle, moisture-sealing product to protect your hair.
Be Mindful of Your Diet
What you eat has a direct impact on the health of your hair. Eat a diet rich in protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids to promote healthy hair growth. If you’re not getting enough of these nutrients from your diet, consider taking a supplement. You can also find them in many hair care products, such as hair masks and conditioners.
Get Regular Trims
Regular trims are essential for keeping your hair healthy and free of split ends. How often you need a trim will depend on your hair type and how fast it grows, but most people should get a trim every six to eight weeks. When trimming your hair, go to a professional stylist who will use sharp scissors and cut your hair cleanly. This will help to prevent further damage and split ends.
Certain supplements, such as biotin and fish oil, can promote healthy hair growth. If you’re not getting enough of these nutrients from your diet, consider taking a supplement. You can also find them in many hair care products, such as hair masks and conditioners. Be sure to speak with your doctor before taking any supplements, as they may interact with your other medications.