Beauty comes from taking care of your inner and outer self, beautiful hair is no different. Whether you have short or long hair, you can drastically change your hair’s appearance by making a few simple lifestyle changes. For healthy, shiny and strong hair, there are a variety of things you can do, see below for six tips and tricks.
1. Brush Properly
The proper way to brush your hair is starting from the ends and slowly brush up farther and farther until you reach the roots. If you start brushing at the roots, you can cause damage to your hair and scalp from excessive tugging at knots in your hair. Also, it’s best to only brush your hair as needed, excessive brushing can cause damage.
2. Styling Wet Hair
Wet hair is much more fragile than dry hair. If you style your hair when it is wet, you will risk more hair breakage, it’s best to dry your hair first and then style your hair. If you prefer to style your hair when it is wet, use a wide tooth comb and brush slowly to avoid breakage.
3. Tight Hairstyles
Ponytails, buns and any other updo are handy for bad hair days, although, tying your hair back too tight too often can cause damage to your scalp and roots. The hair elastics you use can have an impact as well, look for hair elastics covered in fabric as these are ideal for your hair.
Instead of using hair elastics to tie up your hair, consider clips or bobby pins. These won’t damage your hair and they can be a lot more fun than a ordinary ponytail or bun!
4. Hot Showers
Everyone loves a hot shower, especially when it’s cold out. However, too much heat in the shower can wash out the natural oils in your hair. Without those oils, you can develop dandruff and greasy hair as a result of your body over producing natural oils to replenish what was washed out from hot showers.
The same goes for anything that overheats your hair. Blow dryers, curlers and straighteners are all examples of devices that can cause significant damage to your hair from overheating.
5. Too Much of a Good Thing
Using too many hair products daily and having too many hair treatments can do more bad than good. As much as it is a treat to use fancy hair products and alter your hair, it is important to be mindful of the damage it can cause from overuse.
Hair products are necessary for certain things, such as heat protectors before styling your hair, but too much product can weight down your hair or interfere with the natural oils in your hair.
Treatments such as perms, colouring and relaxing shouldn’t be done all the time. Anyone who has had any of these treatments knows that it can make your hair brittle and dry. Make sure to inform your hairdresser of any recent treatments to enable them to provide you with the service considering your hair’s condition.
Remember, when it comes to hair, less is more!
6. Improper Nutrition
All the hair treatments and styling in the world won’t fix unhealthy hair unless you take care of your body too. Avoid skipping meals and stay hydrated, otherwise your hair, and other parts of your body, won’t get the nutrients needed to stay healthy. The healthier you are, the better you will look!
In addition, too little protein can have an impact on your hair. Hair is made up of keratin, a type of protein, which means that too little protein in your diet equates weak and unhealthy hair.