No matter the hair type you have, you are likely to stumble upon some hair obstacles. Everyone does!
Maybe you’re not sure which haircare products to use. Perhaps you feel frustrated that nothing stops your hair from falling. Maybe you’re buying the most expensive hair care products and still end up with dry and damaged hair.
Curly, straight, thin, thick, dry – these are the most popular hair types and each of them requires a different approach… But there are a few must-know tips for healthy hair that everyone can practice to keep their hair in top shape.
Most of these are common-sense hair care tips, and you will find them pretty easy to implement in your hair care routine. They’re also universal and – dare I say – essential for healthy hair. Skipping one or two can be the reason why you keep cursing your hair every morning. So scroll down for the best tips for healthy hair… Your journey to Rapunzel locks starts now!
25 Must-Know Tips For Healthy Hair
Healthy Hair Starts With Healthy Scalp And Roots
1. Always take care of your hair roots
Roots are the most sensitive part of your hair, and they require special attention and nutrition. Nourish, strengthen, and protect your hair roots with natural products before washing your hair to give your hair a boost every time. Oils like olive oil, avocado oil, argan oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, even egg, banana, or avocado hair masks work wonders in feeding your hair roots – give them a try and watch your hair become lush again.
2. Learn how to shampoo your hair the right way
Probably one of the best tips for healthy hair I’ve ever received was to shampoo it smart. This means that you should always use a shampoo that fits your hair type (I mean – duh! – but yeah, I’m capable of forgetting the basics). Also, apply the shampoo to the roots only. It’s enough to scrub (lather) the scalp and let the foam run down the hair length when washing out. It will prevent your hair from getting damaged or dried out by the cleansing ingredients in your shampoo.
3. Use a scalp scrub
If this is new for you, you are not alone! When I first applied a scalp scrub, I felt renewed, refreshed and a whole new person (I’m serious!). Scalp scrubs offer an in-depth cleaning, which is why it is able to revive flat hair, making it shinier, bouncier, and overall happier.
Using a scalp scrub is also a must if you’re experiencing clogged or blocked hair follicles.
4. Consider a scalp massager
If you want to achieve the best hair results, it might be useful to use a scalp massager. Any gentle scalp massager will improve blood circulation, which means more nourishment to your hair roots and healthier hair overall. On top of that, it feels so good! You can even get a scalp massager that can be used in a shower while you’re washing your precious locks. Lovely.
5. Don’t wash your hair too often
You should wash your hair as soon as it starts getting greasy, but if you’re washing your hair every morning (even if it’s not that greasy yet)… You might be doing yourself a bad favor. Shampooing too often makes your scalp even greasier and your hair ends get even dryer. Try to find a balance between cleanliness and hair protection:
- Replace a regular shampoo wash with a dry shampoo session;
- Wear your second-day hair in a tousled updo;
- Try a co-wash (washing your hair with just conditioner) if you still want to wash your hair on a daily basis.
Healthy Hair Needs Moisture In Order To Shine
6. Never skip hair conditioner
Especially if your hair is damaged or dried out! Using a hair conditioner is a must and it’s best to only apply it to the middle and bottom part of your hair. It’s generally a bad idea to apply conditioners on your roots – it may clog the pores and weigh your hair down.
7. Avoid extra hot baths
Hot water damages your hair because it easily removes the natural oils and makes your hair even drier. Try to use the lukewarm or even cold-ish water to wash your hair, especially if you’re trying to grow your hair faster.
8. Purchase silicone-free products
Removing silicone from your hair care routine will be gentler on your hair and prevent unnecessary chemical damage. Want to go the extra mile? Look for products that don’t contain sulphates and parabens too.
9. Rinse super well!
Always rinse thoroughly and make sure there are no hair care products left behind. Shampoo or conditioner residue can cause your hair to look heavy, dull, and lifeless. Simply speaking, you’ll end up washing it more often than you need.
10. Apply a deeply hydrating hair mask once a week
This will offer hydration and nourishment to restore and heal your hair from deep within. Choose hair masks with nourishing ingredients like oils, butters, biotin, and of course – avocado!
11. Shield your hair from sun damage
UV rays can seriously damage your hair (and make your new hair color fade faster!), so make sure to wear a hat if the day is very sunny or when you’re hitting the beach.
12. Stick to your hair care routine
Caring for your hair just sometimes will also give you just some results. To keep your hair healthy and beautiful, try to stay consistent with your hair care routine.
Tips For Healthy Hair: PREVENTING BREAKAGE
13. Use your towel gently
If you want to prevent hair breakage and split ends, it’s important to dry your hair with patting motions. Never rub your hair with a towel (like you would do for your body) as it’s a straight way to dry and split ends.
14. Do not ponytail every day
Allow your hair to breathe and be free! Ponytails, buns, and braids are pretty, but both elastics and hairpins can cause hair breakage. It’s best to avoid wearing those hairstyles too often.
15. Reconsider dyeing
If your hair is in very bad condition, it might be a good idea to allow it to rest. Skipping hair dye is a great idea if you like your natural hair color (or at least can tolerate it…).
To make sure you don’t look like a bad balayage while growing your hair out, visit a hairdresser and ask her to dye your hair in your natural color. This way, you’ll be able to regrow your natural hair without any more coloring.
16. Use silk pillowcases
This might be anecdotal but I’ve definitely noticed less breakage once I switched to silk pillowcases (bonus benefit: they’re wonderful for your skin too!).
17. Get your hair trimmed regularly
Trimming helps you to get rid of split ends that tend to split further. If you want to grow your hair long and are afraid to lose the length, find a hairdresser you really trust and ask her to clip only the very ends of your hair.
Tips For Healthy Hair: STYLING SMART
18. Brush your hair gently
It’s still widely recommended to brush your hair with a wide-tooth comb but it rarely works for me… I’ve found that using a detangler brush works a lot better! It doesn’t hurt your scalp even if you’re brushing your hair while it’s wet. Plus, I’ve noticed that my ends look a lot healthier since I’ve replaced my regular hairbrush with a detangler brush.
19. Air-dry your hair as often as possible
Hot styling tools (like hairdryers, straighteners or curlers) are awesome but if you want to have healthier locks, try to air-dry your hair as much as possible.
20. Blow-dry your hair with a brush
If you’re never saying goodbye to your blow dryer, using a hairbrush with it can help to tame your hair while avoiding straighteners or curlers. You can even try a hot hairbrush (yes, that exists!) for more convenience.
21. Use a heat protector
Always protect your hair before heat styling, as both the straighteners and the curling irons can cause serious damage. A well-formulated heat protector will coat your strands with a lightweight film to keep your hair safe while you’re styling it.
22. Dry before styling!
Never heat-style your hair while wet, as this can also damage your hair significantly. For example, if you’re using a straightener on wet hair, you’re drying your hair at an extremely fast rate! To avoid that, make sure your hair is completely dry, and only then grab that straightener.
23. Keep the temperatures on the lower side
Use your heat-styling devices on the lowest setting (despite the fact that it will take longer to finish the job) – it will cause a lot less damage to your hair.
24. Move it!
This is simple, but a lot of people tend to forget it! Use continuous moves when styling your hair with blowdryers. Pointing your dryer at the same spot for too long can dry your hair and even burn your scalp.
25. Use a clarifying shampoo
If you like to use a lot of styling products in your hair, make sure to regularly use a clarifying shampoo. It removes the residues that might be clogging and weighing your hair down, and allows you to style your hair easier.
Keeping Your Hair Healthy Starts With A Little Bit Of Effort
These are the top tips for healthy hair that will help you to create your next hair care routine (that actually gives you results!).
For starters, purchase a shampoo, a conditioner, and a mask for your hair type. Then, add specialized products to see how your hair reacts to those. Skip hair care mistakes and you’re on the way to the healthiest hair possible!
My most important tip for healthy hair is to consider chemical-free products. Silicones, sulfates, parabens, or similar compounds can take a toll on your hair and roots… So whenever you can, try to go with natural formulas that are rich in plant extracts and essential oils.
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