I’m sure that you, like me, would have spent a lot of energy, time, and money to get healthy hair as it plays an important role in your health and constitutes a major part of your personality, appearance and self confidence.
Hair also serves a valuable purpose of keeping your head warm and helps regulate the temperature of your body. Thus, you need to take extra care of your hair along with other vital organs.
Here are some of the best secrets around for healthy and gorgeous looking hair:
Healthy Hair Secrets
- Adopt Healthy Washing Techniques
- Although it is very basic, how you wash your hair and the products used in styling have a significant role in maintaining healthy hair.
- Wash your hair 3 or 4 times a week. However, if your scalp is oily, wash it more frequently as often as once in a day. If you see flakes in your hair, wash your hair with a mild natural shampoo to avoid dandruff and other scalp diseases.
- Use cold water to wash your hair. Cold water helps your hair shaft close making them shiny and bouncy. Avoid hot water as it is hard on your hair and can cause split ends and frizz.
- When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning primarily your scalp instead of washing the entire length of hair. This is can avoid dull and coarse flyaway hair.
- Adequate Use of Conditioner
- Use of conditioner after every shampoo can improve the look of your damaged hair by increasing shine, decreasing static electricity, improving strength and offering some protection from harmful UV rays. Here are some tips on how to use conditioner for optimal effect.
- Use conditioner on the tips of your hair as conditioners on the scalp or length of hair can make it look limp.
- Choose a shampoo and conditioner according to your hair type. For example, use a shampoo designed for color-treated hair if you color your hair.
- Deep Conditioning Treatment
- Give yourself a deep conditioning treatment once in a week as follows:
- Massage olive oil or almond oil gently into the roots of your hair.
- Wear a shower cap or plastic wrap to cover your hair.
- Leave the hair undisturbed for 2 hours or overnight to make the oil sit in your scalp.
- Wash and rinse it out with cold water.
- Use Healthy Products on your Hair
- Do not use chemical based shampoo at all. Instead prefer a shampoo made with natural ingredients, cleansing herbs and oils to wash your hair. Commercial shampoos contain strong cleansers (sulfates) that strip the natural oils from your hair and make it frizzy.
- Avoid the use of styling products that contain a lot of chemicals. Instead you can make your own hair gel and hairspray from the natural ingredients.
- Avoid dye, bleach, chemical straighteners, chemical curlers and Brazilian blowouts as they can damage your hair seriously if you use them too often.
- Use only high quality hairpieces for women, avoiding cheap or damaging clip in or glue in products.
- Avoid Damaging Treatments
- Protect your hair from wind, sun and cold temperature or else it will become dry and brittle over time.
- Wear a hat or scarf over your hair to protect it from harsh sun rays.
- Avoid going out in winter with wet hair. Freezing can make your hair brittle and frayed.
- If you notice split ends of hair, get a trim. It will not cause the ends to split very far up the shaft so there are less chances of breaking.
- Hot Oil Hair Massage
- According to Fabhow you must give hot oil massage to your hair at least once or twice a week. Use coconut oil or olive oil to restore the softness and shine of your hair.
- Make sure you apply oil to the roots, shaft and especially tips of your hair.
- General Care and Precautions
- Wear a tight-fitting swim cap, wet and condition your hair before swimming. It will protect them from harmful effects of chlorine. After swimming wash your hair with a specially formulated swimmers shampoo. Also, use a deep conditioner to replace the lost moisture.
- After hand washing your hair, gently pat it dry with a soft towel. Avoid wringing it as it would destroy its shape and fibers.
- Use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush to gently work through the tangles. Any extra force through your tangled hair can cause it to rip and break.
- Avoid the use of hair dryer, hair straightener, curling iron, and hot rollers very often. Heat exposure to your hair can harm it, so let your hair air dry instead.
- Put a hair serum in your hair before using heat styling devices when you need to use them for special occasions.
- Dyeing Precautions
- When dyeing your hair, prefer natural mehndi over chemical based dyes. It is much safer and smells good.
- If you have to use chemical based colors, test the store-bought color first before using. If you notice redness, rashes, swelling, itching or burning, discontinue as may be having an allergic reaction to the dye.
- Safety in Perming
- Take safety measures when perming your hair to prevent long-lasting damage. Follow instructions written on the package. Make sure you rinse the perm solution at the particular time which is suggested on the package.
- If you experience a lot of burning or stinging on your scalp after applying the perm solution, wash it immediately and consult your dermatologist.
- Eat Foods that Nourish your Hair
- You need enough protein, iron, vitamin B, and essential fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s in your diet to maintain thick and healthy hair.
- Seeds are high in plant-based proteins and essential fatty acids that are important nutrients for healthy hair.
- Use flaxseed, black sesame, sunflower, chia and pumpkin seeds in your salad, yogurt, rice, cereal and oatmeal or add them to your pancakes.
- Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale and Swiss chard are good sources of iron.
- Biotin nutrient found in egg yolks can prevent breakage of your hair and encourage your hair growth.
- Legumes contain an amino acid L-lysine. When you eat legumes with iron supplementation it can increase your iron stores and decrease hair loss.
- Nuts are rich in arginine, an important amino acid that can protect your hair from damaging effects of hair coloring and bleaching.
- Eating whole grains such as whole wheat, oats, barley, quinoa, spelt and millet can provide fiber, B vitamins, copper, iron, zinc and silica to your body. Copper supports production of melanin, which colors your hair and skin. B vitamins boost your metabolism and help maintain healthy hair.
- Oily cold-water fishes such as salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, herring, eel, pilchards, and kipper contain protein and essential fatty acids (EFAs) omega-3 and omega-6 that helps stimulate your hair growth.
Note: Pregnant and lactating women need to consult their doctors on safe consumption because certain fish can contain mercury and other toxins.