Yes, it is entirely possible to get the hair you’ve always dreamed of. And no, you don’t have to resort to rocking clip-in extensions forever. We’ve put together our collection of THE BEST 10 healthy hair tips to help you get the tresses you deserve!
Our Top 10 Healthy Hair Tips for Swoon-Worthy Locks
1. Stay Away From SLS
Hair products should leave us with luscious, flowing, voluminous hair, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Shampoos with SLS are very drying and can cause redness, irritation, cell damage, and excess stripping of the hair’s natural oils. Yikes!
To let your hair live its best life, switch it up to an SLS-free shampoo. And if your hair has already endured the effects of SLS, using an activating serum can help restore and revitalize your locks.
2. Do Not Use Hot Water to Wash Your Hair
Healthy, shiny, frizz-free hair starts in the shower. I know there’s nothing better than a hot steamy shower at the end of the day. But for the sake of your locks, do not use hot water on your hair!
Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and work in your favorite shampoo, focusing on gently massaging your scalp. As for your conditioner, apply it to the length of your hair, focusing on the ends. Let the conditioner do its thing for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water.
I get that using cold water to rinse your hair doesn’t sound like the most relaxing shower. But I promise it’s worth it to help you achieve a smooth and shiny texture!
3. Follow a Good Hair Care Routine
We spend so much time and money on our skincare routines, but we often forget about a routine for healthy hair! If you don’t already have a haircare regime, now is the time to consider one.
To nourish your hair, use a collagen hair mask once a week to promote hair growth and prevent breakage. Give yourself a relaxing scalp massage with this (amazing) scalp exfoliant to remove dead skin and impurities. Then, apply a thickening leave-in conditioner after you wash your hair for extra nourishment and shine.
4. Always Use A Heat Protector Before Styling Your Hair
If you want to straighten your hair without damage, this step is an absolute must-do. Before you pick up your hot tools, make sure you always use a heat protector on your hair.
Heat protectors form a protective layer around your strands, helping to lock in moisture and distribute heat evenly. This protective layer works to lessen the damage from your hot tools. On top of that, they also work to prevent fizz on muggy days and protect your hair from pollutants.
It’s a win-win situation, so there’s no excuse not to protect your hair before you plug in your hair straighter!
5. Use A Lower Heat Setting on Your Flat Iron
While hair straighteners can go all the way up to 450°, that doesn’t mean you have to use that setting to straighten your hair. So what heat setting should you use? Aim for the lowest heat setting that allows you to straighten your hair with a single pass of your straightener. If your hair isn’t falling straight after one pass through, you may need to turn up the heat.
With that being said, different hair types will require different settings. Thick, curly, or coarse hair will require a higher heat setting to achieve straight locks with a single pass-through. Whereas, if you have damaged or fine hair, try to stay as low as possible to prevent further damage!
6. Get Regular Trims
Cutting dead weight isn’t just something you say when you go through a bad breakup. Cutting the dead weight from your hair makes it more robust and healthier. Set a regular schedule for haircuts or trims to ensure that your hair doesn’t get overburdened and begin to suffer.
7. Protect Your Hair From Environmental Stressors
Did you know that environmental factors like pollution, dust, wind, sun, and smoke can be damaging to your tresses? These environmental factors can’t be avoided, but they can be managed if you protect your hair.
Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer is a pre-styling spray that protects hair from damage from environmental factors. Plus, it contains UV protection to protect hair from the drying effects of the sun.
8. Use The Right Comb/Brush
Choosing the right brush or comb to style your hair can really make or break your look! When it comes to detangling knots and brushing out tangles, a wide-tooth comb is your best bet. The multiple bristles on a brush can cause your hair to get tangled around them, leading to breakage.
After you’ve detangled with your wide-tooth comb, make sure to go in with your paddle brush to give your hair some extra TLC. Brushing your hair distributes the natural oils from your scalp to the rest of your hair, resulting in shiny, smooth locks. Plus, it massages the scalp promotes blood flow, and stimulates hair growth.
9. Eat A Nourishing Diet
Did you know that thinning hair can be a direct result of not getting the right nutrients and eating the right foods? If you’ve noticed your hair getting thinner, or even falling out, it could be related to your diet. Want to thicken up those locks? Add these healthy foods to your diet to prevent hair loss and dry brittle locks.
- Soy Beans
- Leafy Greens
10. Use A Silk Pillowcase
The last of our 10 healthy hair tips is certainly a goodie. Using a silk pillowcase could be one of the best things you do for your hair. Not only are they AMAZING for your hair and skin, but they are also super cute. Hello, stylish bedding!
The 100% Pure Mulberry Silk pillowcases by Blissy are much more gentle on your hair than traditional cotton pillowcases. These luxe silk pillowcases help prevent split ends and hair damage, and that dreadful just woke up bed head look.
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