Beautiful and healthy hair is the wish of many people. Our hair is mainly made up of muscle tissue, keratin, oils, silicon, and proteins.
Although most women want healthy hair for their beauty’s sake. hair has a biological function that makes the body ‘feel’ and magnetically stabilize itself. In order to have more beautiful hair, it is necessary to constantly care for it, as it is exposed to many factors that can weaken and damage it.
There are many natural and easy ways to care for your hair and make it look beautiful, soft, and shiny.
Tips and tricks for healthy, shiny and beautiful hair
1. Avoid hair heat styling as much as possible.
But let’s be honest, you have to use them sometimes.
Michael Dueñas, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Hair Room Service, recommends steam rollers, which are gentle on the hair and do not get overly warm, as they’re heated solely by steam passing through the foam on the roller. But if you absolutely have to use hot tools (blow dryers, curling irons, wands, flat irons, hot rollers) to style your hair, always use a spray-in heat protectant, says Eve Galminche, Arrojo top colorist.
2. Always sleeps on silk.
Silk’s smooth texture won’t rough up your hair cuticle when you sleep the way cotton does, leaving you with smoother hair in return, explains Suave Professionals celebrity stylist Marcus Francis. Fewer frizzy strands in the morning? Now that’s the dream.
3. keeps hair clean
We’re sure you’ve heard a lot about the No-Poo movement (basically not shampooing your hair to preserve your natural oils), but Cristophe Salon Newport Beach owner Scott Fontana urges you to listen to your hair. “As long as women are using quality products, they can benefit from more frequent washing,” he explains. “It reduces split ends, provides great moisture, and gives hair an overall clean and shiny look.”
Not sure how often to lather up? Jeffrey J. Miller, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine suggests these straightforward rules: Wash daily if you live in a city with pollution or humidity, or work out daily. Wash every few days if you live in a rural environment away from pollutants, or an especially dry climate. And if your hair is normal or combination, with dry ends and oily roots, you should split the difference and wash every other day.
4. Doesn’t Skimp on Moisturizer
The skin that makes up your scalp needs moisture just like the skin on your face does, especially if it’s going to provide a healthy foundation for hair to grow, explains Riawna Capri of CLEAR Scalp & Hair. She adds: “A general rule of thumb is to condition every time you shampoo.”
But the moisturizing doesn’t end once you leave the shower. Even if you’re not heat-styling your hair, you should comb through a protective product, says Oribe Hair Care stylist Adam Livermore. It can reduce frizz, dryness, and split ends, and even protect your color!
5. stays loyal
It’s a common misconception that switching up your hair care brands keeps your hair healthier because it never gets time to adapt, but experts disagree. Instead, they suggest finding what works for you and sticking with it. Remember: Your hair doesn’t know the difference. And while it’s perfectly fine to change things up when searching for that perfect combination that leaves you with killer strands, once you find it, don’t let it go.
6. Eats the right food for healthy hair
For all the attention we pay to the hair follicle once it leaves the scalp, half the battle for beautiful hair is already lost (or won) by what you’re putting in your body every day. According to Dr. Robert Dorin, New York City-board certified diplomat of the American Board of Hair Restoration, what you eat plays a huge role in gloss, growth, and volume.
“A diet rich in iron, zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, and protein will help stimulate your hair follicles for growth,” Dorin recommends alternating between lean red meat, chicken, and fish during the week for optimum hair health.
7.vitamins for hair growth
Even if your diet is impeccable, it’s possible you’re missing out on some crucial hair-boosting vitamins. Not sure if you need them? Dr. Frank Lipman, founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, says the answer is in how healthy (or not-so-healthy) your skin and nails look. For example, if your fingernails are ridging and/or if you have dry, flaky skin, chances are your hair is crying out for help, too. But that’s easy to reverse: Once you start taking the right combo of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs, you can get fuller, shinier, and stronger hair in just a few months. Bonus: Your nails and skin will also benefit.
8.Protect hair from sun
You see the damage that a day without sun protection does to your skin, but even though your hair suffers just as much, it can be harder to tell. To prevent sun damage, Rik Rak Master Stylist Marcelo suggests applying a leave-in conditioner at least every other day. Careful application from mid-shaft to the ends of the hair can combat damage from the summer big three UV rays, wind, and saltwater.
And if you’re headed to the beach where the heat will be coming at you from all directions, spritz a generous application of heat protectant with SPF onto damp hair before going out, followed by a reapplication after swims — same as you would do for your skin.
9. Steers clear of snarls
Before you go ripping a comb through your strands, think about what you’re doing and be gentle. Use a wide-toothed comb for particularly tangled locks, and always brush your hair from bottom to top to avoid creating more knots and snarls.
10. Sets regular trims even when growing out hair
You might be tempted to skip seasonal trims when growing out your hair, but to add healthy length, you actually need to do just the opposite. Meri Kate O’Connor, senior colorist, and educator at Eva Scrivo Salon stands firm that a haircut every six to eight weeks is necessary to prevent split ends from forming as the hair cuticle splits.
“When the split goes up the hair shaft, it becomes so thin that it breaks — that’s when people get breakage.” And once your hair splits, there’s no way to repair it, so keep it trimmed to prevent harmful breakage before it starts.
11. keep cool water for Hair during shower
When you’re washing your hair, you don’t want the water too hot, warns David Edery, owner of Attitudes Paris Salon in Houston. Excess heat can blast the volume out of your hair, leaving you with limp locks. Instead, opt for warm water this temperature allows you to work up a nice lather while still staying hot enough to rinse suds clean. And when it comes to the final post-conditioner rinse, the colder the better. Chilly water locks in those coveted nutrients into each strand, adding a beautiful, healthy luster.
12. The right amount of product to use for Hair
If you cover your entire head when you shampoo or conditioner, you’re doing it wrong! Concentrate the shampoo on the first few inches of hair at the scalp, where you get the most oil and product buildup — your ends don’t need cleansing as much. As for conditioner, work it in from the mid-shaft to the ends where the hair is driest and prone to split ends.
13. Be Careful while dealing with Wet Hair
Wet hair is very fragile and breaks easily. When wet, the shaft and roots of your hair are more prone to sustaining damage. Don’t be too harsh when shampooing as it may lead to breakage. Also, avoid brushing immediately after a shower. If you have to, use a shower cap instead.
14. Hair Conditioning on a regular basis
Use a moisturizing conditioner after every wash. Missing this step could be the reason your hair is frizzy.
15. Condition The Right Way
Conditioners are formulated to seal in the moisture content in the hair shaft. They are not meant for the scalp. Start conditioning about 2 inches away from your scalp. Too much conditioner on the scalp will only make it excessively oily.
16. Use Shampoo And Conditioner from The Same Product Line
Choose a shampoo and conditioner from the same line as they have a similar formulation. These are made for a specific hair type and a specific purpose. It shows better results when you use a single line instead of two individual products.
17. Avoid Tight Hair Ties
Avoid using super tight hair ties. Instead, opt for scrunchies with cloth around them. Tight hair ties tend to pull your hair back real tight, which increases friction and can cause breakage.
18. Don’t Braid Tightly During Bedtime
When you go to bed at night, braid your hair loosely to avoid a frizzy mess. Leaving your hair open tends to create knots, which means you need to subject it to pulling and brushing in the morning. Over-brushing can lead to frizziness.
19. Choose Satin Pillow Covers
Sleeping on satin pillow covers is known to reduce hair breakage due to friction. Cotton and other materials are quite rough in texture due to which they also cause more friction against your hair.
20. Dry Hair Carefully
Pat your hair dry. Do not rub vigorously with a towel. You might dry your hair faster, but the amount of hair that breaks and falls away also doubles up.
21. Frequent Scalp Oiling
Frequent scalp oiling is a must. Use a gentle shampoo to get rid of oil. Scalp oiling is good for your hair. But do not overdo it as you will end up using more shampoo, which strips more of the scalp’s natural oils, no matter how mild it is. Oil massage is the oldest remedy for extra shiny and soft tresses. This is also the best home remedy for healthy hair.
You can use
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Almond oil
Warm the oil slightly and massage your scalp thoroughly. Leave it on for an hour before washing your hair. You can also leave it on overnight for better conditioning.
22. Use the best suitable Hair Mask
Always use a hair mask that is best suitable for your hair. The hair needs vary as per your hair type and troubles. It is necessary that you use the right masks, or it can aggravate your problem.
23. Avoid Hair Teasing
Avoid teasing your hair. Even if it creates a lot of volume, it ruins the hair texture.
24. Use Cold water for Hair wash
Always prefer warm or cold water over hot water while washing the hair. Cold doesn’t exactly mean freezing cold, you can use water at room temperature. Hot and warm water opens up the hair cuticles and the pores on the epidermis.
If the water is too hot, it can damage your hair. Use warm water for shampooing. After you have conditioned your hair, rinse it off with cold water.
25. Use Clarifying shampoo at least once in a month
Using a clarifying shampoo once every month is a good idea. This eliminates the trouble of product build-up due to which the shampoo and conditioners tend to lose effectiveness.
26. Brush Effectively
Brushing is a sure shot way to increase the luster of your hair. It spreads the natural oils through the length of your hair. But don’t overdo this. Do not use plastic brushes as they cause increased breakage.
27. Healthy Diet
The healthier you are, the better your hair looks.
Certain nutrients, like vitamins, iron, and proteins, are essential for hair growth and health. If you are unable to obtain enough from your diet, you need to consider supplements after consulting a doctor.
A good diet for hair will also boost your confidence to stay healthy and smart. Your diet also affects the health of the hair.
It is, therefore, important to eat plenty of :
- High-protein foods
28. Avoid Overuse Of Chemicals
The overuse of chemical shampoos and conditioners can leave the hair dull and dry. The chemicals, apart from doing no good to your hair, do no good to the environment. Hence, it is better to use products that are naturally obtained or herbal.
29. Quality of Comb and Brush
It is important to know what kind of combs and brushes are used to manage hair. High-quality combs and brushes are suggestible over low-quality products as they help massage and relax your scalp.
If you have curly hair, a nylon bristle brush will help tame it. Ensure that the combs and brushes you use are clean and neat. Avoid sharing them as it increases the chances of transfer of dandruff and other skin infections.
The basics are where it begins, but additional care is something we cannot skip. If those products on the shelf are no longer cutting it for you, it is time to move to more natural solutions. Solutions that you can cook up in your kitchens with little effort.
30. Use the correct amount of shampoo
Too often, people overuse the amount of shampoo they need.
- People who have medium to long hair should use about a quarter-sized amount of shampoo.
- People who have medium to short hair should use about a nickel-sized amount.