We all want gorgeous, flowing tresses, but sometimes it can feel like you are either born with it or you’re not. It’s true that a lot about your hair is genetic – if you’re born with fine hair, there’s only so much you can do to volumize – but it’s not entirely out of your control. Daily care and maintenance plays a large part in achieving healthy hair.
Here are four top tips to keep your hair looking luscious, young, and healthy.
1. Watch the Heat
Using too much heat can make your hair sizzle – and not in a good sexy, sizzling way.
Take your hair texture into account when choosing a heat level for your styling tools. Thinner hair needs a lower temperature setting, while thicker temperature needs a higher heat. Whatever your hair volume, you want to avoid the highest heat settings, as they can be damaging to all hair types.
Before you even reach for that heated styling tool, it’s best to use some sort of heat protector. A quality heat protection spray or serum can greatly reduce the chances of heat damaging your hair.
When using a hair dryer, be sure not to hold it too close. Ideally, keep the hair dryer at least six inches from your head. This can get tiring for any arm, but on the bright side, you’ll be toning your arms!
Pro tip: Hold the hair dryer by the back of the barrel barrel, rather than the handle. Professional stylists hold their dryers this way because most of the weight is in the barrel – so it’s easier on your arm.
If that’s still too much for you, let your hair air dry until it’s almost dry. It’ll be easier on your arms and you’ll be applying less heat to your hair, minimizing the damage.
2. Take Caution with Wet Hair
You get out of the shower, and you run a brush through your hair. We’ve all done it, and we’ve all suffered the consequences.
Brushing your hair when it’s wet is a fast way to seriously damage your hair. If you need to detangle tresses, run a brush through your hair before you hop in the shower. Hair is at its most fragile when it’s wet, which is why most hair dressers warn against towel trying.
If you’re still desperate for a wet mane detangling, use a comb, and gently work your way through your hair. Patience is key.
3. Hair Masks are Your Friend
When your face feels dry, you reach for a mask. When your hair feels lackluster, you can do the same. Hair masks are great for when your mane is in dire need of moisture. They hydrate and add luster.
For a DIY trick, you can use olive oil or coconut oil to treat the hair. Apply oil to dry hair (it it’s wet, the water will repel the oil). Let it sit for 10 minutes and shampoo.
Pro tip: Apply the shampoo directly to the oil-soaked hair, before adding water, again, to avoid the oil and water effect.
4. Hydrate from the Inside Out
One way to make sure that your hair stays hydrated long term is to make sure you’re hydrated from the inside out. If you’re dehydrated, your skin and your hair can be affected. So the next time you’re feeling lackluster, reach for a tall glass of water. It’ll do you the best in the long run.
And, Don’t Forget To Follow A Healthy Hair Diet!
But water’s not the only thing you can put in your body to encourage healthy hair. What you eat also makes a big difference. Significant weight loss and nutritional deficiencies can all lead to brittle, thinning hair.1 One of the best ways you can boost healthy hair growth is by getting a well-rounded variety of nutrients in your diet. And some nutrients are especially important when it comes to boosting hair growth. Here are a few all-stars to add to your diet:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
If your hair seems to be on the thin side, try incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids may help promote the growth of thicker hair, resulting in a more voluminous mane.2 Great sources of omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
Studies show that people dealing with hair loss often have lower levels of zinc in their bodies.3 To help prevent unnecessary hair loss, get plenty of zinc in your diet. Some good sources of zinc include oysters, lobster, lean red meat, spinach, and pumpkin seeds.
Vitamin A is responsible for moisturizing and strengthening the hair.4 And well-moisturized hair will give your tresses a nice sheen, while strong hair will be less likely to suffer breakage. Some good sources of vitamin A are leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, and potatoes.
These remedies can all help to add life to your tired mane, to keep your locks looking healthy and young as long as possible.
Article updated: March 27, 2018
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