We all want strong, healthy, beautiful hair. And while some of it is genetics, a lot has to do with how well you take care of the locks you were given. So, to help your hair look and feel as healthy as possible, here are 10 easy habits to start making your own.
- Go au natural. Pick a couple of days each week to let your hair rest and recuperate from everything it routinely endures. Let it air dry, skip heat styling products, and skip the ponytail, braids, or headband to avoid pulling on the hair shaft.
- Get regular trims. Regular haircuts help reduce split ends and breakage.
- Protect hair from heat. If you must heat style, coat it with a protective spray prior to applying heat, but don’t use high levels of heat for any longer than necessary. Use a diffuser with your blow dryer or switch to the cooler setting.
- Deep condition weekly. Give your hair a boost of hydration with a deep conditioner designed for your hair type.
- Change products seasonally. In the summer months, you may want hair products that are lighter and won’t weigh your hair down. During drier, colder months, choose moisturizing products to boost hydration.
- Avoid extra-hot showers. Hot water dries out hair and skin alike. If you color your hair, hot water also will wash away the color faster than you would probably like.
- Brush once a day. Excessive brushing breaks weak ends and stretches hair. If you need to restyle during the day, do so gently with your fingers if possible and, when using a brush, choose plastic over bristle.
- Leave it alone. Anytime you twirl your hair, pull it back into a ponytail, pick at split ends, etc., you put undo pressure on your hair and hair shafts. Your best bet is to simply leave it alone.
- Take care of your scalp. Do you find yourself constantly scratching your head due to dryness or itchy spots? Try a shampoo that soothes itchiness and moisturizes the scalp. If that doesn’t do the trick, consult a doctor.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Feed your hair with the nutrients and minerals it needs, like protein and iron. In fact, some studies reveal a direct connection between iron deficiency and female patterned hair loss.
The point is, take good care of what you were born with, so you look and feel your best.