Wish you could have a good hair day everyday? It all starts with healthy hair and doing everything you can to ensure your hair and scalp are in tip top shape. From how often you should wash your hair, to scalp health, cold blasts, and one of the best nutrients for keeping your hair thick and luscious, we’ve rounded up 10 healthy hair hacks for all hair types!
10 Healthy Hair Hacks for All Hair Types
1. Don’t Over Wash Your Hair
Washing your hair too frequently disrupts the natural biome of your scalp. When you wash your hair everyday, you strip the protective layer off your hair and can actually make your hair and scalp greasier. With over washing, you end up drying out your scalp, which causes your skin to produce more oil. Shampoo can also strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Wash your hair once or twice a week (unless you’re working up an intense sweat) to keep your hair and scalp balanced.
2. Use a Microfibre Towel
One of the worst things you can do for your hair is wrapping your wet hair in a towel, twisting it and placing it on top of your head. When you wash your hair, the water (especially if it’s hot), opens the hair cuticle, leaving it vulnerable to frizz and damage. When the hair is twisted into a towel the friction weakens your strands and permanently damages your hair. Not only does a microfibre towel reduce drying time, they’re super gentle and reduce the likelihood of frizz and breakage.
3. Scalp Care
Don’t underestimate the importance of scalp health. A healthy scalp will help promote healthy follicles, allowing pores to breathe and produce good natural oils. This is a must to keep your hair in good condition. Clean and exfoliate your scalp with a scalp scrub one to two times a month to remove dead skin and debris and leave your scalp with clean pores that can breathe. You should also use a scalp brush to increase blood flow, which helps to promote healthy hair growth.
4. Start Double Shampooing Your Hair
You may have heard of double cleansing your face, but did you know you should also be double shampooing your hair? This helps remove excess oils and product build up. The first cleanse gets rid of build up and residue from the hair, and the second shampoo cleanses and nourishes your strands. Unlike double cleansing your skin though, you shouldn’t double shampoo daily. Over washing your hair strips it of natural oils and leads to damage over time. Double shampooing is great for people who wash their hair about once a week (which is what you should be aiming for).
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6. Don’t Go To Bed With Wet Hair
Since your hair is most fragile when it’s wet, you should never be going to bed with wet hair. If you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, the moisture will be absorbed and the hair will be tugged, leading to damage and breakage. If you wash your hair before bed, wrap your hair in a microfibre towel, apply a heat protectant, and dry your hair with a hair dryer before hitting the sack. Sleeping on a satin pillowcase will also help.
7. Keep Your Iron Levels Up
Iron deficiency can lead to hair loss and thinning, so it’s important to get a good mix of plant and animal sources of iron. If you are vegan or vegetarian and experiencing hair loss, consider getting your iron levels checked with your doctor. Make sure you’re eating enough iron rich foods to keep your levels in check. These include red meat, beans, spinach, eggs, shellfish, liver, dried apricots, and red lentils.
8. Rinse Your Hair with Cold Water
While steamy, hot showers may feel great, they’re not so good for your hair. Rinsing your hair in cold water helps close the cuticles after your hair is washed. It helps your hair stay shiny, healthy, and frizz free. Hot water, on the other hand, can damage your roots. And if your roots are weakened, your hair starts to curl, becomes frizzy, and is in danger of premature greying. Cold water also helps with scalp circulation and cleanliness, as ‘closing’ the pores helps prevent dirt, grease, and oil from getting in.
9. Do Regular Scalp Massages
Scalp massages are incredible for your hair and overall scalp health. Not only do they feel amazing, they encourage new hair growth and rebalance your scalp. Massaging creates microcirculation and helps deliver nutrients to the follicle. It also helps release tension in your scalp, so is a great way to relax at the end of the day.
10. Clean Your Hairbrush
Did you know you should be cleaning your hairbrush every two to three weeks? Not only does your brush collect hair, it’s also a hotspot for product build up and scalp debris. You may even get a buildup of oil on the bristles if you don’t wash it for a while. To clean your brush, remove loose hair, then soak the brush in a mixture of hot water and clarifying shampoo for three to five minutes. This will help prevent your hair from becoming greasy.
Ready for your best hair yet? These healthy hair tips and hacks are sure to give you good hair days everyday!
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