Look at your hair and answer these questions. Does your hair suddenly feel as dry as straws of hay? Do your split ends keep on traveling up your strands destroying them further and further? If you answered yes for any of these questions, then I think its time for an intervention, and we mean for your hair. Like we said a few posts ago, this time of year (Winter) is the worst time of year for dry and brittle hair. This is because there is no excess moisture in the air. Damaged hair is more prone to static as well as further damage, so I think it's time that we look at some solutions for your damaged hair to become the best hair and strongest it can be before the new year.
1. Your Diet
The healthier you are, the healthier your hair will be. Remember, if you're not healthy on the inside you can never be healthy on the outside. Certain vitamins and nutrients are very important in having healthy hair. These include different vitamins and proteins for your hair growth and health.
Almonds- high in Vitamin E, healthy fats, and muscle-boosting L-arginine, these nuts are great for stronger hair.
Brazil Nuts- just one ounce of these nuts has enough selenium for 774 percent of your recommended daily value of this nutrient. It is great for healthy hair.
Spinach- iron deficiencies can take a huge toll on your hair. Hair loss is often associated with an iron deficiency, so many sure that you eat foods high in iron, like spinach.
Ginger- fresh ginger roots are chock full of minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and other vitamins. These elements are all vital to healthy and strong hair, it can also help give the hair some shine!
Salmon- Omega-3 Fatty acids are very important for many body functions, but did you know that eating foods high in Omega-3's can actually reduce inflammation, causing less hair shedding? Flax and Chia seeds are also very high in Omega-3's which are vital to thicker and stronger hair.
Eggs- To maintain healthy hair, Vitamin D is essential. This vitamin is said to help your hair grow faster so many sure you're eating your eggs!
This goes without saying, but don't participate in any crash diets if you would like to have healthier hair. Usually, with crash diets, you are voiding your body of important vitamin enriched foods with proteins that are necessary for healthy hair. Participate in crash diets, and watch your hairline recede further and further back. JUST DON'T DO IT!
2. Don't Switch Hair Products
By constantly using different hair products on a day to day basis, whether you are switching your shampoo/conditioner or any styling product, you are contributing to your hair being brittle and weak. Scientists have said, that switching up your shampoo or other hair products quickly, per se for the scent or the benefits, you are actually doing some damage to your hair. It's your best bet to choose a set regimen of hair products and stick with them. Look for sulfate-free shampoos, these will not strip your hair of its natural oils. Try out our Moisture Recovery Line of Shampoo and Conditioner.
3. Hair Masks
Hair masks are super important to keep your hair at it's healthiest and looking it's best. For much cheaper than getting an in-salon treatment, using a hair mask, like our Argania Hair Mask is great to add important nutrients and moisture to your hair that it may be lacking in.
4. Check For Deficiencies
Nutrient and vitamin deficiencies are usually the reason for weak or slow growing hair. Conditions like thyroid disorders are usually a common cause of hair loss or easy breakage. To learn how to combat these problems it is best to consult your physician, as they could provide you with the supplements and medications to help combat these conditions and deficiencies. If you don't know, you might as well get checked.
5. B-Vitamins Are Your Best Friend
Doctors recommend that B-Vitamins are vital to healthy and strong hair, and if you don't get these vitamins from your diet you may have to look into supplements. You've probably heard of Biotin, as it is the most talked about B-Vitamin when it comes to healthy hair. For good reason, though, as it helps to strengthen your hair. You should also ask your doctor about B-Vitamins B1, B2, B5, and B6. It might even be best to look for a B-Complex. Foods that contain these very important vitamins include lean meats, leafy greens, and some dairy products.
6. Daily Leave-Ins
Leave-Ins are very important when it comes to strong and healthy hair. Not only do these types of products help to add some nutrients to create smoother and softer hair, but they can also be used to help combat frizz and other environmental factors. Try out our Argania Serum as it is great to help combat frizz and lost moisture.
7. Avoid Sulfates, Alcohols, and Sodium Chloride In Your Products
This doesn't require much explanation, Sulfates, Alcohols, and Sodium Chloride all dry out your hair, making it more brittle and stripping it of all of its natural oils. Look at the ingredient list on your hair products, and make sure they don't contain these.
8. Don't Brush When Wet
While your hair is wet, it is in it's most fragile state. Typically wet hair is double it's normal length as it gets stretched when it's wet. This leaves the hair cuticle open and much weaker so it is best to not brush or comb your hair after a shower when it is wet. Wait for your hair to dry before you put a brush or comb through it.
9. Rinse In Cold Water
We've said this before in many past blog posts, but after applying shampoo and conditioner to your hair, rinse your hair with the coolest water you can handle as this temperature of water helps to seal the cuticle to make sure that no moisture is lost. Rinsing your hair with cold water helps to lock in conditioning agents. It is also best practice not to wash your hair every day, as this doesn't allow your hair the time to build up its natural oils to stay healthy and strong.
10. Protection From Environment
Just like the sun, wind, and rain can damage your skin, it can also damage your hair. Exposure to excessive sun, heat, dirt, or pollution just adds to the damage that you may have in your hair. It is best to avoid dirt build up as this will dry out the hair and the scalp. Take the right precautions to protect your hair and scalp from environmental factors like covering with an umbrella or hat.
11. Condition The Right Way
Every time you wash your hair with shampoo, you should be conditioning. Never leave the shower without conditioning first. Without conditioning, you may leave the shower and your hair cuticles will not be sealed leading to your hair being very frizzy. That being said make sure that you are conditioning the right way. Conditioners are specifically formulated to lock in moisture in the hair shaft. This means that you should not be applying conditioner to the scalp as this is where the natural oils are. Start applying your conditioner about two inches away from your scalp. Conditioning your scalp just adds to the hair oils, making your scalp excessively oily.
12. No Tight Hair Ties
Tight hair ties not only hurt you, but they hurt your hair. By keeping your hair in a tight hair tie, it will rip and break your strands causing lots of "split ends" and damaged hair. No one likes flyaways and keeping your hair ties tight will only add to the number of baby hairs and flyaways that you may have. Instead, use a telephone wire hair tie as these are much less damaging to the hair. You can also opt for scrunchies with cloth around them as these are also much less damaging to the hair.
13. Never Rub Your Hair Dry
When drying your hair, only pat, never rub. Although drying your hair by rubbing will dry your hair faster, it will also double the amount of hair damage and potentially pull out even more hair than regular drying would.
So there you have it, 13 tips for healthy hair. If you have any tips or tricks that we missed comment them down below. Now get out there, and show off your healthy, strong, and shiny hair.