Ever stare enviously at another person’s gorgeous, healthy locks as you try to adjust your bad-hair-day bun? We’ve all been there. The secret to good hair is not that complicated, actually. All you need is a basic haircare routine made up of these simple daily habits.
- Let your hair down, literally. How often do you put your hair up in a ponytail or a bun? Or in that cute braided updo? Sure, keeping your hair out of the way is convenient but it also results in unnecessary pulling on the hair shaft, which results in breakage and falling hair. Dermatologists recommend ‘going natural’ during the weekends to give your hair some stress relief. So, come each Saturday, let your hair down, air-dry, and avoid using heated styling products.
- Load up on protein. Hair is just pretty much keratinized protein. Eating high amounts of protein ensures that your hair gets a dose of the nutrient; after all, your body distributes your protein intake to your vital organs first. Chicken, beef, eggs, and seafood are all excellent sources of protein. Vegetarian? Don’t worry; you can get your protein from beans, quinoa, tofu, and eggs.
- Give your hair some heat protection. If you really can’t go a day without your straightening or curling iron or blow-dryer, the least you can do is to protect your hair against the harsh heat from these styling tools. Use a protective spray like this CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray before going for your hair iron. You can also use a cooler setting and lower velocity while blow-drying your hair. It’ll take more time, but your hair will thank you for it.
- Wash your hair with cool water. Bad news for hot shower enthusiasts. Your hair doesn’t really like getting subjected to intense heat. Hot water tends to leave hair dull and dry. Rinsing your hair with cool water is much healthier for your hair, as cool water seals up the hair cuticle and locks in moisture.
- Trim away. It seems counter-intuitive to cut your hair when you’re trying to keep it strong and healthy, but regular trims ensure that split ends don’t make their way up the hair strands. You’d have to get a shorter haircut to fix that. Hairstylists also recommend getting trims every eight weeks if you regularly find split ends in your hair.
Getting stronger, healthier hair is easy! With these daily habits, you can expect to have a glorious head of hair in no time. Check out our Hair Care section at MassGenie.com for more hair-friendly items!