There’s something desirable about healthy hair. Maybe it’s the volume, or the smoothness. Maybe it’s the way it catches the light when you’re outside. Maybe it’s the way it makes you look years younger than you actually are. Maybe it’s all of the above! Healthy hair is beautiful hair, and it’s not as hard to get as you might be thinking. Following these steps below will help you get the healthy, glowing hair you’ve always wanted.
Go Easy on the Heat
It’s hard to wean yourself off of your straightener if you’ve grown reliant on it. However, it might be better for your hair in the long run. The overuse of heat products, including flat irons and blow dryers, can make hair brittle and weak. You’ll notice more breakage and split ends. When you do use heat, make sure you apply a heat guard to your hair prior to styling it.
Don’t Neglect Your Vitamins
If you want to have thicker hair that is more resistant to breakage, make sure you take vitamin supplements or seek out vitamin-rich foods. Vitamins—particularly vitamin C and B complexes—work wonders when it comes to your hair. They strengthen hair by providing it with essential nutrients and stimulate its growth.
Don’t Bleach Your Hair
Bleaching your hair is one of the most damaging treatments you can subject it to. The harsh chemicals penetrate into the hair shaft, stripping it of its pigment (and, in the process, its nutrients). This leaves hair weak and brittle, and it is more susceptible to heat damage.
Brush Your Hair Often
Brushing your hair stimulates the circulation in your scalp, which means your hair will grow longer and stronger. Make sure you brush your hair often, but use a boar bristle brush—brushes with metal bristles can be awfully painful for your scalp!
What? Don’t shampoo? That’s crazy, right? Actually, it isn’t! Shampooing too often does more harm than good—it strips your scalp of its naturally occurring oils. That doesn’t mean you should cut shampoo completely, but you should limit your use to maybe once or twice a week. Conditioning is more important.
Use an Ionic Hair Dryer
If you need to use a blow dryer, make it an ion dryer. Ions are charged particles that react with the particles either in the water in your wet hair or in the product you apply to it. When these ions react with the water in hair, they cause the water molecule to evaporate faster. This results in hair that is dry in a shorter period of time, leading to less damage from heat exposure.
Change Your Diet
You’ve heard it before: if you eat a lot of junk food, your outward appearance will reflect that. It’s true that a poor diet certainly affects your skin’s appearance, but did you know it affects your hair as well? The better your diet, the healthier—and shinier—your hair will be. Eat lean meats and foods that are rich in vitamins, such as dark greens.