Hair Care 101 – 6 Tips for Long and Healthy Hair
Taking hair vitamins, spending hours in the shower to deep-condition your locks, and regular trips to the hair salon – such is the life of a girl desperately trying to get long and healthy hair. Despite all the time and effort (and money, so much money) spent trying to improve the mass on top of our heads, we are often still left with dry and frizzy hair that refuses to co-operate. Quite frustrating, huh?
While it may seem so, achieving healthy hair isn’t an impossible feat. It just requires the right techniques, patience, and discovering what works for you. From using a different kind of hairbrush, switching to silk pillowcases and even just your hair drying method – all of these can be tweaked to help you get those gorgeous locks you dream of.
Here are 6 tried and tested, super easy to follow tricks you need to apply to your hair care routine ASAP.
1. Regular Trims Every Other Month
While it may seem counter intuitive to chop hair off while trying to grow it, the secret recipe to getting long and healthy hair is trimming. Although hair experts are divided on the concept of regular trims promoting hair growth – an agreed-upon fact is their usefulness to maintain general hair health.
The ends of our hair tend to get frayed and develop split ends due to everyday damage. This not only makes your hair look thinner but also makes it weaker and more susceptible to breakage. Split ends take away the shine and smoothness of your locks. The worst part is that this damage prevents hair growth after a certain length.
So you need to schedule in regular trimming appointments at your salon, or perhaps even get a friend to do it, to get to your desired length.
2. Brushing Before Bed
After a long and tiring day, brushing your hair before you get to jump in bed sounds like a mountainous task right? Well, if you want them to behave and look good the next day, you need to pull through and get it done.
Even a few nice strokes of your hairbrush can do wonders to improve the overall health of your hair. It distributes the hair’s natural oils evenly across the length, making sure it stays moisturized from the roots to the ends.
Just this one simple step can increase blood circulation too making your scalp healthier and nourished.
Pro tip – Remember to brush your hair the right way i.e. smooth gentle strokes starting from the bottom and slowly detangling your way up. Use a proper bristled brush for the best results.
3. Adjust Your Diet
To get long and healthy hair, you will need to switch up the kind of food you eat. It’s not all just expensive products and treatments; hair health is significantly affected by how healthy and protein-rich our diet is.
Hair needs to be “fed” foods like fish, whole grains, and nuts to get all the nutrients they need to shine. Since our hair follicles are made of protein, it helps stimulate growth. Also, vitamins A, C, and E as well as minerals like zinc and iron are proven to play a role in healthier hair.
You may even need multivitamins to see proper results. These supplements are rich in biotin (which produces keratin for your hair), vitamins, and folic acid; to make up for any deficiencies in your diet. However, it is best to consult a doctor for guidance on the right multivitamins for you.
4. Ditch the Shampoo, Conditioner is Your New Best Friend
Although it’s considered a must-have for clean and fresh hair, shampoos are filled with harsh sulfates that strip away your natural hair oils too while getting rid of the dirt and other build-ups. These oils are nature’s way of providing us with a fool-proof hair growth serum, why let it waste away?
Instead of regular shampooing, try to skip it as much as possible and deep condition your hair instead. It cleans your hair, seals in moisturize, and stops split ends from forming – basically everything you need to get your ultimate long and healthy hair.
Let’s look at some amazing DIY deep conditioning ingredients:
- Coconut oil mixed with almond or jojoba oil
- Avocado and olive oil mask
- Honey and coconut oil
- Egg, mayonnaise, and honey mask
- Banana and honey mask
5. Using the Right Water Temperature
While hot showers feel amazing, they are really bad for our hair and even skin. The hot water dries out your hair and strips off all the hair oils you need for hair growth.
The best practice is to take a warm shower and then rinse off at the end with cold water. Even just a few seconds under the cold water can be crucial for your hair growth. It is also gentler on the hair’s outer layer, preventing moisture from escaping while undoing any heat damage.
Showering with cold water may sound like torture but anything to get that wonderful length right?
6. Give that Scalp Some Extra Love
The last tip, and perhaps the most important, is to focus on your scalp. To achieve a good hair length, you need to prioritize the scalp in your hair care routine. It will not only help with hair growth but also strengthen your locks for a healthy and voluminous look.
By taking care of your scalp, you improve blood flow which allows more nutrients to reach the hair follicles. This minimizes shedding and dryness while making sure your hair is brought to life.
The best way is to invest in a good oil or enriched mask and follow it up with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo designed especially for the scalp.
Pro tip – try to avoid physical exfoliates and scrubs since they can cause micro-abrasions which will only deteriorate the health of your scalp.
At the End
Now that you have 6 amazing tips to get to your hair goals, remember that the main ingredient is patience- lots of it. Since everyone’s hair behaves differently, you will need to test out different techniques to find the right one for your hair. If you need more help, let our experts guide you!
Best of luck on your hair care journey!