Healthy hair is something people take for granted by doing the absolute minimum to maintain their hair. I was one of those people and always wondered why my hair was brittle and dry. I came across some healthy hair routines that helped me keep my hair shinny, soft and moisturized without costing much. Let’s look at some ways you can keep your hair healthy and looking good.
- Using natural oils
As much as our scalps contain glands that produce sebum, its always a good idea to add in a little extra. Natural oils helps keep your skin lubricated and gives your hair a smooth feel. Some of my favorites include:
Lavender oil which gives off a sweet refreshing aroma. This oil helps to improve blood circulation in your scalp and promotes hair growth. It even helps balance sebum production so that you don’t have either extremes and had antiseptic properties.
Rosemary oil has a minty woodsy scent and is packed with antioxidants. It boosts your hairs thickness by stimulating hair follicles to encourage hair growth. It tones down sebum production for those with greasy hair and clears your pores allowing your scalp skin to breath.
Chamomile oil has a soft smelling scent that would appeal to anyone. Its a natural antiinflammatory and relives dry and itchy scalp. It shields your hair from pollutant damages. It has a thin consistency so it doesn’t need to be washed out afterwards.
There are many other oils out there that will help you relax and distress as you massage them into your hair.
- Check the ingredients of your hair products
Most people don’t check on the packs of their hair products for the components that are contained in them. One of the biggest causes of hair damage stems from the hair products we use not knowing their content. Even before you venture out to buy these products, ensure you know your hair type. There are several types of hair from greasy to dry to thin or thick. Its up to you to know what your hair type is so that you’re able to pick the right products. Avoid things like silicones, sulfates, and alcohols in your shampoo and conditioner. As they tend to either strip your hair off its oils leaving it dry or coat your hair and weigh it down.
- Handle your hair gently
How often do you wash your hair? If it’s everyday then you should probably reduce the amount to two or three times a week. Washing your hair everyday constantly strips it of its natural oils without giving it time to lubricate. After awhile your hair will end up dry and brittle or weighed down by the constant products application. If you have greasy hair then use ‘everyday’ shampoos that have mild detergents. Don’t forget to condition your hair after wash, it will make it easier to comb and detangle. When it comes to combing, use a wide toothed comb and try not to tug it when wet. Hair is very weak at that point and you’ll end up losing a chunk. Dry your hair by dabbing it with a towel, avoid rubbing it. You can use a T-shirt and just tie your hair with it till it dries.
When dealing with your hair, there are so many things you can do to make it healthy. Eating right, using the right products, visiting your hairdresser every once in a while, staying away from heat are just some of the rules you can apply. The end product is worth it though. So give it a try.