Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair
Your diet can have a significant effect on the state of your hair and consuming enough protein is incredibly important for keeping it looking strong and healthy. Our protein needs vary depending on factors such as physical activity and age, but it’s important to include a variety of protein-rich foods in your diet. Your physician can help you to assess your protein needs.
Certain vitamins and minerals are essential for growing strong, healthy hair. Important vitamins and minerals for hair health are iron, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, and zinc. Some of our favorite foods for healthy hair are salmon, walnuts, eggs, lentils, spinach, and Greek yogurt.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often
Over washing can cause your hair to become dry and dull. The American Academy of Dermatology states that you should base how often you wash your hair on how much oil your scalp produces. If you have an oily scalp you may need to wash your hair every day, depending on its appearance.
If you have dry hair, try to limit the frequency with which you wash it, use your hair’s appearance as a guideline rather than having a set hair-washing schedule.
Use Conditioner On The Ends Of Your Hair
Conditioning your hair after shampooing is an important step to include in your hair care routine, but conditioner can make your hair look lank and greasy if it’s applied incorrectly. Conditioner helps to replace moisture lost from your hair while shampooing and works to smooth down your hair cuticle.
When applying conditioner, only apply it to the tips of your hair, not to the roots. Applying conditioner in this way will prevent the hair at your scalp from looking greasy and dull.
Don’t Brush Your Hair When It’s Wet
Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage and can stretch and break easily if it’s brushed. After washing your hair, gently towel dry and leave to dry in a hair turban or towel for around 30 minutes. When brushing your hair, use a wide toothed comb or a Tangle Teezer to gently remove any knots.
If you’re looking for a natural bristle brush that evenly spreads your natural hair oils with minimal pulling to your scalp, you may want to look into Rock and Ruddle combs and hair brushes.
Don’t Over Style Your Hair
Over straightening, curling, or blow-drying, can dry out and damage your hair; try to limit the frequency with which you use heated styling tools. Before straightening or curling your hair, make sure it’s completely dry. Many companies sell heat-protecting sprays, which can be applied before styling.
Don’t blow-dry your hair when it’s soaking wet. Leave it to partially air-dry or gently towel dry it first. This will reduce the time your hair is being subjected to the heat from the blow-dryer and should help to prevent damage.