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How to get healthy hair

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When your hair is in good shape, it undoubtedly looks better, and make you feel better too. Here we reveal how you can get healthy looking locks. Read more.

No one wants to have a bad hair day, and its no surprise that many women say they feel less confident when they have a bad hair day. So, when your hair is in good shape, it undoubtedly looks better, and make you feel better too.

The challenge with achieving healthy hair is that your head and hair are constantly prone to hair damage, which includes, dullness, dryness, frizz, breakage, and more. With all these potential hair stresses, it is no surprise that the road on how to get healthy hair is a long one and requires effort and consistency.

With small tweaks to your daily routine, it can be managed successfully. So, how to get healthy hair and how to stick to a solid routine? Find out all you need to know here.woman with long hair

How fast does hair grow?

On average, hair grows half an inch a month. So, roughly it will grow 6 inches in a year, although this may vary from person to person. As we age, some follicles stop producing hair, which is how baldness or hair thinning occurs.

What can I do to keep my hair healthy?

While genetics play a key role, your diet, the weather, pollution, and your overall approach to hair care are all critical to maintaining your crowning glory. Find out how a healthy diet and proper care can keep your hair healthy. Here are a few easy steps you can take to getting your lushes long locks.

Brush your hair before you shower

This may sound controversial, however, no matter what texture your hair is, taking 60 seconds to detangle strands will keep them strong. When your hair is wet it is much more vulnerable to breakage, so it is best to always try to brush the knots out of your hair when its dry. Brushing wet hair distributes the natural oil from your scalp down to the ends of your hair.

Condition correctly, and with careWoman with hair mask

Unless your hair is very long, a small coin sized drop of conditioner is plenty for most textures and lengths. Always make sure to apply your conditioner to the middle section and ends of your hair and then leave for a few minutes to nourish and re-hydrate the hair.

Using a good conditioner will restore moisture and also help give the hair a lovely look and feel. Using a conditioning mask may also help strengthen your hair and help to reduce breakages. Try and use a conditioning mask all over the hair at least once a week, and leave in the hair for about an hour, then rinse.

Limit the amount of dye and bleach

One of the best things about our hair is being able to have fun with it, and change it up every now and then. A change in colour works wonders for our confidence and while it does cause damage, there are steps we can take to mitigate these as much as possible.

Firstly, it is always best to go directly to a salon and have your hair professionally cared for, especially if you are planning to bleach it. Also, make sure to take care of your hair in between the process. Use shampoos that are specific for coloured hair, as these shampoos are formulated to keep the cuticle tight and keeps the pigment locked in the hair for longer.

There should be at least 8 weeks in between appointments, or the next time you choose to dye your hair. This gives the hair time to repair itself. If you do dye your hair too close to the last application, you may cause too much damage.

Get enough protein

As your hair is made of keratin, a protein, not getting enough in your diet can lead to dry, brittle strands. Try adding chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products, and eggs into your diet. Good sources for vegetarians and vegans are legumes, nuts, tofu, and quinoa. Carbohydrates and iron are also important, so make sure you are receiving sufficient amounts in your diet.

Vitamins

Supplement your diet

Hair care supplements can help support thicker and healthier looking hair. As well as making sure to get enough protein, vitamin B6 activates the metabolism of proteins found in the hair follicles and omega-3 nourishes follicles to support growth.

Oil up

Look for a natural gloss-booster such as argan-oil. Its rich with vitamins A, C and E, as well as being loaded with antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid.

Many oils hiding in your kitchen cupboard will help nourish hair too. Warm your chosen oil in the palm of your hands and then massage into you scalp, right down to the tips of your hair, and let it work its magic for an hour or so. As an alternative you can use olive, coconut, or avocado oil, and if you want to leave it in for longer than a few hours, try sleeping in it.

Have regular trims

Even though many of us growing up dreamt about having long lushes Rapunzel locks, we were too young to understand the negatives of not having regular trims.

It is essential to get rid of split ends before the damage travels up the hair. It is recommended to have a trim at least every 6 to 8 weeks. This doesn’t mean you have to lose so much length, just ask to have a few inches, or ‘just the ends’ off, so that only the tips are snipped, which gets rid of the dead and damaged ends, but maintains the length.

These are just a few simple steps you can do at home and incorporate into your daily routine, to get that healthy looking hair that is nourished and well looked after. Along with these tips try and make sure to always spray your hair with a heat protection spray before using straighteners, curlers and hair dryers. You don’t notice it but heat takes a lot of moisture out of our hair.

Now that you know how to get your hair to not only look but feel healthy too, want to know how to get it to grow faster, why not read our article on, how to grow hair faster, next?

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