Does your hair constantly feel dry, dull, frizzy, or greasy? What are your solutions to your hair problems? You might be busy with washing hair more frequently. Yet, the result may not be as you wish.
Your hair might be in need of tender love and care, from choosing correct wash frequency and ways, shampoo types, hair styles to changing your daily schedule. Luckily, you can still do multiple easy things to help your hair feel smoother, hydrated, and last longer between washes. Here are several simple yet efficient ways to have healthier hair.
Limit Your Washes
Did you know you shouldn’t wash your hair every day?
For those of you who suffer from constant greasy hair, this tip is for you! Many people do not realize this, but you’re actually getting rid of your hair’s natural oil each time you wash your hair. The more often you wash, the less natural oil your hair holds. When your scalp lacks this natural moisturization, your follicles will produce more oil than usual, keeping your hair in a constant greasy state.
To avoid this unwanted grease, try to limit your washes and never forget to use a conditioner.
“But my hair gets too greasy if I don’t wash it every day!”
You will have to train your hair to stop producing access oil. So yes, the first week or two, your hair might look greasy if you don’t wash your hair every day like your scalp is used to, but this is what dry shampoo is for! Try to wash your hair a maximum of three times a week, or as recommended by a specialist, no more than twice a week. It will take time for your scalp to adjust, but you will soon see positive results that are worth the wait.
Shampooing often will also cause hair dryness, which can leave your locks looking frizzy and dull. Less washing will help your hair have a bouncier and smoother look. You can also use hair oil on your ends to keep things moisturized and reduce breakage, which will give your hair a healthier look.
Check Your Shampoo Labels
Another reason your hair doesn’t look its best is because of the products you’re using. Many cheap shampoos and conditions contain harsh chemicals that are not only bad for your scalp but can also harm your follicles (and ultimately damage your hair’s structure).
What shampoos are bad for your hair?
Always avoid shampoos that contain the chemical ingredient sulfates. Unfortunately, research shows that more than 90% of shampoos on the market contain sulfates, so it’s essential that you read all labels before purchasing a product. These chemicals are what makes shampoos have that ‘foamy’ look, which seems nice in retrospect, but will actually strip your hair’s moisture and lead to scalp irritation and dryness. It’s essential to buy quality products to have healthier hair.
Other chemicals you should look out for on shampoo labels are parabens, which are additives to preserve and extend shelf life. Surprisingly, you will find that parabens are added to nearly all well-known hair product brands, so be sure to keep your eye out for these. Parabens can be extremely harmful to your hair’s makeup. They can even disrupt your natural hormone balance.
Wash Your Hair Properly
Another way to have healthier hair is to change the way you wash your hair. If you have color-dyed, longer, or thinner hair, for example, it’s better if you only shampoo your roots. Do not shampoo your ends so that the bottom of your hair doesn’t get dried out. Doing this will also help reduce breakage.
When you use conditioner, do just the opposite. Apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair and avoid conditioning your scalp to prevent greasiness.
Do you wash your hair with hot water? Excessively hot water will also lead to hair dryness and dullness. Though it’s not the most pleasant thing to hear, cold water does wonders for hair and can leave your hair feeling silky and moisturized. A tip you could do so you don’t have to freeze each time you wash your hair is to simply rinse your hair with cold water at the end of your shower.
Something else to note is that you should not scratch your scalp with your nails while you’re washing your hair. You may not realize it, but there are germs under your fingernails that are no good for your scalp. Continuous scratching when lathering your soap could lead to scalp irritation and even infection.
Use a Good Hair Brush & Brush The Right Way
One other game-changer for healthier hair is to get a better hairbrush and brush your hair properly. Many hair brushes are hard on your hair and cause pulling and breakage. Breakage is especially prone to happen when you brush your hair wet. One way to avoid damaging your hair when brushing is to use a Wet Brush. Not only are wet brushes made for damp hair, but they are also extremely gentle and can be much less painful when brushing.
When you brush your hair, always be sure to start at your ends and work your way up. If you begin brushing at your roots, you will end up pulling your hair down, causing harsh and damaging knots that are difficult to brush out.
Limit the heat styling
A huge reason your hair may not feel healthy is because of all the heat you apply to it when styling. Each time you blow-dry, straighten, or curl, it’s crucial that you use an effective heat protectant to reduce as much damage as possible.
If you find yourself blow-drying and straightening or curling your hair multiple times a week, this will take a massive toll on your hair’s natural oils and keratin. Try to start limiting the amount of heat you put your hair through, and you’ll start seeing healthier improvements in your hairs’ texture.
How to limit hair heat?
Limiting the amount of heat on your hair can be difficult if you like your hair to be styled constantly, but you can start small to make lasting impacts. For example, instead of blow-drying and curling your hair in one sitting, try letting your hair air dry. Though this takes a bit longer to style your hair, it only puts your hair through heat once. If you do this each week, it will save your hair from a lot of heat! If your hair takes a long time to air-dry, you could put it up in a super absorbent hair towel. These towels are made with lightweight microfibers that absorb water much quicker than standard towels.
Or, if you need your hair dried fast, another option would be to blow-dry your hair using the ‘cold air’ option on your hairdryer. Once again, this is not as quick as the ‘hot air’ option; nonetheless, it will help your hair have a healthier look.
One other thing you could do to limit the heat on your hair is to try new hairstyles. If you like wavy hair, one option is to braid your hair at night when it’s a bit damp. The following day you will wake up with heat-free waves of perfection. You could also use other no-heat curling methods to create beautiful ringlets in your sleep.
Go to bed earlier.
Don’t stay up too lat at night! Lack of sleep can destroy your whole sleep order, affect your physical and mental health, make your heart working hard during the time you should sleep, incorrectly encourage your body to store as much fat as possible. As a result, you will find that your skin and hair get oily after staying up late.
To avoid greasy hair & skin or other medical deseases, such as depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, fatness, go to bed earlier and have a good sleep.
Better sleep, better tomorrow, healthier hair!
If you take these things into account, you will have beautiful, healthier hair in no time!