Beautiful, healthy hair is something we all admire and strive to achieve for ourselves. Unfortunately, despite the many efforts, my hair just doesn’t seem to ever be as voluminous and healthy as the hair I drool over on commercials (no matter how many bottles of Pantene I’ve gone through). It wasn’t until I learned proper hair care that I started noticing some serious changes in the way my hair looked — and I’m here to help you too! We all deserve hair we’re proud of so keep scrolling for 7 effective tips that can change the way your hair looks and feels.
I know first hand that saying good-bye completely to hot hair tools is unrealistic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t minimize the heat by not using it daily. Try sleeping a couple nights a week in braids to wake up to the perfect waves, or try using a DIY sea salt spray right out of the shower to create a quick wavy hair style that will last all day. When heat is overused it can began to burn your hair, leaving you with dry, frizzy hair. When using heat on your locks, be sure to protect your hair by using a heat protectant. If you choose the air dry method, use a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt to dry your hair. Using a regular towel can cause your hair to break.
Pre-Shampoo Your Locks with Apple Cider Vinegar
One of my favorite tips for hair care is using ACV which always leaves my hair feeling so soft and clean. Apple cider vinegar contains many vitamins, but it also balances the pH level of the scalp and removes any dead skin from hair follicles that could be preventing new hair growth. Regularly rinsing with ACV can help bring your scalp and hair to its ideal acidity, especially for those struggling with oily hair.
Don’t Brush Your Hair While It’s Wet
Try your best to refrain from brushing your hair when it is wet, because when your hair wet, it is more weaker and more susceptible to breakage. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb, starting from the ends of your hair on up. A product that many swear by and I personally recommend myself, is the Wet Brush which promises to glide through tangles with ease while minimizing pain and protecting against split ends and breakage.
Use Cold Water When Rinsing Out Your Conditioner
When rinsing out your condition, cold water should always be used to help seal in the hair’s moisture and add shine. Warm/Hot water will cause your hair to frizz up, while cold water flattens your hair and makes it look more radiant. Using cold water allows your hair to stay shiny, healthy and frizz-free for a longer period of time — AND hello, that’s totally what we’re going for here.
Washing your hair too much can cause your locks damage and possibly to fall out. Washing your hair more than 1-2 times a week is bad for your hair and should come to a halt. Sometimes hair gets oily and loses it’s umph before wash day — I feel ya. Try using dry shampoo in-between washes — if your hair seems dry and lifeless, rub a bit of coconut oil in the ends for an instant moisturizing shine. Shampooing your hair too often strips away the natural good oils from your scalp — try rinsing your hair with just water or using only conditioner in-between washes for a clean feeling without stripping away your hair’s natural oils.
Eat Good Food
Ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat”? well I’m here to tell you, this saying holds true, even when it comes to having good hair. If it is stronger, longer hair you’re searching for try adding Chia seeds to your diet. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can be added to almost anything such as, Oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, and even sprinkled on your salad. Other great foods for healthy hair include salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts. Eating plenty of good proteins, omega 3’s, fatty acids, biotin and vitamin C plays an important role in healthy, stronger hair. Let’s not forget the WATER, staying hydrated isn’t only great for your overall health, but it is a must when trying to achieve great skin and healthy hair. It is recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon a day to stay hydrated.
Treat Your Hair To A Mask
We treat our faces to masks ( if you don’t you so should), but what about our hair? Show it some love by adding a mask to it once a week. Try a Olive Oil and Avocado Hair Mask — the healthy fats in avocado are not only good for your body to eat, but it’s also great for your hair. Olive oil is very moisturizing and will help to minimize frizz, treat damage and get rid of tangles. Olive oil can be used all on it’s own for a great moisturizing hair mask, simply pop 1/2 cup into the microwave for 30 seconds and apply to your hair from roots to ends. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes — shampoo after. To make an even better hair mask, take an avocado to your food processor to turn it into a paste, combine with 1/4 cup of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of apple-cider vinegar. Leave on for 25 minutes and shampoo as usual.