Everyone wants to have long and pretty hair like Vanessa Hudgens, but in all honesty, it is not easy to maintain healthy locks. Who does not want their hair to be black, long, and shiny? However, with a hectic schedule, it gets difficult to take out time for your hair. If you are experiencing a lot of hair fall, frizzy hair, dull hair, etc., it is a red flag signaling that it is high time for you to start taking care of your hair.
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1. Washing your hair is not always beneficial
It is a common misconception that washing hair daily would make them cleaner and healthier. However, this isn’t true in all cases. Washing your hair daily can result in the loss of beneficial oils naturally present in the body. This can lead to dry and damaged hair, as the natural oils are very helpful in keeping the hair protected and well moisturized.
This said it does not mean that leaving your hair unwashed for long periods will make them healthier. Rather, washing your hair is necessary, and it is preferred that you condition your hair after every wash. It helps in keeping your hair tangle-free and makes it soft and manageable. Choose a combination of shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type. Avoid your hair from getting wet as much as possible as wet hair is weak and is prone to frizz and breakage.
2. What you eat matters a lot
Having a proper diet not only improves your health but works positively for your appearance as well. Remember to take lots of proteins, vitamins, and iron-rich foods. It is advised that you include fish, lentils, soybeans, and vegetables in your daily diet. These foods are beneficial for hair growth.
3. Heat and chemicals can immensely damage your hair
If you are someone who loves to straighten or curl their hair or always likes to keep them styled and blow-dried, then you must be aware of its negative effects. When your hair turns ‘hot’, it gets weak and prone to breakage. Do not forget to apply a heat protectant before you start using your hair-iron. If you curl or straighten your hair regularly, then it is preferred that you use a strong conditioner which minimizes the damage.
Hair dying is something that can never go outdated. Like heat, chemicals in hair dyes can greatly damage your hair. If you are keen on having dyed hair, try DIY hacks. These hacks involve natural ingredients and can save your tresses from the damage.
Fill up ¾ of your spray bottle with warm water and the rest with lemon juice then spray it just before going out in the sun. This will make your hair lighter in color and shinier. For darker hair shades, you can use coffee, beetroot juice or henna powder.
4. Apply oil regularly, and you will start loving your hair
If you ever ask an old lady the secret to her healthy and shining hair, it is most likely that she will tell you it is because of regular oiling. If you oil your hair once or twice a week, it will do wonders. If you have dry hair or dandruff on your scalp, you should use coconut oil. If you are suffering from hair fall, then you need olive oil. Almond oil makes your hair more strong. The reason why oils are preferred over conditioners is that oils not only strengthen your roots but overall make your hair look healthy, bouncy and manageable. Oil can sometimes be very difficult to wash off. Make sure you have no oil left in your hair after washing as it will look greasy and can become a breeding ground for lice.
5. After a shower, treat your hair with extra care
Rinse off shampoo and conditioner with cold water as it reduces the damage done by hot water. Rather than wrapping your wet hair in a towel, try using your old cotton t-shirt. It will keep your hair from breaking and reduce frizziness. Your hair is the weakest when they are wet. Avoid touching and treating your hair when they are wet. Do not comb wet hair. Use a detangler spray and then comb your hair from the roots towards the end using a wide-toothed comb. Check out our post about How to Train Your Hair (Unwashed Hair).
6. Take measures to reduce hair fall
Do not get worried if you see a small cluster of hair in your hairbrush. losing 100 to 150 strands of hair in a day is normal and will not affect your hair growth. Replace your cotton pillow cover with a silk pillowcase. This will reduce friction and keep your hair smooth. Tie a loose silk scarf on your head rather than tying them tightly while you sleep as it gets more prone to breakage. Rather than heating your hair, tie your hair in loose braids overnight to give them natural curls. Secure your hair loosely with bobby pins to naturally straighten your hair. Avoid brushing through your hair unnecessarily as it increases its chances of breakage. Avoid finger combing through your hair as it causes tangles and can weaken the roots. If you use a serum to avoid frizz and help keep your hair healthy, make sure to apply the serum from mid-length towards the end. If you apply the serum in roots, then it may give a greasy appearance and give an overall untidy look.
7. Eggs will help your hair look amazing
Eggs can make your hair very soft, silky and bouncy. Once or twice a week, make a mixture of one whole egg with ¼ eggwhite. Apply it and leave for 20 minutes and then rinse. You will notice a difference in your hair after the very first time. Include biotin and vitamin tablets in your daily intake. They increase the growth of your hair and help in strengthening them. If you have severe hair fall, then consult your dermatologist and use medicated shampoo and conditioner. Keep in mind that your hair should be free of lice and other unhygienic stuff. Clean hair is very important for healthy hair.
In a nutshell, taking care of hair and regularly pampering your hair can be a little challenging, but it is very rewarding. Recovering from hair fall and going back to having healthy hair is a long and difficult journey that needs true patience, but if you follow it properly, the results are sure to make you happy. If you look after your hair, you will achieve your hair goals easily. Precautions never hurt so It is better if you take these precautions before your hair fall turns into baldness.
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