Simple Tips For Healthy Hair

When I was in high school, I would flat iron my hair almost every single day, and I had my hair colored quite frequently, both of which resulted in extremely unhealthy hair. The ends constantly split and broke off, and it took forever to grow. Fast forward to now and it's been almost two years since I've had my hair colored. I rarely curl or flat iron my hair, and I drink more water now than I ever have before. I rarely go to bed with wet hair anymore, and I always brush through it starting at the bottom. My hair looks and feels the best it ever has and I have spent almost $0 on this result. Here's a few simple tips to help your hair grow and just overall be more healthy:

Minimal heat
The less you put anything hot on your hair, the better. Cut back on using the heating tools such as hair straighteners and curling ions, and embrace your natural look. Look up "no-heat hairstyles" on YouTube for tutorials. If you do prefer to keep using heat products, find a heating protectant to put on your hair beforehand. Always let your hair air-dry and only using blow-dryer if you absolutely need to. Lastly, wash your hair with luke-warm or even cold water rather that hot-hot water.

Dye your hair less
Your hair may feel soft and smooth for a few days, but after a few washes, it will just become so dried out. The ammonia in hair-dye is lifts up your hair cuticle, and the peroxide destroys your natural color. Some salons may claim that their hair-dye isn't harmful to your hair, and they could be right. It's less harmful. But ultimately, I believe that any hair dye is going to be a little damaging no matter what and it's best to cut back a little bit. Not to mention, but the upkeep can get expensive.

Drink more water
I know everyone says this all the time, trust me, I know. But drinking plenty of water is so important for hair growth. Water helps the body to flush out toxins thus creating an easy, quick, and natural method that will make your hair grow a lot faster.

Trim only when needed
People always say that hair trims are vital for hair growth and I think that's an extent. My hair grows extremely slow the way it is, and if I were to get a hair trim every six weeks like usually suggested, my hair would make hardly any progress in growth because I would be cutting off whatever grew. I think it's important to have your hair trimmed when the split ends are noticeably bad, and when you do have it trimmed, ask for only the bare minimum to be cut off. If you don't trim the split ends from time to time, they will only continue to split and you will need more cut off in the end.

Brush with care
Whenever I brush my hair, I typically like to start at the bottom and work my way up. This creates smoother brushing as I'm dealing with less tangles in each stroke. I also think it's important to have a good quality hair brush. I have a wooden brush, and I swear that the fact that it's wooden makes a huge difference. When your hair is wet, opt for a comb instead and again, start at the bottom and work your way up. I also like to brush my hair before I jump in the shower to prevent as many tangles as possible when I'm finished.

Wash your hair less
Believe it or not, washing your hair every single day can be very drying for it. Instead, wash it every two or three days. However, do not rely on dry shampoo for your hair as a buildup of it can clog hair follicles. Of course if you exercise every single day, then you may want to wash your hair every single day, and that's OK. It all comes down to what your situation looks like. When you do wash your hair, wash it completely with luke-warm or cold water, or end with a cold-water rinse to help lock in the moisture. The cold water trick will make a huge difference and you will be so glad you started.

Less hair products
Hair products like high spray are usually high in alcohol, which can make your hair dry and brittle. Once you comb or brush your hair with it in, the residue can cause hair to break and fall out.

A few other smaller tips for healthy hair include not going to bed with wet hair, not wrapping your wet hair tightly in a towel after a shower, eating healthier, and massaging your scalp every so often to increase blood flow and stimulate follicles resulting in faster hair growth (trust me). I also suggest finding "that one" hair stylist/barber/beautician that works best for you and stick with that person for as long as you can. Chances are, if you've been going to them for awhile, they know how your hair is and they know what your hair can handle the best. I am 100% NOT a hair expert, this is all just based off personal experience and perspective. I know that some people do like to take certain supplements such as Biotin for hair growth; personally I have never used Biotin and I don't know what exactly it all entails. It really comes down to doing your own personal research and seeing what works best for you. Please let me know if you have any questions and 'share' this with friends!

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