The hair on your head is one of those things you may not always pay attention to until it starts causing you grief. Maybe you’re suffering from a “bad hair day”, dry or itchy scalp, an oily scalp, limp tresses that lack in body and volume, or just hair that doesn’t appear very shiny or lustrous. These are all common issues that people complain about and then are left trying to figure out the best way to deal with them.
A healthy head of hair isn’t usually something that just comes naturally and without effort. Instead, if you’re striving for a healthy head of hair there are a number of steps that you will need to take in order to make it happen. The good news is that once you find a routine that works for you, it will become second-nature and you’ll have gorgeous locks in no time.
So, here is a look at five things you can do that will help promote a healthy head of hair.
Choose the Right Kind of Shampoo
While everyone knows it’s important to shampoo your scalp and hair, people don’t always spend the time to figure out what kind of shampoo is best for their needs. Everyone has their own “hair issues” so selecting a shampoo that addresses those various issues is an important step in healthy hair.
Let’s say for example you have a dry, itchy scalp due to eczema or dandruff. You want to be sure that you pick a shampoo that isn’t full of fragrances, chemicals, dyes, parabens, and sulfates, as this will only aggravate the situation and make it worse. You need to shampoo your scalp with something gentle and as natural as possible.
Don’t Shampoo Your Hair Too Often
While on the topic of washing your hair, another thing people can be guilty of is washing their hair too often. Each time you shampoo your hair, you are stripping it of the natural oils. If you do this too often, it will take a toll on the hair’s overall health. Washing your hair every other day or even every 2-3 days is best. You can always use a dry shampoo on the days you don’t wash it.
Follow Up the Shampoo with Conditioner
Another step that you will want to be sure you are following is to use conditioner after you shampoo your hair. Even if you have oily hair, it can still use a bit of conditioner. Again, the key is to pick the right conditioner for your needs. There are light conditioners that won’t leave behind any coating or residue, then there are more hydrating ones meant for dry and damaged hair.
Give the Hot Tools a Rest
If you’re the type that uses hot tools on a regular basis to style your hair, it’s time to give them a break. Things such as a hairdryer, curling iron or wand, and a flat iron put a lot of stress on your hair and can end up damaging the strands. Over time, the strands of your hair will become dry and brittle, so they will lack in shine and movement, and you’ll start to see breakage.
Schedule Regular Haircuts
The final tip is to be sure you schedule in regular haircuts. Getting your hair trimmed on a regular basis will ensure that you get rid of split ends and dry ends that can give you hair that “frizzy” look. Ideally you want to be sure you are getting a trim at least every six to eight weeks.
Beautiful, Healthy, and Lustrous Hair
Instead of telling yourself that you can’t achieve shiny, healthy locks of hair, these tips will help you get things in check and achieve gorgeous looking tresses.