From shampoos to hair masks to even popping supplements for thick and luscious hair, getting and maintaining shiny and glossy hair is no easy feat. Unlike rich people or famous celebrities, you probably do not have an army of hair experts to your hair rescue all the time. So what can you, as a mere mortal, do to grow and maintain thick, long and healthy hair?
Be Smart About Your Food
You are what you eat, and this indeed affects you from head to toe, including your hair. To achieve thick and healthy hair, you should ensure a diet full of healthy fats. Genetics determine your hair texture and curls, while your diet plays an important role in how these genes are being expressed. Protein and good fats like avocado, omega-3, olive oil, salmon, vegetables, nuts and fruits can give you the key nutrients your hair needs to be stronger.
Using The Right Hair Care Products
Pretty self-explanatory as you know that your hair, like your skin, require specific products that are meant for different hair needs and types. If you have fine hair, you should look at volume-building shampoo and conditioners as you want to boost hair volume, thickness and have a shine to it. If your hair is coarse, shampoos and conditioners that fight to tame the frizz and puts back the moisture are the perfect hair products for you.
Your Scalp Is Important Too
Just as it is never recommended to go to bed without washing off make-up or even washing your face, it is not advisable to go to bed without washing your hair. Your scalp is home to necessary bacteria and fungus that helps to keep the skin on the scalp and your hair healthy. Irregular shampoo habits or even using harsh chemicals on your scalp lead to skin problems that will affect your hair growth negatively. Just like on your skin, your scalp also requires a healthy balance of moisture and natural oil. Do not use hair chemicals or harsh cleaning agents like baking soda to strip your hair of the pH balance. You should also avoid products that thicken and leave behind a film of residue on your scalp and hair, as this makes your hair look dull. To promote hair circulation, massage your scalp when you wash your hair. You stimulate your blood vessels during the massage, allowing more blood to flow through the scalp, allowing the follicles to receive more nutrients and oxygen and this promotes faster hair growth.
The Right Hair Supplements
Our bodies require certain vitamins and minerals in order to be healthy, and the same goes for hair. Some of these vitamins and minerals can be obtained through the food we eat, or through supplements meant to promote healthy and strong hair.
Discard Your Hair Tools
Hair tools are really great products that allow you to change up your hairstyle in any way you want it to be. Straight hair can be created with your flat iron and a curling iron for wavy hair, right in the comfort of your house. But using these hair tools too often can damage your hair due to the heat that your hair is also exposed to. If you must use the hair tools, keep the usage to a minimum to lessen the damage it can do to your hair. Also, invest in a heat protectant spray before using your hair tools. Alternatively, you can also consider other non heat based hair curling methods.
Brush Your Hair
Are you the type of person who regularly flies out of the house after a super speedy shower because you cannot wake up in the morning to be at work on time? Then you are likely not prone to brushing your hair before you leave your house. What is the science behind regular hair brushing? It actually helps with the thickness of your hair. Regular brushing helps to distribute the natural oils found in your hair to protect your hair from damage and to add shine to it. When you spend the time to regularly and deliberately brush your hair, you are also exfoliating your scalp and remove dead hair at the same time. Not all brushes are good for your hair though. To minimise hair breakage, consider using a natural boar bristle hair brush and gently run it through your hair.
Your Hair Needs Mask Treatment Too
Like your skin, regular mask treatment for your hair adds additional moisture back to your hair. And like masks for your skin that tackles the different skin conditions like oily skin, blackheads, there are also different types of hair masks for different hair needs. If you are one who frequently colours your hair, you will experience dry hair and brittle ends. A hydrating hair mask will help you to restore your hair’s structure and maintain the elasticity your hair needs to prevent breakage. Just like using a hair conditioner, you will need to allow the hair mask to rest on your hair for at least 10 minutes before washing it off.