Five Secrets to Healthy Hair
No matter what your hair goals, you want your hair to be at it’s best. Shiny, bouncy, healthy hair is a must for all lengths. But if you are trying to grow your hair out and prevent damage, you might need to try a few unconventional methods.
Secret #1 – Don’t neglect your trims
You might think to yourself, “If I’m trying to grow out my hair, why would I cut it?” Skipping cuts can be a big mistake. Before you know it the ends of your hair will look raggedy and thin. When you get regular trims the ends stay soft, smooth, buttery, and thick. Discipline yourself to get a small trim every two months or so! Your ends are the oldest, driest and most damaged part of your hair. No matter how gentle you are to your hair, the ends split and move farther up the hair shaft. Split ends cause tangles, which leads to breakage and snapping.
Getting trims will also keep the shape of your hair. Since hair grows unevenly, after a couple of months your style can go from chic to shaggy very quickly.
It’s better to get small trims every 2-3 months than have to get a huge chop to remove all the damage at once.
Secret #2 – Heat protection
It’s very important to remember to protect your hair from heat as it can dry out your hair and cause frazzled ends! Great Products like Redken’s Satinwear and Pureology’s NanoGlaze are great for protecting your hair from the heat of the blow drier. It’s also very important to protect your hair from hot tools such as flat irons, curling irons, and even hot rollers. My personal favorite is Redken’s Iron Silk because it doesn’t make your hair feel greasy or starchy like other products I’ve tried. And remember these products can only work if you use them regularly. Unfortunately they don’t work just by sitting in the cupboard or under the sink.
Secret #3 – Scalp massage
Massaging your scalp for 5 minutes a day can make your hair stronger, thicker, and grow in faster. You can choose to do it dry, or use a scalp treatment to assist you. You can even do it while you are shampooing.
Massage stimulates your scalp’s blood supply and increases circulation. The blood brings nutrients to the follicles and that helps the follicles do their work. As an added benefit, scalp massage is a great stress reducer. Less stress = more beautiful hair.
Remember to use the pads of your fingers, never your nails. Spread your fingers apart and place them firmly on your head. Start at the base of your neck and work your way up to your front hairline. Move in little circles. You may feel tingly; that’s your improved circulation.
Secret #4 – Take your vitamins!
Hair specialists love to remind us that it is impossible to alter the rate at which your hair grows. Average hair growth is 1/2″ per month. Some say that you can speed up the growth to 3/4″ each month just by taking supplements for your hair.
There are hundreds of bottles with the word “hair” slapped on the label, but they are not all created equal. First, take a multivitamin that encompasses all of your body’s needs. Then you can worry about extra nutrition for your hair.
Hair especially likes B complex, biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, flax seed oil, black currant seed oil, kelp and silica. If you want to be extra sure your hair is getting what it wants, take an amino acids complex as well.
Your hair is a byproduct of your body’s functions. If your body is operating with the best nutrition, then it can produce a better product.
Secret #5 – Find the tricks that work for you
There are so many hair tips it’s hard to figure out which ones are best for you. The only way to find out is to try them. Here are some of my favorite tips that you don’t see too often. Pick one or two, try them for 2 weeks to a month. Then decide if this is the answer to your most gorgeous hair.
- Sleep on a satin pillowcase to prevent damage from tossing and turning.
- If your hair is damaged, use a protein treatment once a week. Example: Redken’s Deep Fuel
- Switch to a boar bristle brush (boar bristles add shine).
- If your hair is very dry, don’t shampoo every day. Your hair will get used to this and begin to produce less oils at the scalp as time goes on. Be sure to start the conditioner at the ends of your hair working up. Never start at the scalp!
- Stay away from hair accessories with metal in them.
No one said having great looking and healthy hair at the same time would be easy. It takes some thought and experimentation. But since having great hair can make or break your look, it is always worth the extra effort.