For many people, their hair is their crowning glory. Many people yearn for healthy, lustrous hair, but it’s not all that easy to get as there is a great deal of hair misinformation. This leads one to ask what tips and methods truly work? Unfortunately, simply using expensive hair products doesn’t necessarily yield the best result.
Trying out different products isn’t entirely bad, but experimenting with too many products on your hair can cause more harm than good. The more you experiment, the more you can expose your hair to things such as heat damage, hair breakage and other problems.
Here are some hair maintenance tips that will enable you to have and maintain healthy, natural hair.
1) Egg Treatment
Eggs are a well-known solution to many hair-related problems such as hair loss. This common and natural food is used to restore natural oils to the hair and scalp. They contain properties that help with hair growth, prevent breakage and make hair soft and strong. Eggs can be used internally through your regular diet or externally through egg treatment procedures.
You can make a simple egg treatment yourself by using an egg as a hair conditioner and moisturizer for oily, dry or normal hair.
Your hair type determines which part of the egg you have to use: for dry hair types, mix ½ cup of egg white or the whole egg and apply to clean damp hair. On the other hand, only apply egg white if you have oily hair. This is because egg whites help in removing the excess oil.
Make sure that the egg is enough to coat the entire scalp and hair. If you need to, use more than one egg. Cover your head and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water, because cold water is good for strength and shine.
It might strike you as odd, but most of us already have eggs in the pantry, so why not give this a shot?
2) Trim Regularly
The average hair growth rate per month ranges from 1-1.3 inches, regardless of whether hair has been trimmed or not. Due to the myth that trimming your hair regularly will boost your hair growth, many women trim their hair without knowing the actual reason.
The truth is that trimming makes your hair look healthy, while what you eat, hormones and genetics are what really play a major role in your hair growth. That said, the trimming of split ends makes your hair look neat and strong, and it is advisable that you trim your hair every 6-8 weeks.
If you need to regain a healthy look to your hair, a regular trim might be just what you need.
3) Watch What You Eat
What you regularly eat determines how strong or weak your hair will be. Your hair requires a regular supply of nutrients to stay strong. Scalp and hair problems are likely to arise from excessive intake or deficiency of nutrients in your diet; in cases involving an iron deficiency or excess vitamin A, most people experience hair loss.
Foods like fish, nuts, eggs, milk products, and raw fruits and vegetables have an impact on growth. Vegans and vegetarians also have plenty of options available to them.
On the other hand, low amounts of minerals and vitamins can cause hair loss, so a balance of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins works best if you want healthy hair growth.
Drinking plenty of water helps as well. If you want healthier hair, start taking note of your diet.
4) Don’t Wash Frequently
People have different hair types, and some people will need to wash their hair more regularly than others. In general, though, wash your hair only if you feel that you need to.
Frequently washing your hair reduces the natural shine it has, and it is therefore recommended that you wash your hair about 2-3 days a week, unless you have very oily hair or are engaged in activities that make you sweat a lot.
When washing, always avoid hair products containing alcohol because this causes a drying effect, making your hair hard and brittle. Try to use products sparingly, as well.
Experiment with different conditioners and find out which ones work well for your hair type, ensuring that they do not leave your hair unhealthy and greasy. Conditioners that come in the form of light lotions and sprays are lighter than thicker leave-in conditioners. Always condition your hair after washing out the shampoo and then apply a leave-in conditioner once you’ve towel dried your hair, which leaves your hair soft and easier to manage.
Contact with water on a daily basis is also not ideal, especially for those who swim as a hobby or career. Pool water contains chemicals such as chlorine that damage hair over time. It is best that you wet your hair with fresh water before going into the pool and apply a little conditioner before going for a swim.
5) Avoid Blow Dryers
Many women like to blow dry their hair because of the bouncy effect and luster that comes with blow drying. That being noted, blow dryers are not that good if you want to maintain healthy hair. The hot air which enables the lustrous effect can actually cause a great deal of damage to your hair. If possible, try to always air dry your hair naturally instead of blow drying it.
If you must use a blow dryer or are in a rush, use low heat settings don’t let it consistently blow on one specific spot. As an alternative, your hair can be dried quickly by using a towel instead of a blow dryer. Groom+Style has picked out some excellent options for people in a hurry who need to use a hair dryer.
Heat from blow dryers and curling irons results in heat damage after prolonged use, so before using any heating equipment like blow dryers or hair straighteners, apply some cream or hair serum which will protect your hair follicles.
6) Don’t Brush Wet Hair
Most people don’t realize that they shouldn’t brush wet hair. Bear in mind not to scrub a towel against your hair after you’ve washed it to avoid hair damage. Instead, just squeeze out any excess water and moisture with your hands and then gently pat it down using a towel. The towel needs to be soft to effectively soak any excess water and not roughly rub against your hair.
As mentioned, at no point should you ever brush or comb your hair when it’s still wet from washing. Hair is weaker when wet and there are high chances that it will break. If you must, use a comb which has a wide tooth and a brush with very soft bristles; start by detangling your hair and combing through it from the ends towards the roots.
7) Use Baking Soda
The use of baking soda has become a popular option, replacing many commercial shampoos. Many people still doubt the effectiveness of baking soda, but others report positive responses. Baking soda is something you probably already have around your house and it’s even more useful now that you know it can conveniently keep your hair healthy, strong and shiny.
Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with water and pour it into your hair. Rinse your hair with the mixture after shampooing and then leave it for at least five minutes before finally rinsing it off. Using baking soda removes any excess styling products or shampoo that have not been completely washed out of your hair.
Many people want to have strong and beautiful hair, though only a few know how to properly take care of it. The hair products and heating tools that you frequently use can damage your hair, if not used at a minimum. The tips above will help you maintain or get back that strong, natural and healthy hair that you might have lost.
Also, remember to avoid hair damage from harsh weather conditions such as too much heat from the sun or too much cold. Sun damage can be avoided by wearing a hat or using hair products that contain sunscreen. Try to spend less time in the cold during winter and autumn to prevent your hair from drying up fast. We also recommend using these tips in conjunction with good skin care, using worthwile products from reputable companies.
Take good care of your hair and with the help of these tips and ideas, you will be able to achieve the hair you’ve always wanted.