A women’s hair is one of the most important aspects of the female psyche. It’s never been a trend but more like a religion for women to enjoy healthy attractive hair, but there are a lot more rules and tips to follow if you a want runway-worthy mane. Here are the top 15 can’t fail healthy hair care tips salon heavy hitters swear by.
1. Switch your Washing Routine.
If you’re washing your hair daily, it could be drying your tresses out, since over-washing removes the natural oils that your scalp produces. Water makes hair swell from the inside, which forces the cuticle up. When that happens over and over again, you get frizz and breakage. Daily washing can also over-stimulate the sebaceous glands, creating oily hair. Instead, try this routine:
· Wash your hair only 3 or 4 times a week. Give your hair a break every other day to restore balance. You could also embrace a dry shampoo that absorbs hardcore oils and odors.
· Wash your hair with lukewarm to cold water. Washing it with hot water can cause split ends, and keeps the hair shaft open, causing frizziness.
2. Use More Natural Products.
Commercial hair products promise great results, but often contain chemicals that can dry out the hair, and leave it looking flat and dull. You will probably notice the difference immediately if you switch to products made with natural oils and hair butters that penetrate the cuticle, and nourish the strands. Amla oil, Castor and Coconut oil, Shea butter and Argan oil not only condition and add shine, but they all protect against environmental stressors.
3. Get Rid of Dryness.
A good old-fashioned mayonnaise mask is one of the best ways to treat dry hair, thanks to the inclusion of oil and eggs, which will nourish and hydrate your tresses. Take a cup of mayonnaise (add a few drops of essential oils or vanilla essence to get rid of the smell) and apply it to dry hair. Cover with a plastic shower cap or a warm towel, and let it penetrate. Sitting under a dryer for 15 minutes will open up the cuticle, helping the oil penetrate the follicle. Leave on for 30 minutes to one hour. Shampoo and condition as usual.
4. Say Sayonara to Split Ends.
The best remedy for split ends is still a trim, but you can achieve smoothness until your next salon visit with an egg mix. Eggs contain lots of protein, which helps rebuild and strengthen damaged hair. Mix two tablespoons of honey and one large egg yolk. Add three tablespoons of olive oil, mix well and apply generously to damp hair. Leave for 30 minutes, then rinse out thoroughly. Say Hello to strong and much smoother strands.
5. Amp up Your Shine Factor.
Product build-up is one of the biggest contributing factors to dull hair. The easiest way to remove it? Aspirin! Crush one Aspirin tablet, add the powder to a small amount of your usual shampoo, apply to your hair and build up a lather. The salicylic acid in Aspirin will clarify your strands — great if you’ve been using a lot of styling products or too much dry shampoo. You can start with once every two weeks, then use one a month for super clean and shiny locks.
6. Spritz on Layers of Heat Protectant.
Because heat can be the enemy for your hair, always perform due diligence by using a heat-protectant spray. Keep in mind, in order for protectant to work, it needs to be applied the hairstylist way: divide hair into small sections (typically 4) and mist each up and down the length (at least two or three spritzes per section). When you’re done, the protectant should be distributed evenly throughout the hair, so comb the formula throughout. Heat protectants work great, but they’re useless when not applied correctly.
7. Speed Up Hair Drying.
Anything that decreases your blow dry time is good — less heat means less damage to your locks. The next time you’re drying your hair, instead of rubbing and tugging with a towel, try gently blotting your tresses with regular kitchen brand paper towels. Surprisingly, more water is absorbed from the hair with paper towels, cutting your blow drying time in half. Another tip for a quick dry — we kid you not — try your cotton t-shirt. They don’t rough up the hair cuticle as much, so you don’t have to work as hard to smooth the hair down
8. Avoid Frizz With Silk Scarves.
As you twist and turn during the night, different fabrics can be abrasive to the hair’s cuticle. Not to mention, the fibers also rob the hair of natural oils. Invest in a silk scarf or silk pillowcases. Silk helps to avoid friction that causes the hair to look frizzy, and will overall protect your tresses.
9. Revive with a deep condition.
Stock up on beer. Yes, beer. It’s a great deep conditioner. The hops in beer are rich in proteins that help revive volume and create shine. After you shampoo, pour flat beer into a spray bottle and spritz onto damp hair from mid-shaft to ends. Allow to sit for two to three minutes, and don’t rinse it out. Have no fear — the brewery scent will disappear once your hair dries, and the result will be beautiful volume and shine.
10. What’s the Best Way To Tackle Dandruff?
Use shampoos and conditioners that contain tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is great because it has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Cut down on using styling products as well, and whatever you do, avoid scratching! This can damage your scalp, making it vulnerable to infections.
11. Head to the Kitchen for Authentic Oils.
Coconut oil and Virgin Olive oil are the most effective natural oils for moisturizing hair — it should be applied through hair and left on overnight every other week. Coconut oil is composed of medium chain triglycerides that have the ability to penetrate the hair follicle. Olive oil contains important antioxidants that help combat free radicals, stimulate blood circulation, and provide nutrients for healthy hair growth.
12. Regulate the pH of Hair.
The pH levels of hair hover around 5.0, but many products can cause that number to fluctuate, damaging the cuticle. One of the best products to counteract this problem is Apple Cider Vinegar. It neutralizes chemically-infused hair, making it shinier, thicker, and stronger. It also stimulates hair growth, heals split ends, and as a natural anti-fungal and antibacterial, the tonic clears up dandruff and heals any scalp irritations.
13. Solve Tangles.
Tangled hair often becomes a problem when it’s too dry, brittle, or is difficult to comb due to knots. The best natural remedy is Aloe Vera juice and coconut oil. Prepare a spray bottle with half water, half Aloe Vera, and one tablespoon of coconut oil. The oil and liquid will separate and settle, so before each application, shake the bottle and mix well. Part hair into four sections and generously spray each section and gently comb.
14a. Hair Color That’s Too Dark.
You always run the risk of choosing a dye that turns out too brassy, too light, or just Wrong. But it can still be fixed. If you have a semi-permanent color and need a DIY solution fast, mix dish washing liquid with baking soda and wash your hair 15 times in one day. The baking soda opens up the cuticle allowing for a deeper cleanse. Afterwards, apply a deep conditioner. If you used a permanent color, you’ll probably need to see a stylist for a color remover.
14b. Hair Color That’s Too Light and Brassy.
Hair that is way too light can affect your complexion, and make you look washed out. The wrong color brings out the skin’s undertones and clash, making your color look sallow. For a DIY fix, try an over-the-counter glaze to deposit a little color. You don’t want to try a new box of color too soon because it contains peroxide, which can dry out the hair and make the color worse.
15. Stopping Damage and Restoring Health.
If you’re hair is starting to show signs of damage — brittleness, lack of shine, and split ends — there are a few things you can do.
· If your hair has been exposed to the sun, make sure to hydrate it. Apply Coconut and Argan oil for a frizz-free finish. You can also use a commercial product with a UV filter for an added layer of protection.
· Buy a conditioner that contains Omega-3 oils and enzymes that add strength back into weak hair strands. There are also plenty of restructuring beauty packs that perform double-duty to stop damage and strengthen and condition for prevention.
· Lastly, hair requires an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals, like iron, zinc, copper, biotin, folic acid, and foods containing sulfur.
With a few sneaky adjustments to your routine, you can preserve those polished and fashion-forward looks, while embracing healthy hair.