There were days when my hair used to look like I’ve just got out of the salon, and then there were days when it looked like a messy bird’s nest. It took me a while to understand what my hair actually needed to stay soft and easy to style, and now that I know – keeping it healthy seems like a piece of cake!
Summer’s just around the corner and the sun may not be so gentle on your hair if you don’t take care of it, so keep up with me to learn a trick or two on how to manage a healthy and luxurious hair without spending a lot of time and money.
As 60% of the body is made out of water, keeping hydrated is crucial for our wellbeing and health. Beside delivering oxygen throughout our bodies, water plays a major role in boosting the skin and hair health as it helps detoxify the organism and boost the metabolism.
Drinking at least two litres of water a day will help strengthen your hair, ensuring a healthy scalp and may help soothe dry and brittle hair by moisturizing the hair from within.
- Regular hygiene
Keeping your hair nice and clean is a ‘must’ in maintaining its health, but washing it every day may cause damaged and split ends as overwashing strips the hair of its natural oils and may dehydrate it.
Try to wash your hair twice to three times a week and always rinse it with mild to cold water to give it that healthy shine. If your hair tends to get dirty too quickly, you can try washing it with clean water to refresh it and prolong washing it with shampoo.
- Natural hair products
Sometimes regular shampoos, conditioners and chemical treatments may cause more harm than good, and that’s why it’s always a good thing to switch to more natural hair products from time to time. Coconut oil and argan oil are known as ‘holy grails’ for hair, so including them in your regular hair care routine may up the game in keeping your hair lustful and healthy.
Make a nourishing hair mask by applying a handful of coconut oil directly on your scalp with circular motions, brush the oil throughout the hair up to the ends and let it sit for an hour before washing it with shampoo. After washing your hair and while it’s still wet, put a few drops of argan oil on your palms and massage the oil on the ends of your hair. This will give it a voluminous and silky texture.
- Bamboo brush or comb
Bamboo brushes and combs are ideal alternatives to the plastic ones, as the natural wooden bristles help prevent splitting and breaking the hair strands, keeping the hair healthy and frizz-free.
Try combing your hair it small sections from the ends up to the roots, as this will prevent tangling and pulling off the hair from the roots. Don’t overbrush your hair as this may also cause split ends, so try brushing it once or twice a day (ideally in the morning and at night before you go to bed).
- Reduce the heat
Last, but not least, put the blow dryer away! Drying your hair naturally seems to be the best way to maintain a healthy hair, as using high temperatures causes disruption to the cuticle structure and strips the hair of its natural moisture.
Wash your hair two or three hours before you go to sleep and let it dry naturally, or use the sun as an alternative hair dryer, but don’t forget applying argan oil before stepping out in the sun as it too can be too harsh to the hair.
Lay down the flat or curling iron once or twice in a week and experiment with different hairstyles such as braids, buns and ponytails. Your hair will thank you for it!