Every woman aspires to have luscious, healthy, and gorgeous hair. A head of hair that sheds minimally is dandruff-free, has minimal breakage, and boasts a silky, smooth texture is the ultimate goal. However, various factors, such as busy work schedules, demanding daily routines, and improper hair care habits, can hinder women from achieving and maintaining their dream hair. Additionally, environmental factors like pollution and harsh weather conditions can also take a toll on hair health.
If you’ve been struggling with hair that’s breakable, dull, dry, split-ended, and more prone to dandruff, here are some habits you should adopt:
- Avoid Too Much Heat
You probably use blow dryers, flat irons, or curling wands to style your hair. Though these help you achieve a glamorous look, they can be why you struggle to achieve healthy and great-looking hair.
Using heat styling tools too often can make your hair weak and brittle. This practice also lowers your hair’s moisture content, causing it to be drier and easily breakable. So, if you must apply heat to your hair with such tools, do it minimally. Also, use a heat protectant first, style with lower temperatures, and don’t repeat one section severally.
Alternatively, look for other ways to achieve your desired look without using damaging styling tools. For example, you can consider permanently straightening your hair using treatments like Nanoplasty.
- Trim Routinely
Many people focus mostly on hair length, devoting their efforts to nourishing the roots in order to create a thicker appearance. However, it’s a mistake to overlook the ends of your hair, which can become thin, lifeless, split, or damaged.
Split ends can make it hard to grow one’s hair long. These are often caused by damage to the cuticle layer of the hair strand, occurring as a result of excessive heat styling, chemical treatments, or rough brushing. Split ends can also be a sign that your diet is lacking in certain nutrients (such as vitamin E), which may contribute to hair loss.
To combat unhealthy hair ends, experts recommend trimming your locks at least once every three months. However—if you frequently style or color your hair using chemicals like bleaches and dyes—then it’s advisable to trim more often so as not to end up with split ends (or worse).
If you have a tight schedule or are afraid you may cause damage, a professional can help. However, you can trim your hair with proper guidance to save some money. Follow these steps:
- Divide your hair into parts.
- Take one section, brush, or comb it to its full length.
- Hold the part using the index and middle fingers.
- Slide the two fingers down towards the end of the section, leaving only the hair you want to trim sticking out between them.
- Keep your fingers straight, hold your cutting shears against your two fingers, and then trim in a straight line.
- Move on to the other sections and repeat the above steps till you’re done.
Regardless of your technique, ensure you’re trimming your hair correctly. So, consult a professional if you need more guidance.
- Wash Regularly
Regularly washing your hair can also help. Usually, sweat, oils, dirt, and dust can accumulate over time, causing scalp itching, irritation, and dandruff growth.
Some experts may recommend washing your hair once or twice a week. However, your hair type may dictate how often you should clean it. Also, if you live in a humid and hot area, you might need to wash it more frequently.
When washing your hair, use shampoos and products that provide keratin and other essential nutrients that protect, nourish, smoothen, shine, and repair it. Also, don’t rub your wet hair with a towel; you’ll cause more damage and breakage. Instead, gently squeeze it with an old t-shirt or smooth fabric.
- Condition Your Hair
To achieve luscious, stronger locks, use hair masks and deep conditioning treatments. Hair masks and deep conditioning treatments are a great way to nourish and strengthen your hair. You can find these products at any drugstore; just be sure to pick one that contains ingredients such as coconut oil, argan oil, Shea butter, or avocado oil. Apply the mask to your hair (starting at the ends), leave it in for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Many women want healthy and beautiful hair but struggle to achieve and maintain it. As you’ve learned in this article, leaving some harmful habits and adopting helpful ones is all it takes. As provided above, you should trim and wash your hair regularly and avoid using too much heat when styling it. These tips will help you grow and keep hair that’s smooth, shiny, dandruff-free, sheds minimally, and has little breakage.