Want to get your shiniest, softest, strongest hair ever starting right now? With these healthy hair tips, that can be an instant reality! Through a combination of diet hacks, hair care, and treatment methods, your locks will be gorgeous in no time at all.
PS, getting healthy hair starts by getting rid of all unhealthy habits. Major no-nos if you want healthy, strong strands include using heat styling tools without a thermal protectant spray, applying shampoo and conditioner with sodium laurel sulfate (it’s harsh on skin and will strip your hair of color!), and towel drying by shaking the towel roughly over your head (that habit can totally weaken strands!).
Now that you know what to avoid, prepare to get psyched over these healthy hair tips and be sure to try them all out asap!
1. Get Enough Protein In Your Diet
Whether you’re a hardcore omnivore or a strict vegan, getting enough protein in your daily diet is totally essential for developing and maintaining strong locks. As Roopal V. Kundu, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine told Huffington Post, “The basic early advice is make sure you’re looking at your diet, make sure you’re getting enough iron, make sure you’re not anemic, make sure you have enough protein in your diet. Iron and protein are really important for hair health. We always try to make sure people get adequate protein for whatever they’re lifestyle is: If they’re sedentary, they don’t need as much. If they’re active, they need more.”
Tofu steak, anyone?
2. Remember To Moisturize
If your standard shower ritual just involves a quick shampoo, it’s seriously time to up your game! Riawna Capri of CLEAR Scalp & Hair shared with GoodHouseKeeping, “The skin that makes up your scalp needs moisture just like the skin on your face does, especially if it’s going to provide a healthy foundation for hair to grow … A general rule of thumb is to condition every time you shampoo.”
Oribe Hair Care stylist Adam Livermore added, “But the moisturizing doesn’t end once you leave the shower. Even if you’re not heat-styling your hair, you should comb through a protective product! It can reduce frizz, dryness, and split ends, and even protect your color!”
To keep things simple, a little coconut oil does the trick to reduce frizz and hydrate your hair after shampoo and conditioner! Just remember that a little goes a long way!