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After I Destroyed My Hair, These Are 10 Tips I Used to Promote Healthy Hair Growth

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Hair. We all love healthy, flowing locks but there are so many things that can impact the health of our hair and hair growth. I’ve always prided myself on my hair. It’s been one of my favorite features about myself my entire life.

Then I did what I’ll call rule #1 of what NOT to do for healthy, growing hair. I bleached it, then dyed it pink. After that hairstyle, in a moment of poor decision making, I got a ‘beach wave’ perm. Never – I repeat NEVER – get a perm no matter what.

The final nail in the healthy hair coffin? I dyed it dark with permanent dye. Permanent dye, as I’ve come to learn, will completely destroy your hair.

So what was the result of bleaching, perming, and then dying my hair? About ⅓ of it fell out, and what was left was damaged, dry as hay, and all but completely destroyed.

I’d gone from loving my locks to mourning their loss, and I knew it was time to do research and find out exactly what I needed to restore my hair to its original glory – which included how to promote hair growth + how to cultivate happy, healthy hair.

In this article, we will first explore 5 methods for hair growth (and regrowth). Then we will learn 5 additional ways to cultivate healthy hair (and keep it that way).

Here’s How to Promote Hair Growth

Based on my extensive research for any and all ways to promote hair growth, here are 5 key methods to help your hair grow:

1. He Shou Wu

He Shou Wu is a Chinese herb that has many impressive health benefits, ranging from immunity support to DNA repair, hair growth and healthy aging. Part of the healthy aging is through tonifying kidney and liver function, which can also impact your hair growth.
I found many supporting articles and studies that attested to how effective He Shou Wu can be for reversing hair loss. About 6 weeks into taking it, I am seeing a noticeable improvement in my hair growth.

2. Nettle Tea

Nettle is an herb that also boasts a lot of health benefits, including hair growth. It’s actually one of the oldest treatments for hair loss by treating dandruff, combating hair loss, and promoting new hair growth.
Nettle can be taken in capsule form or brewed as tea. I’ve been brewing looseleaf nettle tea in big batches and refrigerating it in glass jars. It has a light, refreshing taste and you can add lemon juice for flavor or even that trusty He Shou Wu powder for added benefit.

3. Scalp Massage

Stimulating your scalp is key for healthy hair. The scalp directly impacts the health and growth of your hair, so massaging it will stimulate circulation and as a result, hair growth. Another way to increase circulation to the scalp is with inversions (think headstand, handstand, or even Downward Dog Pose in yoga).

4. Essential Oils

Never underestimate the power of essential oils! These highly potent plant concentrates can aid in hair growth. Just be sure you’re using high-quality essential oils, since not all brands are created equal and many have fillers or added ingredients.
The following essential oils in particular are believed to stimulate hair growth: lavender, lemon, thyme, and oregano.
If you’re interested in learning more great uses for essential oils, check out the Best Uses For 7 Common Essential Oils

5. Castor Oil Hair Masks

Hair masks are a great way to promote healthy hair, and while there are so many products and DIY recipes out there, I’ve found that organic castor oil is one of the better bets. It has Vitamin E, protein and fatty acids, plus it’s antibacterial and antifungal.
Castor oil is really thick and sticky, so you can add a little coconut oil to make the application process easier. I also add 10-15 drops of essential oils (see #4) to the mask and let it sit for at least an hour and sometimes even overnight (just wear a shower cap to avoid a big mess).

Now Let’s Explore 5 Ways to Maintain Happy, Healthy Hair

Now that we’ve learned five effective ways to promote hair growth, let’s take a look at how we can maintain healthy hair.

6. No Chemicals!!

When it comes to healthy hair, the last thing you want to do is mess it up with nasty chemicals. Chemicals can really damage your hair and yet so many hair products contain chemicals and harsh ingredients like parabens, sulfates, dyes, fragrance, alcohol etc that will dry out, strip, and ultimately wreck your hair.
Make sure you’re checking your labels and try to use organic, natural products whenever possible.

7. Organic, pH Balanced Shampoo + Conditioner

Piggybacking on #6, you want to stick to organic and also pH balanced shampoo and conditioner. Why pH? Because your scalp and hair have a natural pH balance that gets thrown off through all the products we use and even the water we wash our hair in.
I did some research and started using DermaChange shampoo + conditioner and it’s made a big difference in my hair’s texture, vibrancy, and overall health. It’s vegan, organic, pH balanced (and restores your hair back to its natural pH levels of 5.5), and affordable.

8. No Heat

As women, most of us have become dependent on heat for drying and styling our hair, but it’s time to let that go. If you can, let your hair air dry. If not, use your hair dryer’s coolest setting, and/or at least wait until it’s mostly air dried first.
Replace the curling or styling iron with rollers or braids and experiment with new and different hairstyles that don’t require heat to style. Trust me, it’s worth it and you’ll notice a big difference in the health of your hair.

9. Braid Your Hair Before Bed

As it turns out, even rolling around on your hair all night can create damage and breakage. If you want to avoid the frizzy mess of bed head and the negative side effects it causes for your hair, try braiding it before bed.
Added bonus: if you braid your hair when it’s damp, you’ll have a cute wavy/curly look that didn’t require any heat to style (see #8). Finally, braiding can also stimulate the scalp which in turn can aid in hair growth (see # 3).

10. Wash Your Hair Less

Washing your hair all the time is not ideal for healthy hair and hair growth. Your body produces natural oils that are nourishing for your hair follicles, and overwashing strips those oils away. Additionally, washing your hair less means drying, styling, and using products less – all of which will help your hair grow and stay healthy.
I’ve found a great balance in washing my hair twice a week and doing an oil mask once a week. My hair looks happy and healthy, and the maintenance is completely manageable.

Healthy Hair and Stimulating Hair Growth – The Takeaway

The final piece of advice I’ll offer is in the overall care and maintenance of your hair. Put a little coconut oil or argan oil on the tips after you wash your hair. This helps reduce split ends and dried out hair.
Brush your hair regularly but only brush your hair when it’s dry to prevent damage. Brushing your hair is a great additional way to stimulate your scalp (see # 3).
Finally, try not to stress too much about the health or current state of your hair. Stress impacts all aspects of your body’s functions and health overall, including hair growth! Following these tips will help your hair grow and cultivate happy, healthy hair.

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Eat the correct balance of the following nutrients including protein, vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to remain shiny, lustrous and strong…

Protein

As hair is made of protein, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for making hair strong and healthy. If you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may result in restricted hair growth and even hair loss. Choose chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs as excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts.

Iron

Iron is an especially important mineral for hair and too little iron is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply. When iron levels (serum ferritin) fall below a certain point, you may experience anaemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding. Animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish provide iron with a high bioavailability, meaning the iron is readily available to the body. Vegetarians can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.
More about iron-rich diets
Iron-rich vegetarian recipes

Vitamin C

Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron so foods high in vitamin C are good to eat in conjunction with iron-rich foods. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so is used readily by the body. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen which strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Include oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources like avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Include animal products and orange/yellow coloured vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

Zinc and selenium

Scalp protection involves other important minerals, notably zinc and selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp. Fortified cereals and wholegrains are a good source of zinc along with oysters, beef and eggs.

Vitamin E

The sun can damage our hair just like it can damage our skin so ensure you eat foods rich in vitamin E to provide protection for your hair. Nuts are nutritional powerhouses, providing zinc and selenium as well as vitamin E so try to include them as part of a balanced diet.

Biotin

Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include biotin rich foods such as wholegrains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.

Natural treatments

Make your own hair mask for a deep, nourishing treatment every two weeks. Whisk an egg yolk and mix with half a mashed avocado and a spoonful of honey. Massage onto damp, clean hair and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Recipe suggestions…

An overall balanced diet is necessary for a healthy scalp and healthy hair. Try out some of the following tasty recipes to support your locks.

Legumes like kidney beans and lentils are sources of protein, iron, biotin and zinc:
Jerk chicken curry with beans
Pepper lime salmon with black-eyed beans
Basic lentils
Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal

Nuts are rich in zinc and selenium:
Spiced cauliflower with chickpeas, herbs & pine nuts
Baked aubergine stuffed with roast pumpkin, feta & walnuts with minted courgettes
Fig & walnut slice
Tropical treat

Beef is a brilliant source of protein and iron:
Chilli beef shepherd’s pie
Thai beef stir-fry

Don’t forget orange vegetables and dark leafy greens!
Pumpkin & parsnip cassoulet
Stir-fried curly kale with chilli & garlic
Orange, carrot & mint soup
Sweet potato & chicken curry

Boost your omega-3 with these fishy favourites:
Spicy salmon & lentils
Griddled tuna with bean & tomato salad
Warm mackerel & beetroot salad
Smoked mackerel, orange & couscous salad
Sardines with chickpeas, lemon & parsley

The hair cycle…

Each hair is attached to the scalp via a follicle. There are between 100,000 and 350,000 hair follicles on the human scalp. Each follicle grows its hair for an average of 1000 days (three years) and then rests for a period of around 100 days (three months) before being shed and a new hair begins to grow. This pattern of active growth followed by the resting period varies significantly from person to person and is influenced by age, diet and our state of health.

What is hair made of?

Hair is primarily made of a protein called keratin that also makes nails and forms the outer protective layer of skin. Each hair consists of three layers:

1. The cuticle – the outer layer, thin and colourless. It acts as the protective layer.
2. The cortex which contains melanin, which is responsible for hair colour.
3. The medulla, the innermost layer which reflects light.

Did you know…
…Whether your hair is straight or curly depends on the shape of the cortex. On average, blondes have more hair and redheads have the least.

Through thick and thin…

The length of hair that you are able to grow is controlled by the duration of the growing phase, which varies between individuals. We all lose some hair naturally each day when we brush, comb or wash it and as long as new hairs are being produced at the same rate as those falling out, there will be no difference in hair volume. However if the rate of shedding exceeds production the net result is hair loss or thinning.

A variety of factors can alter the normal hair growth cycle and cause temporary or permanent hair loss including medication, chemotherapy, exposure to chemicals and toxins such as nicotine, hormonal factors, thyroid disease, stress or nutritional factors.

Hair loss

We shed hair every day as part of our body’s natural process. Hair loss can happen at any time of life for any number of reasons. When hair loss becomes a concern, it is important to determine the cause before seeking out the appropriate treatment.

Potential non-dietary factors for hair loss include:

  • Age influences hair strength. As we grow older, there is a tendency for our hair fibres to become finer and shorter and we may experience hair loss or greying. It is normal for women to experience changes to their hair post pregnancy and as they enter the menopause.
  • Genetic hair loss is the most common hair loss problem affecting men and women. The onset is usually during the mid to late 20s and is often unavoidable. Women experiencing baldness may want to consult a trained medical professional.
  • Repeatedly losing and regaining weight can take its toll on your hair, causing it to become brittle and lacking lustre. Crash diets are often short in essential vitamins and minerals and over long periods of time this type of dieting will reflect in your hair.
  • Hormonal imbalances including thyroid dysfunction can produce significant changes to hair growth and quality. Thyroid function can only be assessed by blood test. If you are experiencing considerable hair loss, please consult your GP.

A note on alopecia areata (AA)…

This condition can result in total loss of hair from the head and sometimes loss of body hair also, although most sufferers develop a few isolated patches of hair loss, which may correct themselves without any treatment. Since the cause is unknown, treatment is hard. Talk to your GP if you are concerned about hair loss.

This article was last reviewed on 4 July 2019 by Kerry Torrens.

Kerry Torrens is a qualified Nutritionist (MBANT) with a post graduate diploma in Personalised Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Over the last 15 years she has been a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food.

Jo Lewin works as a Community Nutritionist and private consultant. She is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) registered with the UKVRN. Visit her website at www.nutrijo.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @nutri_jo.

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Essential Nutrition for Healthy Hair

With aisles and aisles of products aimed to improve the look and condition of your hair, it can be easy to forget that one of the most important things you can do to keep your strands at their best is to provide them with proper nutrition.

That’s right—just as your skin benefits from a healthy diet (like the rest of your body, for that matter), eating well and getting some key nutrients ensures that your hair gets what it needs to promote growth and prevent breakage and dryness. Likewise, strong, shiny, soft hair is not only something that makes you look and feel beautiful—it’s also a sign of a well-nourished you.

The next time you admire your mane in the mirror, give these healthy hair nutrition essentials a big thank you. And if you’re looking to improve your hair, evaluate your eating habits to see what might be lacking; the advice of a nutritionist can also help.

Protein
Your hair’s structure is made of hardened proteins called keratin. When your protein stores are low, generation of this important building block slows and hair grows slower and weaker. Lean meats, like chicken and turkey, and fish like tuna, halibut and tilapia are great high-protein foods to include in your diet. Low-fat mozzarella and cottage cheeses, tofu and quinoa are also terrific options to consider.

Biotin
Lentils are a good source of biotin—a nutrient that has been shown to promote hair growth. When biotin interacts with cell enzymes, it helps produce amino acids—compounds that form those ever-important proteins mentioned earlier. Researchers have even found that too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Carrots, almonds, walnuts and cauliflower are other smart choices to consider. If you’re interested in taking a supplement, speak with your doctor for a recommendation.

Iron
Your hair follicles receive nourishing oxygen from the iron in your red blood cells. While the level of iron in your blood may be considered normal, there is still a chance that you may have low ferritin—the “bank” of iron your body keeps to draw on when it needs it. Low ferritin has been linked to slow or halted hair growth, as well as shedding. Do your best to avoid this by eating iron-rich foods, such as oysters, clams, lean beef, eggs, tuna, soybeans, spinach, tofu and garbanzo beans. Be sure to have your ferritin levels tested before considering a supplement.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s are found in the cell membranes of your scalp’s skin, and in the natural oils your scalp and hair produce to stay hydrated. Getting enough of these essential fatty acids can help prevent dry scalp and help your hair grow and shine. Eating wild salmon and other fatty fish like striped sea bass or mackerel twice a week will ensure a healthy dose of omega-3s. Or, if you’re not a fan of fish, incorporate some plant-derived sources into your diet, like flax seeds, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil.

Water
While your locks are made primarily of protein, they’re also made of water and need to maintain their moisture to avoid dryness and breakage. In addition to turning to a leave-in conditioner or other hydrating products to soften strands, make sure you’re also replenishing yourself by drinking plenty of H20 each day. Eating water-rich fruits and vegetables helps hydrate your mane as well.

B Vitamins
B6, B12 and folate help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients too all of the cells in the body, including the ones in the scalp and hair follicles. If you’re not getting enough B vitamins, the cells can starve, making your hair more prone to shedding, slower growth and breakage. Pork tenderloin is packed with these vitamins, but if you don’t eat pork, load up on beans, chicken, oatmeal and low-fat dairy foods, which are also good sources.

Vitamin C
This essential nutrient does a couple things to help promote healthy hair: Vitamin C helps absorb iron. It’s also used to form collagen, a structural fiber that makes up the connective tissue in the body, which hair follicles require for optimal growth. Bell peppers, thyme, parsley, kale, Brussels sprouts, oranges and strawberries all pack a vitamin C punch.

Zinc
This mineral helps strengthen your hair follicles, and prevent hair loss, by binding its proteins. It also plays a role in your oil glands functioning properly, which protects your locks from dryness and dandruff. Shellfish, like oysters, crab, lobster, clams and mussels all have high zinc content. In fact, just three ounces of oysters (about two medium-size oysters) has a whopping 493 percent of the daily recommended value of zinc. Sunflower seeds, peanuts, pine nuts, beef, lamb, pork and cereals with whole grains and bran are some other zinc-rich foods to choose from.

If you notice significant changes in your hair that concern you, consult your doctor to discuss possible causes, like a nutritional deficiency, stress, underactive thyroid or hormonal imbalance.

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Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s a smart haircare routine. For some women, enviably long hair just happens, but for the rest of us, tweaking certain aspects of our day-to-day beauty routine must be made. Whether that be using a different hair brush, adjusting how often you use your hair dryer, adding a vitamin to the mix, or sleeping on a silk pillowcase (yes, really), there are several easy steps that can be done to achieve long, lustrous locks. Check out these pro tips to guide you in the right direction (longer!).

1. Get frequent trims — yes, really

It may seem counterintuitive, but if you want long hair that’s actually healthy, you need to get regular trims. “While haircuts don’t make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair,” explains celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas. “Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster.” After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length — not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness. If you want to know exactly how long you can go between trims, follow this guide.

2. Resist the urge to go blonde

As chic as platinum hair looks, going from a darker shade to light blonde could stand between you and your longest-possible hair. “When the cuticle of the hair is damaged from bleach, you can have more breakage or split ends,” explains Elizabeth Hiserodt, senior colorist at Cutler Salon in New York City. “The fewer chemical treatments, the better your hair will grow.”

3. Distribute your hair’s natural oils

Going to bed with unbrushed hair may seem tempting when you’re tired, but giving your hair a few quick strokes can be great for its health. “Starting at the scalp, use a boar bristle brush to distribute your scalp’s oils evenly onto your hair so it stays naturally moisturized,” recommends Meri Kate O’Connor, senior colorist and hair educator at Eva Scrivo Salon. Bonus: This simple step each night helps increase circulation, which helps make your scalp healthier.

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4. Eat the right foods

Having long, strong hair doesn’t just depend on which products you put on your hair; it also depends on what you put into your body. “To promote hair growth, you need to ‘feed’ the hair from the inside,” explains Dr. Francesca Fusco, an NYC-based dermatologist. “Try increasing your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole gains.”

If you’re not a meat-lover, you should still aim to maintain a diet high in protein. Dr. Fusco warns that women who don’t get enough of it often experience “more shedding.” GoodHousekeeping.com’s nutritionist Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN adds that foods high in protein as well as vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc and iron, and omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to healthier hair.

5. Avoid heat styling tools

“Stop over-styling your hair,” warns celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves. If you must use heat, Paves recommends decreasing the temperature and always using a heat protectant — otherwise, you risk damaging your hair, leading to breakage and frizz.

Best Heat Protectants For Hair

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6. Skip the daily shampoo

By now, you’ve likely heard all the testimonials attributing great hair to going “no ‘poo,” but do you know why it actually helps your hair? “Shampooing your hair two to three times a week allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself,” explains Paves.

7. Add a vitamin to your A.M. routine

If your diet isn’t supplying you with enough nutrition, a supplement could make a world of difference. “Look for a multivitamin that’s formulated and labeled ‘For Hair, Skin and Nails,'” advises Dr. Fusco. “Those contain important vitamins like biotin and C and B vitamins that support hair health.” Bonus: You may get better skin in the process!

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8. Finish your shower with a cool rinse

A super steamy shower isn’t just bad for your skin — it’s also rough on your hair. “Turn the water temperature down when cleansing,” recommends Paves. “And rinse with cool water to help seal the cuticle and strengthen your hair before styling it.”

9. Be careful when you brush wet hair

Hair is especially susceptible to breakage when it’s wet, but if you absolutely must get some knots out post-shower, make sure to use a brush that will go easy on your strands. “Using a Tangle Teezer or Wet Brush is key,” says Davey Partain, stylist at Kennaland salon in Brooklyn.

He also notes that the technique is just as important as the tool. “Start gently brushing from the ends and gradually work your way up. And don’t just brush the top layer — brush the hair underneath as well.” If traditional brushes aren’t for you, opt for a wide-toothed comb instead.

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10. Start using minoxidil

Pick up a can of Women’s Rogaine, says April Franzino, Good Housekeeping’s beauty director. “The active ingredient, minoxidil, is FDA-approved and proven to help stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth with continued use according to packaging instructions.” For a more targeted solution, pick up Hers 2% Minoxidil Topical Solution and use the dropper applicator to focus on more specific problem areas.

11. Stop doing trendy “cleanses”

Diet companies may try to convince you that a “cleanse” will turn your whole life around, but Dueñas strongly advises against them. “Doing a cleanse is terrible for your hair because you’re depriving your body of nutrients,” he warns. “After doing a cleanse even for a week, you’ll notice slower hair growth and lackluster locks.”

12. Sleep on a silk pillowcase

Getting better hair in your sleep is possible — all you need is to switch up your pillowcase. “Silk is easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage,” says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a physician from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. The less breakage your hair experiences, the longer your hair will be. In fact, they’re so good that the Good Housekeeping Institute even conducted an entire study to find the best silk pillowcases — see below for the winners!

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13. Pay attention to your skin

It’s easy to see shiny hair initially and assume a product is working for you, but Dean recommends taking a closer look. “What the formula is doing to your skin is generally what it’s doing to your hair,” he says. “Does it make your skin feel dry, stripped, heavy, waxy, sticky or greasy? Or does it feel soft, hydrated, silky and supple?” Treat your hair the way you would treat your skin — after all, it’s another part of you! If your hair follicles are clogged and congested, there’s no way it can grow as efficiently.

Pia Velasco Pia Velasco is the Associate Beauty Editor at Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, and Prevention magazine. Blake Bakkila Associate Editor Blake is the Associate Editor for GoodHousekeeping.com covering beauty, celebrity, holiday entertaining, and other lifestyle news.

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Ensuring you get adequate natural nutrition is important. However, it can also be beneficial to supplement it with artificial enhancements that will help boost hair growth (10). There are a variety of supplements like biotin and multivitamin tablets that are best suited for women aspiring for long and strong hair. These will ensure you get all the right vitamins and minerals that your diet may otherwise be lacking, and give your hair the best chance of growth.

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9. Try Natural Hair Packs

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Find the natural hair pack best suited for your hair and apply it once a week.

If you’ve ever searched for anything about hair care, you would have definitely heard all about the benefits of natural hair packs. There is a variety of these to choose from that suit all types of hair. They can be easily thrown together with natural ingredients that can be found right in your house. From honey and lemon to avocado and olive oil, there are plenty of options that will moisturize your hair, make it silky smooth, and enable to grow to its full potential. Applying natural remedies and hair packs containing herbal ingredients like Gooseberries, Shikakai (Acacia Concinna), Heena, Onion juice, Coconut milk, etc. aid in nourishing and boosting hair growth, while maintaining the overall health of your tresses.

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10. Protect Your Hair

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A durable scarf or hat

Make sure your hair is covered when you leave the house, especially in harsh weather or dusty conditions.

This will seem somewhat obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how many people neglect this simple hair care aspect. Every time you head out into the dust and heat, you’re stripping your hair of moisture. Always ensure you cover your hair with a scarf or a hat.

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11. Condition Regularly

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A mild moisturizing conditioner

Apply a decent amount of conditioner to your hair after every shampoo wash.

Your hair is a reflection of yourself. That is why so many women spend hours trying to keep their hair perfectly shiny and smooth. While most women will wash their hair with shampoo, they fail to see the importance of a good conditioner. It helps replace lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, and also seals the cuticle to help your hair grow longer. Deep conditioning and reconstructing treatments help hydrate hair strands, repair damaged hair by eliminating frizziness and dullness (11). These conditioning treatments help to create healthy hair while adding length, manageability, volume, and shine to it.

12. Drink Water

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Ensure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Drinking water is good for your entire body. It flushes out toxins and helps the body function properly (12). Since your hair relies on the rest of your body to keep it hydrated, it is essential to make sure you are always hydrated.

13. Forget The Towel Wrap

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Avoid wrapping your hair in a towel.

The practice of wrapping your hair in a towel straight after you washed it seems like a logical step. However, when hair is wet, it is very fragile and is prone to break. Hence, it is advisable to pat your hair with a towel until it is dry. This will prevent hair damage.

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14. Disinfect Your Hair

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Antimicrobial products

Microbial infection in the scalp can weaken the hair follicles, damage the hair strands thereby create unhealthy and lifeless hair. It causes scalp diseases like seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema, etc. which inhibit hair growth. Cleansing the hair of such infections effectively by using antimicrobial products, clinical treatments, and proper medication helps in promoting healthy hair growth (13).

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15. Give Yourself A Hot Oil Massage

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An oil of your choice.

Massaging the hair gently with lukewarm oils like Jojoba, Coconut, Olive, Argan, etc. not only improves the blood circulation in the scalp but also nourishes, revitalizes, and soothes the scalp while also fortifying the hair follicles and creating strong, lengthy, and radiant locks (4).

16. Rinse Your Hair With Vinegar

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Water and vinegar.

Rinsing the hair with vinegar can boost hair growth while making it appear shiny, healthy and beautiful. A mixture containing two tablespoons of vinegar and one liter of water can act as a natural conditioner when used for rinsing hair and helps in creating Rapunzel-like lengthy tresses (14).

17. Be Patient

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Even the best of faster hair growth solutions require patience and consistency. As long as you do the right things and are determined to achieve long hair, you will get results. Don’t feel disheartened after a week and cut your hair short out of frustration. Remember, on an average, your hair grows about half an inch a month.

Here’s a simple tutorial to help you grow your hair fast naturally.

Avoid Doing These

1. Hair Colors

Most of the hair colors contain ammonia, which is an industrial bleaching agent. It can wreak havoc on your hair by making it dry and damaged. The excessive use of hair colors can lead to hair fall by damaging the hair follicles. Instead of chemicals, try natural options like henna (15). It colors as well as conditions your hair and gives you soft, smooth and healthy hair. You can also use coffee or cinnamon powder.

2. Hair Treatments

Every other day, we fancy different hairstyles, sometimes straight, perms, or wavy. But do you know that these hair treatments use a lot of harsh chemicals that lead to severe hair fall (16)? Regular hair straightening also leads to split ends, and once it starts splitting, you have to continuously chop them to let your hair grow. Try to avoid them as much as possible and start loving your natural tresses.

3. Brushing Wet Hair

This is one of the biggest mistakes people generally make – combing or brushing their hair while it’s still wet. Never do this (17). Wait for your hair to dry naturally, gently detangle, and then comb softly.

4. Using Hot Water

Do not use hot water while rinsing your hair. It makes your hair very dry and brittle. Always use cool water as it allows the cuticles to smooth out and lie flat, thus giving you soft and manageable hair.

5. Tight Hairstyles And Rubber Bands

When you tie your hair into a tight ponytail or braid, the hair gets pulled from the roots and gets stressed. This makes them loose from the roots, and thus, more prone to breakage. It makes the hair weak and causes permanent damage. Rubber bands also pull the hair out from the roots causing extensive damage to the mane (18). The hair becomes weak and hurts the scalp.

Everyone is looking for the secret to long, beautiful hair. The fact is that there isn’t one big secret. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the faster growth of hair, so go ahead and experiment with these tips, and see what works best for you.

Now that you know how to make your hair grow faster, what are you waiting for? Share your feedback with us by commenting below.

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  7. “Is Washing Your Hair Every Day Truly Bad for You?”
  8. “The effect of brushing on hair loss in women” The Journal Of Dermatological Treatment, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
  9. “Burden of hair loss: stress and the underestimated…” The Journal Of Investigative Dermatology, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
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  11. “How does hair conditioner work?” Science in Our World: Certainty and Controversy, The Pennsylvania State University.
  12. “Water & Nutrition” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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  14. “What Does Apple Cider Vinegar Not Do?” Pacific College Of Ortiental Medicine.
  15. “Formulation and Evaluation of Herbal Hair Dye: An Ecofriendly Process” Journal Of Pharmaceutical Sciences And Research.
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  17. Do you have hair loss or hair shedding?” Student Health And Wellness, University Of Missouri – kansas City.
  18. “Hair Braids And Weaves Increase Risk Of Hair Loss” Women’s Health Research Institute, Northwestern University.

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Pooja is a Mass Communications and Psychology graduate. Her education has helped her develop the perfect balance between what the reader wants to know and what the reader has to know. As a classical dancer, she has long, black hair, and she knows the struggle that goes into maintaining it. She believes in home remedies and grandma’s secrets for achieving beautiful, luscious hair. When she is not writing, she learns Kuchipudi, practices yoga, and creates doodles.

By Ashley Okwuosa for Beauty High

Just about every woman in the world wishes her hair would grow faster. Whether you’re recovering from a bad haircut or you’re trying to change up a pixie cut, growing out your hair can be a bit frustrating. And while it might take a while, there are things you can do to help your hair grow faster.

1. Haircuts help. Although it seems counterintuitive, trimming your hair while growing it out will actually encourage hair growth by getting rid of any damaged, broken, or split ends. While you don’t need to get a trim every six to eight weeks, you should head to the salon about once every three months.

2. Certain foods can promote hair grow. It’s not a myth! Certain foods can help accelerate the hair-growth process. Eating the options on this list of eight foods that make your hair grow faster can really work.

3. Heat styling can mess with your length. Heat styling with a flat iron, blow dryer, or curling iron can break the strands you’re working so hard to grow. As much as possible, find a way to style your hair without heat.

4. It’s OK to skip a wash. If you wash your hair every day, you may be removing natural oils that can nourish your scalp and promote hair growth. Wash every other day, and use dry shampoo or a gentler cleansing conditioner between washes.

5. Your scalp needs extra TLC. When you do wash your hair, it’s important to focus on your scalp. Massaging your scalp with your fingertips for about three minutes a day helps to stimulate the hair follicles. To enhance the effects, apply a hair mask or conditioner to your scalp at the same time.

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How To Improve Your Hair Texture Naturally Shaheen Naser Hyderabd040-395603080 December 23, 2019

Blonde or brunette, straight or curly – every hair type is beautiful. But we end up putting our gorgeous locks through a lot. While some of color our hair, a few others perm, smoothen, or straighten our hair. Exposing your hair frequently to chemical treatments and blow drying makes it dry and brittle over time. If you want to know what causes these unwanted changes and how could you could improve your hair texture naturally, keep reading!

Table Of Contents

  • What Is Hair Texture?
  • Types Of Hair
  • Why Does Your Hair Change Texture?
  • How To Improve Your Hair Texture Naturally
  • Best Foods For Better Hair Texture
  • Prevention Tips

What Is Hair Texture?

The term “hair texture” is used to define the width or circumference of your hair strand. Professionals usually use words like coarse, fine, or medium to classify your hair texture.
While coarse hair has the largest circumference, fine hair has the smallest. Medium textures fall somewhere in the middle in terms of their circumference and are often considered normal.

The texture of your hair usually changes depending on your hair type. Your hair type varies depending on the curl and thickness of individual hair strands. Here’s a detailed look into the different hair types.

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Types Of Hair

The hair types fall under categories 1 to 4. Within these categories, the amount of curl in the hair strands is represented with a letter ranging from ‘a’ to ‘c’.

Type 1 Hair

This type of hair is naturally straight and has no curls. It is usually shiny and oily due to lack of curls. Within the Type 1 category, there are Type 1a, Type 1b, and Type 1c subcategories.

  • Type 1a is completely flat and has little or no body.
  • Type 1b has comparatively more body than Type 1a and is not completely flat.
  • Type 1c is generally straight with a few areas that bend slightly.

Type 2 Hair

If your hair is naturally wavy, forming an “S” shape, it falls under the Type 2 category. This type is not as oily as Type 1 hair, but it is neither too dry. Type 2 hair is further categorized as Type 2a, Type 2b, and Type 2c.

  • Type 2a hair has several loose beach waves all over the head.
  • Type 2b hair is wavier than Type 2a and more defined and tightly drawn than the former.
  • Type 2c hair is often very tightly drawn, so much so that it forms loose spiral curls.

Type 3 Hair

This hair type is naturally curly and forms a defined “S”. Type 3 hair is known to form ringlets without having to use any hair products or tools and is usually dry. Under the Type 3 hair category, there are Type 3a, Type 3b, and Type 3c types.

  • Type 3a hair forms smooth curls that may even be silky to touch.
  • Type 3b hair consists of springy and spiraled curls. Many half-black women possess this hair type.
  • Type 3c hair is very tightly drawn, coily, and highly textured.

Type 4 Hair

Type 4 hair is tightly drawn but does not form ringlets like Type 3. Also, this type of hair hardly changes shape whether it is dry or wet. Due to the shape of this hair type, you will notice that its hair strands are extremely dry. Type 4a, Type 4b, and Type 4c types come under this hair category.

  • Type 4a hair is usually tightly drawn and forms tight coils or cylindrical curls.
  • Type 4b has a crimpy pattern, even more than cylindrical curls.
  • Type 4c is almost “Z” shaped and has a zigzag pattern. It has little to no defined sections.

Some individuals may have a combination of the above hair types. Some of them will have certain strands that are sleek and a few others with curls. Listed below are some major reasons your hair changes texture with time.

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Why Does Your Hair Change Texture?

You may notice your hair changing texture with time because of:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Poor diet
  • Aging
  • Medications like painkillers, acne drugs, beta blockers, etc.
  • Chemical hair treatments like coloring, perming, and bleaching
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Iron deficiency
  • Pregnancy

Any of these factors could be responsible for your changing hair texture. However, irrespective of what is causing your hair to change its texture for the worse, you should know what you can do to control the situation and prevent further damage. Here is a list of some of the best home remedies to improve your hair texture.

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How To Improve Your Hair Texture Naturally

  1. Coconut Oil
  2. Green Tea
  3. Aloe Vera
  4. Onion Juice
  5. Amla Oil
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Eggs
  8. Vitamins
  9. Essential Oils

Home Remedies To Improve Your Hair Texture

1. Coconut Oil

1 tablespoon of cold pressed coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage it into your hair.
  2. Leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with a mild cleanser.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times a week.

Coconut oil works as a natural conditioner with its wonderful moisturizing properties. It not only improves your hair texture but also prevents breakage and split ends (1).

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2. Green Tea

  • 1 teaspoon of green tea
  • 1 cup of water
  1. Add a teaspoon of green tea to a cup of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Simmer and strain.
  4. Allow the tea to cool a little before drinking it.

You must have green tea twice daily for the desired effects.

Green tea contains many beneficial polyphenols that are excellent for promoting hair growth. It can also prevent hair loss and make your hair lustrous and healthy (2).

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3. Aloe Vera

  • Aloe vera gel (as required)
  • A clean warm towel
  1. Take a couple of aloe vera leaves and scrape the gel from their insides.
  2. Blend well and apply the gel to your scalp and hair.
  3. Wrap your hair with a warm and damp towel.
  4. Leave it on for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse your hair as usual.

Do this 2 to 3 times a week.

Aloe vera gel is full of nutrients that are beneficial for your hair and scalp. It helps in conditioning, strengthening, and moisturizing dry and brittle hair It can also protect your hair from UV damage and prevent conditions like seborrheic dermatitis (3), (4).

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4. Onion Juice

1-2 tablespoons of onion juice

  1. Take one to two tablespoons of onion juice and apply it to your scalp.
  2. Leave it on overnight.

Do this 2 to 3 times a week.

Onion juice contains sulfur, which is important for healthy hair. It nourishes the hair follicles, aiding hair regrowth and preventing thinning (5).

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5. Amla Oil

1-2 tablespoons of amla oil

  1. Apply one to two tablespoons of amla oil to your scalp and hair.
  2. Leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes before washing it off with water.

You may do this 1 to 2 times in a week.

Amla oil contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that provides nourishment to your hair and also helps with graying (6).

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6. Olive Oil

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

  1. Take one or two tablespoons of olive oil and apply it to your scalp and hair.
  2. Massage for a few minutes.
  3. Leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild cleanser.

You must do this twice every week.

Olive oil is loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants, which work wonderfully in enhancing hair growth and texture. Olive oil helps in moisturizing and conditioning your hair naturally (7).

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7. Eggs

  • 1-2 eggs
  • A shower cap
  1. Whip one or two eggs.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair.
  3. Cover your head with a shower cap.
  4. Leave it on for at least an hour.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild cleanser.

You must do this once a week for optimum benefits.

The yolk of the egg is rich in fats and protein that are excellent for curbing brittle hair, breakage, and split ends. It contains peptides that nourish the hair and aid hair growth (8).

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8. Vitamins

Deficiencies in certain vitamins can also damage your hair texture (9). Vitamins A, C, D, and E are necessary for moisturized and damage-free hair.

These vitamins not only nourish your hair but also help with split ends and hair loss. You can get enough of these vitamins by consuming foods like carrots, spinach, kale, citrus fruits, eggs, fish, milk, and nuts.

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9. Essential Oils

a. Lavender Oil

  • 6 drops of lavender oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or any other carrier oil)
  1. Add six drops of lavender oil to one to two tablespoons of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it to your hair and scalp.
  3. Massage gently and leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild cleanser.

You must do this at least once a week.

Lavender oil can help prevent hair loss with its hair growth-promoting activities. It can also increase the number of hair follicles, thus increasing the density of your hair (10).

b. Rosemary Oil

  • 6 drops of rosemary oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of any carrier oil
  1. Add six drops of rosemary oil to one or two tablespoons of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and massage it into your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it in for 40 to 60 minutes.
  4. Rinse your hair with a mild cleanser.

Do this 1 to 2 times a week.

Rosemary oil promotes hair growth. It enhances the hair texture and increases the density of hair and is also apt for treating hair loss (11).

Your diet also matters when it comes to enhancing the health of your hair. Eating right will improve the efficiency of the above remedies. Given below are some foods that will help you in achieving softer and healthier hair.

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Best Foods For Better Hair Texture

Foods that are known to help in improving the texture of the hair are:

  • Vitamin A-rich foods like carrots, eggs, dairy products, poultry, and fish.
  • Foods rich in iron like fish, poultry, nuts, beans, grains, raisins, and spinach.
  • Omega-3 foods like flaxseed, walnuts, and fatty fish.
  • Foods rich in biotin or vitamin H like oysters, eggs, avocados, soybean, oatmeal, legumes, and mushrooms.

If you are lucky enough to have medium textured hair, or if you have succeeded in improving your hair texture, it is time to take a few tips to prevent damage to your hair strands.

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Prevention Tips

  • Always choose a shampoo that is formulated for your hair type.
  • Condition your hair after every shampoo.
  • Comb your hair carefully.
  • Avoid using blow dryers and heat styling.
  • Do not rub your hair too hard while towel drying.

Once damaged beyond repair, there is no other option but to chop off the damaged hair. Hence, if you suspect that your hair texture is deteriorating, address the issue immediately.

Hope this article addressed all your queries. Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Does hair texture change with age?

Yes, your hair can change in many ways with aging, including changes in its texture.

Does shaving head change hair texture?

Shaving can neither change your hair texture nor make it grow faster or darker.

How to test your hair texture?

A relatively easy way to test your hair texture is:
• Wash your hair.
• Air dry it.
• Cut a sewing thread that is 6 to 8 diameters long.
• Pull out a dry hair and place it next to the thread.
• Compare the hair strand to the thread.
• Thin hair – If your hair strand is thinner than the thread
• Medium hair – If the hair strand is as thick as the thread
• Thick hair – If the hair strand is thicker than the thread

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  • Naturally Occurring Hair Growth Peptide: Water-Soluble Chicken Egg Yolk Peptides Stimulate Hair Growth Through Induction of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Production. Journal of Medicinal Food, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
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In the age of blowout bars, extreme dye jobs, and perms (yes, they’re back!), it’s not a question of if your hair is damaged but of how bad the situation really is. Before you start feeling hopeless because you’d sooner sell your soul than give up your flatiron, consider that even wrecked hair can be revived with a few sneaky little adjustments to your routine, according to scientists. Shinier, healthier-looking hair is just 11 tricks (and one roll of paper towels) away.

RULE #1

Get it wet less often.

Water makes hair swell from the inside, which forces the cuticle up. “When that happens over and over again, you get frizz and breakage,” says cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller. “Don’t wash your hair more than you have to. Whenever you can skip a day, that’s great.” Instead, embrace a dry shampoo that’s a hard-core oil and odor absorber. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo removes grease and sweat from your hair rather than just coating it with powder.

RULE #2

Stock your shower.

On those days when you do wash your hair, add a pre-shampoo—yep, that’s a thing now—to your routine. It works like a sealant, “smoothing the hair’s cuticle before it gets wet so there’s less damage,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, who recommends this for all hair types except fine. It also protects against friction from massaging in shampoo. “When your hair rubs together, the edges fray,” she explains. We like Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer and Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner.

RULE #3

Get smarter about your shampoo.

Don’t worry about sulfates or no sulfates. “We tested sulfates against other cleansers and didn’t see any difference in terms of damage or fading color,” says Schueller. “All shampoos have detergents that strip oil and color from hair.” And don’t even think of touching a clarifying formula since they’re meant to strip your hair of anything and everything. What you want is a shampoo that says “damage repairing” on the label and has proteins to strengthen hair (we like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo) or a cleansing conditioner, which has the lowest concentration of detergents. One word of warning to fans of hair spray, silicone serum, or mousse: You’ll need to alternate a cleansing conditioner (we like Purely Perfect Cleansing Creme) with regular shampoo. “Cleansing conditioners can’t remove all that product residue that makes hair less flexible and leads to breakage,” says Wilson.

RULE #4

Change the way you think about conditioner.

We all know they smooth frizz and make your hair softer and shinier. But if you own a blow-dryer or flatiron, you should also know that conditioners are critical to heat protection. “It’s just as important as heat-protectant spray, if not more, because conditioner is better at coating the hair,” says Wilson. Skim labels for ingredients that won’t rinse off—words with “methicone” or “polyquaternium” in them—or just get one of our favorites: Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner. Leave it on for at least five minutes, and then rinse with cool water. “This allows for more residual conditioner to be left on the hair,” she says.

RULE #5

Add layers.

Since heat is the worst thing for your hair, double down with a heat-protectant spray. But recognize that if it’s going to work, you’ve got to apply it the legit hairstylist way: Grab small sections of damp hair and mist each one up and down the length (two or three spritzes per section). When you’re finished, comb your hair to distribute the formula—heat protectants are pretty useless if they’re not applied all over, says Wilson, and getting there takes only a few seconds. Look for one that protects hair up to 450 degrees (it’ll say so on the label), like Style Sexy Hair 450 Degree Protect Heat Defense Hot Tool Spray, or Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray for second-day hair.

Hair have always been associated with attractiveness and beauty. Everyone, be it men or women, wants the best of their hair. Have you ever seen anyone, especially women fully satisfied with their hair? No, never! This is because everyone wants their hair to be the best all the time, which is practically impossible.

Well, achieving this is not beyond the bounds of possibility as after reading this article, you will get a step closer to your dream. Below are some helpful tips that can keep your scalp healthy to grow and maintain silky smooth hair.

1. A Balanced Diet

To have good hair and a healthy scalp it is very important to have a healthy diet. The food that you consume should be balanced meaning that it should have all the vital nutrients that are important for the health of your scalp.

Green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, eggs, fish, and chicken are a good source of protein that assists hair growth. Try foods rich in antioxidants cause they boost your metabolism and improves blood circulation that is necessary for a healthy scalp.

2. Massage Your Scalp

Massaging helps to improve the blood circulation in the scalp. It also evenly spreads the oils that you massage with making the roots strong and help to keep your hair hydrated.

A massage with coconut oil gradually increases the chances of good, long and strong hair. Hair oils are effective for hair growth and act as natural conditioners as they are packed with essential vitamins that are necessary for your scalp health.

3. Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often

When it comes to choosing the right shampoo for your hair, people go for the ones that are popular in the market or in trend, but you should always buy a mild shampoo.

Washing your hair with shampoo very often can damage your hair and make the scalp dry. Your hair will lose moisture. It will also wash away the essential oils from the scalp that travel from roots through the hair tip. A dry and itchy scalp can be a reason for hair loss.

4. Condition Your Hair Regularly

It is important that you should condition your hair from time to time. Same as a mild shampoo, use a mild conditioner. Applying an appropriate amount of conditioner will keep your hair shiny and smooth.

It will keep your hair free from knots that will not lay stress on your hair roots and will prevent hair breakage. It helps manage frizzy hair while adding shine and volume to it.

5. Avoid Using Hair Color

Hair colors are ammonia based, which is a bleaching agent and can harm your scalp and cause hair damage. It has also been seen that frequently coloring hair can increase the risk of breast cancer.

Hair colors will take away the moisture of your hair leaving them dry. Instead of chemical-based hair colors, try natural hair colors that are not harsh on your hair and scalp.

6. Supplementation

Before taking any hair supplement consult a dermatologist to know what are the best supplements for your hair type. These supplements will give you the required nutrients that we need for a better scalp.

They not only protect your hair but also boost the hair growth. Take the supplement that are rich in vitamins and minerals.

7. Try Hair Packs That are Natural

Use the best natural packs to apply on the scalp and hair. These packs help keep you’re the hair moisturized. These packs are easy to make and just by mixing up some natural ingredients according to your hair type and applying them at least once a week can for your hair.

8. Protecting Your Hair

To avoid hair damage, protect it with a hat or scarf whenever you got out, especially in dusty or harsh weather. This is a simple tip, but many people often neglect it.

Protecting your scalp is the most important step towards hair care because whenever you go out, the sun and dust takes away your hair’s moisture.

9. Avoid Brushing Wet Hair

Brushing wet hair will result in hair fall since at that time, the hair roots are soft and can easily lose its grip. Let your hair dry before you comb.

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