10 Tips on How to Improve and Maintain Hair Quality
If you’ve been looking for ways to improve the health of your hair, then you came to the right place. While a stylist can do a lot to make hair look great, life is a lot easier of you are starting with a head of beautiful and well-conditioned hair. Even if your hair has become a bit dry and frizzy, you can still turn things around pretty fast if you try. So, if you want hair that people stop to take a second look at, read these ten tips on how to improve the quality of your hair, and keep it that way.
1. Keep it clean, but don’t over-wash it
It always feels nice to have clean, fresh hair but, if you are shampooing your hair every day, you could be overdoing it. Washing your hair too often strips all the natural oils out of it, so your hair will become dry, brittle and it can easily get damaged. Most people really only need to shampoo their hair twice or three times a week to keep it clean.
2. Add more protein to your diet
The best thing that you can do for your hair in terms of diet is ramp up the amount of protein you are eating. Eating a protein rich diet will provide you with the building blocks that hair needs to grow. Add more lean poultry, eggs, fish and nuts to your diet and that will help your hair grow long and strong.
3. Keep your hair well-trimmed
Whether or not trimming your hair actually makes it grow faster is debatable, but it will certainly improve the quality of your hair. If you have your hair trimmed regularly, it will keep split ends under control and that is a vital part of keeping your hair looking healthy, because split ends can grow if they are not cut off. Even when you are trying to grow your hair long, a regular trim, every six to twelve weeks, will improve the quality of your hair.
4. Avoid sulphates
A lot of shampoos contain sulphates, which are used to make shampoo foam. While sulphates do a great job of creating lather, they can really damage your hair. Sulphates take all the natural oils out of your hair and they will leave hair much more susceptible to damage. Read the label of any shampoo that you buy and avoid anything that contains sulphates. Without a doubt, the best shampoos for healthy hair are the ones that are labelled sulphate free.
5. Condition regularly
You need to condition your hair after every shampoo, and you need condition it the right way. Conditioners are designed to seal in moisture into the hair and that will stop your hair getting frizzy. They are not designed, however, to be applied to the scalp and the roots of the hair, just to the tips. When you apply conditioner, apply it only up to about two inches away from the roots, or it will make your hair oily.
6. Massage your scalp
Massaging your scalp is a great way to relieve tension and it can improve the quality of your hair. When you massage your scalp, it improves the blood supply to the follicles and that will help the hair to grow strong and healthy. Try massaging your scalp with a natural oil, such as chamomile oil, coconut oil or argan oil, once a week and watch the health of your hair improve.
7. Avoid pulling your hair back too tight
Avoid pulling your hair back too tightly and using very tight hair ties, because tightly pulled back hair will put a strain on the follicles and tight hair ties can cause the hair to break. If you want to tie your back at night, which is a good idea for avoiding frizz and tangles, tie it in a loose braid.
8. Treat wet hair very gently
Wet hair is extremely fragile, so you need to treat it with great care. Don’t brush wet hair, use a wide toothed comb to get any tangles out, and avoid rubbing your hair with a towel to dry it too. In fact, the best thing you can do with wet hair is let it air dry and then style it after it has dried.
9. Brush your hair regularly
Brushing your hair regularly helps to spread the natural oils evenly along the full length of the strands of hair and it also helps improve the blood supply to the follicles. Use a natural bristle brush, because they are less likely to damage your hair, and, if you have long hair, brush in small strokes, working from the bottom up. That will help make sure that you don’t break your hair if you do come across a tangle.
10. Protect your hair
When you have beautiful hair, you won’t want to hide it away, but sometimes that is the best thing to do. If you go out when it’s very cold and windy, wear a scarf over your hair, and in the summer it is advisable to wear a hat. Protecting your hair from the worst of the weather will help keep your hair looking great all year round.