Thicker and healthier hair tips, tricks and masks
People often think that, to have thick, healthy and gorgeous hair, you need to spend hours in the salon or days in the bathroom, but keeping your hair healthy is not as time consuming or expensive as some think. The real trick is in being kind to your hair and understanding how easily it can be damaged by the sun, by too much product and by rough handling. You can improve the health of your with a few simple tricks and tips. Here are ten easy ways to improve the health of your hair and get the thickness and gloss back into your locks:
1. Protect your hair
Your hair is far more fragile than you might think, and if you treat it badly, it’s going to lose its thickness and lustre. Always protect your hair from the extremes of the weather, both the hot sun in the summer and the cold dry winds of winter.
2. Be gentle with your hair when it’s wet
Hair becomes even more fragile when it gets wet, so don’t be too harsh when you are shampooing or too rough with the towel, when drying. When you are brushing wet hair, don’t tug at tangles with the brush; try easing them out with a wide toothed comb instead.
3. Don’t over wash your hair
Sometimes your hair is better left to own devices and it doesn’t need as much attention, as people think. Don’t shampoo your hair every day, it only needs it about two or three times a week and have some days when you use no product on it at all, to give the hair a chance to breath. Using a clarifying shampoo, once in a while, will also remove product build up from your hair and let the natural shine come through.
4. Don’t overheat your hair
Another common mistake that people make is using too much heat on their hair. Heat will damage the hair and dry it out, so shampoo in lukewarm water, not scalding hot, and reduce the number of times that you use the curlers or straighteners. When you do use heated tools, turn down the temperature setting to the lowest that you can and use a heat protection product.
5. Eat and drink healthy
Don’t underestimate how important your diet is to the health of your hair. Keeping yourself hydrated and eating plenty of protein and omega-3 rich foods, like fish, will have a major impact on how your hair looks and how quickly it grows.
6. Oil treatments
Hot oil treatments for hair are one of the oldest in the book. Applying natural oil to your hair nourishes and moisturises it and natural oils are very close in composition to your own oils, so they are absorbed better than off-the-shelf products. Try a mix of half coconut oil and half castor oil. Warm 5 tablespoons of each and massage into your hair and scalp and then, leave it on for half an hour before washing out.
7. Banana and honey mask
This mask is especially good for damaged and dry hair. Pulp two ripe bananas and mix it with two tablespoons of honey. Apply it to your hair, paying special attention to the roots, and leave it on for about an hour. When you wash it out with some warm water, you will be able to see and feel the difference.
8. Egg hair mask
Another old and trusted homemade hair mask is eggs. Egg whites are packed with protein and vitamins and have been used for centuries as a natural hair conditioner. Try mixing two egg whites with three teaspoons of coconut oil and applying the pack to your hair for about thirty minutes. Rinse off with cool water and a mild shampoo for a natural, deep down, shine and improved thickness.
9. Oatmeal mask
Oatmeal masks are very good for greasy hair and for the treatment of dandruff. Make a paste from four tablespoons of oatmeal, some almond milk and a teaspoon of sweet almond oil and gently apply to your hair. Leave it on for at least thirty minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water and a mild shampoo, then condition as usual. This mask will eliminate excess oil from your hair and rejuvenate the hair follicles.
10. Brushing your hair
When you brush your hair, always be gentle and avoid tugging at the hair. Brush all the way from the roots down to the tips. Regular, gentle brushing will spread your natural oils across the whole length of the hair and it will also help promote a healthy blood supply to the follicles.
What are your favorite tips, tricks and masks for healthy and beautiful hair?