Healthy hair, like a healthy body, is the result of constant care and lots of nutrition. There are many things you can do for your hair, but how do you know what you’re doing is healthy for your precious mane? While we invest in skincare and work out endlessly, what do we do about our hair? Don’t you wonder if there was a way to improve your healthcare? Don’t you also want the confidence only a healthy head full of hair can give you?
Healthy hair doesn’t have to be your fantasy anymore. In this article, we bring you the ultimate list of tried and tested hair hacks that top hairstylists stand by.
Massage Your Scalp
A rejuvenating head massage with hot oil makes your hair as happy as it relaxes your mind. It is also the reason why this is one of the best healthy hair hacks on our list.
A regular scalp massage can increase hair thickness, improve hair growth, decrease hair loss and improve conditions like alopecia too. All because of the improved blood circulation to the scalp from a hot oil massage.
Here's a few of our favorite scalp massagers you need to check out:
♡ Scalp Scratcher (cheap & feels amazing)
♡ Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush (LOVE a good scalp massage in the shower!)
♡ Cordless Electric Scalp Massager (a bit more pricey, but SO worth it)
Do Not Hit the Bed With Your Hair Still Wet
It’s the most common and biggest hair mistake we make without even realizing it! Wet hair is a breeding ground for fungal growth. While you may get rid of the infection on your scalp, fungus can latch onto your pillowcase and cause repeat infections.
Another problem is the friction that the wet hair creates against your pillow. Not only does it roughen your hair texture, but it also leads to hair breakage.
Over Washing Your Hair
Too much shampoo, like too much soap, irritates your hair and scalp. The hormones that stimulate oil in our hair and scalp work differently in every person’s body. Reducing the number of times you wash your hair can help you tremendously. This rings especially true if you’re facing hair fall, itchy scalp, and hair thinning.
The only exception is if you’re into heavy workouts and develop oily hair faster than others. Then you definitely need to wash your hair more frequently than others.
Use a Microfiber Hair Towel Instead
Wrapping your hair in a towel and twisting it is a big no-no. This is because wet hair is prone to breakage. Twisting wet hair is even more harmful as it puts pressure on the hair. By wrapping it in a towel you’re preventing it from drying, thus worsening the problem. Instead, you can squeeze and pat dry your hair, in that order, to keep it relaxed and dry it faster. Being gentle on your hair is the key to healthy hair.
Microfiber helps absorb the water from wet hair and doesn’t cause friction either. That’s the kind of towel you want for a healthy head full of hair.
Our favorite hair drying products:
Use a Silk Pillowcase
Do you think about all the products that your hair comes into contact with? Put some thought into it and you’ll realize the most intimate relation your hair has is with your pillow. That’s another culprit for hair damage. While cotton pillowcases are good for your face, they do the opposite for your hair. Silk pillowcases on the other hand are not only good for your skin but also prevent friction and breakage of hair.
Use the Right Hair Brush
If budget is a constraint, then you might be wondering, ‘How can I get healthy hair naturally?’
Well, there is one purchase that can solve a dozen hair problems.
Do you remember the times you tried to copy YouTube hairstyles but failed miserably? That’s because you aren’t using the right brush for your hair type. The correct brush will work with your hair type to stimulate growth and also evenly distribute oil on your scalp. On the contrary, the wrong brush will work against the natural texture of your hair and lead to poor volume.
Our favorite hairbrushes:
♡ WetBrush (great for detangling hair wet or dry)
♡ Boar Bristle Hair Brush (amazing for re-distributing natural oils from scalp to ends)
Use Heat Protective Spray
Heat-styling can help you achieve that new Instagram look you’ve been dying to flaunt. It can also do irreparable damage to your hair. Heat often leads to extreme dryness, thinning, and loss of natural hair texture. It can also damage colored hair and cause split ends. Fortunately, the solution is simple - heat protection sprays. They can help coat your hair in a protective layer that distributes heat evenly so your hair doesn’t get damaged.
Best heat protectants:
Clean Your Hairbrush
Your hairbrush not only traps falling hair but also collects product residue and dirt from your locks. This makes it the next big breeding ground for fungal and bacterial growth. The solution? Cleaning your brush regularly!
Pump Up on the Nutrients
What you put in your body not only affects your body but also your hair.
So, what is the healthiest thing for your hair?
Food, of course!
What nutritionists say about omega 3, zinc, protein, etc. is true and applicable to your hair too. Studies also show that dieting can adversely affect your hair. The loss of nutrients from dieting can lead to weakened hair structure and increased hair loss. So, go easy on yourself and increase nutritious food in your diet.
Brush Your Hair Before the Shower
We already know that wet hair breaks easily. So, why do it? Besides, brushing hair pre-shower reduces the hassle of detangling wet hair and then styling it. With detangled hair ready to be dried, you reduce the time spent taming your tresses too.
Use Warm Water to Wash Your Hair
Hot water can rid your scalp of all the oils, nutrients, and protective layers. It makes your hair dry, frizzy and ultimately causes it to fall out. Coldwater isn’t any better either. It does nothing against the dirt and grime, which means it's useless when it comes to cleansing your hair. Your best option is to use lukewarm water. It’s the right temperature to clean your hair and leave some moisture in.
Give Your Hair Some TLC
There isn’t a single hair hack or solution that is widely applicable for every person on the planet. People have different hair types with differences in color, texture, shape, etc. And each hair type has its unique requirements. So, don’t try to use any hair advice without considering the hair type it is meant for.
So, what healthy hair hacks do you swear by? Let us know in the comments below!