We all have those friends that just always seem to have the best hair days literally EVERY TIME you see them. You know, your friend with the silky, glossy, bouncy, hair that never seems to have any frizz or any split ends. The truth is, they do suffer from frizz sometimes and even have a few split ends, but for the most part their hair appears that way because it is healthy. When your hair and scalp are healthy, your hair is full of bounce and shine; it has little to no split ends and no dandruff. We all wish we could just snap our fingers and BAM, have healthy hair, but it’s important to know that this takes time. But with a simple change in your hair care regimen, healthy hair is in your future. To help you, we’ve created a list of what we believe to be the most important habits to start for healthy hair and scalp.
#1 It’s Okay To Skip A Wash Day
Water is great for hydrating your hair but it also makes your hair swell from inside the cuticle. This swelling makes your hair weaker and more prone to frizz and breakage. If you can help it, try skipping a wash day. If you’re concerned with your scalp getting too oily, try dry shampoo. Unlike regular shampoo that can strip your hair of its natural oils, dry shampoos do a good job of absorbing oils from your hair without stripping your scalp of its oils. It also adds texture and volume to your hair, which can be an added bonus if you have thin or fine hair types. If you’re new to dry shampoo, Jen from honestlymodern.com has a great guide geared to beginners using dry shampoo. In it she gives you step by step on how to use a dry shampoo, what brands she recommends, and some super awesome hacks to use when dry shampooing.
#2 Detangle Your Hair BEFORE Showering
Do yourself a favor and take 5 minutes before hopping in the shower and detangle your hair. Remember wet hair is weaker hair, so by detangling prior to getting in the shower, you reduce the amount of breakage that you would experience if you detangled while in the shower. Plus it saves so much time on your wash days if your hair is already detangled and sectioned. I highly recommend implementing pre-poos in your regimen, especially if you have wavy, curly or kinky textured hair. Pre-poos are great for adding extra conditioning to your hair while protecting your hair from the shampoo. Oils are great to use as pre-poos because they will help prevent too much water from entering and swelling your hair shaft. This helps prevent breakage. If you’re new to pre-pooing, I suggest you take a look at our post about pre-poos and why it's a must in your hair care routine.
#3 Deep Condition Regularly
Bottom line, deep conditioning your hair is necessary. But how often you deep condition really depends on your hair porosity. Those with low porosity hair, have cuticles that lay flat, which means your hair doesn’t easily allow moisture in, but once it’s in, it doesn’t easily let it out. High porosity hair is the opposite. This type typically has raised cuticles that allow moisture to enter and exit the hair shaft easily. So retaining moisture is usually a problem. People that use a lot of heat tools or have chemically processed hair tend to have high porosity hair. I recommend those with low porosity hair to deep condition at least twice a month and people with high porosity hair to deep condition weekly. Deep conditioning will add the necessary moisture and protein your hair needs to keep it hydrated, smooth, and bouncy. If you don’t know your porosity type, you can check our post about how to find your hair porosity or simply take our QUIZ.
#4 Cool it Down
Too much heat on your hair is damaging for your strands. Your hair is literally being cooked when you apply heat to it. To reduce the amount of heat you apply try implementing air drying instead of blow drying. If you can’t spare the extra time it takes to air dry, make sure you use a heat protectant spray or serum. These are a must if you use the flat iron and curling iron often. The less heat you use, the faster you’ll start to see results of healthy hair.
#5 Sleep on Satin or Silk
The key here is to reduce the amount of stress and friction to your hair. Ditch your old cotton pillowcase for a silk or satin one. Not only will your hair like it, but I guarantee you will sleep better too. However, if you’re unwilling to part with your favorite bedding, no biggie. You can sleep in a satin bonnet to protect your hair instead. I definitely recommend using a silk scrunchies to put your hair in a loose high top ponytail before bedtime. This will give you more control of where your hair is while you’re sleeping.
#6 Scalp Care Matters
Healthy hair starts from a healthy scalp. Daily scalp massages are essential to healthy hair. 2-5 minute daily scalp massages not only relax you but help distribute the oils on your scalp, increase circulation, stimulate hair growth, and loosen dirt and debris from the scalp. Scalp treatments and scalp scrubs can also be used to remove excess dirt, oil, or product buildup.
#7 Diet Smarter
We’ve all heard the statement “you are what you eat”, well it’s true here. Your diet has a direct reflection on the health of your hair and skin. Believe it or not, there is such thing as "healthy hair food". Make sure you are eating adequate sources of protein such as chicken, lean beef, fish, and turkey. Protein is essential for optimal hair health. Those that don’t have enough protein will suffer from weak hair and even hair loss. Also make sure you are incorporating enough carbohydrates and fats into your diet. I know a ton of fad diets suggest low carb and low fat, but the truth is your hair needs both of these macro nutrients to function at its healthiest. Just be sure that your sources of carbohydrates and fats are healthy ones such as whole wheat, sweet potatoes, lentils, vegetables, avocados, walnuts, and almonds. Lastly, drinking enough water helps your hair and skin stay hydrated. It’s recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day to prevent dehydration.
#8 Oils Are Your Friend
While serums are great for adding shine and gloss to our hair, they often contain silicone and other harmful ingredients that our hair just doesn’t need. Instead of using serums, try plant oils. They are all natural and filled with tons of fantastic vitamins and minerals that your hair craves. They also help seal your hair cuticle and prevent frizz and breakage. If you’re unsure of what oils are right for your hair, we’ve created an awesome CHART to help you select the right oils or you can just check out our PERFECT BLEND OIL, it’s formulated with 8 powerhouse plant oils that do everything from preventing frizz, seal in moisture, prevent breakage, moisturize scalp, and stimulate hair growth.
#9 Regular Trims Are A Must
Your hair needs regular trims in order to avoid hair breakage at the ends. Split ends at the bottom can travel all the way up your hair shaft, leaving your hair looking dry and frizzy at the bottom. You can prevent this by doing a light trim every 3-4 months.
Give these 9 tips a try and let me know how it works out for your hair and scalp. But trust me, I know you'll love how healthy your hair looks and feels after making these tips a consistent routine in your hair care regimen.