Your hair is one of the first things other people notice about you, aside from your nails and teeth. As such, maintaining healthy and gorgeous hair is a must.
Yet with so many hair tips and hacks, how can you know which ones work and which ones don’t? To help you out, we’ve gathered a list of five foolproof tips for ensuring healthy and great-looking hair – every single day.
Invest in a silk pillowcase
We all know that natural fibers such as cotton are simply more superior – they’re higher quality, they’re more comfortable, and they’re better for both us and the environment. But when it comes to getting your beauty sleep, the type of natural fabric you select for your pillowcase matters. While cotton can be a great choice when it comes to clothing, it’s not exactly the best choice for your pillowcase. Firstly, it’s porous, so it absorbs the moisture from your hair. Secondly, sleeping on a cotton pillowcase causes the hair to tangle while also adding frizz, and you are more likely to wake up with a bedhead.
A silk pillowcase, on the other hand, causes very little friction thanks to its smooth texture. Because of that, silk pillowcases are ideal for preventing frizzy hair, keeping hair hydrated, and minimizing hair damage, which makes them an investment worth considering.
Nourish your hair with rich hair masks
Taking those extra five to ten minutes after your shower to put on a hair mask is a simple and effective way to give your hair the proper TLC it deserves. Slathering your strands from roots to tips in a rich hair mask is even more important if you rely on heat, coloring, and various hair products during your regular hair care routine.
Depending on your individual needs, hair masks can be used to repair damaged hair, make it more lively, hydrate and replenish moisture, and so much more. Whether you opt for a hair mask from your local drugstore or decide to make your own DIY concoction, nourishing your hair once or twice per week with a hair mask is going to keep your hair looking healthy and strong.
Eat your way to gorgeous, healthy hair
Hair masks and silk pillowcases can be nifty tools in maintaining hair health, but nothing can ensure a healthy and gorgeous hair quite like sticking to a nutritious, well-balanced diet. As a matter of fact, eating the right kind of food and ensuring optimal intake of vitamins and minerals is sometimes all it takes to achieve gorgeous tresses, resulting in a hair that’s well-nourished on its own. In other words, you can literally eat your way to healthy hair.
To achieve that, aim to incorporate more iron-rich foods into your diet such as soybeans and lentils, and rely on olives as well as extra virgin olive oil as sources of antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids. Aside from consuming it, olive oil can also be used to treat the hair and keep it strong and glossy. Some other foods to add to your next grocery shopping checklist include salmon (rich in omega-3 fatty acids), bell peppers and oranges (loaded with vitamin C), and eggs (a rich source of vitamin D, protein, and biotin).
Add nourishment to your hair with conditioner
A high-quality conditioner is an essential component of every woman’s hair care routine. It can help your hair retain moisture and provide nourishment to your strands – provided that you’re conditioning your hair properly, of course.
As a rule of thumb, you want to condition only the tips of your hair, not the roots. Otherwise, the conditioner will cause the hair to lose volume and it’ll weigh it down. Oftentimes, a conditioner will be enough to keep your hair feeling healthy and nourished, but if your hair has undergone some chemical processing, hair masks, and deep conditioners will need to be added to your regular hair care routine.
Massage your scalp on a regular basis
Your hair isn’t the only one in need of some extra TLC from time to time. Taking good care of your scalp is just as important, not only because it can improve blood circulation to your hair follicles but also because it is known to promote hair growth if done on a regular basis.
The way a scalp massage works is it stretches the hair follicles’ cells, thus stimulating the hair to grow thicker while also strengthening hair follicles. Moreover, the blood vessels beneath the skin are dilated during scalp massage, which helps promote hair growth. Do it daily (but gently), and you’ll be amazed by the results.
In an ideal world, every day is a good hair day – at least that’s what most of us think. In reality, good hair days are easier to get than many of us believe, and by sticking with these foolproof hair tips, you’ll ensure that your hair is looking its best at all times.