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How to keep hair healthy & shiny

Woman with gorgeous shiny and wavy hair

Beautiful hair in the morning, frizzy mess in the afternoon – A girl’s worst enemy is humidity. We’ve all been there, especially us curly haired girls. You spend an hour straightening your hair just to walk outside and end up looking like Medusa in .02 seconds – ugh!

Since there’s absolutely nothing we can do about Mother Nature, there are a few things you can do to keep your hair healthy and shiny:

  • Healthy diet. The first thing you need to know about hair is that your diet really does affect it. Maintaining a healthy diet includes eating right and taking vitamins. Protein helps strengthen your hair and improve color and shine. You should also start including flaxseed oils into your diet because the omega-3 fatty acids help keep hair and nails moisturized. I recommend Keranique Daily Essentials vitamins – they really are amazing and really help to keep your hair and nails looking healthier and stronger.
  • Moisturize. Hair frizzes up in humidity because it’s dry and it’s trying to suck up the moisture in the air. Keep hair moisturized by adding a little leave in conditioner on those humid days.
  • Cold water. Rinse your hair with cold water at the end of your shower to promote shine.
  • Don’t shampoo your hair every single day. This will strip oils and nutrients that keep your hair and scalp healthy. If you’re like me and can’t go a day without washing your hair, skip the shampoo and use only conditioner certain days out of the week.
  • Avoid brushes. Especially hard metal ones because they cause scalp damage. Opt for a wide tooth comb instead.
  • Use a quality shampoo & conditioner.  When choosing a shampoo, aim for natural ingredients and try to avoid ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate.
  • Use hair masks and oil treatments.  Using a hair mask or oil treatment at least once a week to help keep hair well moisturized and repair damage caused by heat and styling. Two great hair masks are Fekkai Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask ($30)  and Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask ($15.50).
  • Frequent trims.  Getting a trim every 4-6 weeks helps keep split ends in control, which is an absolute must for healthy looking hair.
  • Use the correct hair accessories. Use hair ties that aren’t bonded by metal to prevent breakage.
  • Step away from the towel. Don’t rub your hair with a towel to dry since this causes split ends and frizz. Do your makeup first and allow your hair to air dry a little before you expose it to the heat and damage you cause when styling your hair.
  • Apply shampoo to your roots only. This is where you have the extra oil. The rest of your hair will get washed and cleaned as you rinse your shampoo away. Then, apply conditioner just to your ends so that it doesn’t get weighed down at your roots, leaving you with a more voluminous look.

 

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.