Everyone loves springtime, it’s a season of vitality and energy. It’s also a great time to start practicing good hair habits that will give you a luscious head of healthy, vibrant hair to carry you through the rest of the year. Even if you feel like perfect hair will never be yours, starting, and maintaining, these good habits will go a long way toward making your hair the envy of all your friends.
1. Shampoo Smartly: Not only is it good for the environment because you use less water and energy to heat the water, but eliminating a daily shampoo habit in favor of every other, or every third day, will do wonders for your hair. Daily shampoos strip your hair and scalp of natural oils, which can dry out your hair and require more products and treatments to keep the damage at bay. Alternating days with suds will make your hair glossier and shinier (but not oilier . . . !)
2. Ditch the Blow Dry: Letting your hair dry naturally is one of the kindest things you can do for your hair. Regular exposure to heat and harsh styling products, like electric rollers and flat irons, fry the cuticle of your hair and make it more prone to splitting and breaking, which of course leads to unhealthy, damaged hair. It may take a few attempts to achieve the look you like au natural, but work with your waves or embrace your straight locks, and pretty soon you’ll love the look that you get with little or no effort. Add a nickel size amount of styling product to enhance your natural texture, and let nature take it’s course. You might be surprised how great (and easy) your new style looks.
3. Brush Naturally: Toss your plastic or wire brush and invest in a natural bristle brush. Natural bristle brushes are easier on hair than plastic brushes, and they redistribute oils throughout hair, which helps boost shine. Never, ever brush wet hair. Use a wide tooth comb to untangle wet hair, and save the brush for dry hair. And don’t fall for the old theory that you need to brush 100 strokes a day. That can actually cause damage. Treat your hair gently, brush only when necessary, and use quality products. Natural brushes are expensive but they last forever and are one of the best investments you can make, considering how much money you have already spent trying to achieve healthy looking hair!
4. Keep It Natural: The color, that is. Virgin hair, or hair that has never been color treated or permed, straightened etc., is healthier and stronger than chemically processed hair. Try going a season without highlights or color changes. You will definitely notice a difference in the strength, fullness and vibrancy of your hair. And I bet you’ll notice that your wallet is a lot healthier too.
5. Get Regular Trims: Split ends do a number on your look, so schedule regular visits to the salon to snip your strands. A fresh trim or cut also gives the illusion of healthier hair, and let’s face it, when you look good you feel good and you treat yourself (and your hair!) better.
6. Eat Well: Fruits and veggies are your best friends when it comes to looking good, and that includes good looking hair. A diet that is rich in vitamins and essential oils (think avocados, olives and walnuts) adds lustre to your skin and hair. Plus, a healthy diet just makes you feel better. Calcium is also a boost for strong bones and nails, and it generally makes everything stronger, including your hair. So ditch the processed foods and head to the produce aisle instead. Your hair, and your body will thank you.