Looking for ways to make your hair healthier?
You’ve come to the right place! Here are 12 top tips to help you achieve beautiful hair.
We got some great advice on how to get beautiful, healthy hair.
1. Drink more water
Water is the very best thing for your body and it’s just as beneficial for your hair as it is for the rest of you! If you want healthy, shiny hair then you need to make sure that the liquid gold we call ‘water’ makes its way into every part of your body – including your scalp and hair follicles. So drink up and enjoy those flowing locks!
2. Take biotin and eat lots of fruit & veg
Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that’s essential for not only keeping skin and nails in tip-top shape but also helping hair grow longer, faster, and stronger. It can be found in foods like peanuts, avocadoes, eggs, fish, and broccoli. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will ensure you get enough biotin in your system but to make sure you are getting the optimum amount to try taking daily supplements or popping chewable tablets.
3. Try dry shampoo instead of washing your hair every day
We’re all guilty of it – sometimes we just don’t have time for a shower! Rather than going through the motions with oily-looking locks try using a good quality dry shampoo whenever possible.
Dry shampoos absorb excess grease from your roots which makes them smell fresh and look cleaner for longer! It’s one of our favorite ways to skip a wash without any consequences…
4. Trim your hair regularly
This is one of the most important tips for healthy hair – if you don’t trim it, it will become frizzy and split at the ends. The general rule of thumb is to get a trim every six to eight weeks to keep your locks looking their best.
5. Avoid over-styling
We all love a good blowout or bouncy curls but over-styling can be really damaging for your hair. Make sure you allow your hair some time to recover by either going for a natural style every now and then or using less heat (or no heat at all).
6. Use a conditioning treatment at least once a week
Conditioning treatments are essential for keeping your hair soft, smooth, and healthy. Most of us condition our hair after shampooing but the best time to put on a conditioning treatment is when your hair is still slightly damp. This will protect it from frizziness, brighten your color (protecting it from fading), strengthen the roots, and leave you with shiny locks.
7. Get regular trims
We’ve already mentioned this but getting regular trims can make all the difference when it comes to having great-looking hair. It will not only prolong the life of your cut but also prevent split ends so even if you have plans for an updo or want to go for a short ‘do – book in with your stylist regularly!
8. Don’t wash your hair too often
Not washing your hair enough can lead to oily roots and limp ends but it’s actually not good for your hair to wash every single day. Washing too frequently will strip the natural oils in your scalp meaning that it produces more oil than usual (which is what you were trying to avoid in the first place). Again, this one’s all about balance – you need to try an experiment and see how often your hair needs washing.
9. Use a heat protectant when styling
Heat damage is very real! It doesn’t matter if you use hot tools or even go outside with wet hair on humid days – you are at risk of serious damage so make sure you always use some kind of heat protectant before exposing your hair to heat.
10. Use a silk pillowcase
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is one of the best things you can do for your hair because it prevents friction and breakage which means fewer split ends! It’s also great news for your skin because a smooth surface prevents wrinkles and aging so what are you waiting for? Go order yourself a silk pillowcase ASAP!
11. Make sure the shower isn’t too hot!
Hot showers have their place in our lives but being scalded while washing your locks is never going to be good for them. Try taking shorter, cooler showers or consider investing in a water filter pitcher that removes chlorine from tap water – this will ensure that your hair stays hydrated and moisturized.
12. Don’t brush your hair when it’s dry!
This is something we’re all guilty of – pulling out the hairbrush as soon as we step out of the shower and giving our locks a good brushing before applying any products. But this is actually a big no-no because you will risk losing, even more, locks, causing breakage, and damaging your roots. To avoid damage make sure you always use a wide-tooth comb or satin pillowcase instead – both are great for smoothing tangles without causing friction!
13. Use a leave-in conditioner every time you wash your hair
Using a leave-in conditioner is one of the most effective ways to keep your hair healthy and hydrated. It’s like having a moisturizer for your hair because it helps to control frizz, protects against heat damage, and leaves you with shiny locks!
14. Don’t use too much product
Using too much product is never good news – especially if the effect of all that gunk is weighed down roots and limp ends. The trick here is to work with just enough product so your locks are shiny but not greasy-looking. So go easy on the conditioner, shampoo, mousse, gel… anything really!
15. Keep away from heating tools as much as possible
We’ve already mentioned using less heat (but this rule goes for any type of styling tool) but it’s also important to keep them away from your hair as much as possible. It’s so tempting to use hair straighteners, curling tools, and all sorts of gadgets but it only takes one slip-up for your hair to get caught in them or worse… burned!
16. Stretch out washes
If you are washing your hair daily then you are likely to have greasy roots because the natural oils aren’t given any time to soak into the lengths and ends before being stripped away again. That means that your roots are oilier which is why they look darker than the rest. The trick here is not only to go sparingly with heat styling products but also stretch out washes by using dry shampoo (which actually works amazingly for this).
17. Use nourishing oils daily
Adding a few drops of nourishing oil to your scalp and hair can do wonders for keeping them hydrated, healthy, and shiny. Oils like argan, coconut, and jojoba are all great for repairing damaged locks, preventing frizz, and adding shine. You can either apply them directly to the scalp and hair or add them to your conditioner or shampoo.
18. Trim your ends every 6-8 weeks
This is probably the best way to keep your ends looking healthy – by trimming them off every so often. This gets rid of any split ends that have formed and also prevents them from traveling up the hair shaft which can cause even more damage.
19. Use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a month
A deep conditioning treatment is a perfect way to hydrate and nourish your locks. You can either buy a ready-made one or make your own at home by mixing a few tablespoons of olive oil, honey, and yogurt together. Apply it to wet hair, leave it in for 30 minutes, and then shampoo and condition as normal.
20. Be gentle when towel drying!
We’re all guilty of giving our locks a good rub with the towel after stepping out of the shower but this is actually not good news for them. Rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel will cause friction which leads to frizz, breakage, and split ends. The best way to dry your hair is to gently squeeze out the water and then let them drip dry.
21. Protect your hair from the sun
The sun can be really damaging for your hair – not only does it cause fading and dryness but it can also cause split ends and even permanent damage. The best way to protect your locks is by using a good quality sunscreen or hair product that has SPF protection.
22. Avoid using too many styling products
We know, we know – having perfectly styled hair is so tempting but using too much styling product is actually really bad for your locks. It can make them greasy, weighed down, and brittle. So try to use only a small amount of product and work it through the strands evenly.
23. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet
This is one of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to hair brushing. Brushing your hair when it’s wet causes a lot of breakages and split ends. The best time to brush your hair is when it’s dry and you should use a wide-tooth comb for the job.
24. Don’t over-wash your hair
Washing your hair too often can cause it to become dry, frizzy, and brittle. The best way to avoid this is by only washing it when it really needs it – which means every 2-3 days if you have medium-length locks. If you have shorter hair then you can wash them more often, and if you have long hair then you can wait a few days longer.
25. Give your hair a break from heat tools
This means taking a day (or two) off from using your blow dryer, straightener, and curler – if you can that is. Try to let it air dry as much as possible and stretch out the time between washes.
26. Invest in a good conditioning treatment
Conditioning treatments work wonders for getting rid of tangles and repairing the damage so you should definitely invest in one if you have long hair. They usually contain keratin protein so they strengthen the strands as well as leave them looking shiny and healthy.
27. Use sulfate-free shampoo
Using products that contain sulfates is really bad news for your locks because this ingredient strips away their natural oils which leads to dryness. So make sure to use a shampoo that is sulfate-free and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or detergents.
28. Switch up your style every once in a while
This one might not be as important as the others but it can actually help prevent damage from styling tools – if you switch up the way that you wear your hair then you won’t have to rely on them as much! You can try curling your locks, wearing them up, half-up/half-down, etc…
29. Use a heat protecting product before styling tools
Using a heat-protecting product will ensure that your locks don’t get damaged by the high temperatures of styling products and straightenings so always apply some before using any of these tools.
30. Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks
This is a bit of a no-brainer but it’s still worth mentioning – if you want to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny then you need to get it trimmed on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to trim it every 6-8 weeks, or whenever you start to see split ends.
So there you have it – 30 tips for keeping your hair looking healthy and shiny! We hope that some of these will be useful for you and that you’ll be able to achieve the perfect locks!