Most of the country has spent the last six months indoors, and during those months, many women were unable to make it to their regularly scheduled hair appointments for their dedicated hairdressers to work their magic. Now, as salons reopen and Americans flock back, the queue to see your hairdresser is longer than its ever been. Chances are you will be waiting a while to get a hair appointment. At the same time, everyone wants to have great looking and healthy hair. As a result, everyone has had to get inventive with their hair care routines as they try to achieve healthy hair at home. The good news: simple tips using readily accessible ingredients can make all the difference.
3 Easy Rules To Keep Your Your Tresses Healthy When You Can’t Get To A Hairdressers
Skip Or Minimize The Heat Styling Tools
Yes, the myth is true - those heat styling tools are ruining your hair. Curling tongs, hairdryers and straighteners all strip your hair of its natural proteins, also known as keratin, if overused. So while heat is great for transforming the texture of your hair temporarily, you should use it in moderation. If you choose to air dry once in a while, it can minimize the damage from heat, and also help you rediscover the natural texture of your hair. If you find your natural hair is very frizzy or curly and you prefer straight hair, an at-home chemical straightening kit can help you achieve frizz-free straight hair without the constant blow dry. However, hair relaxers are not always the best choice for everyone, since some formulas can cause hair breakage. Your best bet is choosing an option that contains moisturizing and protecting ingredients like coconut oil. Another tip for protecting your hair from heat styling tools is to protect your hair with a silicone-based protectant before blow drying or heat styling. So put down the hairdryer after wash day
Tame Unruly Tresses With At-Home Hot Oil Treatments
With winter approaching, dry hair will be a common complaint for many as they face the cold and harsh winter elements. Since the air has less moisture in it during winter months, you have to replenish the lost moisture in other ways. One of those ways is to use a hot oil treatment. Hot oil treatments have incredible benefits, including their ability to reduce dryness and hair breakage, and improve frizziness, another common hair issue in winter. You can also do a hot oil treatment at home yourself using ingredients in your pantry or bathroom cupboard, including coconut oil, olive oil or avocado oil. Avocado oil is rich in Vitamins A and E, and protein, which is great for repairing hair follicles damaged by heat.
Boost Your Vitamin Intake
Another easy way you can keep your hair looking and feeling its best to be mindful of what you are putting into your body. A healthy diet supports much more than physical health, it could be the key to unlocking great hair health. That’s one of the reasons why the hair supplements market is booming right now. However, there is no reason why you can’t get those vitamins through your daily diet. Try to include foods rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, iron and protein in your daily diet. Your hair needs Vitamin E to grow. Meanwhile, inadequate protein can lead to hair loss, while low iron levels can also cause premature baldness in both males and females. Eggs, fish and nuts are great protein sources, while citrus fruits and leafy vegetables can help you get enough Vitamin C and iron.
Lastly, skip the chemicals in your wash day routine if possible. Shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments with silicone and sulfates can damage both your hair follicles and scalp. The good news is that the range of sulfate-free hair products has increased exponentially in recent years.
Missing an appointment at the hair salon doesn’t have to be all bad. In fact, a large portion of your hair health depends on your hair care habits at home. These simple, easy to implement hair care tips can all be done in the comfort of your home with minimal fuss, but they're sure to leave you with a healthy, shiny mane.