The right hair products will work wonders for your hair. Who knows how many different brands of shampoo and conditioner we had to try before finding the right one! If you’re after Cheryl’s shine or Angelina Jolie’s healthy, lengthy locks, great products aren’t all you need. We can all make small changes to our haircare routines and lifestyles to revitalise our hair. Luckily, most of these adjustments will cost you nothing – and might even save you a few pennies to put towards Christmas prezzies.
#1 Reduce your washes
Experts suggest that most of us shouldn’t wash our hair any more than two or three times a week. Using shampoo more often than that strips your hair of its natural oils, damaging your strands. Also, your scalp will work overtime to produce the missing oil, meaning your hair may quickly become greasy between washes. If this a problem for you, it’s fine to rinse your hair as often as you need – and condition the ends, too. Within a few weeks your scalp should stop producing excess oil.
#2 Adjust your blow drying habits
We all know heat is bad for our hair – but it’s a necessity if you’re to be out the door in time for work! If possible, leave your hair to air dry for a while before you switch on your hairdryer. Heat will cause the delicate, wet fibres of your hair to fray and break. At the very least try to hold the dryer a bit further from your hair than you normally would, or use it on a lower heat setting.
#3 Try a silk pillowcase!
Okay, so this one will cost you about £30 – but it might well be worth it! A silk pillowcase will be much gentler on your hair, reducing flyaways and frizz. If you have curls or waves, switching to a silk pillowcase will be particularly beneficial.
#4 Avoid crash diets
Sudden changes in weight can have a knock-on effect on the health of your hair. The extra stress on your body from a low-calorie or nutrient-skewed diet can reduce hair growth and even cause hair loss. It’s called telogen effluvium. If you want to diet, ensure that it doesn’t drastically restrict key nutrients…
#5 Get the right nutrients
Overall, a balanced diet will probably give you all the nutrients your hair needs, but if you want to give it a boost, try increasing your consumption of these nutrients:
Your hair follicles need a good supply of blood in order to function properly. Low iron levels may prevent this supply. Boost iron through leafy greens, lentils and red meat.
Omega-3 fatty acids.Omega-3 helps your scalp produce its natural oils. Top up on sources such as oily fish, avocado and walnuts.
Biotin is a B vitamin that strengthens your hair and nails. Find it in eggs and wholegrains.
Zinc may help prevent hair loss and keeps your scalp healthy. Increase your zinc intake through red meat, wholegrains and eggs.
#6 Massage your scalp
If you want to grow your hair, promote growth by giving your scalp a thorough massage when you shower! This will improve blood flow to your scalp, keeping your hair follicles active.
#7 Lower the temperature
As we mentioned above, heat will cause extra damage to your hair if it’s wet. Give your hair a cold rinse at the end of your shower to limit the damage.
#8 Get it cut!
Even if you want to grow your hair, regular cuts are vital for healthy hair. Don’t let split ends worsen – head to the salon at least every two months.
#9 Avoid brushing wet hair
Naturally straight hair should be brushed twice a day, but be gentle! Remember that your hair is much weaker when it’s wet, so brushing is more likely to cause breaks. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb after you’ve showered – and start at your ends before working up.
#10 T-shirt > towel
Towel turbans are pretty useful, but they can cause breakages if you aren’t gentle when assembling them! Instead, try using an oversized t-shirt or microfibre towel instead of a standard towel. These are much less likely to break up your hair (and ruin your curls!) and are fantastic at soaking up water quickly.
These small lifestyle changes may not seem significant by themselves, but if you combine several of them you should start to see results. If you’re concerned that it’s your hair products that are doing the damage, switch to a sulfate-free or ‘gentle’ shampoo. You can find plenty of luxury hair care brands on the Direct Cosmetics store. Check our latest offers to snag the best deals.
What tricks do you use to keep your hair in great condition? Let us know in the comments below!