Like who can ignore gorgeous locks, right? We all do notice whether someone’s hair looks great or not at first sight. But the truth is – if you’re not blessed with good hair genes – thick and healthy hair doesn’t just grow overnight.
It takes regular and consistent effort to maintain great-looking hair.
Whether your hair falls under the high maintenance/too many bad hair days category or the rapunzel-like quality hair, our hair will always need proper care and maintenance regardless.
With that said, basic things like a healthy diet and a good hair care routine still hold the key to great hair. We may not be able to change our natural hair type or the weather, but we can control and manage other factors, including how we take care of our hair daily.
Hair Care Tips to Healthier and Thicker Hair
It doesn’t take rocket science to have at least hair that doesn’t look dull and lifeless. No matter our hair type, we can always find ways to improve our hair health from the inside out(our friends at Instraight, go into great detail about this!
There are easy and simple ways to revitalize your locks if they have problems, and likewise, ways to boost hair growth to make it look fuller and alive.
1. No to warm hair washes
Extra warm showers are nice and soothing, but they aren’t as good for your hair. They strip off our hair’s natural oils, which help prevent dryness and dullness. You may use tepid or lukewarm water to wash your hair but if possible, rinse your hair using cold water to close scalp pores and protect your hair cuticles.
2. Rinse hair properly
Make sure to rinse hair thoroughly to avoid buildup. If left on our scalp, it can clog our pores and cause inflammation later on. Dead skin cells, dirt, pollution, and hair products not rinsed properly are a nasty combo for your hair and scalp.
3. Shampoo and condition hair properly
We all know that conditioning our hair is essential to make our hair strands softer and more manageable. However, have you ever asked yourself whether you’re doing it the right way? Do not apply conditioner to your hair roots. Instead, condition hair from the mid-section down to the ends. This way, your hair won’t get too greasy fast.
On the one hand, focus on shampooing your roots or scalp instead of your hair strands. Most commercial shampoos are full of moisture-stripping ingredients that result in lackluster hair. So, where does the oil build up? It’s in the roots and scalp. Thus, focus on cleansing those parts.
4. Dry off with your old cotton shirt
Your usual bath towels may not be the best way to dry off your hair after a shower. A gentler and hair-friendly option is to use your old cotton-made shirt. Do this, and you’ll see the difference in your hair texture soon.
5. Always heat-protect when heat styling hair
Excessive use of hot tools is highly discouraged because it makes hair dry, brittle, and prone to hair loss. However, if you do so, make sure to apply a heat protectant before passing a flat iron on your hair.
7. Use a brush when blow-drying
Mastering the art of blow-drying our hair may not be the easiest, but using a hairbrush would help you get there. Always use the same stroke or direction when brushing as you blow-dry from roots to tips to achieve better results.
Now when we think about it, drying our hair the natural way is still the best. Whenever possible, air-dry your hair instead.
8. Never heat-style wet or damp hair
Water mixed with heat, what do you think happens? In the same manner, we want to avoid burning our hair. Do not curl or straighten your hair when still damp.
9. Wear it down as often as you can
Just as our skin needs a break from makeup, our hair too needs a break from styling or accessorizing. Every time we pull our hair up into a pigtail or pony, it puts pressure on our hair. Giving it some time to rest and flow freely will make your hair happier.
10. Treat your scalp with some TLC too!
A plant doesn’t grow healthy if the soil isn’t well cultivated and fertilized with nutrients, right? At least once a week, give your scalp a nice virgin coconut oil massage before washing your hair. It helps exfoliate dead cells, remove buildup, and most of all, boost hair growth for thicker, fuller hair.
11. Switch up to satin or silk pillowcases
If possible, change your cotton pillowcases to a satin or silk pillowcase. Satin or silk type of cloth helps protect your hair strands from breakage and damage. Plus, it is also a skin anti-aging trick. Let’s talk about hair care and skincare in one! Now that’s what we call beauty sleep.
12. Protect hair from the hot sun
UV rays are not just harmful to your skin. They can also wreak havoc on your precious mane. Are you heading to the beach this summer? Do not forget your sun hat! You may also apply a UV hair protectant.
13. Trim regularly
Trimming your hair on a regular schedule is not being “extra”. In fact, there are many benefits to it. It will get rid of split ends, boost hair health, help increase hair volume, and of course, give you a fresh look in a snip!
14. Wide-tooth comb on wet hair
Yes, there is a comb for dry hair and wet hair. After washing and squeezing off excess water, comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb to detangle and prevent breakage.
15. Hydrate and stay moisturized
If there is one basic rule to healthy hair, that is hydration. If your hair looks moisturized, that only means it is well-hydrated and healthy, period.
To keep hair hydrated, drink lots of water every day and make sure that you eat food items that contain hair-boosting nutrients.
To help lock-in our hair’s natural moisture, apply a good quality hair cream or serum on damp hair before blow-drying.