How to get healthy hair: 10 essential tips
When your hair is healthy, it looks good. And when it looks good, you feel great. Here are our top 10 tips to keep your hair looking good and you feeling great all the time.
1. How to get healthy hair through regular conditioning
Using a conditioner as part of your haircare routine is nothing new. However, it is a little more complicated than you might think.
- We’re assuming you don't wash your hair everyday, because that will stop it from looking its best - daily washing will cause it to lose some of its natural lustre. But when you do wash it, follow with some conditioner too.
- When you’re washing off that conditioner, use cold water. That will really add to the shine that you experience, and at the same time will help to strengthen your hair.
- It's also worth your while to practice ‘deep conditioning’. Apply the conditioner to the roots of the hair and then draw it out to the ends. If you leave it on for at least ten minutes - and even for up to an hour - your hair will look silky smooth and feel stronger.
Top tip: When deep conditioning, always aim to apply the conditioner so that it is about 10 cm above the scalp.
If your hair is damaged or looking less than it’s silky best, using conditioner carefully can be one of the simplest ways to get your hair healthy again.
2. How to get healthy (bouncy) hair with rollers
Let’s face it, bouncy hair just looks healthy. It’s a great way to style your hair, but also to ensure that it has plenty of life and body.
Rollers are the way to go. They are ‘retro’, but used properly can bring a real bounce and vitality to your hair, and can bring back life to the hair roots.
After washing your hair, use your mousse to crank up the volume. A velcro roller (available in most places that sell hair products) is best for a super-soft look. More bounce, more flow basically. And when it comes to long hair, stick to bigger rollers, as they will help to bring the right visual effect.
3. How to get healthy hair: change your wash routine
We all have our own method of washing our hair, but there is definitely a ‘right’ way to wash when you’re hoping to make it healthier.
The five-step wash routine that we would recommend:
- Wet your hair thoroughly, and then evenly distribute the shampoo over your hair, using the pads of your fingers to work it into your scalp.
- Make sure you don't neglect the nape of your neck.
- Rinse off, and then do what is probably the most counter-intuitive step, which is to wash it again. This time, focus on the scalp and just let the shampoo ‘run’ through your hair.
- Add conditioner (remembering our advice above).
- That’s when you apply the final cold (or at least cool) rinse.
This all ensures you have healthier hair.
4. How to get healthy hair through eating a balanced diet
Fun fact: Vitamin C has a direct impact on healthy hair growth because it helps to maintain stores of collagen.
This means eating more fruit like oranges and grapefruits. Or grabbing a few Vitamin C supplements and making them part of your daily routine.
Other foods that boost hair health:
- Broccoli contains plenty of folate, which, when maintained, keeps your hair healthy.
- Pumpkin seeds - these little beauties contain plenty of zinc, which helps prevent hair loss.
- Vitamin E rich food like avocados and almonds help to nourish the scalp.
- Bone broth is full of collagen, which strengthens hair and its connective tissues. You can buy collagen powder too, and add it to drinks.
5. Choose these four smart supplements for hair health
These vitamins and supplements will provide a huge boost to your hair’s health:
- Iron - Grab a bottle of iron tablets because it’s essential for hair growth. It also prevents hair loss.
- Omega 3 - You’ll find this in fish, but if you need to top up, buy it as supplement.
- Biotin - This supplement helps promote the growth of healthy hair. How much should you take? Between 3 to 5 milligrams daily for optimum results.
- Zinc Pyrithione - You can find this in plenty of shampoos but it can be bought as a supplement. It helps scalp and hair health.
6. How to get healthy hair with your hairdryer
Drying your hair with a hairdryer involves a process that is more complex than you might think. Some tips:
- Don’t use too much heat - If you put your hair under the heat for too long (it’s usually a good time to stop when it hurts) you’re running the risk of serious damage. Invest in a high-quality dryer because they work quickly, meaning you have less time under the heat.
- Delay the process - Reduce the amount of hairdryer time by towel-drying after the shower and then allowing your hair to dry naturally. Again, this cuts down on the heat your hair is exposed to.
- Use a heat protectant - There's a good chance that you’ve seen a stylist use one of these at the salon. Invest in a good heat protectant that works well with your hair type.
What are the hairdryer types?
Choosing the right one can go a long way toward getting healthy hair:
- A ceramic dryer brings infrared heat, which means it causes less damage than a conventional one.
- Ionic dryers are very traditional and are focused on bringing quick heat to get the job done as quickly as possible.
- Tourmaline dryers use negative ions with infrared heat so you get shinier hair that is free from frizz.
Should I use attachments?
Yes, absolutely. If you suffer from having frizzy hair, use the concentrator attachment. And if you’re blessed with beautiful curly hair, use a diffuser.
7. Purchase a silk pillowcase to get healthy hair
Silk is smooth, and that counts when you're trying to make your hair more healthy.
Silk pillowcases allow your hair to slide as you move around at night. This means you don't have to suffer any ‘matter’ in your hair. That smoothness also treats your hair well, and makes sure that it feels sleek in the morning. A normal cotton pillowcase doesn’t help with hair health. Instead, it causes frizz and even breakage.
8. How to get healthy hair with a hair mask
Buy a hair mask for the following benefits:
- A mask nourishes the cuticles in the hair, which may have been damaged by dryers and straighteners. Such damage can lead to frizz.
- A hair mask rehydrates. It provides moisturising benefits and a ton of nutrients.
- It strengthens the hair because of the work it does right at the cuticles.
9. What is the egg treatment for hair?
This has been used for centuries, and has traditionally been seen as a way to promote hair growth and provide nourishment to the hair.
An egg yolk is high in fat, and this can have a direct impact in hair softness. An egg yolk contains 26.54 g of fat per 100g. Egg yolks are also high in protein, which can add shine to the hair.
However, yolk also contains lecithin. This can moisturise hair, and it’s also found in some popular hair care products, especially for dry hair treatment.
10. Use avocado oil for optimum hair health
Avocado oil is incredibly useful when looking after hair health. Some of the benefits:
- It’s got more of that lecithin (like egg yolk) as well as potassium and the three blockbuster vitamins A, D and E.
- It has the power to lock in moisture, which is why people often use it as soon as they’ve finished their shower. It all helps to stop your hair strands becoming dry and brittle.
- It’s full of fatty acids, which means it can actually penetrate your hair rather than just sit on top of it. This means more moisture-boosting power. Those fats that it carries also do a great job of preventing breakage.
- It helps protect against environmental damage by providing a ton of antioxidants.
There are plenty of things you can do to get healthy hair, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. By simply changing your washing routine, thinking about supplements and (our favourite) buying a silk pillowcase, you can make huge progress in a short amount of time.