Having healthy hair is a great way to boost your self-esteem. In fact, studies have indicated that your hair is linked to your happiness, confidence and even your self-perception of social hierarchy. That’s why it’s worth taking the necessary steps to get and maintain healthy hair. Here are five tips to get you started.
1. Exercise Your Way to Healthy Hair
When you exercise, you enhance the flow of blood that stimulates hair follicles and promotes growth. Exercising also helps to alleviate stress, which can contribute to stunting hair growth. That’s why it’s worth having a workout plan. Include intense cardio that can help you work up a sweat or try briskly walking four times a week. This can help discharge any toxins in your body that may be interfering with the production of sebum -- your scalp's natural conditioner that keeps your hair healthy. You can even try back bending exercises or upside-down poses for improved blood circulation to your scalp.
2. Use Clarifying Shampoos Not Too Often
Shampoos that clarify your hair are great for removing debris and buildup that can come from the outdoors or an oily scalp. However, deep-cleaning your hair with these types of shampoos too often can strip your hair of the important oils that naturally give it body and keep it shiny. Your scalp's natural defence is to overcompensate for the natural oils that have been removed, which may leave it too oily or too dry, depending on your hair type. That's why you should refrain from the frequent use of these purifying shampoos.
If you use a lot of styling products such as hair spray, gel and mousse, you may use a clarifying shampoo once a week but otherwise, you may only need to use it once a month when your hair looks dull or still feels oily after washing. You'll be able to still deep-clean your hair without risk of removing your natural oils.
3. Don’t Overwash Your Hair
It's tempting to wash your hair multiple times, especially if you exercise at the gym, live in a humid climate or are prone to sweating out your straight hairdo into curls. Technically, it is not necessary to shampoo the hair daily unless sebum production is high. Shampooing is actually more damaging to the hair shaft than beneficial, says Dr. Zoe D Draelos. Overwashing your hair can leave it dry and brittle, especially if you fail to replenish it with a good moisturising conditioner, have naturally dry hair or coloured hair, or live in a dry climate. Instead of washing your hair too frequently, aim to wash your hair with shampoo no more than three times a week unless you exercise (and sweat) a lot or live in very humid places.
4. Hydrate Your Hair With the Right Conditioner
Moisturising your hair with the conditioner made for your hair type is key to maintaining healthy hair. For example, if your hair has tight curls or if your hair is coloured, it will be more prone to drying out or losing its colour vibrancy and may require a deep conditioner in addition to a daily moisturising conditioner and leave-in conditioner. Moisturising conditioners can also help replenish your hair to a healthy state after using a clarifying shampoo.
5. Keep Heat to a Minimum
Too much heat can damage your hair. That's why you want to make sure you're keeping it to a minimum. If you can avoid tools that use heat, you'll have healthier hair. However, if that's not an option, limit the amount of heat that hits your hair by using the lowest setting on your hair dryer. You can also opt for towel drying your hair with a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt and air-drying your hair to prevent heat-induced hair damage, such as split ends and frizz.
Keeping your hair healthy doesn't have to be a chore. By following these tips, you can maintain flourishing hair.