How do you get the healthy, movie-star hair that shimmers and glides along with you? Turns out it’s easier than you think. Just remember these 8 important tips for keeping your hair healthy and beautiful.
- Don’t forget to shampoo. Even if you have very dry hair, you still need to shampoo it to remove the oil and dirt from the scalp. Try to wash it at least once a week, and then use a conditioner or leave-in conditioner to boost up the moisture.
- Protect from UV rays. UV rays from the sun can damage colored or overprocessed hair. Not only that, but they can fade the color and weaken the strength of the hair. Try using a UV-blocking leave-in conditioner or hair product to protect your hair.
- Brush minimally. Forget the rumor that 100 brushstrokes per night will make your hair shiny. The more you brush your hair, the more you damage the outer layer of the strands and increase frizziness. Hard brushing can also tear at your scalp and break the hair. The best idea is to use a wide-tooth comb or ball-tipped plastic brush and brush less often.
- Treat split ends. For most people, split ends and hair breakage are bound to happen at some point. Overshampooing, overstyling with heated tools, and chemical treatments all encourage the hair to split. You can minimize the damage by using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner on your ends, rinsing hair with cool water, and detangling with a wide-tooth comb. Also make sure to trim your hair regularly.
- Protect from heat. If you use a blow-dryer often, try to towel-dry your hair as much as you can first. Then apply a heat-protecting product to your hair before blow-drying it. Make sure to hold the dryer far from your hair and keep the heat moving so it’s not focused on one spot for long.
- Tame frizzy hair. Dry heat and humidity can zap the moisture from your hair, leaving it brittle and dry. In addition, aging has a factor in frizzy hair: your scalp becomes drier and hair that loses its pigment changes texture. The best solution is to regularly use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and then apply a deep conditioner once a week. You can also try coating your hair with an anti-humectant, which will seal your hair and keep moisture in the air from swelling into it.
- Prevent flyaways. If you find that strands of your hair just won’t stay down, it may mean that you have cuticle damage that’s exposing the inner fibers of your hair. This inner part is affected by static more than usual, so it tends to stick up. Tame the flyaways by coating your hair with a leave-in conditioner and following with a natural-bristle brush.
- Minimize hair loss. Everyone loses about 50-100 strands a day, but as you get older you may notice yourself losing more hair than before. You can cut down on the loss by eating a well-balanced diet. Protein, iron, vitamin E and D are all important for healthy hair growth. Also avoid harsh treatments, such as chemical relaxers and perms, and tight hairstyles that pull on the roots.