When we are young, we tend to forget about the importance of our hair and abuse it with all kinds of chemicals and artificial hair treatments, be it hair gels, flat irons, blow dryers etc. But as well age, we soon realize that we need to stop or at-least reduce doing this and start to take more care of our hair for it to remain healthy and beautiful.
So here are some tips that I use to ensure that my hair remains healthy. Following these tips can help your hair look and feel healthy, considerably reduce hair fall, reduce dullness, increase shine, increase thickness and stop thinning and breakage. So here goes:
1.) Avoid Over-Using Heat Appliances
Over usage of flat irons and rollers can result in hair fall, hair thinning, dryness and split ends to name a few. So do not use them on a daily basis and use a heat protector whenever you expose your hair to these appliances. You need to give your hair at-least 5 to 6 days time to recuperate after every use.
2.) Wash Hair on Alternate Days
If possible Wash your hair every other day or around 3 to 4 times a week. Washing hair too often can result in the natural oils being drained which can lead to dryness and breakage. Use a shower cap if you are in the habit of taking multiple baths a day.
3.) Reduce Shampoo Usage
Use shampoo once or twice a week at the most. Avoid using store brought shampoos on a daily basis.
4.) Switch Over to Sulphate Free, Organic Shampoos
Buy shampoos that are sulphate and paraben free. Sulphate is a chemical which is used in shampoos to produce form; so if your shampoo produces a lot of foam, it is probably not good for you as sulphate has been known to damage hair over the long run.
There are many organic brands like for example, the Suave Almond and Shea Butter shampoo and the Creame of Nature Argan Oil Moisture and Shine shampoo and Yes to Carrots to name a few. And also with a bit of research, you can make your own shampoo at home!
5.) Avoid Artificial Hair Products
Hair products such as hair gels contain silicones that are very hard to remove using organic shampoos. To remove these silicones, you will need to use harsh shampoos that can damage your hair over time. It’s like a bad cycle and I learnt this the hard way. So try and reduce your usage of such products or research organic alternatives.
6.) Avoid Bleaching
Bleaching your hair too often, like every month is a sure shot way of making your hair dry, brittle and damaged. If you care for your hair, avoid bleaching altogether or at-least reduce it.
7.) Try Natural Hair Coloring Over Artificial
If you did not already know, you can color your hair in all sorts of different shades using natural products like coffee, henna, lemon juice, honey etc. For example, honey can be used to lighten hair and henna can give your hair a red shade. Here’s a video explaining how you can use henna to get a red shade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nunoAESTFyw. Yes it’s not for everyone cause the results are not always the same for all hair types, but it’s worth giving a shot.
8.) Avoid Using Body Soaps to Clear Hair
It goes without saying that soaps are not meant to clean hair. But just putting it out here just in cause some of you use soaps on your hair.
9.) Massage Scalp While Bathing
While bathing use your fingers to massage your scalp. This will help clean the scalp and also stimulate blood flow that will help hair grow stronger.
10.) Comb it up
Regular combing can aid faster hair growth by stimulating your scalp. And yes, this works only when you are combing the hair in your scalp area. Avoid combing when your hair is wet.
11.) Use a Wooden Brush/Comb
Wooden combs generally have rounded teeth which gently massage and stimulate the scalp giving you shiny and healthy hair. In addition to that, they are anti-Static, wide, durable and less likely to break which can help in hassle free combing. As mentioned above, just make sure not to use wooden combs on wet hair.
12.) Use Wider Combs
If your hair gets tangy avoid using a brush and instead try using a wide toothed comb.
13.) Trim Your Dead Ends Regularly
If you have long hair, trimming your hair every one or two months can help get rid of split ends and also aid hair growth. You can easily do this at home. Here’s a video explaining how to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um1hqXh7-cc#t=185
14.) Make it a Habit to Towel Dry Your Hair
Blow dryers no matter what they claim can make your hair dry which in turn leads to you needing to use products to soften it. I highly recommend ditching the blow dryers and going back to the towel.
If that’s not your thing, give the hair diffuser a try. Hair diffusers cause a lot less strain on the hair as compared to a conventional hair dryer.
15.) Learn to Towel Dry Properly
Wet hair is prone to breakage, so avoid those vigorous movements while you towel dry. Instead, start by gently massaging your scalp with the dry towel and then when you get down squeeze and let the towel absorb the excess water. You can then wrap the towel around your hair while you get ready. Here’s a video explaining how to towel dry properly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WJXwVxN7Wc
16.) Use a Separate Towel for Your Hair
Bath gels or soaps that you use while bathing can still leave residue on your skin and if you the same towel you used to clean your body on your hair, that’s going to transfer those oils on to your already clean hair. So if possible, use two towels, one for your body and one for your hair.
17.) Super Absorbent Towels
Although I have never used these, I have heard good things about these towels. So if you have long hair and have trouble using a regular towel, consider giving these a try. One of the popular ones with many positive reviews is Turbie Twist.
18.) Oil After Wash
If your hair gets really dry after a bath, apply a light coat of coconut oil, olive oil or shea butter (careful with this, since it can be heavy) to smooth, de-frizz, and moisturize your locks. The oil will give some shine and, if you have wavy hair, create natural, air-dried curls.
19.) Apply Oil Overnight
Apply a light coat of natural oil to your hair if not daily at-least once a week. Gently massage the oil to your scalp. You can even do this overnight if you don’t like going out with oil in your hair.
20.) Stimulate Blood Flow to Your Hair
Scalp massage is the best way to stimulate blood flow to your hair follicles. If you are feeling too lazy have your boyfriend massage your scalp for you :).
Another method is to lightly tug on your hair. Get your hand firmly in and grab a whole bunch of hair from near your scalp and lightly tug on it. This is sure to get the blood flowing in that area and it feels very relaxing too. So if you have not tried it already, give it a go. I have a feeling, your bf would love doing this for you too :).
21.) Apply Oil Before Shampooing
My hair gets really dry after shampooing and I found that applying oil (olive oil or coconut oil) before shampooing prevents that from happening. So if you have similar issues, try applying a light coat of oil to your hair before shampooing and you would be amazed with the results.
22.) Apply Natural Conditioner Before Washing Hair
Here’s a recipe for a before bath natural conditioner that you can make at home. Soak almonds overnight, make a paste in mixer and add coconut oil and water. Apply in hair for half hour before bathing.
23.) Hot Oil and Hot Towel Treatment: Hot oil treatments can be done once or twice a month and are extremely beneficial to hair health. They make the hair stronger and increase growth. Here’s a simple way you can do this at home:
- Warm the oil (coconut or olive oil) by placing it in a bowl of hot water
- Part your hair and start applying the heated oil on the scalp and massage evenly all over.
- Once done, twist your hair and wrap using a shower cap or saran wrap.
- Now wet your towel, put it in the microwave for about a minute and a half.
- Take the hot steam towel and wrap it around your shower cap.
- Leave it on for 30 mins after which you can shampoo your hair.
24.) Use Essential Oils
Essential oils like Rosemary are excellent for darkening hair. Consider mixing a couple drops to your base oil like coconut oil before applying. Also, there are various products available that have rosemary and coconut oil mix.
25.) Avoid Direct Sunlight
Avoid exposing hair to direct sunlight for long periods. Use a scarf or hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun.
26.) Practice Relaxation
Did you know that stress can lead to hair fall and even cause dandruff? If you find yourself in a stressful situation, try to de-stress by listing to positive music, going out in natural, deep breathing and relaxing as much as possible.
27.) Get Plenty of Good Sleep
It goes without saying that good sleep can do wonders to your skin as well as hair health. In addition to a complete night sleep, afternoon naps can be helpful too. So get that beauty sleep on!
28.) Drink Lots of Water
Staying hydrated is the simplest thing you can do to improve your hair health. Make it a point of drink at-least 8 glasses of water everyday.
29.) Use White Sesame Seeds for Hair Strength
Take a spoon full of white sesame seeds and eat them raw every morning. These seeds are rich in calcium and other minerals that are great for hair health. I would say that sesame seeds are definitely a super food when it comes to hair health.
Other seeds you can consume are, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and sunflower seeds.
30.) Eat the Right Foods
Eating adequate amount of Protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A and omega-3 are are crucial for healthy hair and scalp.
- Calcium: You can get a whole lot of calcium by eating raw white sesame seeds.
- Protein: Nuts, legumes, eggs and chicken are rich in protein
- Vitamin A: You can consume foods like raw carrots and pumpkin seeds to get lots of Vitamin A.
- Omega-3: Oily fish like salmon, sardine, avocado, chia seeds and walnuts are great sources of Omega-3.
- Vitamin C: For Vitamin c, drink lemon juice. You can also consume raw leaves of cabbage as they are rich sources of Vitamin -C
31.) Avoid Acidic Foods that Increase Body Heat
Avoid oily and other junk foods. These foods can increase the acidity in your body which is bad for your hair. This includes fizzy drinks. Avoid them at all costs.
32.) Do Simple Yoga Exercises
Some simple yoga practices like the yoga forward bend which involves standing straight and then bending down can immensely help hair healthy by ensuring optimum blood flow to the follicles. Here is a video detailing a few of these poses you can do that home.
33.) Jog Every Morning
Perform simple exercises like skipping and jogging every morning. This will not only keep you fit but also improve your circulation which will in-turn help hair health.
34.) Use Natural Energy Drinks to Stop Hair Fall
Here’s a lovely recipe I got from a friend who had hair fall problems. Take four almonds and a couple of dates and soak them in water overnight. In the morning, throw the water away and eat the almond and dates. You can also consider mixing these almonds and dates into your daily morning smoothie.
35.) Use Natural Hair Masks Once a Month
Hair masks can do wonders to repair damaged hair by softening and moisturizing the strands. Here are a few that I have tried and found immensely useful:
36.) Fenugreek Seeds Mask
Fenugreek seeds are excellent for healthy hair. They soften and moisturize hair, reduce hair graying, remove dandruff and give hair an amazing shine. So if you have never used fenugreek seeds for your hair, you must give this recipe a try:
- Buy powered fenugreek seeds
- Take one and a half cup of water and mix one and a half teaspoon of powdered fenugreek seed in it.
- Pour this mix into your blender and mix well on high speed.
- Once done, strain the blended mixture
- Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair and leave it for half an hour before rinsing
Here’s another recipe:
- Soak a teaspoon of whole fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight.
- In the morning, pour the soaked seeds along with the water in a blender and mix well.
- Apply this to your scalp and hair and leave for around an hour before rinsing it off
37.) Organic Egg mask
Egg masks are great for treating dry, frizzy hair and can make your hair smooth and shiney. Here’s the recipe:
- Take an egg (preferably organic/free range) and separate the yolk from the white.
- Massage the egg white onto your scalp and all over your hair.
- The yolk can then be applied to the hair ends.
- Leave it for about half an hour after which you can rinse and towel dry.
38.) Aloe Vera Mask
Aloe Vera has amazing moisturizing properties so it’s great for dry, brittle hair. In addition to that, Aloe Vera penetrates and stimulates the scalp causing hair growth. The best part is that you can easily buy fresh Aloe Vera leaf at your local supermarket. So here’s the recipe:
- Chop half an inch from the Aloe Vera leaf using a knife. You can keep the remaining part in the fridge for use later.
- Again, using a knife, remove the green skin so you are only left with the clear insides.
- Put this into a bowl and use a spoon to chop it up to a pulp.
- You can apply this direct onto your scalp and hair or mix this with olive or coconut oil and then apply.
- Leave this for around half and hour before rinsing it off with warm water.
39.) Apple cider vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to provide relief from dry, itchy scalp and dandruff by balancing the PH levels of the scalp and by removing dirt and oil build-up. Here’s a simple recipe you can try out:
- Take quarter cup of apple cider vinegar and mix it with quarter cup of water
- Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair. If possible, pour this mixture into a hair spray container and spray it all over your hair.
- Once done, wrap your hair under a shower cap. Leave it for around 30 mins, after which you can rinse and shower.
40.) castor oil mixed with almond oil
Add two teaspoons of castor oil and almond oil. Now add 2 to 3 drops of Rosemary essential oil mix with oil. Rub that oil all over your palms and fingers and rub it all over your scalp. Leave it for around 30 mins before shampooing.
Hope you found these tips and recipes useful. If you did, make sure to like or share this article on facebook. And if you have any of your own hair tips which you find really useful, please leave it in the comments below! And remember – your hair is beautiful as it is, keep it natural and your hair will remain healthy and strong for years to come.