Again let’s discuss good and healthy hair care habits you should adopt and add to your lifestyle or hair care routine.
However, you do not need to adopt all of them because some might not work well with your hair type- Especially if your hair is curly or wavy.
Quick Bite: I have written a well-compiled article on habits of women who grow long natural hair– If this is something you’re interested in, do well to check out the post.
Before we proceed, Here’s a quick note you should keep in mind;
Stress, health issues, poor diet – all these things can impact your hair strength and growth. But If you don’t want to battle dry, frizzy hair and hair loss or wish to deal with it quickly, a good and standard daily hair care routine is necessary.
Enough of my plenty talks, let’s get down to the business of the day.
Good Hair Care Habits You Should Adopt
Like I said earlier, this post is like a reminder, or should I say some do’s and don’ts – you might have been doing it all wrong this while
But don’t panic, and don’t worry, I will show you how to amend your style and do things correctly.
So the first on my list here is;
1. Trim Your Ends
Trimming your own ends may seem intimidating, but it really isn’t. Not to mention that regular trimming is crucial if you want to keep your hair in its best possible shape and condition.
There is so much information available online on how to trim your ends by yourself. All you really need is a mirror, professional shear, a comb, and a few hair clips.
If you don’t own shears, we recommend the Matsui hair shears; they’re the best shears on the market right now and won’t cost you a fortune.
Remember that the earlier you trim off split and damaged ends of your hair, the better- because if you don’t trim, they continue to split all the way up to the hair shaft.
2. Do Your Scalp a Favor
If you want to grow or maintain healthy hair, you need to care for your scalp first. It is the root of your hair and the scalp’s health that directly affects your hair growth.
For every care you give, your scalp will go a long way to keep your locks shiny and healthy and help prevent itchiness and irritation.
In case you’re wondering if there’s any special way to care for your scalp, well, Scalp massage is one of them.
“According to research, scalp massage increases hair thickness by stretching the cells of hair follicles. This, in turn, stimulates the follicles to produce thicker hair. It’s also thought that a scalp massage may help dilate blood vessels beneath the skin, thereby encouraging hair growth.”- Kristeen Cherney of Healthline.
In addition, I recently wrote a post on 5 scalp care products that will help top up your hair care routine and goals.
Do well to read that post and make sure you grab this MaxSoft Scalp Brush; it will help ease the whole scalp care process.
3. Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often
Many women complain that their hair is looking dry and dull in the winter. One of the reasons is that they wash their hair too often, or should I say over wash?
When you wash your hair too often, you risk manipulating your hair too much, which causes stress and damage to your hair.
In some cases, you wash away some essential natural hair oils that your hair needs- especially when you’re using a harsh clarifying shampoo.
That’s why you always need to be watchful of the kind of shampoo you use on your hair. Most of the Shampoos we see today are designed for some specific task.
So you need to know why you need a shampoo before you pick, purchase and use it on your hair.
Coming back to how often you should wash your hair- there is no fixed or recommended number of times you should wash your hair because we all have different hair texture, volume, and lot’s more to consider.
While fighting not to over wash your hair, you should keep in mind that it not also good to under wash.
You have to figure out how often you should wash your hair because you alone understand your hair better.
4. Eat well
I am not an expert in the Medical Field, but I can boldly tell you that what you eat affects everything about you.
Just as food affects your skin condition, your diet directly or indirectly influences the health of your hair. Processed and junk food contains many preservatives, which in general is not too for your wellbeing.
I understand that some of us are too occupied to do the cooking. But believe me, when you plan your meal, you stand chances of getting in ahead of chores or tasks before the D-day.
Mark this word “When you discard junk foods and eat healthily, you’ll be surprised how quickly you start looking better in your overall appearance.”
5. Brush Only When Styling or Twice A Day
One reason you brush your hair is to make your hair tangle-free and keep flyaway hair at bay.
However, there are other hidden benefits of brushing your hair that you might not know.
For example, brushing your hair encourages blood circulation in the scalp, hair growth, production and distribution of natural oils.
Also, brushing your hair reduces build-ups from natural oils and products
Now how come I said brush hair when styling or twice a day?
A researcher asked 14 women to brush their hair for 4 weeks at different frequencies. After the whole experiment, they discovered that brushing is linked with more hair loss.
“Brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This is a healthy way to distribute your scalp’s natural oils through your hair — but only if you do it gently.”- Dr Marco.
Lastly, I don’t need to tell you that it makes the whole hairstyling process easier and faster if you brush your hair before or while styling.
6. Wear Protective Hairstyles
Good protective hairstyles go a long way to promote healthy hair and reasonable hair growth- especially on black women.
For white ladies, If you want to avoid frizz and flyaway hair, you should tie your hair up in a ponytail every time you step out of the house. You can also wear a loose bun as it will help keep your hair tidy and frizz-free.
I don’t know if you need this, but I will appreciate it if you to go through my gallery of the best low maintenance haircuts for women you can find on the internet.
7. Be Creative With Heat and Heat Styling Tools
I understand that heat styling tools saves a lot of time.
But have you ever thought of what your hair would look like if things go south with these tools?
In most case that I have seen, the outcomes were not funny at all.
I am not saying this to create panic room in your head, but I am just sending it as a reminder that you should be very careful and creative with the way you use any heat styling tool.
For ladies that love to wash hair with hot water, it’s time you quit that habit. Even if you’re not a fan of cold water, lukewarm water is a better alternative for hot water.
Before we move to the next habit, You need to read or bookmark this post on how to repair damaged hair– It will help you in the long run.
8. Always Keep Your Hair Moisturized and Hydrated
Most times, the oils your hair and scalp produce naturally is never enough to go through your hair, especially when you have long and thick hair.
In cases like this, you need to take charge and supply your hair with oils and other essential nutrients and oil through hair products and mask.
There are many ways you can lock in moisture to your hair, e.g. LOC method, hot oil treatments and a lot more.
I wouldn’t want to go too deep on moisturising your hair because that’s not why you’re here. But I hope to write a complete guide on it when I am available, for now, I am very busy with other things.
However, you can still check my post on how to make a moisturizing hair mask at home– Trust me, this hair mask works like magic.
9. Avoid Stress
Another most damaging thing that can happen to your hair is stress. Many women who suffered from trauma or other emotional problems one way or the other battled with hair loss.
Human hair is susceptible to physical and emotional stress. I understand that some stress is never easy to override, but it would really help if you avoid situations that can cause you stress.
Do you know that stress can even cause your hair to turn grey hair prematurely? If you’re hearing this for the first time- Then you need to go back and click that link to learn more about grey hair.
10. Use Good Hair Mask
There are many types of masks available, and their ingredients vary depending on the task it’s designed to do.
For example, If you want your hair to be soft and shiny, there are hair masks designed for that task, likewise if you want to add protein to your hair or inhibit excess oil production.
So first, you need to know why you need hair mask treatment before you purchase and use it – very important.
Bonus: A mask with Cocoa butter and Argan oil can help repair damaged strands and make them smooth and shiny again.
In addition, you need to check out this post on how often to do hair mask treatment– Just like washing; you can also over-mask your hair.
11. Always Prep Your Hair Before Bed
Most ladies fail to remember that protecting and covering hair at night is super important.
Waking up with dull, lifeless, damaged hair can make you feel even worse. That is why it’s important to try your best and keep your hair in protected custody before sleeping.
If you have not been practising this lately, there are many video tutorials on YouTube that will teach you how to do it correctly, depending on your hair type, volume and texture.
That’s it for my post on good hair care habits every lady should adopt at home.
By incorporating some of these habits into your daily or weekly routine, your hair will start to look and feel shiny and healthy again.
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