Healthy hair doesn’t just happen naturally. A lot of factors come to play when looking to achieve gorgeous, shiny locks. Although genetics plays a big role when it comes to the amount, thickness and texture of your hair, there is a lot you can do in order to prevent hair loss and improve the look and feel of your hair.
The only real cure for hair damage and hair loss is taking steps to prevent new damage from happening.
Overwashing can be damaging for hair, especially if your hair is bleached, colored, or chemically treated. While different hair types have different needs, most haircare experts agree that shampooing only a few times a week is ideal.
For starters, save your brush for dry hair (and keep the habit to once a day). If you must brush wet hair, use a wide-tooth comb, which can glide through wet hair much more gently and minimize snagging, especially if your hair is wavy or curly.
Whether wet or dry, never start at the root and pull hair down to the ends. Doing so can stretch and pull strands out of the follicle, as well as chip the cuticle, resulting in hair breakage. Instead, using short strokes, start a few inches from the bottom and slowly work your way up your hair in small sections.
Keep the Heat Away
For obvious reasons, heat is not a friend of healthy hair. The main thing to remember when blow-drying, curling, or straightening hair with high temperatures is
1) keep it off the hottest setting, and
2) keep the tool moving. If a heat protectant isn’t already in your arsenal, now’s the time to stock up. And even better: If you can skip the heat styling altogether and give your hair a break, do it.
Massage Your Scalp
Healthy hair starts at the hair follicle, and a healthy scalp can make all the difference in growing healthy hair. Studies have shown that a daily scalp massage can stimulate hair follicles and increase hair growth and even thickness. Most of us won’t need a reminder to give ourselves a little massage daily, but an easy way to make it habitual is to massage your scalp while you wash your hair.
Check Your Plate
Eating a well-balanced, protein-rich diet is necessary for healthy hair growth and preventing hair breakage.
It’s not just split ends—between the blowout bars, regular dye jobs, and endless styling products on rotation, it’s not so much a question of if your hair is damaged but instead how badly. Follow these five steps to maintain healthy hair and scalp.
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