Shinier, thicker, stronger healthy hair is one thing we’re all in pursuit of. And with more life hacks flooding the internet than ever before, haircare tips have never been easier to find!
Here’s everything you need to get strong, healthier looking hair
So from slathering your locks with coconut oil to the DIY massage that’ll make your hair grow faster, we’ve rounded up the most effective healthy hair hacks ever.
Cold water rinses, proper brushing technique and hair washing tricks; here’s everything you need to get healthier looking hair.
SHINE BOOSTING COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil has taken the beauty world by storm, and given its ability to boost the health of your hair and skin, it’s no surprise. Packed full of vitamins and minerals, coconut oil penetrates each strand of hair to moisturise it from within. And because it’s a lightweight oil, you can even use it on greasy hair to boost shine and leave it feeling softer and smoother. Either slather it on like a mask and leave for a few minutes, or for very dry hair, leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning.
Most damage to hair is done via heat styling with hair dryers, straightening irons, curling tongs and wands, which can all dry out your locks and leave hair looking lifeless or prone to breakage. Try to minimise the damage by using heat protecting sprays before you style, and keep your tools at a low or medium setting.
THE COLD RINSE
Yep, giving your hair a final rinse with cold water is said to help flatten the rough edges of the hair shaft, leaving your hair smoother and able to better reflect light - i.e shinier. A cold blast can also help to soothe itchy scalps, so next time you’re in the shower, take a deep breath and turn on the cold tap.
HEALTHY HAIR FOODS
While we love a quick-fix, the best way to improve your hair’s overall health is to eat well. If your hair is dry and brittle, it’s likely that you need more protein, while boosting your iron intake with broccoli, kale and spinach can recharge your follicles for better hair growth. Vitamin C, vitamin A and omega-3 are all important too for strong, shiny hair that’s full of body.
SHAMPOO AND CONDITION RIGHT
If your hair often feels heavy and lank or not quite clean enough, it might be that you’re applying your shampoo and conditioner in the wrong places. Hair experts advise keeping shampoo to your scalp and roots only - when you rinse it out that’ll clear any dirt build-up in the lengths - and then using conditioner just on your ends (plus the mid-lengths if you have long hair) where strands tend to get dry.
Most hair experts agree that over washing is bad for your hair, as it strips away natural oils and goodness. If you wash your hair every day, try dropping down to just two or three times a week. Though your hair might feel greasy at first, it’ll soon adapt to the new regime and you’ll be surprised at how many days you can leave between washes.
DIY SCALP MASSAGE
Massaging your scalp will stimulate circulation in the hair follicles, helping more shine boosting nutrients to find their way to your hair. Try doing it when you shampoo, or for an especially indulgent DIY hair treatment use a hair oil, and focus on the sides of your head as well as the top to encourage more growth all over.
MOISTURISE WITH MASKS
Replenishing your hair with a weekly hair mask is the best way to keep it hydrated and looking healthy. Use an intensive hair treatment after shampooing and leave it on while you relax in the bath, or for super-dry or weak hair, leave the mask on overnight and rinse out in the morning. Following a hair mask with a rinse-out conditioner will help to seal in the added hydration.
TRY NATURAL HAIR RECIPES
Plenty of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard can be used to boost your hair’s health naturally. Avocado and honey are great for mixing up to make a moisturising mask, while rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar can help to treat itchy scalps and boost shine.
HOLD BACK ON PRODUCTS
Overloading your hair with products can leave it drier, duller and heavier. Try looking for multi-tasking hair products like heat protectors that also prep your hair for styling, or lighter serums that won’t give you that weighed-down feeling.
SWAP YOUR PILLOW CASE
To reduce hair breakage while you sleep, swap rough textured pillow cases for smoother ones made from silk or satin. They’ll create less friction between your tresses meaning less breakage, and can also help to reduce frizz.
Brushing your hair can cause considerable hair damage if you’re too rough. The best technique is to start at the ends, brushing out tangles as gently as possible, then work your way further up. If you have long hair, hold each section at the mid-lengths while you brush, to avoid any pulling at the roots. If your hair is wet, use a comb rather than a brush and be extra careful, as wet hair is more easily damaged.
AVOID HAIR TENSION
Pulling your hair too tight when styling can lead to broken strands and tension at the roots, which if repeated on a daily basis, can result in bald patches and slow growth. If your ponytail, bun or plait is pulling uncomfortably, loosen it a little rather than toughing it out all day.
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