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8 Tips For Keeping Your Hair Looking Fabulous
Keeping your hair healthy doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. These eight tips can transform your haircare regimen and make sure your locks always look their best.
1. Eat a balanced diet
You need to look after your hair from the inside out, and a good diet can help you to do just that. Protein and iron are two of the most important things you need for hair that looks great and feels even better.
Did you know that your hair cells are actually the quickest growing cells in all of your body? They are also the very first to show effects if you eat badly or are deficient in certain things. This is because these cells are not vital for survival, so your body is likely to redirect nutrition to areas that it thinks are more important.
To prevent this from happening, make sure that you consume enough iron-rich food products, such as fish, leafy vegetables, cereals, soybeans, chickpeas, beans, and pumpkin seeds. It is recommended that your daily diet include about 12mg of iron.
Protein is also vital to give your hair strength. Try to eat complete proteins, such as yogurt, peas, quinoa, lentils, soy, milk and cheese, which are also good for getting the amino acids that your body needs.
2. Take care when combing
Many of us comb our hair when it’s wet, but it’s important to remember that this is when it is at its weakest. Comb or brush too roughly and you can stretch and break your hair, leaving you suffering from split ends and frizziness. To try to minimize damage, use a wide-toothed comb and comb gently from the roots to the tips of your hairs.
3. Get regular trims
Schedule in hair trims every six to eight weeks to keep your hair looking and feeling its best. You’ll probably need about a quarter of an inch trimmed off to get rid of the rough, broken hairs that can really mar your hair’s appearance.
4. Wash your hair - but not too much
You need to wash your hair often enough that it is free of excess oil and dirt but not so often that you dry it out and strip it off those all-important essential oils. If your hair is very dry, you may only need to wash it a couple of times each week. If your scalp is very oily, you might benefit from washing it every other day. There are not many occasions when you should wash your hair every single day.
5. Avoid too much heat
Heat is very damaging to your hair, and this means heat from everywhere, including your hairdryer, the sun, and your shower. Wash your hair in lukewarm water, let it dry naturally wherever possible, and make sure you protect it from the sun. Don’t overuse the straightening or curling iron, and make sure that you use heat protectant serums to fight off as many of the adverse effects as possible.
When out and about, try to wear hats in the sun - just make sure that they are not too tight or they can stretch and break your hair. You also need to wear a hat at the swimming pool if you want to protect your locks from damaging chlorine.
6. Oil your hair
Use oil therapies and masks to keep your hair looking its best. Oiling is not just about the effect it has on the hair strands directly; pre-shampoo treatments such as massaging and oiling help to improve the blood circulation in your scalp area. This can make your hair grow better while restoring moisture content, nourishing your hair, and boosting its shine. A hair mask such as our Repairs and Strengthens Hair & Nail Mask will soothe your hair cuticles and help to reduce friction when you shampoo.
7. Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is vital for great-looking hair. Your locks will benefit from the ideal mix of external hydration and internal hydration. Hydrating hair products and oils, such as our Men Hair Hydrator, will offer the external element of this, while drinking two to three liters of water each day will add moisture from the inside out.
8. Don’t use towels to dry your hair
Traditional towels can seriously damage your hair, especially if you usually rub your head to get rid of the excess water. Hair can get caught in towel fabric, causing it to stretch and break, so it is much better to use a hair wrap or even an old t-shirt.