Hair fall is one of the most common problems for both men and women. Around one-third of the population goes through hair loss at some point in their lives.
What if you could treat your hair by making little changes in your daily routine? Today I am going to share with you 7 simple healthy habits that you can follow to make your hair healthier and stronger.
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1. Eat Healthy Food and Drink Lots of Fluids
I have been struggling for healthier-looking hair for years, no supplements were enough to make my hair stronger. Most people don't realize that what they eat can actually affect the health of their hair.
Research in dermatology shows that when your body is deficient in some important nutrients, that can result in hair loss and make your hair brittle.
The first thing you need to do when switching to a healthy diet is to avoid sugary food, as it contains high amounts of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which leads to hair thinning.
On the other hand, add foods to your diet that contain proteins, biotin, iron, and zinc. Some sources of these nutrients are:
Best Foods To Eat For Healthier Hair:
- Avocados, fish, meat, and eggs have high amounts of biotin and proteins.
- Lentils, beans, and seeds contain iron and zinc
- Nuts like almonds, cashews, and pistachios are high in iron.
- Fruits and vegetables are abundant in multivitamins and zinc.
Moreover, drinking juices and 2 liters of water daily, keeps your scalp hydrated and improves your hair texture.
2. Brush Your Hair Before Taking Shower
Like many others, I have been making the same mistake of brushing my hair after a shower. Wet hair is more vulnerable and tends to break when combed.
Before taking a shower, take some time to comb your hair from root to tip. You will see that post-shower your hair will be smooth with no tangles and ready to be styled effortlessly.
However, another tip is if you have curly hair and need to comb it after conditioning, I would suggest you use a wide-toothed detangling comb.
3. Get Hair Trims Regularly
There is an ongoing debate about whether trimming regularly can actually improve the health of your hair.
I have always observed that after trimming, my hair gets an extra body and looks even shinier and healthier.
Most of all cutting them also helps to get rid of those nasty-looking split-ends and stimulates hair growth.
4. Use Silk Pillowcases
I know silk pillowcases sound luxurious but trust me it has helped a lot in my journey towards achieving healthy hair.
What actually happens is while you are sleeping on silk pillowcases, it reduces the friction between the fabric and hair, protecting your hair cuticle, and ultimately avoiding breakage.
Another tip is to tie your hair into a loose knot before going to sleep, this avoids hair tangling and breaking.
5. Protect Your Hair From Heat Damage
Having a hot shower in cold winters when you return home after a long day is great to liven up your mood. As soothing as it sounds, taking hot showers can actually damage your scalp and weaken your hair roots.
Another tip is to wash your hair with warm water then do a quick rinse at the end with cold water, this will shut the cuticles.
Another heat damage control method would be to set your blow dryer to the lowest heat setting and then gradually increase depending on your requirement.
Do not forget to apply a heat protectant before styling your hair.
6. Keep Your Hair Moisturized
I remember my childhood days when my mother used to give me regular hair oil massages and insisted on carrying on with this hair routine.
To this day oiling has helped me a lot to retain moisture in my scalp and promote hair growth.
Have you ever noticed that your hair tends to get dry after you wash your color-treated or styled hair (using heating tools)? Chemicals and heat strip away moisture from your hair and leave it frizzy and brittle.
It is recommended to get an organic hair oil massage if you have color-treated or damaged hair.
There are many hair oils that keep your hair shiny and healthy. Some of them are Coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, and castor oil (apply only to your scalp).
Another tip is to apply organic conditioner after shampoo only to hair ends and wash it off with slightly warm water.
7. Sleep Well and Don't Stress
Can stress affect your hair growth? Yes, research on stress management shows any kind of stress can trigger hair loss.
Don't worry it's not permanent damage, you should relax and even stop worrying about your damaged hair.
Just sit back and focus on what positive changes you can bring out in your routine to achieve stronger and healthier hair.
Another tip is to take some time out of work for yourself and prepare a schedule for a balanced life, for example, start your day with yoga and this will ultimately increase your immunity and stimulate hair growth.
Similarly, a good night’s sleep works wonders to improve the health of your hair.
While sleeping, your body releases hormones called melatonin which is important for healthy hair growth.
If your damaged hair is making you lose your confidence and you are desperate to get your healthy hair back, all you have to do is follow these simple hacks or habits that are super easy, effective, and will help you regain the body, health, and texture of your hair.
Which of these healthy hair habits will you be using in your daily routine?