Wouldn’t it be marvelous to have bad hair days well and truly banished? And how about leaving all those expensive hair products on the store shelf? Fabulous hair can be an everyday thing if you develop some healthy habits.
One way how to get beautiful hair is to keep your hair squeaky clean and shampoo regularly. The No-Poo movement may advocate not shampooing to preserve natural oils in your hair, but let's face it, would you find somebody beautiful whose hair looks and smells like there's something nesting in there? According to Jeffrey J. Miller, assistant professor of dermatology at Pennsylvania State University college of Medicine, washing daily if living in a city with humidity or pollution or working out daily in the gym is a good idea. For those living away from pollutants or in a dry climate, washing only every few days is best. Washing reduces split ends, gives hair a shiny look and provides it with moisture, according to Cristophe Salon Newport Beach owner Scott Fontana.
2 Be Lavish with Moisturizer
Just like your facial skin needs moisture, so does your scalp, especially if you live in a dry climate and if your scalp is supposed to provide you with a healthy foundation to grow luxuriant hair, says Riawna Capri of CLEAR Scalp & Hair. Her advice is to condition every time you use shampoo. In addition, try to use a protective product when you're combing your hair. It can help to avoid split ends, dryness and the dreaded frizz, not to mention protect your hair color.
3 Don't Stay out in the Sun Too Long
Hair suffers just as much as skin from UV rays, wind and saltwater influence, even on Indian Summer days in autumn. To prevent sun damage to hair, apply leave-in conditioner at least every other day, spreading it evenly from mid-shaft to the ends of your hair, says Rik Rak Master Stylist Marcelo.
4 Avoid Heat Styling
Try to limit your heat styling activities to a minimum to protect your hair from damage. According to celebrity hairstylist and founder of Hair Room Service Michael Dueñas, the secret how to get beautiful hair is largely a question of using gentle steam rollers, because they do not get that hot, being heated solely by steam that passes through the foam on the roller - unlike tools like curling irons, wands, blow dryers, hot rollers and flat irons. If you use any of those, be sure to use a spray-in heat protecterant.
5 Eat Healthy Foods
We are what we eat - and that applies especially to skin, hair and nails, where a poor diet becomes visible overnight (yes, that spot you're looking at is the result of your burger binge!). The healthier your diet, the more beautiful your hair. It's as simple as that, according to Dr. Robert Dorin, a New York City-board certified diplomat of the American Board of Hair Restoration. A healthy diet goes a long, long way to provide human beings with regular and good hair growth that results in glossy, voluminous hair. "A diet rich in iron, zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, and protein will help stimulate your hair follicles for growth," Dr. Dorin explains, adding that alternating between fish, chicken and lean red meat during the week will bring optimum results on the hair health front.
6 Taking Supplements
Taking supplements, especially during winter, when hair needs an extra boost, can improve not just your follicles but also your nails and skin. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, taking the right combination of minerals, vitamins, herbs and amino acids can do wonders for your complexion, hair health and nails.
7 Remaining a Loyal Supporter of Quality Brands
Experts recommend that you find the hair products that work best for you - and stick with them. Your hair will adapt to the one that suits you best and in time become as glossy and healthy as you could wish. Switching brands all the time can add to hair "exhaustion" as your follicles try to adapt to ever-changing conditioners and shampoos.
There you have it: seven secrets of how to get beautiful hair! What are your healthy hair habits? Or do you have bad hair habits?