If you feel like your hair lacks lustre, follow these tips to help make your hair healthier and shinier.
Avoid washing your hair everyday if possible. Shampoo doesn’t distinguish between the oils your scalp produces that keep your hair shiny and healthy and dirt. Washing your hair everyday can rob it of its natural oils leaving your hair brittle. It can even cause your scalp to over-produce oils making your hair greasy. When washing your hair try to avoid using hot water, this can cause heat damage leading to brittle hair. Heat can counteract the effects of your conditioner, rinsing your hair with cool softened water can help it look shinier.
Hard water can prevent your shampoo from lathering as it should. It also leaves behind a residue which can make your hair appear dull. Installing a Luxury Water softener can help you get the most out of your shampoo and conditioner.
Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner is important but can involve a lengthy trial and error process. If you’re unsure what shampoo or conditioner to start with ask for recommendations from your hairdresser. Don’t be afraid to mix brands or try new ones. Be aware of the ingredients in the products you use. Sulphates can damage your hair and silicon can clog the pores in your scalp. Natural oils like coconut, avocado or almond are gentle and can help your hair shine.
It’s not just the products that are important but also how you use them. When shampooing concentrate on the roots and make sure to rinse thoroughly. Conditioner should be used on the ends of the hair and be left for a couple of minutes before rinsing. Try to avoid applying conditioner to the roots as this can make them greasy. You don’t have to use conditioner every time you wash your hair and not doing so may help if you are prone to greasy hair.
It’s best to let your hair air dry. However if you don’t have time make sure you use a heat protection product before you blow dry. You should also use a heat protection spray or serum if you are using straighteners or curling tongs. If you don’t the resultant damage could cause your hair to become brittle.
When styling make sure you use the type of brush that is most appropriate for your hair type. Natural bristle brushes are gentle on your hair whereas synthetic bristle brushes are not as flexible. If you have fine hair avoid synthetic bristles as these are more likely to break your hair. Mixed bristle brushes are suitable for medium and thick hair especially when it comes to removing tangles.
Another important to thing to bear in mind when thinking about the health of your hair is your diet. Protein rich foods are essential to keep your hair strong and your scalp healthy. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids hydrate the scalp and strengthen follicles, they are found in fish like Mackerel and Salmon. Eggs contain biotin which can make your hair shiny, this is also found in walnuts and broad beans.