How to maintain healthy hair:
1. Having your natural hair as often as you can
Using high heat on your hair daily is going to damage your hair, which is why we recommend letting your hair air dry as much as possible, and to have a break from using heat! Tying your hair up can also cause pulling which can damage the hair, so to maintain healthy hair keep your hair down when possible.
2. Stop touching your hair all the time
Pulling on the follicle causes trauma on the hair. We recommend not tying your hair up tightly to reduce the amount of pulling. After years of tying your hair up in a tight ponytail, you may even start to notice a receding hairline.
3. Avoid scalding hot showers
As amazing as a hot shower sounds and feels, it isn’t healthy for your hair. It can actually dry out your hair, and for colour hair, it can wash out the colour faster than if you were to have a lukewarm shower. Not only is it healthy for your hair, it’s also good for your skin.
4. Don’t brush your hair too much
Over brushing your hair stretches the hair and breaks weak ends. We recommend brushing your hair once a day, with the hair brush that best suits your hair type – see blog – what brush for what hair type.
5. Wear a hat
Hats are perfect for protecting your skin in the sun. Not only that, they protect your hair from the sun as well! When your hair is unprotected from UVA and UVB rays start to damage the outside cover of the hair strands. Some signs of sun damaged hair are: thinning, frizziness, split ends, and colour fade. So to avoid damaging your hair in the sun, why not use that as a reason to buy yourself a new cute sun hat?
6. Avoid hot hair stylers
Like we touched on tip 1, hot hair stylers are going to damage your hair. We recommend using heat spray every time before you blow dry or style your hair with a hot styler. NEVER straighten or curl hair with wet or even damp hair. This will fry your hair, which is why you should only ever use hot stylers on completely dry hair. If you can, avoid heat on the hair completely!
7. Deep condition every other week
No matter what your hair type is, you should be deep conditioning at least once every 2 weeks. Although if your hair is exceptionally dry or damaged, you should be deep conditioning once a week. A good time to deep condition is when you’re exfoliating and shaving as some conditioners require 30 minutes before working. The steam from the running water will allow the condition to absorb into the hair better.
8. Listen to your scalp
If you are experiencing intense itching over a long period of time, you should consult your doctor. They may be able to medicate something to reduce the itching, don’t ignore it. An intense itch can traumatise the scalp.
9. Regular haircuts
To maintain healthy hair, you should be getting a haircut every 6-8 weeks. This will reduce the amount of split ends and damage to your hair. Regular haircuts will also lead to faster hair growth. Having split and damaged ends will slow down the hair growth. If you are aiming to grow your hair, you can ask for just a trim to get rid of the split ends.