When it comes to hair, everyone desires healthy and glossy locks – with not one split end in sight. However, due to the varying textures, lengths, and densities, it can hard to know which routines and products will work for your hair. Whilst it would a dream to visit the hair salon every week, there are many tricks you can implement into your daily routine which will keep your strands strong and glossy. From treatments that boost hair growth, to head massages, there are methods that will help everyone achieve their best head of hair yet.
Even if you think your hair is damaged, changing your hair habits now will save your locks from further challenges. Susie Bridgeman-Sutton, beauty specialist at Thunderbird Skin has shared the 7 secrets to healthy hair.
1. Use the correct shampoo
The process of shampooing is vital as it eliminates excess oils. Sebum is an oily substance which keeps your skin and scalp moisturised. If you are skipping this step or using the wrong product for your scalp type, the sebum quickly builds up and makes your hair oiler. Sebum can also attract microfauna which causes dandruff build up and a dry scalp. Opt for shampoos which also treat scalp issues, such as eczema, as they are filled with natural ingredients which are kind to skin and doesn’t cause irritation. The Protect & Repair Shampoo contains Apple Cider Vinegar, which is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and soothing and Nettle which is clinically proven to counter hair loss and stimulate growth.
2. Head massages
Incorporate head massages into your daily routine as this promotes blood flow to the follicles, which help boost hair health. If you find yourself stressed, the scalp is where the tension is held and regular massages on that area will keep nutrients circulating. Use a hair serum on your hair and then use your fingertips to apply light circular pressure to your scalp and down to your neck. Repeat this before you shampoo.
3. Use cold water for a shine
An easy trick to give your hair an extra shine is to use a lower temperature on your shower. After you’ve finished your usual hair wash routine, have a cold rinse. This will close the cuticle and help to reflect the light, leaving your hair shiny. Top with protecting serums and oils for an added gleam.
4. Rinse again and again
It is vital to rinse very well after you shampoo and condition your hair. Any product that gets left behind will feel very heavy and sticky when your hair dries. This is also important in between the different products you use, a great trick before you wash your conditioner out is to apply a tiny amount of shampoo back on top to help wash away every drop of product.
5. Change your hairdryer technique
There is no surprise that heat can cause damage to your hair. If you do use styling tools to dry your hair, ensure you apply an adequate amount of heat protection to your strands to minimise breakage and split ends. Try not to use too much friction with your towel as this can impact the cuticles in the hair shaft. Simply, squeeze out any water and soften the cuticles with smoothing cream. Use a large paddle brush and control the air flow with the concentration nozzle. Dry from root to tip as this will smooth the hair as opposed to creating frizz in different directions.
6. Try DIY styling hacks
If you air-dry your hair, you can reduce damage and save time. Finer hair can be air dried and thicker hair can be heat dried but then left for a week before the next wash. A trick that works for all hair types is to plait your damp hair into two and sleep in them. This will leave you with beachy waves the next morning and with no frizz. You can even go old fashioned and sleep in a silk/satin bonnet, this will reduce friction overnight and leave you with less breakage and split ends.
7. Use your layers
As heat is bad for your hair, you need to ensure all the strands are protected. Grab small sections of damp hair and mist it up and down the length. Once it’s all covered, comb your hair to distribute the formula. Adding the heat protection to your top layer only will not protect the bottom layers, causing breakage and hair thinning.