Hair Wellbeing Tips for Long, Strong and Healthy Hair
I’ve had a few enquiries over my hair lately, especially since my recent return to my original dark brown hair colour and my renewed commitment to ensuring its back to his glossiest, strongest and most healthy state.
I returned to my darker roots after having my third child, Florence then flipped back to highlights but I think that’s it for me now, dark hair forever!
So, I wanted to share a few things which have helped me personally when it comes to glossy, healthy locks so I’ve compiled my own advice along with tips I’ve picked up from good old Googling (for the sciencey stuff).
Embracing a holistic approach towards haircare from the inside out is vital when boosting hair health, as is what you put on your locks day-to-day.
Right, let’s go with the hair know-how!
Understanding the fundamental biology of hair
Here’s comes the science bit. The main component of human hair is a protein known as keratin which is generated within your hair follicles in the skin’s outer layer. As follicles create new hair cells, the older ones are expelled and those are the visible hair strands on your hair. Magic!
Each hair follicle undergoes a growth cycle that includes a growing stage, a transitional stage and a resting stage. Any disturbances in this cycle or harm to the hair follicle could result in hair loss or changes in your hair texture and how it looks.
Be proactive with hair health
Regularly checking your hair and scalp for signs of thinning, loss or changes in texture and its appearance can help you catch any potential issues early so become more mindful of it. For example, if you notice hair loss (I experienced this after Florence), seeking out hair loss treatments on reputable and trusted sites like Oxford Online Pharmacy who offer a variety of hair loss treatments for both women and men that can help address the issue effectively when used correctly and consistently.
You may also want to also try growth boosting foams, shampoos or conditioning treatments or even a DIY rice spray like the one I made and used regularly during the pandemic which really boosted growth and prevented grey hair.
Maintain a balanced diet
Diet affects hair health like everything else in and on your body! Eating a well-rounded diet, ideally full of vitamins A, B, C, D, E and minerals such as iron, zinc, and selenium are crucial for maintaining robust hair health. Protein, which act as the foundational element of hair as you now know, is also critical. Foods such as eggs, berries, spinach, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, avocados as well as nuts and seeds are all beneficial for your hair, promoting a stronger, healthier mane of hair.
Develop a good healthcare routine
Get consistent with your healthcare routine. It’s important to choose products that suit your hair type and address your specific hair concerns so do some research and test to find the right products for you. For example, if your hair is prone to becoming dry, you might benefit from a moisturising shampoo and conditioner as well as hair oils with Argan Oil in them for example. If your hair is is weak and often breaks at the ends, a protein-based treatment should help hugely. Moreover, being gentle with your hair is essential. Avoid excessive heat styling, and when you do use heat, protect your hair with a heat-protectant product be it the sun or a hairdryer. Try not to pull or tug on your hair and avoid hairstyles that pull tightly on the scalp too. I like to keep my hair in loose ‘Mum buns’ during the day, and I use gentle hairbands such as silk scrunchies.
Protect your hair
Exposure to environmental elements like the sun, wind, pollution and chlorine can wreak havoc on your hair causing it to dry out, fade, and sustain damage. In the summer or on holiday, consider rocking a hat or using hair products that offer UV protection to combat sun damage. When swimming, prep your hair with conditioner before plunging into the pool to protect it from chorine.
Consider the role of hydration
Hydration is as important to your hair as it is to your body. Dehydration can lead to a dry scalp, dull hair and eventually hair loss. Make sure you’re drinking enough water each day, aiming for about 2 litres or half a gallon. Using hydrating hair care products can help maintain the moisture balance of your hair too. Look for shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks with hydrating ingredients like aloe vera, glycerine, and hyaluronic acid for the most nourishing results.
Get Regular haircuts
Regular haircuts however much they make you yelp (is that just me?) are important in maintaining hair health. They help remove split ends and reduce breakage. Regular trims can actually help your hair grow longer and stronger as they reduce split ends and breakage. The frequency of haircuts depends on your hair type, length, and personal style. However, a general guideline is every 6-8 weeks for shorter hair and every 12 weeks for longer hair.
Take care of your scalp
A healthy scalp is one of the most important factors when it comes to hair health yet, scalp care is often overlooked when it comes to hair care routines. Scalp conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, or psoriasis can affect hair growth and health. Incorporate regular scalp massages once you’ve conditioned your hair to stimulate blood circulation, promoting healthier hair growth. Occasionally you can use a mild, exfoliating treatment on your scalp to clear away residue from products and dead skin cells. If you’re dealing with a scalp ailment, consult a healthcare expert for the right treatment approach.
Get more hours of sleep (not easy, I know)
Sleep may not be your initial thought when considering your hair well-being but its significance might surprise you. While you’re asleep, your body is busy repairing and renewing cells, including those in your hair follicles. Insufficient sleep can slow down this process, potentially causing hair to thin and fall out over time. Create a conducive sleep environment with cosy bedding, a cool ambient temperature and minimal light and noise interference (if the kids will allow). Also, try to maintain a consistent sleep pattern where your bedtime and wake-up time remain the same daily.
Embrace your natural hair
Colouring and styling can add pressure to your locks especially with overuse and I’m certainly guilty of that. Embracing your natural hair doesn’t mean abandoning experimenting but it does mean embracing your hair’s innate traits and using the most nourishing and gentle colouring and styling products on offer. Which leads me to the next point….
Consult with professionals
Lastly, never underestimate the importance of professional advice and hiring professional hairdressers in maintaining hair health. Home kits are never as safe or healthy for your hair as professional ones. If you’re concerned with your scalp health, regular check-ups with a dermatologist can help catch potential issues early and they can provide guidance on the best care routine for your specific hair type and needs.
Hairdressers and stylists can also provide useful tips and product recommendations based on your hair type and condition.
I hope these tips help you (and I) achieve optimum hair health!
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