‘Long and lustrous hair’, a phrase commonly used for hair, and who doesn’t want hair like that? Every woman, right? But most of us would agree that maintaining our hair is one of our main struggles. We either do not have the time or patience, or even after a lot of care, we fail to achieve healthy looking hair.
Taking good care of your hair is as important as taking care of your skin. To shampoo everyday or to shampoo less, to oil or not oil your hair, to condition or not condition, are some questions that have different answers each time we ask them. The problem I have is how to keep it thick and full. My density has massively dropped over the years, and I struggle to get it back. Fuller looking hair screams health, so that’s one of the topics I want to cover off in this article.
Other factors I want to touch on is the best way to cleanse and condition, how to style hair in a healthier way and then how to maintain strong hair with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. Here, I have curated some simple tips for you to be able to take good care of your hair that I’ve found when on my own little research journey.
Read on for those thick hair tricks!
Do not overwash your hair
There is absolutely no need to wash your hair daily. Washing your hair too often can make your hair dry, or deprive it of natural oil. Plus it can damage your hair as usually, blow drying follows a hair wash, and too much friction from towel drying and then heat from using heated tools can cause havoc, especially if you have fine hair.
Try to restrict washing your hair to twice a week or give a gap of one day, at least.
Shampooing the right way
You should carefully decide on the shampoo to use, as the quality and ingredients really do matter, especially if you have fine, damaged hair. Ideally you need a strengthening shampoo and conditioner, one that works on strengthening the bonds yet gently cleansing and providing nutrients and vitamins as best it can.
If you have dry hair you should go for deep nourishing shampoo, and if you have oily hair, you should opt for a purifying shampoo. If you have normal hair go for a gentle shampoo, but overall, make sure you use shampoos and conditioners that do not contain parabens or sulfates.
The right way to shampoo is to gently massage the shampoo on the scalp, getting into the roots of the hair with fingertips only and applying minimum pressure. You can rinse your hair after leaving the shampoo on for two to three minutes.
Use Natural Remedies Where You Can
If you have fine, lack-lustre hair like me and you’re keen to work on thickening it up, try to refrain from any scary supplements and opt for the natural ingredient treatments. One in particular which has been brought to my attention is Scandinavian Biolabs, a serum product which uses 100% natural and vegan ingredients to stimulate hair growth follicles, in a bid to speed up sluggish growth. Serums which are massage onto the scalp are becoming huge news for being a natural treatment for accelerating slow growth, especially when made from plant-based ingredients.
All the ingredients in the Scandinavian Bioblas serum makes up a formlua chosen due to being natural, healthy and scientifically proven for regenerating hair.
If you have suffered from hair loss or worry that your hair is lacking volume and strength, a natural product like this could be the answer. Alongside the serum they also offer a shampoo and conditioner packed with active vegan micro proteins, which penetrate deep into your scalp and give new life to your hair and its proteins by extending the hair’s growth cycle and rebuilding its length and volume.
The serum is designed to apply directly to the scalp and massage in, which in time helps to strengthen the development of the hair follicles, stimulating healthier and stronger hair growth. Definitely a product that has made it onto my ‘must have’ list. I haven’t tried it yet so can’t vouch for my own experience, but when I do, expect a review!
Try to not use too cold or too hot water for washing your hair. Cold water fails to remove dirt and grease from your hair, hot water washes away the natural oil from the hair making them dry and frizzy.
Lukewarm water is the perfect temperature for your hair and helps in removing dirt and oil from the hair without overdrying it. Plus, it will feel much more enjoyable to use.
Avoid the dryer
Let your hair dry naturally if you can. I know this is much easier said than done for some! Using the hairdryer exposes your hair to heat and can cause damage and breakage of hair. Limit the use of dryer as much as possible and try to give your time to dry naturally.
Oiling the hair
Oiling is one underestimated but essential part of a hair care routine. Treating the hair to an oil product gives nourishment to the hair which is indispensable for healthy hair,especially if hair is dry or coarse. Oiling has many benefits for the hair – it strengthens, prevents dandruff, and stimulates growth.
Coconut, almond, jojoba, olive and argan oil are some common hair oils used by women. Oil should be applied gently with the tips of the fingers and on the scalp. Go as natural as possible!
A healthy diet and lifestyle
No matter what the evolved trends in beauty, fashion and style go through across the decades, ask your grandma for some beauty advice and she would say that a healthy diet is key to a beautiful body and flawless skin – which applies to hair also. A healthy diet really is fundamental to having beautiful hair. A diet that is rich in iron and protein is grear for having stronger, locker locks, as if making sure you include fresh vegetables and fruits, and avoid processed foods where you can.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes proper sleep and exercise, is also indispensable. Exercising stimulates blood circulation to the hair and aids in hair growth.
Next time you are struggling with your hair maintenance, remember these tips and be assured that it is not so difficult after all. With a little bit of effort and spare time every woman can have ‘long and lustrous hair’!