Some people look like they were born with beautiful hair that is glossy, shiny, thick, and strong. While certain people are lucky enough to be born with thick hair, all you need for shiny and healthy hair is to know how to look after it. Here are six ways to look after your hair to keep it looking thick and glossy.
Six Ways to Maintain Healthy Hair
1. Put Away the Heat Stylers
Heat is damaging to your hair. It causes split ends and can make your hair appear brittle and straw-like. It can crack the hair’s cuticle and once your hair has heat damage, it is not possible to repair without cutting (despite what you will read on a number of hair products!).
Always use your blow-dryer on the lowest heat option—it may take a little longer, but it will ensure your hair stays healthy. You should also avoid using straighteners or curling irons regularly. Using them for special occasions is unlikely to cause too much damage, but daily heat will dry your hair out and it can then break easily.
2. Keep Your Hair Moisturized
A good way to keep your hair as healthy as possible is to keep it moisturized. Avoid washing your hair too often, as this can strip away the essential oils and sebum that keeps your hair healthy. There are many deep conditioning treatments available, you should use on regularly to help moisturize your hair.
3. Avoid Towels!
Step out of the shower and your hair is dripping; you probably wrap it up in a towel to soak up moisture. You may even towel-dry your hair in part. Do not do this! Regular towels are usually rough and can be extremely damaging to the hair. Instead, use a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt.
Rather than rubbing your head to remove excess water, try lightly squeezing the water out. This is a much gentler method and should prevent breakage, which will also reduce frizz.
4. Try the Curly Girl Method
There is an online community of people following the curly girl method, which involves ditching shampoos and using conditioner to wash their hair instead. This is called co-washing (conditioner washing) and is thought to provide curls with the moisture they need to be healthy.
People with straight hair can also use this method—it is likely to help bring out any natural curls or waves in your hair, but it also strengthens your hair over time.
5. Consider a Hair Transplant
If you have noticed that your hair is starting to thin, it can be upsetting, but there are options available. A hair transplant might work for you, especially if you are thinning in just one or two areas. Take a look at hshairclinic.co.uk to see the potential cost of a hair transplant.
6. Protect Your Hair at Night
When you go to sleep, your hair can be damaged by friction from your cotton pillowcase, particularly if you tend to move around a lot in bed.
Buy yourself a silk pillowcase or a satin bonnet to sleep in. This will prevent your hair from rubbing on rough cotton and will keep your hair moist and strong.
Making the effort to keep your hair healthy will do wonders for its appearance. Be gentle with it and keep it from getting too dry; you will be rewarded with luscious locks!