The year 2020 required everyone to remain indoors a lot. That caused skin and hair to dry. You could not go for hair cuts as often as needed to keep hair healthy. 2021 provides the opportunity to rehabilitate your hair health. These tips will help you improve your hair health quickly.
- Determine your scalp type — dry, normal, or oily. Your scalp secretes oil known as sebum. This substance keeps your scalp hydrated and healthy. A typical scalp produces just the right amount of sebum. You can use most hair care products. An oily scalp appears as such, even though you may not have used any products on it. Choose products that promote balance and strength. Those with a dry scalp may also experience dandruff. Choose products that hydrate.
- Shower temperature matters, too. Use neither cold nor hot water. Shower in a lukewarm water stream that neither strips your hair as heat does nor narrows your capillaries as cold does reduce the nutrients reaching it.
- Pick sulfate-free shampoos. The cheap shampoo includes these to make the product suds up more. In the process, it strips the oils from your scalp. If you notice your hair ends look very dry, check your shampoo’s ingredients. Choose a shampoo with vitamin E and amino acids.
- Take a lingzhi mushroom supplement to improve hair health. Originally used as an anti-inflammatory and a complement to improve kidney function, it also enhanced hair health due to anti-oxidants from beta-glucose and amino acids.
- Shampoo every other day instead of every day. Always use full-strength shampoo. Skipping a day means you improve scalp health. You still need to wash your hair the other days, though, and with full-strength shampoo, it gets clean.
- Skip the hairdryer and towel dry your hair instead. This reduces heat damage to your hair. Avoid roughly toweling your hair, though, since you can cause breakage that way.
- Condition your hair regularly. You can condition your hair each time you shower, not just when you shampoo. This moisturizes your hair and protects it—those with curly or wavy hair benefit by smoothing their cuticles.
- Forget the adage that still appears on some shampoo bottles of “rinse and repeat.” It says that to get you to use more product, but it is horrible for your hair.
- Limit the styling products used and only use those necessary. Less is more. Choose products recommended by your barber or stylist to work with your hair. Many nourishing products exist. Also, learn how much of the product you need to craft your desire hairstyle and only use the minimum amount.
- Avoid coloring, straightening, or perming your hair. You can easily purchase a well-made hairpiece that lets you achieve the straight or curly style you like without harming your hair.
- Have your stylist show you how to style your hair without damaging it. You need the right kind of brush, comb, pick, etc.
- Obtain a haircut regularly. 2020 stood in the way of this, but 2021 means you can return to getting a trim every six to eight weeks. This lets your stylist ditch your split ends and improve your hair health quickly.
- Pick headwear that fits appropriately. The best choices provide scalp ventilation. You can keep the sun out of your eyes by wearing a visor rather than a baseball cap. The visor allows your scalp to breathe, promoting better hair health. Those who engage in sports requiring helmet wear such as cycling, skateboarding, and football can develop a condition called friction alopecia if they have an ill-fitting helmet. This condition causes the hair to fall out more quickly due to friction rubbing. Typically, a temporary condition alleviates itself during the offseason when the helmet is not worn, or the individual obtains a properly fitted helmet.
- Avoid styling your hair in man buns if you do not want to lose your hair. This can cause another form of alopecia known as traction alopecia. This condition pulls the hair out from the tension of having been pulled back too tightly. Women often wear ponytails and avoid this problem because they learn how to style hair at a young age, and they know to use covered bands rather than rubber bands.
- Use a swim cap or cover your hair in conditioner before swimming. Chlorine dries your hair and scalp. Would you instead appear uncool for a few minutes per day or lose your hair?
- Find perfectly appropriate headwear that provides ventilation so your scalp remains healthy. You need to wear it each time you go out in the sun. If you wear a visor, wear sunscreen on your scalp. They make conditioners with sunscreen included. If your hair began thinning, this increases in importance since your scalp now can sunburn more easily. Once sunburned, your scalp produces superoxide causing it to switch from growth to shedding mode.
- De-stress by working out each day. Life has stress. Handle the stress to keep your body and your hair healthy.
- Follow a healthy eating and living plan—sleep eight hours per night. Eat a healthy diet. Exercise regularly. Increase your vitamin C, D, and zinc intakes to supplement healthy hair naturally.
You do not need a complex hair care routine to keep your hair healthy. You do need to know what everyday things damage your hair. Talk to your stylist or barber for additional tips. They know your hair pretty well and can assist you in developing an easy, quick routine of proper hair care. Most of it boils down to learning what to wear on your head and what not to do when styling your hair.
If you do the 18 items listed in this article, your hair health can improve. Work with your barber to maximize your hair’s potential. You do not need constant products on your hair. You do need to learn what your hair needs and only provide it a healthy choice.