If you're one of the millions of people struggling to get healthy hair, you're in luck! We've compiled the best tips to help you get the locks you've always wanted!
1. Stop Shampooing So Much
Do you wash your hair daily? Twice a day? Once a week? There is no magic number on how many times is best, as it all boils down to your hair type, texture, and how much oil your scalp normally produces.
Washing your hair too frequently may lead to weaker, dry, brittle hair, and extra irritation to the scalp. The surfactants in your shampoos, while effective at removing debris, sweat and grime from your hair, can strip too many of your scalp and hair’s natural oils . In turn, your hair’s oil glands may respond by producing additional oil to compensate for the dryness, leading to oilier looking hair!
2. Wet Hair = Delicate!
Wet hair is much weaker than dry hair. Your hair is mostly made of a tough protein called keratin, which also makes up the protein in your nails. The keratin in your hair is held together by three types of bonds: Hydrogen, salt linkages, and disulphide bonds. Disulphide bonds are the strongest, and accounts for most of the physical strength of hair. When your hair gets wet, the hydrogen bonds are destroyed, and the salt linkages are weakened, making your hair more prone to stretching and breaking!
If you are going any of these things, it’s time to stop:
Brushing wet hair instead of combing
Rubbing hair with a towel instead of blotting
Using hot irons on wet hair
Styling your hair into a ponytail or bun when wet
Sleeping on wet hair
3. Eat Right for Healthy Hair
You are what you eat, and that goes for your hair as well! It’s okay if your current diet doesn’t exactly scream healthy - remember, in the end it’s all about balance, and it’s fine to let yourself indulge from time to time.
Make sure you get enough of the following:
Protein – Hair is mostly protein, and getting enough protein may help strengthen brittle hair and reduce hair loss
Zinc – A deficiency in zinc is known to cause hair loss, so make sure to incorporate more leafy greens and vegetables in your diet
Omega-3s – Eating enough Omega-3s may help stimulate your hair follicles and improve overall scalp health, so load up on foods like fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts
B vitamins, especially B12 – Deficiencies in B vitamins have been correlated with hair loss, so a multi-vitamin containing B vitamins, or foods like milk, cheese, meat, spinach and kale are some good sources
4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Unhealthy hair has rough, raised cuticles which increases friction between each hair strand, causing brittleness and breakages. Moisturizing hair products, like conditioners and hair oils, can help smooth the cuticles so that each strand slide over neighboring hairs easily.
How do they work?
Conditioners: Contain positively charged (cationic) ingredients which tightly bind to the hair (negatively charged, anionic), thus smoothing the cuticles
Hair oils: Coats each strand of hair to prevent excessive moisture loss, and provides ingredients that support hair health to each strand
Nominated by Indie Beauty Expo in NY for Best Hair Styling Product, Velvette’s Premium Hair Oil consists of a blend of 7 organic oils renowned for their health benefits. From argan oil to deliver rich nutrients and moisture, to rosemary essential oil for it’s hair growth stimulating properties, each ingredient works together to boost your hair with nutrients and deep moisture, so that every day becomes a good hair day!