The human hair industry is thriving so much today, and women are spending tens of thousands on hair extensions. The recent craze has been about longer inches of human hair, which cost up to millions to purchase. The truth is at the heart of all this spending is the longing to have one’s own natural hair be as long and as healthy as the hair being bought.
However, not many women do the necessary things required to achieve and maintain their desired hair growth. Those that do usually tend to go overboard sometimes, and as they say, too much of anything is bad. Some women are eager to invest in their hair, and so source for tips online. But they so often forget that hair types are different; if you do treatments that are wrong for your hair type, you would not get the same result.
Here, we would be sharing generally applicable tips for most hair types, for hair growth and healthy hair. We would also list some things you shouldn’t do to avoid hair damage. Keep reading to find out the best ways to care for your hair.
- Don’t use shampoo containing harsh surfactants. Surfactants are added in shampoos for their cleaning properties as they act as a detergent. Their purpose is to remove dirt and oil from the hair. But if your hair is already moisture-deprived, using a shampoo containing harsh surfactants may lead to the striping off of natural oils and moisture that your hair badly needs.
- Don’t detangle your hair without first applying a leave-in conditioner. Every hair type has an appropriate type of brush or comb suitable for detangling the hair. Don’t use the wrong brush or comb, as it may result in more knots and give your hair split ends.
- Don’t massage shampoo into your scalp in a circular motion, rather, do a back and forth motion with your fingers. Shampooing your hair in a circular motion can lead to tangling your hair and because your hair is wet, it’s more fragile and you could be irritating the hair cuticle.
- Don’t shampoo the ends of your hair. Your hair is dryer on the ends so concentrating shampoo on it is not doing it any favours. Even if the ends of your hair is oily, the shampoo you apply to your scalp will naturally fall to the ends, so you don’t need to concentrate on the ends.
- Don’t use heat too often on your hair. Excessive use of hair straighteners tends to lead to split ends, and it also weakens your hair.
- Your scalp is an extension of your skin, and not caring for your scalp as much as you care for your skin is not beneficial to your hair. Everyone’s scalp has different needs; dry, oily etc. Using cool water to shampoo your scalp and roots is good, also using a leave-in conditioner helps. Figure out what your scalp needs, and do the needful.
- Use sulphate free products for your hair. Sulphates make the scalp dry and prone to irritation.
- Wooden brushes are better for hair than other types. They prevent your hair from getting static and help to distribute the oil from your scalp more evenly.
- Use cold water after conditioning your hair. It gives a shine to your hair and closes the pores.
- Taking hair supplements containing keratin, biotin, collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, all of the alphabetic vitamins, or any combination of the above can help your hair grow back longer and stronger within only a few weeks.
- Use oil treatment on your hair at least once a week. Research on oils that are good for your hair type and use them once or twice a week to keep your hair from drying out and breaking off.
Foods for Longer and Stronger Hair
Fish: Salmons and Sardines are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids your body needs to grow your hair and keep it shiny and full
Greek yoghurt: This Is packed with protein which helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth. This vitamin B5 infused goodness also helps against hair thinning and hair loss.
Sweet potatoes: Contains Beta Carotene, which is an antioxidant that aids in keeping your hair shiny.
Cinnamon: Helps with blood flow and circulation. It also has antifungal properties which help treat dandruff.
Oysters: It is rich in Zinc, and a diet missing zinc can lead to hair loss. Cells that build hair rely on zinc to help them.
Leafy greens: These contain lots of Vitamin A, Iron, Beta Carotene, Folate and Vitamin C, which promotes a healthy scalp, they keep your hair moisturized, so it doesn’t break.
Proper hair care combined with the right foods and nutrients will have your hair growing and looking healthy. Always remember that everyone has different hair types and textures. We also have different hair needs, so do your research before trying any new method. If you have tips of your own that you’d like to share, feel free to drop them in the comment section!