Healthy Hair in 5 Simple Steps
I came across a Cher stan account during a recent late-night Instagram deep dive. I had a dream that night that I possessed the singer’s dark, unbelievably long shiny locks. The only issue? My hair was significantly shorter when I awoke. So I turned to the professionals and asked Sarah Roberts, tricologist and author of “You and Your Hair”: The Ultimate Healthy Hair Masterclass for Afro Textured Hair, and Lisa Caddy, trichologist at Philip Kingsley, for their top hair-growing suggestions. I’ll be dancing to “I Got You Babe” with my own waist-length hair before you know it.
Step 1: It all begins with the scalp.
According to Roberts, our scalp is where our hair begins. “Understanding the fundamental health that we must maintain in order to have a healthy scalp is critical to having good hair.” “Dead skin cells, oil, perspiration, bacteria, smells, and pollutants all collect on the scalp, causing underlying inflammation and flaking,” Caddy says. Taking care of flaky scalp diseases including dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis will result in a healthier scalp environment, which will improve hair growth and health.
Step 2: Think of the scalp as a flower
A healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp.. Caddy suggests thinking of the scalp as a flower bed. If you mistreat it, throw trash on it, and never clean it out, you will never grow the most beautiful, vivid, and healthy flowers!
Step 3: Don’t rule out the use of hot tools.
We’ve all heard the horror stories about overheating, but let’s face it, there are times when you just want to use a straightener or curling iron. Don’t worry; that’s where heat-resistant items come in handy. These treatments wrap your strands in mirror-like chemicals that preserve your hair from styling harm. “This [heat] damage is irrevocable, says Roberts, so proceed with caution.
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Step 4: Supplements for hair are effective.
Some supplements might be good to give hair a boost, especially if we feel like our diet isn’t up to par, Caddy says, cautioning that hair loss isn’t necessarily due to a nutritional issue. A decent hair supplement will have vitamins and minerals like iron, B12, vitamin D, biotin, and others, which if you’re weak in, can promote hair shedding.
Step 5: Invest in your hair’s protection.
That’s more than simply a heat protection! Oils, masks, pillow coverings, wraps, and more are all strand-coddling treatments that will help your hair grow faster and stronger.
Best oils for your hair
Try natural oils like coconut, argan, jojoba, almond, olive, and grapeseed if you’re seeking to avoid chemicals or just want to try out some new hair care products. These are some of the greatest oils for hair health, and they can be applied to the skin and hair immediately. Essential oils like lavender and lemongrass, for example, offer a variety of qualities that nourish and strengthen hair while also making it look and smell lovely.
Tips to Consider When Using Natural Oil
- Make sure you’re using high-quality, minimally processed oils. Use organic, all-natural oils wherever possible. These oils have no artificial or non-natural components or additives and preserve their natural quantities of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Take a look at the ingredients. By reading the label, you can ensure that there are no hidden substances or odd components. Always check the labels on oils that claim to be natural because they may include additional ingredients such as perfumes or chemicals.