No matter the size, style, or texture, pretty much everyone dreams of having thick, alluring, and healthy hair. It’s not just something both men and women alike dream of but want. Aren’t you trying so hard or rather doing your best to ensure your hair remains strong, silky, and smooth? For a lucky few, enviably thick, alluring, and healthy hair just happens. Things are, however, different when it comes to most people since maintaining long, thick, healthy hair requires deliberate effort and patience. You may have to change your haircare routine to achieve and maintain healthy hair.
Keep in mind that it’s possible to revive even the ‘wrecked hair’ as long as you’re able to make a few sneaky little changes to your haircare routine. You don’t have to feel discouraged and hopeless. Here’s how you can maintain long, thick, and healthy hair.
Get Frequent Trims
It’s important that you go the professional route when it comes to trimming your hair. Medium to long hair should be trimmed every six to twelve weeks while short hair can be trimmed every four to eight weeks. Trimming your hair frequently might seem counterintuitive, but it’s a great way to maintain long hair that’s actually healthy. Note that frequent trims will eliminate split ends that break your hair.
Cleanse with Shampoo and Conditioner
Be sure to use the right amount of shampoo and a good conditioner for your hair. Shampooing cleans your scalp and it’s important you focus on this area rather than the ends of your hair. After shampooing, towel-dry your hair and use a high quality conditioner to deliver the necessary moisture and revitalize your hair.
Get it wet Less Often
First, you must be careful when dealing with wet hair. When wet, your hair becomes fragile and can sustain damage easily. So you want to avoid being too harsh when shampooing. Additionally, over-washing your hair can result in damage, especially if it’s been chemically treated, colored, or bleached. Getting it wet every other day strips away the proteins and natural oils responsible for keeping the hair thick and healthy. Limit washing your hair to about 2 to 3 times a week. Consider using dry shampoo instead of washing every day.
Eat the Right Foods
While you’re going to see some success with better hair growth through external care, your diet nourishes and benefits your hair from the inside. It’s never just about the products you apply on your hair. Maintain a diet that’s rich in protein, iron, zinc, vitamins A, C, and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients and minerals are important for the growth of hair cells and give hair its thick, natural sheen.
Avoid Heat Styling Tools
Understand that heat can cause damage to your hair in the long run as it strips the moisture from your hair resulting in dry and frizzy hair. If you’re going to use heat styling tools, be sure to decrease the temperature and use a heat protectant.
Protect your Hair
Exposure to excessive heat, pollution, rain, and dirt can cause damage to your hair. It’s important that you protect your hair from all these elements to prevent drying out, dirt built up, and infections on your hair and scalp. Consider using a hat or an umbrella whenever necessary.
The bottom line is that maintaining healthy hair requires that you make deliberate adjustments to your haircare routine. Other changes you should make include avoiding tight hair ties, choosing satin pillow covers, loosely braiding your hair during bedtime, oiling your scalp frequently, using cold water to wash, and brushing effectively.