Eat the right foods
Just like eating certain foods can improve your skin, choosing foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, iron and protein can lead to healthier hair and a happier scalp.
Since about 3% of your hair shaft is made up of omega-3 fatty acids, they’re vital to keeping your scalp hydrated; find them in foods like salmon, tuna, mackerel, walnuts and almonds.
Iron helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, which helps your hair grow. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and Swiss chard are full of iron as well as beta-carotene, folic acid and vitamin C – all of which contribute to hair health.
Your hair is made of protein, so a lack of it can lead to hair loss. Add it to your diet with lean meats and eggs, which also happen to be a great source of hair-boosting minerals and vitamins like zinc, selenium, sulfur, iron and biotin.
- Use the right tools (and avoid others)
Ask any hair expert what type of brush to use to tame your mane and they’ll all say the same thing: a natural boar bristle brush. Save time in your hair routine by investing in a brush that will do half the work for you. For those of you with coarse, thick hair, find a brush with a mix of nylon and natural bristles – natural bristles alone can be too weak for tangles.
- Ditch the daily shampoo
Try shampooing once or twice a week. This allows the natural oils to really do their job keeping the hair soft and shiny. For most other hair types, shampooing every two to three days. Then to freshen up between shampooing, choose an oil-absorbing dry shampoo like Redken Powder Refresh 01 or Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo.
- Loosen up (your pony, that is)
If you’re noticing breakage in your locks, avoid hairstyles like tight ponies or French braids; the excessive pulling can damage your hair and promote breakage. If you need to get your hair out of your face, try a fabric tie like ones from Emi-Jay instead of the traditional elastic – not only will it not leave the dreaded “ponytail crease” after you take it out, but it’s much gentler on your hair.
- Nourish and repair
You don’t have time to apply a hair mask, put on a shower cap and blow hot air onto your strands for half an hour every week. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other things you can do to repair your strands. Use a leave-in conditioner after showering to boost moisture and nourish your locks.