Basic rules for healthy and shiny hair
The hair is one of the first things that we notice when we look at people for the first time. This is especially true for women. Beautiful shiny hair looks attractive and leaves a good first impression. But even the shiniest hair can’t hide the signs if it is neglected and damaged.
Hair care does not consist only in buying a nice shampoo and conditioner and regular washing. To have a healthy, strong and shiny hair, you need to know how to take care for your hair everyday.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #1: Trim your hair regularly
Split ends give your hair a neglected and messy look. The claim that regular trimming will speed up the growth of your hair is just a myth, but that doesn’t mean that the trimming has no effect. Regular trimming will give your hair a luster and shine over the entire length and look healthy and neat. Visit your hairdresser every 4-6 weeks.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #2: Use an appropriate shampoo
It is important to use a shampoo designed for your type of hair. If you have any hair problem (oily or dry hair), then it is best to use a shampoo that is designed especially for the particular hair problem or gentle baby shampoo. Baby shampoos do not contain strong chemicals that can harm your scalp.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #3: Massage your scalp
While you shampoo your hair, massage your scalp gently with your fingertips in circular motion to improve the blood circulation.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #4: Take care of your scalp
In addition to a scalp massage, you should nourish your scalp with oil from time to time. Choose sweet almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil. Apply some oil on a cotton pad and apply it onto your scalp scalp. Leave it for 30-45 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and wash your hair as usual. The result will be softer and shinier hair.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #5: Use conditioner
The use of conditioner makes the hair softer and easier for untangling. If you have very dry and damaged hair, don’t skip using a hair conditioner. When you apply a conditioner, gently run your fingers through your hair or comb it with wide tooth comb to disperse the conditioner evenly through your hair. This way it will be easier for you to untangle your hair later.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #6: Use homemade hair masks
Homemade hair masks are natural and easy to make and they will nourish and moisturize your hair from the roots to the ends. Egg yolk, avocado and banana are just a few ingredients that you can use to make your own homemade hair masks for healthy hair.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #7: Be careful how you brush your hair
It is wrong to think that regular brushing several times a day will help you to have shiny, healthy hair. With the excessive brushing and combing you can only damage your hair. Make small, short movements with a comb or brush instead of going from the root to the ends with one motion. Start by brushing the ends and gradually move up. If you have a curly or wavy hair, use a comb with wide teeth, because combs with tiny teeth will break and damage your locks.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #8: Never untangle your hair when it’s wet
Before you take a shower, brush your hair so you will loosen the dirt and oils and untangle it. When the hair is wet it can break and tear more easily. Don’t go to bed with wet hair, because the hair will rub onto the pillow when you sleep and it will cause damage.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #9: Protect your hair in summer
Avoid direct and long exposure to sunlight. Wear a brimmed hat to prevent hair and skin damage. Swimming in a pool can also affect the look of your hair, because of the large quantities of chlorine. Wear a swimming cap or try to not wet your hair while you are in the pool.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #10: Avoid using hot appliances
Whenever you are able to avoid using the dryer, do it. Let your hair dry naturally. If you must use the hair dryer, keep it away from your hair. Hair straighter and hair curler can cause severe hair damage if you use them frequently, so use them less often. If you can’t avoid using them when you style your hair, apply heat protectant, which can protect your hair a little from the strong heat.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #11: Reduce the dyeing and bleaching to a minimum
Use a hair color and hair bleaching products as less as you can. Dyed hair easily gets dry and damaged and it always needs extra care. Always use a shampoo for colored hair or gentle baby shampoo.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #12: Eat enough vitamins and minerals
The food that we eat has a huge impact on the health of your hair. If you lack some vitamins and minerals, it can lead to hair damage and even hair loss.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #13: Avoid extreme weight loss
Extreme weight loss in a short period of time creates a lot of stress on your body. As you lose weight, it also weakens your hair. A diet that does not include enough protein, or recommends more protein and little vegetables and fruits can lead to significant hair damage and hair loss. Have a healthy diet and eat balanced meals.
Healthy and shiny hair rule #14: Reduce stress
Stress affects your mental as well as your physical health. Your hair is no exception. Strength and thickness of your hair depends largely on stress.
Hair grows 1 inch per month on average. If you are under stress, suffer from lack of vitamins and minerals or not sleeping enough, it will result in a bad-looking hair and slower hair growth. To check whether your hair is strong enough, take one hair and try to stretch it. If you have healthy hair, it will stretch around 30% of its length before it breaks. If it breaks straight away, you should take more care of your hair.
Proper and regular hair care will result in a healthy, strong and shiny hair, and it will make you more charming and feminine.