Having beautiful, healthier hair is easier than you may think. It requires incorporating several practices into your routine and making it a habit. These simple 8 steps will  ultimately lead to glossy, healthy hair. 

RULE #1

Routine deep conditioning treatments

It’s no secret that it is essential to moisturize one’s face. But did you know that the scalp needs moisture like skin? It is crucial to maintain moisture in your hair by incorporating deep conditioning masks that can be done in the salon and at home. Protein treatments are also recommended to nourish and soften your hair by removing dead cells from the scalp and adding protein externally. 

RULE #2

Regular trims 

Hair cuts and trims can be terrifying when you’re trying to grow your hair long. It may appear counterintuitive, but hair will not grow as fast without regular trims. Unkempt hair causes hair to split all the way up the shaft. Then when it is time to cut your hair, you will have to cut more than you intended to because the split ends have increased and made their way higher. 

RULE #3

Healthy diet 

The speed and health of hair is influenced by genetics, gender, age and hormones. However, proper nutrition is fundamental in aiding healthy hair growth and health. Diets should contain protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and appropriate amounts of fat. Also, B group vitamins, like biotin, are significantly important for healthy hair. Deficiencies will typically show in the hair. 

RULE #4

Avoid avid heat styling 

Too much heat can lead to irreversible hair damage. It can lead to dry, brittle hair  but that does not mean that you can not use any heat on your hair. It is crucial to prepare your hair for tools by always using heat protectant spray and proper techniques. 

RULE #5

Avoid showering in hot water

Washing hair in excessively hot water can dry out your hair and scalp. The hot water strips hair of its essential oils. The proper way is to shampoo your hair in warm water and rinse the conditioner with cooler water. 

RULE #6

Use quality shampoo 

The type of shampoo used should be curated for each hair type. It is important to consult your hair stylist to find the right shampoo for you. Many shampoos have sulfates that rid the hair of grime and dead skin but it can also strip hair of it’s natural oils. This causes hair to be brittle and dry. If your hair is not dyed or kinky, using shampoos with sulfates is not terrible for your hair. However, using sulfate shampoos on color treated hair can strip the color and cause it to be dry.

RULE #7

Use silk pillows 

Transitioning to using silk pillows is a great way to retain hair moisture and prevent hair breakage and split ends.  According to Laura Dyer, PA-C at Dr. Amy Wechsler Dermatology in New York City, a silk surface reduces the friction between your skin and hair against the pillow, which can result in less breakage when it comes to your hair and potentially less opportunity to cause skin irritation or reactions while sleeping.

RULE #8

Detangle hair from the ends to the roots 

The process of gently detangling hair from the ends to the roots is long but its benefits outweigh the cons. Brushing your hair from the roots creates knots and leads to breakage. It is also important to not brush your hair while it is wet. Wet hair is fragile and has to be handled carefully to avoid damage.