If you are serious about taking great care of your hair, you’ve come to the right place. Caring for your hair can boost your confidence, make you feel more comfortable in your own skin, and play a key role in preventing hair loss. It’s one of the healthiest habits you can include in your daily grooming routine, and we’re here to help you do it as well as possible.
In this article, we’ll provide you with 6 essential tips for maintaining healthy hair. Each of these tips is simple, practical, and easy to apply to your own hair. Remember, everyone’s hair is different, so the strategies you use when it comes to hair care may look different from someone else’s personal hair care plan. Thus, it’s important to make sure that you take your hair type, skin type, age, gender, and other factors into consideration as you read.
Now, without further ado, let’s get started.
Understand Your Hair
There are multiple hair types, and each one requires slightly different care and maintenance. For example, thin, straight hair may respond better to frequent shampooing than thick, wavy hair would. Knowing your hair type and hairstyle can help you optimize your daily hair care routine, choose the right hair products, styling and more.
Make sure to take your hair type into consideration when you’re:
Shampooing: Too much shampoo can dry out thicker, wavier, curlier hair.
Drying: While straight hair may respond well to a traditional towel-dry or hair air dry, other hair types may become frizzy when dried with a standard bath towel.
- Using heat: Hair dryers, curling irons, straighteners, and other heat-based tools can have varying effects on different hair types. Using high heat through blow-drying, or any other form of heat styling, on certain hair types can have a negative impact if you’re not careful. Always make sure you take proper precautions when going to blow-dry your hair.
Trim Your Hair Regularly
If you are growing out your hair, it might seem counterintuitive to get periodical trims. However, trimming is essential for healthy hair growth, as it sets you up to avoid issues like breakage, frizz, and split ends. While you don’t need to get a trim weekly or even biweekly when growing out your hair, a bimonthly visit to your barber or hairstylist can make a big difference in how your hair grows.
It’s important to note that trimming your hair does not make it grow faster! While this bit of pseudoscience is often quoted by well-meaning barbers, family members, and friends, it’s not exactly the truth. The reality is that periodical trimming keeps your hair healthier, but it does not directly impact its rate of growth.
Drink More Water
Keeping your hair’s hydration high is an essential aspect of a healthy lifestyle – and hair health that is amazing.
When you keep hair dehydrated, your hair can suffer as a result. Getting enough water helps to keep your hair moisturized, which contributes to its volume, softness, and hair texture. Likewise, when you don’t get enough water each day, you can get dry hair that is lifeless. This can also cause brittle hair too.
In addition to drinking water, you can also get a hydrating and nourishing boost from fruits and vegetables – which leads us to the next point on our list.
Eat the Right Food
Your diet also plays a key role in your ability to maintain strong, healthy hair. The nutrients that you get from food can directly impact your hair, especially vitamins and minerals like zinc, vitamin D, iron, biotin, and more. If you become deficient in any of these nutrients, you can quickly start seeing problems with your hair, skin, nails, and more. A nutrient deficiency can sometimes even cause hair loss.
To support healthy hair, make sure to eat a nutrient-dense diet that is packed with vitamins and minerals. You can also complement well-balanced meals with a high-quality multivitamin and other supplements.
Adding high-quality nutrients to your diet can make a big difference for your overall well-being as well. Lots of junk food, especially excessive refined carbohydrates and added sugar, can leave you feeling lethargic. Unprocessed, whole food, on the other hand, gives you the energy and nutrients that you need to take on each day and keep going until it’s time for bed.
Use the Correct Comb
The prongs, or “teeth,” on your hairbrush and comb can make or break your hair care regimen. Certain hair types need a finer-toothed comb and brush, and others need much wider bristles and teeth. For curly hair and wavy hair, it is always essential to use a wide-toothed comb and brush, and to always brush your wet hair.
For straighter, thinner hair, a fine-toothed, more traditional comb and hairbrush are perfectly acceptable. However, if your hair is thicker and has more volume, you’ll need to take a less conventional approach to brushing and combing – you may even want to avoid using these tools entirely. Nevertheless, there is still a place for using these tools in your hair care routine if your hair is curly or wavy.
If your hair is curly or wavy, pay close attention to the way you brush and comb. Your hair can become frizzy if you brush or comb it when it is dry, but a wide-toothed comb and brush can also help to evenly disperse styling products throughout your hair and scalp. Thus, it’s essential to brush and comb wisely if your hair is curly or wavy – brushing and combing correctly can be a beneficial aspect of your hair care routine, but doing it wrong can sabotage your efforts at getting the hair of your dreams and cause problems such as dry scalp or damaged hair.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Much
Shampoo plays an integral part in any hair care routine, so it makes sense that many people assume that daily shampooing is the way to go. However, although shampoo is certainly important, you may not want to use it on a daily basis – too much shampoo, especially shampoo that contains sulfates, can cause dryness for your hair. Always check to make sure if your shampoo is a dry shampoo or if your conditioner is a deep conditioner.
Using a shampoo that contains sulfates can strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to a dramatic reduction in its overall moisture. Lack of moisture can leave you having a look that is full of life, but using a sulfate-free shampoo can help your hair retain its natural oils, keeping those curls, waves, and the other unique aspects of your hair alive. This gives a hair look that keeps the natural oils without the oily hair feel.
Sticking to these simple, practical hair care habits can have a major positive impact on the look, feel, and overall health of your hair. However, if you are dealing with hair loss, you may need to take a slightly different approach to hair care.
At GroMD, we specialize in using science-backed ingredients to prevent and reverse hair loss. If you are struggling to find ways to care for thinning hair, we highly recommend adding our shampoo, conditioner, and follicle activator spray to your daily routine.
GroMD products are designed to naturally inhibit your body’s production of DHT, the primary cause of the most common form of hair loss in adults. You can pair our products with other topical hair loss prevention treatments like Rogaine, and our products are ideal for all hair types.
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In addition, if you have questions about hair care and hair loss prevention, make sure to visit our blog. There, you’ll find helpful tips, ingredients, products, and hair treatment methods to try, and more. Whether it is simple problems such as dandruff or if you’re looking for the best ingredients for hair loss, our blog has it covered!
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.