Bad hair days are a bummer; that’s a beauty truth. But they are no laughing matter: according to research, three-quarters of women say a bad hair day affects their feelings of confidence. The challenge is our locks are constantly prone to hair damage: dullness, thinning, dryness, breakage, frizz, and more.
With all these potential strand stresses, it’s hardly surprising that making sure your hair is as healthy as possible is about more than just which shampoo you use. Various factors have an impact on how sleek, shiny and strong your hair is. So while there isn’t a single secret shortcut to maintaining your hair’s happiness, taking time to keep your tresses in tip-top shape is worth the commitment. With small tweaks to your routine, you’ll be one step closer to stress-free strands.
Samantha Livingston, a master stylist at Next International Salons on the Gold Coast, shares her pro-tips on the healthy habits in your hair care routine you need to pick up ASAP for your most gorgeous mane ever!
- Don’t ignore your scalp
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp so never ignore yours if it’s itchy, flaky, oily or dry. Using the correct product for your scalp issue, such as a clarifying shampoo that removes build-up and dandruff, will help to exfoliate flakes away. For added TLC, massaging stimulating oils like peppermint or olive into your scalp will hydrate and invigorate it.
- Moisturise & seal
While most people have no issue washing and conditioning their hair, it’s not as easy to remember to maintain daily moisture. Give dryness and breakage a miss by hydrating your locks with moisturising leave-in treatments, creams, oils, and even hair mists. Applying product to your hair while it’s still damp is the most effective way to retain moisture.
- Deep condition regularly
This is one healthy hair habit both dermatologists and hairstylists agree on: as the final step in your weekly hair care routine, follow up with a good deep conditioner for extra hydration. Consider making it a Sunday spa day ritual: treat your tresses to an intense conditioning treatment or mask to restore and repair hair from everyday pollution and damage.
- Get regular Haircuts
All of the experts agree: avoiding the salon is counterproductive to growing your hair. A haircut every 6 to 8 weeks gets rid of broken and split ends that could lead to damage that prevents healthy length and growth. Nipping dry and splitting ends in the bud with a style cut instantly spruces up strands, making your mane look thicker and even shinier.
- Be careful with heat
Let’s be honest, you have to use heat sometimes. But as the saying goes, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Excessive heat can lead to dry, brittle hair, breakage, and split ends. If you absolutely have to use hot tools to style your hair, always use a spray-in heat protectant to serve as a barrier so you can get a beautiful finish without damage.
- Take your vitamins
Even if your diet is impeccable, you may still be missing out on some crucial hair-boosting vitamins. A daily supplement that contains biotin, iron and vitamin C will work along with your diet to fill in whatever nutrients you might be lacking will give you fuller, shinier and stronger hair in just a few months. Bonus: your nails and skin will also benefit.
- Follow a routine
Healthy hair begins with routine maintenance. How easy or complicated you want to make your hair schedule is up to you, but a little consistency goes a long way with our locks. Once you have all of the elements in place, it’s vitally important that you stick to a routine because it ensures that you’re remembering to give your hair what it needs to thrive.
For more healthy hair care tips and tricks to get gorgeous, healthy-looking hair now, why not head to your nearest Next International Salon for a personalised hair diagnosis? Regardless of your hair type, one of our expert stylists will be happy to recommend the right haircare routine, tailored for your specific needs.
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