Healthy Hair – How to Get It and Keep It

Is your hair your crowning glory or could it use a little help? Dull, lifeless and damaged hair isn’t healthy. If your tresses are not the picture of health, don’t despair. Here are some great ways to bring back your hair’s luster and keep it happy and healthy.

Eat Right

The best way to look healthy on the outside is to be healthy on the inside. Eating right will help you do both while contributing to a set of shiny locks.

A well-balanced diet is obviously the way to go, but in addition to the basics, be sure you’re eating the right foods that will result in thick and strong hair. Biotin (a B vitamin) essential for great hair can be found in eggs, nuts, salmon and avocados. As a bonus, nuts, salmon and avocados also contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in scalp health and promote hair luster. Foods rich in the mineral silica will also keep hair strong and prevent thinning. Bananas, oats, raisins and even beer can provide you with this helpful mineral.

Nourish Your Hair

In addition to nourishment on the inside, getting and keeping healthy hair also requires nourishment on the outside. Feed your hair as well as your body by providing it moisture and nutrients.

Hair oil treatments are a great way to care for those tresses. A quick application of argan, olive or almond oil to your hair a few times a week can keep it soft and add brilliance. If you really want to give your hair a treat, then do a deep conditioning treatment. Massage the oil into your hair and cover it with a plastic shower cap. Leave on for a few hours or even overnight, then shampoo and condition as usual. Your hair will be revived and look great!

Go Natural

If at all possible, opt for natural hair care products. Many shampoos and hair care products contain harsh chemicals and sulfates that can strip your hair of natural oils and rob its moisture. Look for organic or herbal options in your local heath food store. You can even make your own shampoo paste with a ratio of one part baking soda to two parts water. And there’s nothing like a raw egg to condition your hair.

The same goes for salon procedures and processes. Brazilian blowouts, chemical perms, straighteners and dyes can damage hair if overused. Investigate more natural options like henna for color, or cut down on the number of chemical hair processes you have done.

Be Gentle

Finally be gentle with your hair. Tugging, pulling and excessive blow-drying lead to damage. Treat your hair like you would treat a delicate washable item. Gently squeeze and pat dry your hair rather than wringing it out. Use a wide toothed comb instead of a brush on wet hair to remove snarls and tangles. Try to use heat styling devices sparingly and let your hair air dry as much as possible.

Treat your hair well and it will truly be your crowning glory!