If you’re looking to have healthier or longer hair this year, you might want to try these few tips. Keep in mind, though, that everyone’s hair is different, and won’t react the same as someone else’s.
Tip 1: Flip Your Hair Upside Down. Hang your head off the end of a couch or bed, and let your hair fall over it. Tousle the hair around so it isn’t sticking to your head, and leave it there for a couple minutes – about 3 to 5. If you have dry hair, you can massage your scalp to stimulate the hair roots. Using your fingertips, slowly massage in circular motions. If your hair is oily, you should probably skip the massage, as that will only stimulate the oil glands, leaving your hair greasier and more limp. I reccomend only doing this for a few minutes every day for 1 week every month. This will allow your hair to get “back to normal”, and you won’t over stimulate your scalp, which can cause you to be dizzy.
Tip 2: Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day. It might sound gross to you at first, it did to me as well. If you hair is dry, you can probably go a few days without washing, whereas oily hair should only go 1 to start. If you hair is used to you washing it every day, it knows how much oil it needs to reproduce to compensate. But you don’t need to leave it looking greasy – dry shampoo is really helpful for this. You can buy some at places like Target, Meijer, Walmart, or, if you want a higher-end brand, you can get some at your hair salon. But if you don’t want to spend money on a chemical, like me, you can make your own using arrowroot power with a little cocoa powerder (until it matches closely to your hair color so it blends in more). Put the dry shampoo only on the roots – so part your hair all over your head, and dust the roots with a makeup brush. If you’re using canned dry shampoo, just spray it lightly the roots. Be careful not to use too much! You can always add more if you need it. Leave the dry shampoo on for a few minutes, and then brush through your hair from the roots down. It might feel weird at first, but you’ll get used to it. By not washing your hair everyday, your scalp won’t feel the need to produce so much oil, and it can focus on growing new hair instead. And don’t use a harsh shampoo, even if your hair gets oily. That will defeat the purpose of using dry shampoo, which is to make your hair produce less oil. Use a “regular” shampoo, and then an “oily” shampoo a few times a month to get rid of product buildup.
Tip 3: Get Rid of Split Ends. I’ve heard people say that they can’t grow their hair out because they get split ends. There really is only one remedy for split ends – snip them! But there are things you can do to prevent it from happening again.
Get a regular trim! This will get rid of split ends before they get really bad. Every few months will work for long hair, or hair you’re trying to grow out.
Condition your hair in the shower. This will keep the ends soft and easily brushable without ripping your hair to shreds because of the tangles. And be careful when you brush it! Start from the ends and slowly work your way up until the tangles are gone. If you need to brush your hair while it’s wet, use a wide-toothed comb. If you use fine-toothed one, it will stretch your wet hair, causing it to break when it’s dry.
Also, use a coconut oil hair mask. Now, before you start screaming “Yuck!!!!”, it really isn’t that bad. Yes, your hair will look greasy, but it’s up to you – do your really want split ends? You can do this while your hair is upside down if you want. Take a scoop about the size of a large marble (for medium thickness and length of hair, but be sure to adjust the amount if your hair is thinner or shorter, and more if your hair is longer and thicker) of coconut oil and rub it between your palms until it’s soft and melty. Gently smooth it onto the ends of your hair, like you would conditioner. Dry hair works best for this. Leave it on for anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on what you’re comfortable with. You can then wash your hair with a gentle shampoo. One tip for this, though – don’t do it the day before you’re going somewhere! If you happen to miss washing some of your hair, it’ll look greasy. (Don’t ask me how I know.)
Tip 4: Reduce Heat Use. Don’t use curling, straigtening, or blow dryers too often, as that will burn and damage the hair. If you have a blow dryer, use the cool setting if possible. But I’m not saying never use a curling iron – they’re fun! If you want to use it, make sure it’s on a mid to low setting, and you might want to use heat protective spray as well. If after curling your hair it smells burnt, your curling iron is too hot.
Tip 5: Eat Healthy! Make sure you eat plenty of fruits, raw vegetables, nuts, and protein-rich foods. What you eat will affect your hair – good or bad. So choose wisely!
Tip 6: Continue. You might keep these tips up for a while, then slowly drop off doing them. Don’t. If you’ve made a committment to do it, then don’t stop! Your hair will thank you later. Plus, if you don’t keep them up, you won’t know whether they really work for you or not.
I really do hope these help you. Remember, everyone’s hair is unique to them — whether that be long or short, thick or thin, straight or curly – they’re all wonderful! Be sure to leave me a comment telling me which one(s) you want to try, and how they’re working for you! Do you have any tips for better hair? I’d love to hear them!