Written by Tenley Haraldson.
Medically reviewed by Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson, MD, FAAD.
If a good hair day is good – imagine having a week of great hair days!
Heating tools and expensive shampoos, gels, and sprays aren’t actually necessary for super healthy hair. You can actually achieve that same radiance through excellent products and good hair care habits.
To restore essential nutrients and moisture, check out the following 16 tips:
1. Consider Washing Your Hair Less
Daily shampooing may be the standard protocol, but most dermatologists recommend shampooing less often. Overwashing – especially with sulfate-based shampoos – can lead to scalp irritation and leave hair harsh and dry.
Sulfate-free products like Puracy Natural Shampoo use natural ingredients that preserve luster while cleansing the hair without excessively removing natural scalp oils.
If you have a healthy scalp, limit your shampoos to no more than every other day. As noted above, the ideal frequency depends on elements like how much sweat you produce – as well as your hair type.
2. Find the Right Schedule for Your Hair Type
Dr. Julie Jackson MD, FAAD says, "The ideal frequency of hair washing really depends on an individual’s hair type and if they have any underlying scalp conditions. For a person with fine, oily, straight hair, shampooing every day to every other day is recommended. For people with dry and curly hair, however, 1-2 times per week (or even every 10 days) may be sufficient.”
People with thicker, curly hair can get away with every couple of days, since oils produced by the scalp travel down coarser hair at a slower pace.
No matter your hair type, intermittent washing keeps hair color locked in much longer, too.
3. Use Conditioner Between Washes
Between shampoos, conditioning might still be crucial for keeping certain hair types hydrated, healthy, and shiny. Get your scalp wet, scrub without product, work conditioner into the ends of your hair, and rinse.
While other natural conditioners are notoriously hit-or-miss, we listened to thousands of customer reviews and worked with green beauty experts to create Puracy Natural Conditioner. The result? A silicone-free, plant-based, and incredibly moisturizing formula.
4. Consider Natural Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a convenient option between washes (and if your schedule is tight).
For weightless texture and a healthier skin, try Puracy Natural Dry Shampoo. This 99.3% natural formula soaks up sweat and oil without the gunky buildup. Plus, the plant-based antioxidants hydrate and nourish the scalp for better hair growth.
5. Treat Yourself to a Weekly Scalp Massage
Whether you’ve got product buildup or dandruff, a weekly treatment is a great idea.
Our 99.9% Natural Scalp Scrub gently removes buildup (that can cause dandruff and breakouts), improves blood flow, hydrates skin, and promotes healthy hair growth. And it works incredibly well without sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances, PEGs, dimethicone, silicones, triclosan, animal by-products, and other questionable ingredients.
How to Use Puracy Scalp Scrub
With fingertips or a scalp massager, work into your damp scalp for 2-3 minutes until the sea salt has dissolved and you generate a creamy lather. Fully rinse and follow with Puracy Shampoo and Conditioner.
6. Use Microfiber Towels to Dry Hair
Drying wet hair with a cotton or terry towel is basically asking for frizz. Gently pat hair dry with a microfiber material or soft T-shirt. Air-drying can feel like a time-consuming chore for anyone with long hair – but it’s definitely less damaging than heat styling tools.
7. Avoid Hair Dryers Whenever Possible
If you use hair styling tools every day, wait until your hair is approximately 70-80% dry before blow drying (following instructions in Step #6) When you use a hair dryer, set it on the lowest, coolest setting possible.
8. Use a Comb to Detangle
To detangle knots, use a wide-tooth comb to work your way from the bottom up. It makes the combing process easier and you'll shed less hair. It’s actually better to avoid brushing whenever possible (since it puts extra strain on your hair follicles).
9. Be Conscious of Hair Dye and Chemical Treatments
Relaxing, perming, and coloring cause a great deal of stress to your hair. Extend the time between treatments as much as you can (especially in the winter, when air is dryer) and avoid receiving multiple treatments simultaneously.
10. Loosely Style Your Hair
French braids, ponytails, and buns are great ways to keep unwashed hair looking great, but pulling your hair too tight can cause follicle damage. Scrunchies and wrapped ponytail holders are best to use (since they don’t apply significant pressure to the hair shaft), but it’s best to switch up your hairstyles to avoid damage.
11. Get Regular Haircuts
Speaking of growth, if you have hair that grows quickly, be sure to trim split ends on a monthly basis. Doing so stops splittage in its tracks, preventing damage from traveling up each strand.
12. You Are What You Eat
If you are what you eat, the same is true for your hair. Fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are loaded with omega-3s and will help your hair reach its maximum fullness and shine. Another essential supplement is protein, which you can get by the spoonful with Greek yogurt.
13. You May Need Vitamins or Supplements
In conjunction with a balanced diet, some of the best vitamins for hair are:
- vitamin A and B (for growth)
- vitamin C and E (to protect against oxidative stress)
- iron and vitamin D (to fight hair loss).
14. Stop Using Hair Products with Dimethicone
Dimethicone is a synthetic, silicone-based polymer that’s commonly used to make hair care products shinier and easier to detangle. Because it leaves a waxy layer behind, curly and fine hair might get weighed down. And that layer can also prevent water from contacting the cuticle – leading to even dryer hair.
Our biochemists have worked hard to ensure that eco-friendly ingredients – like LexFeel N5 – provide the same silky, manageable tresses you deserve.
15. Give Your Hair Time to Adapt to New Products
If you're switching to natural products for healthy hair, you may need between 2-4 weeks to adjust. This is especially important when transitioning away from shampoos and conditioners that contain dimethicone. It may take a few weeks to remove chemical buildup from your hair, but once it’s gone, you’ll see a notable difference.
Puracy Hair Products Promote Hair Health
Each Puracy hair product has been formulated with our customers' health in mind. From our sulfate-free Natural Shampoo to the luxuriously foaming coconut cleansers in our Scalp Scrub, you can count on these pH-balanced hair products to keep hair healthy.