Written by Tenley Haraldson.
Medically reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson, MD, FAAD.
If a good hair day puts a spring in your step, imagine having a great hair day all the time.
While many people believe that stronger, shinier hair is only attainable through heating tools and expensive products. But good hair care habits (and the right natural products) can achieve that same radiance.
Here are 16 simple tips get healthier hair – naturally.
1. Wash Your Hair Less
"Lather, rinse and repeat" is the standard protocol for shampooing, right? But that doesn’t mean every day! Many dermatologists recommend shampooing less often because frequent washing can lead to scalp irritation and leave your hair dry (and more brittle).
Dr. Julie Jackson MD, FAAD reports,
"The ideal hair washing routine really depends on an individual’s hair type and whether they have any underlying scalp conditions. Of course, the frequency of shampooing needs to increase with heavy activity (that produces sweating), or if the scalp has an underlying condition like seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff.”
How Often Should I Wash My Hair?
Your hair type plays an important role in the frequency you need to wash your hair. If you have a healthy scalp fine, oily, and straight hair can be washed every 1-2 days. It may feel slightly counterintuitive to alternate “non-wash” days, but overwashing can leave hair harsh and dry.
People with thicker, curly hair can get away with longer periods in between washes, since oils produced by the scalp travel down the shaft at a slower pace. If you have dry, curly, and/or coarse hair, you might only need to shampoo 1-2 times per week.
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To avoid dry, brittle hair, we recommend reaching for sulfate-free shampoos that utilize natural ingredients to preserve luster without excessively removing natural scalp oils.
2. Use Conditioner Between Washes
Even if you’re not shampooing, you can absolutely run water through your hair to remove oil. And if you’re looking to keep hair hydrated and shiny, try using a natural conditioner that’s free of ingredients like wax and silicone (which cause buildup).
Puracy Natural Conditioner was developed as a high-performing, plant-based, pH-balanced hair product that enriches each strand with incredible moisture.
3. Consider Natural Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a convenient option between washes and when you’re on the run. Unfortunately, aerosol dry shampoos are often formulated with butane, isobutene, and propane to create liquefied petroleum gas (a highly flammable compound that’s also bad for the environment).
To make your own natural dry shampoo (without sacrificing results), mix 1/4-cup arrowroot powder with five drops of essential oil. For dark hair, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mix. Apply to roots with a make-up brush as needed.
4. Dry Hair with Microfiber Towels
Wrapping wet locks in a cotton or terry towel is basically asking for frizz. Instead, gently pat hair dry with a microfiber towel or soft T-shirt. Air-drying can be time-consuming for anyone with long hair, but it’s definitely way less damaging than using heated styling tools.
5. Avoid Hair Dryers Whenever You Can
Speaking of, if you use hair styling tools every day, wait until your hair is approximately 70-80% dry before blow drying. When you use a hair dryer, set it on the lowest, coolest setting possible.
6. Use a Comb to Detangle
To target knots, use a wide-tooth comb and work your way from the bottom of your hair (up to your scalp). Not only does this make the combing process easier, but you'll also shed less hair.
7. Be Conscious of Hair Dye & Chemical Treatments
Relaxing, perming, and coloring cause a great deal of stress to hair follicles. Avoid getting multiple treatments at the same time and extend the time between appointments as much as possible (especially in the winter, when air is drier).
8. Loosely Style Your Hair
French braids, ponytails, and buns are great ways to keep unwashed hair looking stylish, 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.
9. Weekly Treatments Are Ideal for Healthy Hair
Even if you’ve got a healthy scalp, a weekly hair mask is a wonderful way to regain moisture loss. Due to its composition of fats, coconut oil is able to penetrate the hair shaft and may help prevent protein loss and breakage.
After applying to dry hair, allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes (or even overnight under a shower cap). Afterwards, you may need to shampoo a couple times to ensure that the coconut oil is totally rinsed out. This is especially true if you have naturally thin or oily hair.
10. Treat Yourself to a Scalp Massage
Scalp massages are perfect while you binge Netflix shows. Select your carrier oil based on your hair type:
After shampooing, pour a quarter-sized amount into a small dish, then add the contents of two vitamin E capsules. Using your fingertips, massage the oil from your roots to your ends, then rinse.
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 splitting in its tracks, preventing damage from traveling up each strand.
12. You Are What You Eat
If you are what you eat, that goes double for your hair.
You've heard about the health benefits of omega-3s, and the same goes for your locks. Fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines 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 or handful from nuts.
13. Vitamins and Supplements Might Be What You Need
Some of the best vitamins for healthy hair are B-Complex, iron, and vitamins C and D. In conjunction with a balanced diet, these can promote hair strength and health.
Founded in 2017 by Puracy’s co-founders, Simply Natural created a line of vegan-friendly gummy supplements produced with 100% non-GMO ingredients. Free of all major allergens, this brand has been specially formulated with 13 essential vitamins and minerals to help promote healthy hair.
14. Give Your Hair Time to Adapt to New Products
If you're switching from conventional to healthier hair products, it’s important to give your tresses at least two weeks to adjust. This is especially true when transitioning away from shampoos and conditioners that contain dimethicone and other silicones.
15. Stop Using Hair Products with Dimethicone
This oily, silicone-based polymer is commonly used to make products glide on smoother while leaving a protective layer behind. If you’re washing your hair less, however, you’ll probably notice gunky build-up.
Puracy has opted for eco-friendly ingredients to provide the same benefits. LexFeel N5 is the texture enhancer you’ve been looking for in a natural shampoo and conditioner – and it completely replicates the effects of dimethicone.
Pro tip: It may take a few weeks to remove chemical buildup from your hair, but you should see a marked improvement in your hair health.
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