Written by Tenley Haraldson. Medically reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson, MD, FAAD.
A good hair day puts a spring in anyone’s step. Now imagine experiencing a great hair day every single day.
Conventional “wisdom” would have you believe that a commercial-worthy mane is only attainable through heating tools and expensive shampoos, gels, and sprays. But you can achieve that same radiance through natural hair products and healthy hair habits.
To restore essential nutrients and infuse your tresses with moisture, we’ve outlined 16 tips you need to get healthy hair – naturally.
1. Consider Washing Your Hair Less Often
"Lather, rinse and repeat" is the standard protocol for daily shampooing, right? Many dermatologists recommend shampooing less often because frequent washing can lead to scalp irritation and leave your hair dry and brittle.
But this may not be the case for everyone. Dr. Julie Jackson MD, FAAD, reports, "The ideal frequency of hair washing really depends on an individual’s hair type, as well as whether or not 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, washing as little as 1 to 2 times per week (or even every 10 days) may be sufficient. Of course, the frequency of shampooing needs to increase with heavy activity/sweating, or if the scalp has an underlying condition like seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff)."
Different Hair Types Require Different Schedules
If you have a healthy scalp, limit your shampoos to no more than every other day. As noted above, the ideal frequency depends on your hair type. 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.
If you’ve got fine, thin tresses, it may feel slightly counterintuitive to alternate “non-wash” days. But overwashing – especially with sulfate-based shampoos – can 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.No matter your hair type, intermittent washing keeps hair color locked in much longer, too.
2. Use Conditioner Between Washes
Even if you’re not shampooing, conditioning is still vital to keep hair hydrated, healthy, and shiny. While other natural conditioners are notoriously hit-or-miss, we listened to thousands of customer reviews and worked hand-in-hand with a local green beauty expert to create Puracy Natural Conditioner. This high-performing conditioner is plant-based and incredibly enriching.
3. Consider Natural Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a convenient option between washes (and if your schedule is tight). Unfortunately, aerosol dry shampoos are often formulated with butane, isobutene, and propane to create liquefied petroleum gas, a highly flammable compound.
Plenty of natural dry shampoos provide the same results (without sacrificing convenience). For a DIY natural dry shampoo recipe, try mixing 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.
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4. Try Microfiber Towels InsteadWrapping wet locks in a cotton or terry towel is basically asking for frizz. Instead, gently pat hair dry with a microfiber towel or a soft T-shirt. Air-drying can feel like a time-consuming chore for anyone with long hair, but it’s definitely the least damaging route.
5. Use a Comb to Detangle
Rather than detangle knots blindly, use a wide-tooth comb and work your way from the bottom of your hair up to your scalp. It makes the combing process easier, meaning you'll shed less hair. In fact, it’s better to avoid brushing whenever possible, since it puts extra strain on your hair follicles.
6. Be Conscious of Hair Dye and Chemical TreatmentsRelaxing, 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.
7. Avoid Hair Dryers Whenever You CanIf 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.
8. Loosely Style Your Hair
French braids, ponytails, and buns are fashionable and 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.
9. Weekly Treatments Are Ideal for Healthy HairIf you’ve got a healthy scalp that’s free from chronic flaking, consider a weekly hair treatment. Because of 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. You may need to shampoo a couple times to ensure that the coconut oil is totally rinsed out, especially if you have naturally thin or oily hair.
11. Treat Yourself to a Scalp Massage
Scalp massages are perfect while you binge on Netflix or check your inbox. Select your carrier oil based on your hair type:
- Normal Hair: Grapeseed oil
- Oily Hair: Sesame oil
- Dry Hair: Carrot oil
12. 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.
13. You Are What You Eat
If you are what you eat, the same goes doubly 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.
14. Vitamins and Supplements Might Be What You Need
Some of the best vitamins for hair are B-Complex, iron, and vitamins C and D. In conjunction with a balanced diet, these vital supplements promote hair strength and health.Founded in 2017 by Puracy’s co-founders, Simply Natural created a line of vegan-friendly gummy supplements made with 100% non-GMO ingredients. Free of all top allergens, this brand has been specially formulated with 13 essential vitamins and minerals to help promote healthy hair.
15. Give Your Hair Time to Adapt to New ProductsIf you're switching from conventional to natural hair products, give your tresses at least two weeks to adjust. This is especially important when transitioning away from shampoos and conditioners that contain dimethicone.
16. Stop Using Hair Products with Dimethicone
Dimethicone is an oily, silicone-based polymer that’s commonly used to make products glide on smoother while leaving a protective layer behind. Eco-friendly ingredients – like the ones found in Puracy Natural Conditioner – provide the same benefits.It may take a few weeks to remove chemical buildup from your hair, but once it’s gone, you’ll have naturally beautiful tresses.
Puracy Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Promote Hair Health
Each Puracy product has been formulated with our customers' health in mind. Our sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are effective and gentle, thanks to the luxurious foaming properties of coconut-based cleansers. Follow our simple tips and use these expertly-crafted natural hair products for stronger, shinier hair.