Forming healthy hair habits is not easy. It often takes years and years of trial and error (mostly error) to come to a place where you feel as though you’ve reached hair goals. In this post, I share five healthy hair habits that have helped me throughout recent years. I hope that these 5 major hair growth hacks will assist you in obtaining and maintaining a gorgeous head of locks.
A balanced diet is the foundation of a gorgeous mane
When you’re trying to eat for healthy hair, make sure you take the following pointers into consideration.
Vitamins & Minerals: Your hair needs zinc, silica, vitamin A, vitamin B5, vitamin C, biotin, iron, and omega fatty acids. Most people choose to get these nutrients by going shopping-cart-crazy at the health supply store. While I have nothing against supplements, it’s cheaper and easier to obtain these vitamins and minerals through a balanced, superfood-rich diet.
Obesity and Hair Loss: The hormone estrogen helps hair grow longer. When estrogen levels are low, hair growth is restricted and results in thinning and hair loss. Women who are obese or are overweight tend to have lower levels of estrogen. The world would be terribly boring if we were all a size 4 (UK 32), but make sure to check your hormone levels next time you’re at the doctor!
Caffeine and Hair Loss: Consider drinking less coffee, as too much caffeine can deplete the absorption of iron (which plays a crucial part in hair health). You can get the same energy boost from a non-caffeinated alternative like raw cacoa hot chocolate.
Decrease the use of chemical treatments to curb breakage
This is one of the toughest adjustments I’ve had to make, but it has definitely yielded stellar results. At one stage of my hair journey, I was getting a relaxer, highlights and keratin treatment every three months (as recommended by a former hair stylist). And I’m sure you can all guess how that turned out! Losing most of your hair and having to cut it into a 1920s flapper hairstyle is definitely not my idea of fun! Since then, I broke up with that hairdresser, am colour-free, and have switched to doing texturising/texlaxing treatments to loosen my curl.
You may not want to go all the way natural, but if you want your hair to grow you might want to switch from a lye relaxer to a no-lye relaxer or a kiddie perm. If you colour your hair, make sure that the ingredients are as natural as possible. If you’re a fan of brazillian blowouts and are experiencing breakage, you might want to switch to a gentler alternative. And lastly, whether you’re natural or processed, always use a sulfate-free shampoo.
Frequent trimming matters
play yourself underestimate the power of getting your tresses trimmed every 6-12 weeks. Split ends lead to an increase in hair damage and breakage, so take a trip to a reputable salon to get snipped.
Use the best products on your hair vs the m0st expensive
The most expensive hair products and treatments are often not the best thing for your hair. Natural ingredients such as amla oil, argan oil, monoi, coconut oil, ghee, placenta, and shea butter won’t break the bank, but they will transform your hair. If you are in the market for a pricier product, I would recommend Davines and Carol’s Daughter. At the moment, I use shea butter, placenta, butter/ghee (like Liya Kebede) , Hask (affordable and effective), and Davines; but I saw tremendous results from using amla oil in my teens.
Protection is a priority
Protecting your crown and glory is of prime importance. Investing in a silk or satin pillow case, a reliable heat protectant, and a good leave-in conditioner will keep your hair safe from friction, heat, chlorine and salt water.
Wearing protective hairstyles like heatless curls (I want to try this so bad), braids and bantu knots will give your hair a break from undesired breakage.
Tried & Tested Products For Healthy Hair Habits
I hope that these tips will help you on your hair journey. It’s important to note that no one knows your hair as well as you do, so make every effort to keep informed about the latest developments in hair care. My favourite resources for hair and health are Positive Wellness (for nutritional information), Essence (for the latest trends and hair news) , and Into The Gloss (for all the A-list hair secrets).
If you have a style or beauty related question or topic suggestion, let me know in the comments below (or drop me a line on email).
—TRACEY CHÈ KING (@TRACEY_CHE)
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