5 Tips for Healthy Hair

 
Photo by Steph Brown

Photo by Steph Brown

 

I've had long hair for a while now, and it's taken me ages (and a heap of cash) to figure out the best way to look after it. Even if you have short hair, who doesn't want soft, strong, healthy hair?

I thought I'd share some tips that I've found have worked really well for me. If you have any tips of your own, I'd love to hear them!

1.  Take care with wet hair.

When your hair is wet, it's more prone to breakage so I avoid rubbing it too vigorously with my towel or dragging a normal hairbrush through it to untangle. When towel trying my hair, I use the towel to 'squeeze' out the excess water rather than rubbing it. To brush my hair out when it's wet, I use a great little brush called the 'Tangle Teezer' which has flexible bristles so it glides through your hair without breaking it. I use it as my normal hairbrush on dry hair too.

2.  Use a nourishing hair mask.

I use a shampoo and conditioner when I wash my hair, but one a week I like to use a more nourishing hair mask instead of my usual conditioner. I towel dry my hair after shampooing, apply the mask, tie my hair up in a top knot and leave it for about 20 minutes before rinsing out (I use this time to file my nails, tidy up the bathroom a bit etc). I'm loving Akin's Intensive Moisture Hair Masque at the moment or Eleven Australia's 3 Minute Repair Rinse Out Treatment if I'm short on time.

 
I usually let my hair dry naturally, then I'll briefly smooth it out with the hairdryer and a brush.

I usually let my hair dry naturally, then I'll briefly smooth it out with the hairdryer and a brush.

 

3.  Apply heat protection before styling.

Blowdrying hair, using heat tools or even just the environment can cause damage over time, so I always use some sort of leave-in product with moisturising and heat protection properties. After towel drying my hair, I apply a small amount to the mid-lengths to ends. My favourite at the moment is Kevin Murphy's Young Again treatment oil.

4.  Tie it up when exercising.

With long hair, even if I wear it in a ponytail, when I'm exercising vigorously it flaps around a lot which can damage the ends. So I usually tie my hair up in a top knot or braids (if I have time). This stops it from ending up in a sweaty, tangled mess.

5.  Eat well.

This one is probably obvious, but I've noticed that the food I eat really does have an effect on the health of my hair. From what I've read, it's important to include good sources of protein, iron and zinc for healthy hair. I like to include foods such as eggs, salmon, nuts, avocados, spinach and broccoli.