Sure, hair growth is the goal, and we’re not denying that. But healthy hair requires hydration, too.
Especially considering hair dries out as you age. Just when you need strong healthy hair the most, it starts drying out and breaking off.
Suddenly, you’re looking at thinning growth at the scalp AND through the length.
But you can break that cycle and keep your hair hydrated, healthy, and growing, with these eight hair hydration techniques…
1. Shampoo less often. Unless you’re actively getting it dirty, your hair only needs to be shampooed once or twice a week. Shampoos strip your hair of their natural oils, which causes the strands of hair to become brittle and break. It doesn’t matter how much hair you’re growing if it’s breaking off.
2. Condition more. Some people even recommend conditioning every single time you’re in the shower. Others may only need it every other time you’re in the shower. The key, though, is making sure you condition far more often than you shampoo.
3. Read your labels. It’s easy to just grab anything labelled “deep conditioning” or “moisturizing shampoo” off the shelf and think you’re okay. Don’t do that. Take the time to read the labels. Make sure you’re avoiding chemicals and compounds that will dry out and weigh down your hair. If the ingredients include sulfates, non-water soluble silicones, parabens, or waxes, find another option. You’re not doing yourself any favors, no matter what the bottle promises in terms of hair hydration.
4. Reach for hot oil. Remember the classic hot oil treatment? Well, there’s a reason it’s a classic. And you don’t have to buy anything special product. You can get the same (or better) results from the oils you may have in your pantry. Heat olive oil coconut oil, or sesame oil in the microwave until just warm enough to feel but not hot enough to burn. Comb the oil through dry hair and wrap it in a towel or shower cap for twenty minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair, as usual. For best results, follow the whole routine once a week.
5. Fats work, too. If hot oil makes you nervous – or makes your hair greasy, rather than hydrated – try one of these high-fat foods: avocado, mayonnaise, or egg. Choose any of these once a week for best results.
Avocado: Peel an avocado, and combine it with two tablespoons of olive oil, mixing until smooth. Apply to clean, damp hair. Leave it for thirty minutes, then rinse.
Mayonnaise: Apply one cup of full-fat mayo to clean, damp hair. Wrap in a shower cap for an hour. Rinse with tepid water, and then shampoo.
Egg: Whip an egg white with two tablespoons of lukewarm water. Apply to clean, damp hair. Massage scalp and length for fifteen minutes. Shampoo with cool water.
6. Vinegar. Dry hair is often the result of product build-up – conditioner and even shampoo can build-up, even though it’s meant to clean! It’s important to rid your hair of this build-up without stripping it or causing further damage. Wash your hair as usual. Mix ½ c vinegar with one cup water. Rinse clean, damp hair with vinegar solution. Let sit for ten minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Only use this treatment once a week, at most.
7. Skip the heat. Styling with hair dryers, flat irons, or hot curlers can damage your hair, especially in the winter. Whenever possible, let your hair air dry or use the lowest heat setting possible.
8. Eat for your hair health. Hair hydration doesn’t have to just come from the outside. Just like your diet effects your skin and nails, it affects your hair, as well. Make sure you’re getting plenty of omega-3s – think salmon and nuts – as well as leafy greens, for their vitamins.
As important as hair hydration is for growth, it’s not the only step you can take! So, embrace hair supplements, as well.
You don’t need to undergo surgery or take prescription medications for hair health. Not when we’ve learned which supplements your body needs to promote healthy, shiny hair from the inside.
Take targeted hair health supplements, like Restore FX, instead so that you get the hair growth you want, the way you want it – naturally!
Don’t just focus on growth at the scalp. Focus on hair hydration and overall health, for the best looking hair you’ve had in years.