Ever get those days when your hair becomes so stubborn and unruly that it manages to look as though you just woke up, no matter how much time you spend on it? I am sure you have.
Having a bad hair day can be really disappointing, especially when you have a special event that you were hoping to look your best for. So here are some tips to not only keep your hair looking and feeling its best but also to help avoid those dreaded ‘bad hair’ days!
Check your diet: Your hair needs the right nutrients, just like the rest of your body, and there are some nutrients in particular that are really important for healthy, strong and luscious hair. So make sure you are getting plenty of these nutrients in your diet to help keep your hair looking its best:
- Omega 3’s
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Know your hair: There are many different types of hair, such as thick, thin, or oily or dry hair and it is important to know your own hair so that you can maintain it as best as you can. For example, if your hair is dry, then you will want to avoid over washing it and use products to help give it moisture. Or if your hair is thin you might want to avoid high temperatures when drying and styling it.
Avoid chemical concoctions: I like to opt for hair products that are free from nasty chemicals (such as SLS, SLES, EDTA, and Parabens) because not only do I feel these damage my hair, I also don’t want to be absorbing these chemicals into my skin. Even though having hair that smells nice is important, don’t let fragrance be the only thing that sells you on your shampoo and conditioner choice.
Avoid over washing: There is an art form to washing your hair, and that is knowing how often to do it. If your hair is naturally very oily, then you may opt to wash it more often, however, if your hair is normal or dry, then avoiding washing your hair daily or even every second day is preferable. This is so that the natural oils of you hair can nourish and protect it, keeping it strong and healthy.
Keep it cool: Always avoid high temperatures when you can, and this includes washing your hair. The hot temperatures damage your hair strands and is likely to leave your hair looking more frizzy and unruly.
Conditioning: Unlike shampoo, which should be massaged into your scalp, conditioner is designed to be spread out over the length of your hair towards the tips, whilst avoiding the scalp area. This will help protect your hair without making your hair look oily.
Have a regular trim: Having a regular trim helps get rid of any split ends and avoids that frizzy look whilst making your hair look thicker and more luscious. Even if you are growing your hair, having a little trim will thicken your hair and encourage it to grow faster.
Avoid frying your hair: Give your hair a rest from the curlers and straighteners every now and then, as overuse will damage your hair. Try a variety of different styles, some of which opt for a more natural look and don't require the heated preparation.
Have a good bed time routine: If your hair is long and thick, you might be best off putting your hair into a loose plat before you go to bed each night. This will not only prevent if from getting all knotty overnight, it will also protect your hair from damage.