With spring on our doorstep we are all thinking of ways to spring clean our lives and that shouldn’t mean we forget about our hair.
Our hair not only defines our image but it makes us feel good about ourselves, especially when it is in peak condition. To keep our hair in tip-top condition we need to care for it on the surface and by nurturing it from inside.
Here are 5 tips on how to start.
1. Change Your Brush
If your hair brush is over 6-12 Months old – throw it out and get a nice new sparkly one. Not only will it be perkier and definitely cleaner it will make styling seem fun again.
2. Have a cut
Its spring! If you have been thinking about getting that new style – then now is the time to do it. Out with the old in with the new style. A couple of inches off will do wonders for your hair and it will grow back much healthier and shinier than before.
Or if you want something new and totally different but don’t want to take the plunge try hair extensions, great for a quick change.
If you are growing your hair, deep down you know its time – its been 12 weeks since your last trim!
Book in to your favorite hair salon and get rid of those split ends. Even if you are growing your hair long, hairdressers recommend that you have the ends trimmed every six weeks to prevent damage.
3. Drink water
Yes, we’ve all heard it before – but drinking lots of water can really help our whole body and that includes our hair. Hair still needs to be hydrated like the rest of our body. And in the meantime you will feel fitter and healthier all over.
4. Eat a balanced diet
Easy to say isn’t it, we know we are supposed to “eat a balanced diet” but with our hair it is essential to include lots of proteins, foods containing omega3 and both of the vitamins B6 and B12.
Best foods are –
- Salmon – (full of omega 3 and b12)
- Green Veg – (such as spinach and broccoli)
- Nuts – (walnuts are especially packed with omega3)
- Beans – (kidney beans are great for protein)
5. Remove any residue
Shampoo residue – Sometimes we get a build up of residue on our hair from certain shampoos or by not fully rinsing – to reprevent residue (soap buildup) it is recommended that you wash your hair twice making sure the second time the shampoo creates a lot of foam that that you rinse that off with warm water. If this is not happening then it could just be your shampoo.
If you do feel that you have some residue try a clairifying shampoo or any anti residue shampoos or speak to your stylist.
There is a homemade method which apparently is great for dreadlocks too – and that is to rinse it with Apple cider vinegar I’ve not tried this myself but there are many websites stating this.
So, with all of that in place, I can see us having gorgeous flowing locks in no time.
Water Image used under Creative Commons license from Flickr user yoppy.