Making sure that your crowning glory lives up to its namesake is more than just about which shampoo to use. A multitude of different factors affects how sleek, shiny, and strong your hair is. From hair-healthy diets to scalp treatments, here are five healthy hair habits to start right now for your healthiest hair ever.
Minimise Usage of Heat Styling Tools
Curling irons, flat irons, tongs and blow dryers are all great for creating a customised and fabulous look, but they can also leave our hair fried and frizzled. Human hair contains keratin proteins and hydrogen bonds. Heat styling tools strip our hair of its natural oils and proteins by breaking down those hydrogen bonds, causing breakage, drying and damage. This does not mean that we should ditch heat styling tools altogether—they really can give you hairstyles that aren’t achievable any other way! However, it is wise to taper their usage to a recommended frequency of thrice a week.
Life Is Not Too Short For Conditioning After Shampooing
The shampoo is designed to clean the scalp and remove excess oil, but it can also strip the scalp of important oils produced, leaving both hair and scalp dry. Conversely, the hair conditioner smooths the hair cuticle, detangles hair, and adds body. Avoiding conditioner makes our hair more prone to breakage, which can lead to the appearance of thinning hair. This is why conditioning after you shampoo is essential to having healthy, shiny hair.
Power Foods For Luscious Locks
Our furry friends aren’t the only ones whose diets affect their coat and sheet. Our luscious locks also depend on what we consume. Just like skin, the condition of our hair is an outward sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients which are protein, iron, vitamins C, A, E, omega-3, zinc & selenium, and biotin. As hair is made of protein, ensuring that we have enough protein in our diet is crucial for making our hair strong and healthy. The lack thereof will result in hair becoming dry, brittle and weak. Chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products, and eggs are excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts. The correct balance of said nutrients in our diet will supply our hair with all that it needs to remain shiny, lustrous and strong.
The Right Temperature
For some people, ‘lukewarm’ isn’t exactly the preferred shower temperature. While cold showers are not ideal, lukewarm showers are the perfect in-between. The reason for this is because hot showers can cause pain and skin redness, as well as dry out our hair and scalp. The result is hair that’s brittle and more prone to breakage. To protect your hair, wash it in lukewarm water instead of hot, and rinse it with cooler water.
Healthy Scalp for Healthier Hair
Speaking of the scalp, the fifth step in reaching the pinnacle of hair health is by getting a scalp treatment. After some time, our scalp is built up with dead skin cells and dirt. A scalp treatment cleanses the scalp and enhances the growth of thicker and stronger hair. Other than that, it unclogs hair follicles, stimulates blood flow, gets rid of dandruff, and prevents hair loss.
Nourish your scalp today at La’gent by Danai while enjoying a relaxing and indulgent spa-like experience.