Raise your hand if you’re guilty of going all in on your skincare routine but neglect to put the same amount of effort into the way you care for your hair. Yeah, me too. The thing is, our scalp and hair deserves the same amount of attention and care that we devote to our skin. Luckily, it’s super easy to take your haircare game to the next level with these healthy hair hacks. These simple changes to your daily routine can make a huge difference in the health of your scalp and your strands, no extra products necessary. Read on for all the details!
7 Hacks for Healthy Hair
Hack 1: Do Not Go To Bed With Wet Hair
It may be the easiest way to hop into bed with your hair still damp from a shower, but it isn’t doing your hair any favors. Hair is more susceptible to damage when it’s wet, and tossing and turning during the night can tug on your locks and lead to breakage. If you really need to wash your hair before bed, try wrapping it up in a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel to protect it during the night.
Hack 2: Opt For a Silk Pillowcase
While we’re talking about bedtime, another great way you can sleep your way to healthy hair is to upgrade your pillowcase from traditional cotton to a silk pillowcase. With less friction and pulling on the hair happening as you sleep, you can minimize breakage and frizz, and keep your hairstyle intact at the same time. While you’re loading up on silk products- a silk hair tie will do the same thing during the day! With less tension on your hair you can help avoid unnecessary split ends when having your hair pulled back.
Hack 3: Quit Overwashing Your Hair
Washing our hair too frequently can strip the scalp of its natural oils and throw off its pH balance in the process. Similarly as with our skin, a lack of oil causes more oil to be produced as a result which can leave your hair looking and feeling overly greasy. Worse, in the winter months when the hair is naturally looking for a bit more hydration, overwashing can leave your stands exposed to damage from styling. Try spacing out your washes to once or twice per week and using dry shampoo on the days in between.
Hack 4: Don’t Overuse Hair Products, Either
While we’re on the subject of less is more, the same idea goes for your hair care products! We do want to treat the hair to some luxurious products, but going too heavy on the styling products doesn’t always result in better hair health. In fact, too many products can build up in the scalp, weighing down your hair and disrupting the health of your scalp.
Hack 5: Include a Regular Scalp Massage
Regularly massaging the scalp not only feels great but can also work to encourage new, healthy hair growth and rebalance the scalp. You can include a lightweight oil to stimulate growth, plus add a bit of conditioning power and shine. A scalp massage is a quick, soothing hair care ritual to include regularly for healthy hair.
Hack 6: Brush Your Hair Before You Shower And When You Condition
Running a brush through your hair before you hop in the shower will help to minimize breakage that can occur during the washing process. Remember, the best brushing routine starts from the ends of your hair, then moving upwards slightly higher each time to decrease the occurrence of frizz and broken ends. Then, while conditioning, use a wide-tooth comb to brush through again. This double brushing ritual both before and during washing will make the whole process easier on your hair.
Hack 7: Ditch The Hot Water
A steaming hot shower might feel super relaxing, but it is definitely not helping your hair. High heat actually dehydrates the hair as it pulls out oils and moisture from the scalp. Warm is better than hot for washing hair and, if you can stand it, finish off with a burst of cold water to seal in the hair follicle post-wash.
There you have it, 7 easy to implement hair hacks to foster a healthy scalp and hair!