What do we want? Healthy hair. When do we want it? Now!
There are quite a few questions and variables to consider when maintaining a hair routine, some of which can be long-term solutions to achieving healthy hair. In a world of instant gratification, however, we know that waiting 2-3 months to see the fruits of your labor can seem like a lifetime, which is why we’ve created a list of 25 things you can do now, to achieve the hair of your dreams today.
Thick, bouncy hair with high shine has always been the goal for many girls, but maintaining healthy hair sometimes seems like a much larger feat than it really is! To
Book an appointment with your hairstylist
Although some people cringe at the idea of cutting their hair, this is actually one of the best steps you can take in maintaining the health of your hair! Getting regular trims will help to improve both the look and feel of your hair by getting rid of the
2. Put the hairbrush down
Old wives tales have always told us that brushing your hair 100 strokes a day will lead to shiny, healthy hair, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Over-brushing your hair can actually cause the opposite effect and lead to damage and split ends. We recommend putting the hairbrush down ASAP and using it as little as possible since over brushing can be rough on the hair by pulling and tugging.
3. Postpone your color treatment
We totally get that it’s tempting to experiment with new hair colors and styles like balayage and ombre, but we recommend making a cautious effort to use bleach and dye as little possible to achieve shiny, healthy hair. Cutting out dye altogether might not be an option for some, but if you are looking to change your look (
4. Make a trip to the health food store
The vitamins and nutrients you put in your body have a direct relationship with the look and feel of your hair. If your hair lacks life or looks dull, it could be because your body is lacking certain vitamins. The key vitamins that reap benefits for your hair are fish oils, zinc, iron as well as vitamin B-complex, C, and D. Plan a trip to your local health food store ASAP!
5. Pour yourself a glass of water, right now… yes now!
Drinking enough water is key for your overall health, but it’s also directly related to your skin and hair. Just like how a plant requires water to grow, so does your hair. Water makes up almost 25% of the weight of a single strand of hair, so it’s recommended to drink 8 glasses a day to keep the hair strong, healthy, and hydrated.
6. Cook yourself a protein-rich meal
Your hair’s anatomy is made up of
7. Purchase a silk pillowcase
Another common irritant to the hair is the material of your pillowcase. We suggest swapping out your cotton pillowcase and making a stop today to purchase a silk one if you struggle with morning bed head or frizz. Cotton can pull and tug on the hair while you sleep, but silk’s smooth texture allows the hair to flow freely, and in turn, creates less frizz and tangles.
8. Try out a heatless hairstyle
Intense heat styling is one of the number one causes of damaged, dry hair. Try to minimize the amount of heat you use in your hair routine to keep your hair looking and feeling it best. We suggest opting for
9. Use heat protectant post-shower
If you do decide to opt for heat today, it’s crucial to use a heat protectant spray beforehand, preferably a
10. Check if your shampoo is sulfate-free
It’s important to be aware of the ingredients and chemicals in the products you use in your hair, especially when it comes to cleansing products like shampoo. Many drugstore brand shampoos may have sulfates in their products, which makes the shampoo nice and sudsy. The downfall to lathering up is that these sulfates can strip the natural oils from your hair leading to dry, brittle locks. Double check the ingredients in your shampoo and avoiding products with sulfates to have your healthiest, shiniest hair possible.
11. Skip on washing your hair today
Another common hair misconception is exactly how often you’re supposed to wash your hair. We recommend washing your hair 2–3 times a week, or less if possible. Water makes hair swell from the inside, which forces the cuticle up and strips the hair of its natural oil and moisture. Do your hair a favor and opt for
12. Use a cotton tee to towel dry your hair
If you struggle with
13. Use the cold air button
While using your blowdryer on a high heat setting will likely get the job done quicker, it’s actually much more beneficial to use the cool setting on your dryer. The coolness locks in shine and doesn’t cause damage the way heat does.
14. Do a hair mask
Keeping up with weekly hair treatments and
15. Give yourself a scalp massage
While it may feel strange at first, massaging your scalp actually has huge benefits for the health of your hair. It improves blood circulation to the scalp, which can stimulate the cells and help the hair to grow and stay healthy. Incorporate scalp massages into your self-care routine and try it out for yourself this evening!
16. Stock up on nuts and veggies at the grocery store
17. Wear a hat
Protecting your hair from the elements is essential in nearly every season. During the
18. Channel your inner 90s kid
While wearing your hair in a ponytail or bun is great for styling second-day hair, it’s important to be cautious of the hair accessory you are using, and how it may be affecting your hair’s health. Hair ties that are too tight are notorious for causing damage and breakage, so opt for a fabric scrunchie instead, which is much gentler on your hair.
19. Oil up
If your hair leans on the dry side, one of the best steps you can take is investing in a nourishing oil to boost hydration.
20. Invest in natural products
We come into contact with chemicals so many times a day, why not try to go the natural route when it comes to your hair? We recommend using products with natural,
21. Let your hair air dry
If you’re someone who is constantly blowdrying your hair, we recommend letting your hair breathe and take the air drying route occasionally. Simply apply an anti-frizz serum and braid your hair until it dries to achieve heatless natural texture.
22. Finish washing your hair with a cool rinse
A great tip for smooth, shiny hair is to finish washing your hair with a cool rinse by switching the water temperature. Cold water helps to seal the cuticle, which allows hair to lay smoothly and gives your hair the appearance of gloss and shine.
23. Use a wide tooth comb to brush through wet hair
Your hair is in its most delicate state when its wet, so it’s important to be cautious about the brush you’re using to comb out your hair post-shower. We recommend a wide tooth comb to untangle your hair in the most gentle way possible.
24. Skip on the plastic-bristle brush
The most common option for a standard
25. Reconsider your approach to hair extensions
Clip-ins, tape-ins, weaves, pre-bonded, fusion etc…there are many
It may seem like getting healthy hair is a thing of the future, but with just a few simple changes to your routine, you can see a noticeable difference! What are your favorite tips to get healthy hair? Drop us a line at email@example.com, and if you try out any of our tips, be sure to tag us on Instagram at #myluxyhair.
Written by: Olivia DiPede