Having A Bad Hair Day Too Often? These 5 Easy Tips Can Help You
From oiling your hair regularly to following a healthy diet, simple steps to make your hair look healthy
Everyone has mane issues now and then. A Yale study found that a bad hair day can affect a person’s self-esteem. Try these easy, everyday tips that will help improve your hair health and ensure you have fewer bad hair days.
Feed Your Mane
You may be doing everything right—using high-quality products, washing and conditioning your hair regularly, not over-brushing it. But if you are not following a proper diet, then no matter what you do, your hair will never look healthy and lustrous.
Protein is especially good for your hair—include eggs, chicken, fish, dairy products, legumes and nuts in your diet. Iron and vitamin E are also known to help your hair get that healthy sheen. So, include lots of veggies in your meals.
Oiling Isn’t a Thing Of the Past
Unless you have a hyper-oily scalp or other serious scalp issues, oiling your scalp at least twice a week will benefit you. Oil massage helps stimulate hair follicles and improves blood circulation. Your mantra should be ‘less is more’. You don’t need a lot of oil for the massage. Take a little bit of oil, warm it up and gently massage your scalp in circular motion. Apply a little oil on your hair shaft to condition it. Rinse off with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
Protect Your Hair from Heat
Sun, hot water, hair dryers and styling equipment, they all strip the hair of its moisture and natural oil and make it brittle and dry. Cover your head with a hat or a bandana when stepping out in the sun for long hours. Avoid using hot water because it rids your scalp of the natural oil and makes your hair dry and brittle. On a bad hair day, instead of using a straightener, style your hair in a cool updo or a pretty braid.
Choose Fewer Chemicals
Go sulphate-free for a few months. All regular hair products—shampoo, conditioner, leave-in-cream, spray, serum—leave chemical residue on your scalp and hair. Try to opt for chemical- and sulphate-free products that are less harmful for your hair and also let your mane breathe.
Clean and Condition Well
Your hair and scalp can behave differently. For instance, you can have oily roots and dry ends, or dry scalp and oily hair, or you can have oily hair and oily scalp. Understand your scalp and hair type and then choose a shampoo and conditioner that suits you.
To clean your scalp well, massage the shampoo on to the wet scalp for at least 30 seconds. Wash off and apply the conditioner first to the mid-shaft and then to the ends of your hair. Leave it on for at least a minute and then wash it off. A final rinse with cold water will ensure that your pores are closed with the moisture sealed in.