I’ll be honest: I don’t spend much time thinking about my hair. But lately, I’ve been trying to change that.
Because while hair isn’t the most important part of my body (or yours – unless maybe you’re a Kardashian), we all know that having thick, healthy hair is ideal.
The thing is, getting it isn’t easy. You can’t just shake some supplements on top of your head and call it a day! So, here are some tips that can help.
Do you want thicker hair? Great! You can get it, but first, accept the hair texture you already have. If your hair is naturally curly, don’t try to force it into submission with a flat iron.
Similarly, if your hair is naturally straight, don’t bother trying to get big curls—they’ll end up looking limp and sad instead of wild and voluminous like they do on supermodels and celebrities.
Instead, try a new hairstyle or cut that works with your natural texture instead of against it. And keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean long layers; many short cuts look amazing and can make your hair look thicker too!
While it may seem counter-intuitive at first glance (after all, shampooing is how people remove oil from their scalps), not lathering up every day actually helps keep scalp oils in balance so they don’t build up too much.
But don’t let your hair get too greasy-looking either—make sure to wash your roots at least once per week so they stay fresh!
Here are some tricks you can use to keep your hair looking great between washes:
1. Use dry shampoo. It will help soak up excess oiliness in your scalp so that your roots won’t look greasy or heavy. (Plus, it also helps with volume!)
2. Use a natural shampoo with clean ingredients. Over time, this will help reduce your hair’s oiliness by not completely stripping your scalp of oil (as typical shampoos do).
A healthy scalp is necessary for maintaining beautiful locks, but many people are not aware that proper nutrition makes a difference in your scalp health.
If you take a step back and consider what you eat on a daily basis, there’s a good chance you’ll find that some key nutrients are missing from your diet—or even worse, that you consume too much salt or sugar every day.
To start making sure all essential nutrients are covered, try taking vitamin supplements that support healthier, thicker hair, like vitamin A, biotin, vitamin C, zinc, iron, and protein.
If you want to grow longer, thicker hair, regular trims are absolutely essential. They help keep split ends at bay and prevent breakage so that your hair looks thicker and healthier overall.
If going in for regular salon appointments seems like a pain (and it can be), you can easily trim your ends at home if your hair is long enough.
Clarifying shampoos are a great way to remove build-up from styling products and other hair products.
Start by massaging 1–2 pumps of the clarifying shampoo into your scalp and then let it sit for about 2 minutes (this is where I take my time).
Wash it out completely using cool water, since hot water strips vital oils from strands very quickly. Follow up with a conditioner to lock in moisture.
You’re probably already aware of the importance of sleep, but did you know that how you rest your head during sleep can significantly impact the health of your hair?
Cotton pillowcases are a no-no because they can absorb moisture from your hair and skin, and the cotton fibers are rough on your hair. So, if you want to keep breakage in check, opt for a gentle pillowcase made from satin instead.
Scalp massages are a great way to increase blood circulation to your scalp and promote hair growth.
First, brush your hair to remove tangles. Then, put a little bit of oil onto your fingertips (either coconut or jojoba) and gently massage your scalp for five minutes. It feels amazing, and it’s a great ritual to do right before a shower so you can wash out the oils.
Now that you know the secrets to healthier hair, it’s time to put them into action! Remember that there are no shortcuts when it comes to achieving your best hair. If you want thicker, healthier locks, then you need to put in the work.
That being said, don’t be discouraged if it takes time to see results. If you’ve been used to bleaching your hair or using heat stylers, your hair will need a rest.
Your new routine will pay off big time in the long run, though: not only will it make your mane look better than ever before, but it’ll also give you peace of mind knowing that you aren’t using damaging products anymore.