Tricks to Make Your Hair Look Super and Healthy
One of the most sensitive part of your body needs attention, because they speak volume about you.
- Know how to wash your hair the right way:
The shampoo bottle may say “lather, rinse, repeat,” but that recipe is definitely not for everyone (or even most people). For the healthiest-looking locks, start by rinsing your hair in the shower. Then, rub a quarter-sized amount of shampoo into your roots (more for long or thick hair) and give yourself a good massage; no need to scrub your ends or repeat! Next, rinse your hair and condition it from mid-length to ends, letting it sit for a couple of minutes, then give it another rinse. If you’ve heard that giving your hair a final rinse with cold water will leave it extra-shiny, ignore that: Experts agree that the cold-water-rinse theory is a tall tale. Dry your hair by squeezing it gently with a towel; rubbing it vigorously will cause breakage and strip away all of your glorious shine. If you have light-colored hair, your mop will look shiniest right after it’s been washed. Darker hair will hit peak glossiness one day after a deep condition, according to Marcy Cona, global creative director for Clairol.
- Eat some omega-3 fatty acids:
Grab yourself a bottle of Caesar salad dressing and start eating: Omega-3 fatty acids are found in egg yolks and sardines (both ingredients in a classic Caesar) and they’ll make your hair shine like whoa. Salmon and mackerel also contain large amounts of these healthy fats, so have some fish as a main course with your salad.
- Use a clarifying shampoo, but not too often:
Your hair can easily get full of well, crap, and that makes it look less shiny and way duller. Between the products we apply (including dry shampoo), the oils we secrete and the dirt and grime we pick up in our everyday lives (city life) our hair sometimes needs a little extra help in the cleansing department. That’s where clarifying shampoos come in: They strip out all of that unwanted nonsense and leave your hair looking fresh and new. The only catch is they’ll also strip all the good stuff out of your hair if you use them too often, so once a week is probably more than enough. Recommends following up a clarifying shampoo sesh with a deep conditioner.
Oh, and if you dye your hair? Skip these—they could strip your color.
- Give your scalp a massage with vitamin E:
The next time you’re at any mall, pick up a bottle of vitamin E capsules. At home, snip off the ends of about a dozen capsules, squeeze the oil into a bowl then give yourself pre-shampoo massage with the (admittedly sticky) substance. According to cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Stafford Broumand, vitamin E can help to increase circulation to the scalp (studies have even shown that ingesting vitamin E can increase hair growth) and massaging your locks with the oil can make your hair feel stronger, and look shinier and healthier.
- Use a natural-bristle hairbrush:
For best results, you’ll need a 100% wild boar-hair brush (sourced humanely, of course). These stiff, rough-feeling brushes will draw natural oils from your roots to the ends of your hair, promoting natural gloss and shine. Plus, they help to increase volume in fine hair—double score!
- Leave a little conditioner in curly hair:
Because of the shape of curly strands of hair, your natural oils have a hard time working their way from your scalp to your ends, which can leave your locks looking dry and broken. To bring a little shine back to curly hair, leave in some conditioner when you’re done showering. This will not only soften up your mane, it will also make it easier to brush while it’s wet (brushing curly hair dry can damage it, so try to do this when you’re fresh out of the shower). Marie Claire suggests twisting a little gel into your natural curl “clumps” and letting your hair air dry for the glossiest results.
Some little treatment goes a long way in making your hair a better and a desirable one…