Having great hair isn’t just a matter of what you put into your locks -- it’s all about your habits. That’s why we’ve rounded up twelve daily habits that you can adopt to have your best hair ever!
- Ditch your heat tools (most of the time).
This one is probably obvious. We all know that too much heat can cause big problems for our hair (it dries out our strands, making them weak and brittle). Of course, you can’t always avoid your hot tools. That’s why we recommend sticking with gentler tools like steam rollers. You also want to be sure that you use a heat protectant like PRAVANA’s Nevo Invisible Control Heat-Activated Thermal Protectant.
- Pay attention to what goes into your body.
As important as it is to take care of your hair externally, there’s a lot going on internally that can affect how your strands look. Make sure that you are consuming a lot of protein, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids to make your locks as healthy and gorgeous as possible.
- Take your vitamins.
On that note, even the best diet can use some help from vitamins. Pay attention to your nails and skin to tell whether you’re getting the right amount of nutrients. If your skin is dry and flaky you could be lacking. The same goes for if you have nails that are ridging.
- Sleep on silk.
Cotton pillowcases are bad news for your locks since their rough texture can cause hair breakage, especially if you move around a lot in your sleep. Say goodbye to frizz by switching to silk.
- Know how to use your product.
Putting too much product in your hair can actually do more harm than good, especially when it comes to your shampoo and conditioner. Focus your shampoo on your roots try Kenra's Moisturizing Shampoo (this is where your oil and product will build up the most), and focus your conditioner more from the middle of your hair toward the ends, try Kenra's Moisturizing Conditioner (where your strands are the driest and most susceptible to split ends).
- Stick with what works.
A lot of people constantly switch out their products for different formulas, believing that if they don’t, their hair will get used to the ingredients and adapt to them. This is a myth. When you find products that work for you, stick with them – your strands won’t change.
- Listen to your hair.
If you use quality formulas on your hair, washing more often can actually benefit your locks by hydrating your strands and preventing split ends. If you live an urban area (i.e. there’s a lot of pollution or humidity), or if you just exercise a lot, wash your hair daily. If you live in a particularly dry area away from pollutants, you should go a few days between washes. If, however, you have oily roots and dry ends, go just one day between washes.
- Don’t spend so much time in the sun.
Though you can’t always tell, your hair suffers just as much as your skin when left in the sun unprotected. We recommend using a daily leave-in conditioner like PRAVANA's Nevo Intense Therapy Leave-In Treatment to prevent damage. If you’re planning a beach day, apply a generous amount of heat protectant on your strands beforehand.
Moisturizing your hair doesn’t start and end with conditioner. By adding a protective product like Pureology's Smooth Perfection Intense Smoothing Cream, you can reduce dryness, frizz, split ends, and add softness and shine. Don’t miss out on all the benefits of this super easy habit!
- Avoid tangles.
That old “100 strokes a day” rule is a lie. Over-brushing your hair can lead to breakage, so you actually want to do it as little as possible, and stick to using a wide-toothed comb (it’s gentler than other brushes). Remember to brush from the bottom up or you’ll just wind up with more tangles and breakage.
- Get trims regularly.
This tip applies even if you’re trying to grow your hair out. You can’t fix a split end, so keep your hair trimmed to keep them from popping up in the first place.
- Rinse with cool water.
If your water is too hot in the shower, it will take the life right out of your strands. Keep your locks voluminous by using warm water and rinsing with cold water. The cold water will help lock in nutrients, leaving you with gorgeous, healthy strands.
That’s really all there is to it! If you found these tips helpful, please share them.