I think most of us are dreaming of thicker, fuller locks. We see a shampoo ad on TV and sit envisioning our own hair, flowing in the wind, or emerging from the ocean in perfect condition. Very few of us have the type of hair we’re dreaming of.
After years of processing; using heat, dying our locks, and even using excessive products, your hair may feel like straw. Perhaps your limp, lifeless locks are in need of some re-ignition. You may have thick, dry hair, or you may have thin, limp locks that are in need of more volume. The fact is, the aim is healthier looking hair. Healthier hair is hair that doesn’t look processed, that has the right amount of shine, and feels soft to touch.
So, what can you do?
If you don’t have access to your very own trichologist, then focusing on improving the health of your scalp and hair is something you can do in the comfort of your own home.
Scalp health is required in order to promote healthy hair growth. A healthy scalp is a clean one; free of old skin and grime. This means keeping your scalp clean is a priority. You can clean your scalp by using a pre-wash or rubbing a small amount of castor oil onto it. This is an age-old remedy that is designed to clean your scalp, reduce hair loss and give your hair that shiny, glossy look.
Another method to clean your hair of any grime is to use a clarifying shampoo. Avoid shampoos and conditioners that contain SLS, parabens and other nasties that can cause your hair to dry out and leave a residue on the scalp. Organic, natural shampoos are effective in cleaning your hair without causing damage to it.
You may also need to reduce the amount of times you wash your hair. If you’re the type of person that washes daily, consider washing every second day. Avoid using dry shampoos that can dry the hair out more. If you’re not washing enough, aim to wash every two to three days, washing twice in one go. The first wash removes build up and the second wash cleans the hair.
Lastly, using a conditioner, oil or mask on the ends of the hair will help reduce dryness. Depending on how oily or dry your hair is, you may need to use more or less product on your hair. Also, consider using an oil such as coconut, argan, or chia seed oil on your hair once a week. You can add a 50 cent piece throughout your hair before bed and wash it out the next morning.
When to see a hairdresser
Many people favour the notion that you should get your hair cut every six weeks. While this may work for many, you have to do what is best for you. Some people can go months without seeing a hairdresser. If your hair is growing slowly and you’re trying to grow it, then leaving it a little while longer between trims may help. Do what works best for you. You know your own hair.
We’re not here to tell you to stop dying your hair. However, seeing the right hairdresser who can colour your hair with minimal damage is the best way forward. If you choose to stop colouring your hair, why not focus on getting a cool new crop or highlighting a new feature instead. This may give your hair the break it needs to revamp itself.
Diet and Nutrition
The hair is furthest away from the heart. This means that it is one of the first to be affected when you’re malnourished. It goes without saying that a good diet is key to better skin and hair health. Consider upping your protein intake, taking a hydrolysed collagen, such as our Beauty Bod Collagen, and eating nuts rich in selenium. Of course, having a range of fruit and veg is a good allrounder too.
With these changes, you’ll begin to notice a difference. If you’re after mega growth and thickness, try our Hero Hair Growth Serum, it’s designed with a range of peptides, niacinamide and other vitamins and minerals that will help promote hair health, working at the follicular level. It contains no nasties and will help strengthen and prevent breakage, nourish and promote new growth, and prevent further hair loss. You’ll be amazed at the results.
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Author: Sarah Tottle, for CanGro