Improving the health of your hair is definitely not something you can do overnight. It is a process that takes time, patience and dedication. For a results oriented person like me, this can be discouraging and with all the different ways to improve hair health, I get a bit overwhelmed. If you’re at all like me, you may think to yourself, “Where do I even begin?”
One way is to start small, so I found five easy and most importantly doable steps you can take on a daily basis to improve and maintain your hair health.
Drink lots of water – Everyone knows that drinking lots of water is necessary for overall health, but many don’t realize how important water is for you hair. Each strand of hair is made up of about 25% water. The body and scalp need that water to keep the hair shaft moisturized. Each person needs 8-10 8oz glasses of water every day and even more if you drink coffee, alcohol or work out. Think about this next time you want to skip out on the water…hydrated hair is healthy hair!
Use heat protection – Most people expose heat to their hair every day, whether its sunlight, a blow-dryer, curling or straight iron and this exposure can cause major damage. Because we’re so dependent on heated styling tools and treatments, it would be very difficult to eliminate heat exposure, but there is an easy step to decrease it: Use a heat or thermal protection spray. This type of product coats the hair and protects the strands from breakage and dehydration. Ovation’s Thermal Protection Spray not only protects the hair from heat, it also has naturally derived ingredients that moisturize the hair and make it more manageable throughout the day.
Take a supplement – Hair grows best when the body and scalp have all the nutrients they need. If you’re not consuming those vitamins and nutrients in the food you eat, taking a supplement can greatly improve the health of your hair. Multivitamins that includes B Vitamins like Biotin and Folic Acid, Vitamin A and E, and minerals such as Phosphorus and Zinc are especially beneficial for hair.
Use sulfate free hair products – Sulfate free shampoos provide a gentle cleanse without stripping the scalp of essential oils that it needs to produce healthy hair. By using sulfate free hair care products, you also avoid exposing the scalp to harsh and potentially harmful chemicals. A healthy scalp = a healthy head of hair so when it comes to hair care products, I say go natural!
Scalp massage – Who doesn’t love a good scalp massage? Well, here’s an excuse to give yourself one on a daily basis…your hair loves it! Massaging the scalp, even if just for a few minutes stimulates and increase blood flow to both the scalp and hair follicle. It can even increase the strength of the hair root, making the hair strands stronger and thicker.
These tasks are not only easy, quick, and beneficial for your hair, most of them are great for your general health as well, why not give them a try?
Remember, healthier hair is within reach!