Posted on May 30 2017
Your Guide to a Healthy, Glowing Hair
Do you find yourself developing hair envy every time you flip a fashion magazine or whenever that shampoo commercial comes on? It isn’t difficult to attain luscious, healthy hair if you adopt a few hair-friendly habits and incorporate certain foods into your diet. Even if your hair has been chemically treated because of a perm, color or straightener treatment, you can still attain a mane that is shiny, healthy and absolutely glowing.
The following tips and tricks have been shared by industry professionals who swear by these methods themselves. Follow these tips closely, feed your hair with the right types of foods, and you will soon be well on your way to having your hair “hair envied” by others.
Wash your hair once every 2 days
Refrain from washing your hair everyday as this will leave the scalp overly dry because sebum will be washed off. However, in Singapore’s hot and humid weather where we tend to sweat a lot, it is rather difficult to not wash our hair frequently. Some solutions to this is to use a bit of conditioner on the ends of the hair every time you do shampoo and to choose a gentle shampoo for regular use.
Rinse with cold water
Start a wash with warm water to wash off dirt and excess oil from the scalp and to open the cuticles. Rinse and finish with cold water to seal in the moisturizing effects of the conditioner and to add some shine to your hair.
Shampoo and condition properly
We all know how to wash our hair, but do you know how to do it properly? The right way to shampoo and condition hair is by rubbing shampoo only on the scalp and conditioner only on the ends of the hair.
Blow-dry with cold air
The healthiest way to dry wet hair is with a towel until it is about 70% dry before using a hair dryer on the coolest setting, gently tossing your hair and keeping the hair dryer a short distance away from your mane.
Keep unsightly split ends at bay by having a quick snip and trim once every six to eight weeks.
Comb wet hair
Avoid reaching for the brush if your hair is still wet. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to gently sweep the hair from the roots to the ends. This is because wet hair is fragile and breaks easily, and therefore you will need to treat it with extra care.
Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel contain Omega-3 oils which are also found in natural hair oils that help add shine and are effective in making the hair glow.
Omegea-3 and Omega-6 oils in walnuts allow the body to retain moisture and the high protein content in these delicious nuts also help strengthen hair follicles.
Lean red meat
Rich in iron and zinc, lean red meat contains all that is needed to allow for the healthy growth of hair follicles to effectively strengthen hair.
There is a type of vitamin in Greek yogurt that acts against hair loss and it is vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid. This vitamin improves the flow of blood to the scalp and stimulates hair growth.
Spinach or Kale
A sign of unhealthy hair is dry, flat and uninspired locks that are lacking glow and sheen. The combination of folate, vitamins A and C and iron in leafy greens likes spinach and kale helps moisturize hair to prevent it from breaking easily.