Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa
Long hair, short hair, wavy hair, black hair, brown hair, whatever a type it is, hair is something that makes us look and feel better. Some of us have healthy, long hair but don’t usually know how to maintain it while some of us want to have long hair but don’t know what to do to help it grow.
Here are some simple home remedies you can try to both maintain your long hair and help it grow better.
- Wash Your Hair Often
If you are in the habit of washing your hair every day, then you need to stop now. Start by washing your hair every alternate day and slowly reduce it to probably washing it three times in a week. Washing your hair every day can reduce the natural oils that your scalp produces which gives it a good shine and texture. Washing your hair less often will help it regain its strength and you can make it look bouncy again.
- Brush Your Hair Only When Required
Brushing your hair only when the need arises can help you maintain healthy hair. This is because brushing causes friction damage to the hair shaft and cuticle. This is most common with brushes having synthetic bristles. It is always best to use natural bristles because they absorb and distribute the oils and trap the dirt and dust, it is not advised to comb or brush curly hair like straight hair.
- Oil Your Hair Well
It is important to oil your hair and scalp regularly. This will prevent the hair from breaking and the scalp from drying. Dry scalp will lead to dandruff. Avoid products that contain petroleum or mineral oil. These substances tend to clog the pores and will cause damage and hair breakage.
- Keep Away From Heat
The use of hair straighteners, blow dryers, curling irons, hot rollers, and other equipment that use heat to style your hair should be minimised. Using heat on the hair can cause them to dry faster and can also lead to dry, itchy scalp. When using a blow dryer, try holding it at least 6 inches away from the hair and use it on low heat.
- Reduce Your Stress Level
Stress affects people differently. One such effect of stress is hair loss. Stress can also affect the texture of your hair and make them look dull. If you observe sudden hair loss, it is usually a side effect of stress. Sometimes, it may also cause your hair to grey faster than it would otherwise.
Natural Hair Tips
- Nutrition and diet are important for healthy hair. Your hair is made up of proteins; make sure you have plenty of those. Your hair also requires biotin, iron, iodine, vitamin B 12, and omega-3 fatty acids. Include foods rich in these for healthy hair.
- Scalp massages can prevent hair loss and also increase blood circulation which is good for healthy hair.
- Getting your hair trimmed every three months is good as it will give your hair a good shape and will also help you get rid of split ends if any.
- Avoid braids and weaves as they can lead to hair loss. Braids tend to pull out hair strands and, in the long run, can lead to hair loss.
- You can also use natural and essential oils for thicker, stronger, healthier hair. These essential oils include coconut oil with rosemary essential oil, peppermint oil, grapeseed oil, etc.