How to Improve Your Hair Health This September
Have you been constantly disappointed with your hairstyle and feel like you can’t get your hair to look good no matter what you do lately? If your answer is yes, it might be because of your hair’s health.
Split ends, lack of trims, damage, and thinning spots can make it extremely difficult to manage your hair. That's why it’s essential to incorporate good habits into your everyday routine.
From your diet to your wash day routine, this article will help you improve your hair health.
How to Improve Things Internally
When people think about hair health, they automatically think about products they can implement and remove from their regimens. And while that is an important aspect of haircare, you want to think beyond that. Health often starts from within, so what you put into your body daily is crucial to having strong hair strands.
Increase Your Protein Intake
Most people don’t realize it, but protein does more than just help you gain muscle. It also helps to promote hair growth and increase the durability of your strands. That’s why protein-rich hair masks have become so popular. Because our hair follicles are composed of protein, it’s a necessary component of healthy and shiny hair.
By eating protein, you’re helping aid in its production. You can typically get protein from foods like nuts and legumes. However, you can also try protein powders. Protein powders are great for people who want to increase their protein intake quickly. Protein powders generally don’t taste that good on their own so try something like the Cacao-Banana Plant Protein Smoothie to add excitement to your meal. You can also choose the Vanilla Cinnamon Plant Protein Smoothie if you want to change up the flavors.
Alter Your Diet
Aside from protein, there are a few other helpful additions you can include in your diet to improve hair health. First are Omega-3s. You can find this fatty acid in fish, avocados, tofu, and much more. Fish oil is said to increase hair thickness and prevent hair loss.
Another valuable addition that you may not have considered is bone broth. Because bone broths are often made with collagen and proteins, they are an excellent food to add to your diet. Bone broth isn’t something most people eat on a daily basis, so if you don’t know which to try first, that’s okay. The 24K Chicken Bone Broth is an excellent choice. It contains collagen which is essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. You can increase your collagen intake even more with the Beauty Matcha Latte. It’ll give you a nice jumpstart while providing you with the necessary proteins.
Get Enough Water
It seems as if water is essential for just about everything, so it only makes sense that it plays a role in our hair health as well. Your hair needs hydration. One of the best ways to ensure your strands get enough water is to drink it. Doctors recommend that people drink eight glasses of water daily for proper hydration. Without the right amount of water, your scalp can become dry and flaky. A dry scalp affects the follicles on your head and how well your hair can grow. Not only that, but lack of water can make your hair strands dull and lackluster.
To increase your water intake, try getting a big water bottle that holds the amount of water you need in a day. That way, you’re not constantly getting up to get water; it’ll be easily accessible. Not only that, but you can also put yourself on a schedule. For example, determining how much water you’d like to drink by a specific time of the day. An easy way to achieve your H2O goals is by purchasing a smart water bottle that alerts you when it’s time to drink.
What You Can Do for Your Hair Externally
Learn Your Hair
Learning your hair type is key to taking care of your hair correctly. Without knowing your hair, it’s hard to understand what products and styles are going to work best for you. First, determine if you have straight, wavy, curly, or kinky hair. All curly hair isn’t the same, so use a curly hair type guide to help you figure out where you land on the scale. Once you understand your hair type, determine the best wash schedule for you.
There’s nothing wrong with washing your hair every day (if that works for you). However, some hair types benefit from not washing their hair for extended periods—mainly kinky, curly hair types. Since shampoo tends to be harsh on your strands, it can dry you out and lead to breakage. So experiment with your wash days. You may be surprised with how healthy your hair feels after a few days of being unwashed.
Fix Damage and Thin Spots
Styling your hair when it’s thinning and breaking is doable but can prevent your hairstyle from coming out the way you’d like. So save yourself the stress, and fix what you can. To start, let go of your dead ends. If you don’t, your split ends will travel farther up the hair shaft, causing more damage. Rising split ends can result in you having to cut even more of your hair. So regularly schedule trims every couple of months to prevent this from happening.
Aside from split ends and damage, hair thinning can also signify an underlying issue. You may think that your hair loss is because of a poor haircare regimen when it could be a symptom of androgenic alopecia. If you find out that you suffer from alopecia, there are hair growth products available to help you treat your hair loss. To further assist with hair regrowth, consider including a hair oil like Castor oil in your routine. Castor oil is very cost-effective, and you can find the product at most major retailers. Just make sure it’s safe to use with any prescription products you may be taking.
The Bottom Line
Take care of your hair by taking care of your body. What you eat and drink can really influence your hair health, so look beyond products.
There’s no better time than now to start your hair health journey, as September is National Self-Care month. So give your hair a little TLC this month and rock every hairstyle confidently.