*It’s that time of year. You know when it is still humid outside, but you know you want to slay with your hairstyle at school too. How is that possible when it is hot af outside?
First, you have to realize if you want your hairstyle to be on point it has to be healthy. However, maintaining healthy hair is easier said than done.
There are some experts that advise you not to shampoo too often, stay away from products with parabens or don’t use heating tools every day because it can damage your hair. There are even extreme tips that suggest you not use anything on your hair, as it can damage it.
It is difficult to know what’s good or bad advice for your hair, right?
Well, below are a few healthy natural hair tips that can help you protect your hair, so that your hair follicles are strong and healthy year round. It doesn’t matter if you have curly, kinky or straight hair. With a little foresight, you can have a healthy head of hair no matter what type or style of hair you have.
What’s With All The Blow Drying
One of the best healthy hair growth tips is not to blow dry your hair as soon as you finish washing it. It is more prone to breaking if your hair is still dripping wet. The best thing to do is to let your hair air dry for a while. When it is about 80% dry, then blow dry.
Trim Your Hair
Damaged hair ends are a big reason for unhealthy hair. To avoid this you should trim your hair occasionally. Damage to the end of your hair aka split ends causes uneven hair length. In addition, it has a negative effect on the volume and shine of your hair strands as well as how smooth your hair appears.
Trimming will minimize any hair loss and promote healthy hair growth. So, if you want your hair to look great at school, build this tip into your hair care regime.
Don’t Ignore Your Scalp
Your hair starts its life in the scalp of your head and so it makes sense that you should look after your scalp as much as you look after your hair. The roots of your hair need to be kept in a healthy condition. How? By ensuring the removal of any oily deposits, dirt or skin cells that have died.
If these are allowed to accumulate on your scalp, the healthy growth of your hair will be adversely affected. What’s worse is that an unpleasant smell can be added to the damage done. Not cool!
What’s a girl to do?
All it takes to prevent this is to gently massage right down to your roots when you are shampooing your hair. You can also add extra moisturize to your scalp by using hair oil once a week. Just massage gently and leave on for about 30 minutes before rinsing. I recommend Obsessed Hair Oil as it fights dandruff, dry scalp and shedding hair.
Don’t Color Your Hair Too Frequently
Let me be blunt. If you are coloring your hair frequently with permanent dye, you can and probably will experience hair damage.
When your hair grows longer, the color will fade. The hair that grows from your scalp will retain its former color. Clearly, you cannot prevent your hair from growing longer, so the best thing to do is to prevent the color from fading. If you can live for a couple of weeks with fading hair, then do so. The ideal time to hit the salon is every eight weeks. If it is more frequent than that, you will probably have damage.
If you absolutely must change your hair color often, then try semi-permanent dye or henna.
Don’t Use Too Many Hair Products
There are so many commercials and ads talking about the many hair problems we experience. You want to get rid of greasy or dry, lumpy and dull, lifeless hair. You buy more products to resolve these problems, but the truth is that many these hair issues exist because you are using too many products. For healthy hair, stop using chemical-based products and use a natural solution instead.
These tips promote healthier hair and may give you a pleasant surprise when you look in the mirror throughout the school year. Bottom line; always look for a natural solution if you want beautiful hair. Going to school is hectic and I know you are going to be running late, so don’t let your hair slow you down too!
Sherry Harris – the author of this article – is the owner of Sherry’s Life, a resource that provides smart, hand-selected hair tips for black women.