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20 Easy Tips And Tricks To Get Thick And Healthy Hair

20 Easy Tips And Tricks To Get Thick And Healthy Hair

It’s time to transform your hair! No more breakage, tangling ends. No more thin, fragile, and lifeless tresses.

Here’s the harsh truth: your hair texture is inwritten in your DNA. Sadly, that means that there isn’t a magical way for you to change the type of your hair. However, what you can do is make it visually thicker, shinier, and more beautiful. Most importantly, you can make it healthier!

20 Tips And Tricks For Healthier Hair

1. Get to know your hair

In order to start your hair care journey, firstly, you have to know what you’re dealing with, right? To do that, you have to get to know your hair. Or to be precise, you have to learn your hair type.

Is your hair thin, thick, fine, curly, or straight? What are you dealing with here? Once you get those answers, you’ll know exactly what kind of care your hair actually needs.

2. Less heat on your hair

As a hairdresser, I struggle with reviving damaged hair every day. And you know what’s the number one cause of hair breakage, split ends, and dry hair? Excessive heat!

Don’t worry, I’m not here to judge you. I know that flat and curling irons can be real-life savers from time to time. Yes, they help you style and put together your hair in no time. But at what cost?

I’m sure you had no idea that exposing your hair to too much heat can easily result in your hair’s keratin strands being altered. You have no idea what this means? Well, to put things simply: you end up having damaged and weaker hair.

If you really can’t live without curling or flat irons, do your hair a favor, and at least, use them as little as possible.

3. Scrunchies instead of tight hair ties

Besides being a beautiful hair accessory, scrunchies are back in fashion, as well. But that’s not the most important thing.

What matters is that they’re the healthiest option for tying your hair. You see, they have a less damaging effect on your hair, especially in comparison to tight hair ties that break your hair. Also, scrunchies are less likely to tangle your hair.

4. Be cautious with wet hair

Wet hair is more sensitive than dry hair, due to weaker bonds it forms. Therefore, it is more likely to be damaged.

That is why you have to be extra cautious when detangling your wet hair unless you want to cause extra breakage. Also, make sure to comb your hair at the ends and then go upwards to the roots.

5. The right pillow covers

You’d be surprised by the beneficiary effects of silk or satin pillowcases on your hair. Both of these fabrics are smooth, and therefore, cause less friction. Consequently, there is less hair breakage.

A celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan says “Friction from cotton can disrupt the cuticle layer, leading to frizz, breakage, sleep crease, and dry strands”. And if Khloe Kardashian and Hailey Bieber believe her, why wouldn’t we?

6. Dry your hair with extra care

Air drying is the best option, there is no doubt about that. But sadly, you don’t always have the time or the conditions to let your hair dry by itself.

Whether you like it or not, you have to use a blow dryer. And that’s when you should be extra careful.

First of all, you want to detangle your hair. After that, don’t forget to use a heat protectant. The next step is to separate your hair into sections and dry one section at a time.

7. Keep the scalp oily

No, don’t put too much oil on your scalp, to the point where your hair will look greasy. However, if you want to get healthy hair, you must keep your scalp moisturized.

Otherwise, you’ll face dryness, flaking, or an itchy scalp. Consequently, you’ll have dry, and lifeless hair.

8. Wash your hair with cold water

Hot water might be better for removing dirt, grease, or products from your hair. However, cold water is much healthier. A celebrity hairstylist Florian Hurel says: “Washing your hair with cold water helps with closing your cuticle after the wash. This also has the added benefit of helping, along with your haircare products, to make your hair look strong and shiny, and who doesn’t want that?”

9. Brush your hair with caution

Here’s something we’re all guilty of: brushing our hair from top to bottom. Well, every hair expert will tell you the same: this is the quickest way to damage and break your hair.

Instead, start in the middle and brush down to the ends. Also, don’t forget to

10. Choose the right shampoo

Remember how I told you that you have to know your hair type and hair texture? Well, now is the time to choose the right shampoo, based on that info.

What you need is a shampoo that will address the specific needs of your hair. Luckily, most of the brands have that specified on the package.

11. Learn how to use the conditioner

You use conditioner after shampoo, so what’s the big science about it? Well, here are some more pro tricks to get the most out of conditioning your hair.

First and foremost, don’t apply conditioner on soaking wet hair; unless you want it to just slide off. Apply the conditioner evenly and only put it on the ends of your hair. Leave it for a couple of minutes, so the hair can absorb it. Finally, don’t forget to rinse it thoroughly.

12. Regular chops

If you’re a fan of long hair like me, every single inch is precious! However, you can’t have healthy hair if you don’t cut split ends on a regular basis.

Freshly cut hair does not only look healthier and more attractive— it also helps detangle your hair. And yes, the myth is true: cutting your hair encourages growth.

13. Don’t wash your hair too often

How often should you wash your hair? My experience taught me that the most optimal answer is twice a week.

Washing your hair every day won’t make it healthier or fuller. In fact, you’ll just end up washing too much of your natural oil. Consequently, you’ll end up with dry hair which is more likely to break.

14. Reduce stress

Your hair is a part of you. Therefore, it is natural that the inner state of your organism affects your hair, as well.

In fact, stress is the number one cause of hair loss for both men and women. Scientifically, stress puts your hair follicles into a resting phase. This means that those hairs will break or fall out with time.

15. A balanced diet

You nurture your hair from the “outside”. But for it to grow, it needs protein, vitamins, and minerals. In simple terms, you must eat healthy to have healthy hair.

A balanced diet should include a lot of eggs, berries, citrus fruit, leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, soybeans, and carrots.

16. Don’t use too many haircare products

Did you know that too many hair products can have a counter-productive effect? This is especially true for hair gels, hairsprays, and other styling products.

Too much protein or moisturize will cause your hair to break. Also, some products can cause chemical damage to your hair.

That’s why it’s crucial to find the perfect balance. Find the products that suit your hair and stick to them!

17. Brush your hair before washing it

If you want to have healthy, tangle-free hair, don’t forget to brush it before washing it. We’ve already established that wet hair is more fragile, so this is the best way to protect it.

Also, it will be easier for you to apply shampoo and conditioner to untangled, brushed hair. This way, you won’t have to scrub the shampoo. Instead, you can gently rub it into your scalp.

18. Shield your hair

I bet you use different kinds of products to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the Sun. Well, what makes you think that your hair doesn’t require the same kind of protection as well?

I’m not talking about sun protection products for hair only here. What about the wind? The dirt? The pollution? The rain?

I am talking about physically shielding your hair from the environment, such as using a hat or an umbrella. Trust me: your hair will thank you later.

19. Watch out for tight braids or weaves

I know what you must think: the tighter your braids are, the longer your hairstyle will last. But has it ever occurred to you how damaging these hairdos are for the health of your hair?

It’s actually pretty simple: tight braids and weaves create too much tension and pressure on your scalp. They can cause hair breakage or even hair loss.

20. Let the professional do their job

There is nothing wrong with blow-drying your hair at home or even trimming the split ends. In fact, it will save you both time and money.

But please, don’t even think of changing your hair color, bleaching your hair, or applying a keratin hair treatment by yourself. The chances are it will end up looking terrible, but that’s not even the worst part.

You’ll end up damaging your hair beyond repair! If you can’t afford a visit to the hair salon right now, please wait and don’t experiment!

Best Homemade Hair Treatments

Here’s some good news: you don’t have to give a fortune for fancy hair treatments to get healthy hair. Most hair stylists don’t want you to know that DIY hair masks are even more efficient than most expensive products.

1. Coconut oil and eggs mask

How to make it?

  • Mix and blend 2 tbsp. of organic coconut oil with 1 whisked egg

How to use it?

  • Wet your hair
  • Apply the mixture on damp hair
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse out with warm water

What is it good for?

  • Dry, frizzy, or curly hair
  • Keeps your hair hydrated
  • A source of protein

2. Avocado mask

How to make it?

  • Peel one avocado and cut it into pieces
  • Put in a blender with 3-4 tbsp. of honey and 3 tbsps. of oil (you can use coconut oil, olive oil, or hair oil)
  • Mix and blend it all together until it’s smooth

How to use it?

  • Apply the mixture to wet hair (especially to the ends)
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap (the heat helps the hair absorb the ingredients better)
  • Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse it out

What is it good for?

  • Best for curly hair
  • Revitalizes your hair
  • Avocado’s natural oils serve as a conditioner

3. Banana, coconut oil, and honey

How to make it?

  • Mix 2 tbsp. of coconut oil, 1 mashed ripe banana, and 2 tbsp. of honey until the ingredients blend

How to use it?

  • Apply the mask to dry hair
  • Put a shower cap on
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly

What is it good for?

  • Best for dry, damaged hair
  • Moisturizes your hair
  • Protects the hair from the sun
  • Source of vitamins, and calcium
  • Encourages hair growth

4. Mayo, yogurt, and almond oil

How to make it?

  • Mix 2 tbsp. of almond oil, 4 tbsp. of mayonnaise, and 1 cup of Greek yogurt until everything is blended together

How to use it?

  • Put the mixture on damp hair
  • Massage it into the scalp, and then from roots to ends
  • Leave it on for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly

What is it good for?

  • Best for dry, and frizzy hair
  • Hydrates hair
  • Increases hair strength and hair softness

5. Apple cider rinse

How to make it?

  • Mix 3 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with 15 ounces of water

How to use it?

  • Put the mixture on your hair after shampooing and conditioning
  • Rub it into your scalp and into your entire hair
  • Leave it on for 2-3 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water

What is it good for?

  • Best for oily and fine hair
  • Softens the hair
  • Strengthens the follicles
  • Detangles hair
  • Removes excessive oils from the scalp

Infographic: Healthy Hair Tips And Tricks

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know if your hair is unhealthy?

• Split ends
• No shininess
• No elasticity
• Breakage
• Lack of moisture

Why is your hair not healthy?

• Genetics
• Unbalanced diet
• Over-styling
• Over-washing
• Over-brushing
• Wrong hair products
• Stress

Key Takeaways

• Choose the right hair products, according to your hair type and texture

• Don’t wash your hair too often

• Say no to too much heat on your hair

• Change your diet and life habits

• Leave some things to professionals