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It’s a good thing that summer has arrived, because all of those chilly mornings and blustery winter afternoons wreak havoc with the health of hair. Cold temperatures dry out follicles, strip hair of its natural oils, and leave more split ends than an episode of Game of Thrones. Fortunately, as the days get warmer, keeping hair healthy and shiny gets easier too.
It’s amazing how much of an impact a great hair day can have on the mood, so it’s worth taking the time to care for yours. This means using high quality products, limiting exposure to heat, and being extra gentle when it comes to brushing and washing. With a good conditioner and the right styling products, you can have Hollywood hair in no time.
Keep reading for some handy hints and tips on keeping hair shiny and healthy, all year round.
Turn the Straightening Irons Off
First up, one of the fastest ways to damage hair is with constant heat based styling. Every time that you use hair straighteners or curling irons, you are, essentially, burning the follicles. So, it’s really important to limit the amount of time that you spend with this kind of styling. If possible, wear your hair natural at least a couple of times per week. You can do some amazing things with curly hair extensions, so don’t be afraid to embrace your inner bounce.
Use a Top Conditioner
It’s worth spending a little more to get a high quality conditioner that has been specially formulated for your hair type. While over washing is ill advised (it destroys natural oils), a deep conditioning treatment (1-3 times per week) leaves follicles feeling squeaky clean and remarkably soft. If your hair is prone to greasiness, use a shampoo and conditioner that lifts away the oil without stripping the hair of its protective coating.
Always Eat Your Greens
When it comes to maintaining shiny hair, the battle begins with your diet. There are all kinds of things that you can eat to boost its health and increase vitality, volume, and thickness. Unsurprisingly, green and leafy vegetables are an effective choice; things like spinach and kale are packed with vitamins, iron, magnesium, and lots more. Also, if you’re a fan of fish, get snacking on salmon, because it’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Give It a Well Deserved Rest
While colourful dye jobs are great fun and look fabulous, persistent bleaching and dying degrades the health of hair. If you are a big fan of artificial colour, it’s a good idea to give your hair a chance to recover every 2-3 years (at least). Take some time out from harsh styling and either wear your tresses natural or fake it up with clip in hair extensions. Even Jennifer Lawrence has to have an ‘off year’ from time to time (her famous pixie cut was designed to give her hair time to recover after constant dyeing).
Watch Out for the Sun
We spend lots of time and money on sophisticated sunscreen products, but most of us forget that too much direct sunlight can also damage the hair. Fortunately, there are lots of great sun blocking sprays and mousses on the market. If you’re heading off on holiday or for an afternoon at the beach, cover your tresses with a protective formula so that you don’t have to worry about developing split ends and dry, dull lengths.