The Complete Guide To Maintaining Healthy Hair

Our hair goes through a lot. Even just stepping outside can expose it to all kinds of dirt, debris, weather conditions and more, all of which can lead to dry, brittle or damaged hair.

What’s more, we’re using more product, applying more heat and putting our hair through more than ever before which is leading to increased cases of hair damage, loss and more.

So, whether you’re considering a visit to FUE hair transplant specialists in Istanbul or a visit to the salon to chop off a sudden influx of split ends, taking care of your hair and maintaining it’s health is important. Here, we’ve put together a guide to developing and maintaining healthy hair.

1. Nutrition

Nutrition plays a vital role in our health, so your diet is the best place to start for your new hair care routine.

It’s likely you’ve been told time and time again that you need to indulge in a balanced diet, but did you know that the food you eat could be affecting your hair?

In order for your hair to grow healthily and with considerable strength, you need to ensure you’re getting enough of the key vitamins and minerals that affect your hair follicles.

These include iron, protein, vitamin C, omega 3, vitamin A, zinc, biotin and more. Each of these vitamins has a role to play within our bodies: 

  • Iron – Without iron, our red blood cells struggle to transport enough oxygen around the body and so the hair follicles will not get enough to function.

  • Protein – Hair is made up of protein, so without enough of this in your diet, your hair may be thin, brittle, dry and weak.

  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps iron to do its job by strengthening producing collagen and strengthening the veins, arteries and capillaries as a result.

  • Omega 3 – This fatty acid cannot be made within the body itself but plays a crucial part in producing the natural oils on our scalps.

  • Vitamin A – This vitamin is used to make sebum, the oily substance on our scalp that acts as a natural conditioner for strong, nourished hair.

  • Zinc – Without zinc, you may experience a dry, flaky scalp that may also be itchy as a result.

  • Biotin – Too little biotin can also lead to brittle hair and a damaged or weaker scalp, but a deficiency in this is also one of the leading causes of hair loss.

2. Nourishment

Nourishing your hair can often be the simple answer to stronger, softer and shinier hair depending on the extent of damage it may have already gone through.

It’s important to ensure you are using conditioner at least once or twice a week in order to provide your hair with the protection, moisturisation and nutrients that it needs.

Additionally, switching out your current shampoo for a gentler one can help to leave your hair with more of the natural oils that it needs.

These oils are the ones that provide your hair with a natural shine, so it’s important to ensure you aren’t stripping your scalp or hair of all of these.

3. Care

Brushing, heat, putting it up – you may be surprised to know that all of these can cause damage if not handled properly. While you are advised to brush your hair regularly, over-doing it with the hairbrush can actually cause more trouble than it solves.

By brushing through your hair every day, it can cause breakages or strain on the hair follicles. Instead, consider brushing your hair every other day, using a natural-bristled brush to reduce the potential for damage.

In terms of heat, consider putting down those straighteners, that hairdryer or those curlers. While heat protecting sprays work wonders for keeping our hair shiny and strong, they aren’t foolproof – heat can still damage your hair over time.

Consider using heat-free methods to get those curls you love and find some new hairstyles that don’t require a set of straighteners.

4. Repair

If you do have damaged hair, the best way to get the healthy locks you want is to repair the damage that’s been done.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to get a trim; if you’ve been suffering from split ends, having them trimmed off can leave your hair looking smoother and feeling softer overall. 

Explain to your stylist that you’re concerned about split ends, and they’ll work to remove as many as they can, even if you want to keep a similar style.

If you’ve paid a visit to the stylist and things still don’t seem right, consider investing in some hair oils or a mask.

Deep conditioning hair masks provide your hair with much-deserved nourishment and can go a long way to repairing any damage.

Similarly, hair oils – particularly natural essential oils – offer a simple, completely natural way to help give your hair shine and strength.

There are a number of ways you can care for your hair, and often it may be a case of finding the right natural products and routine for you. Where will you start?

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