Healthy Hair Habits
Photographed by Joelle Beauchamp of Skylar Secia and Kailyn Walsh
By Kailyn Walsh
Given that genetics play a significant effect in hair health, everyone's definition of healthy hair may vary. For healthy hair to develop and be maintained, understanding how to have a complete hair care routine is crucial.
A balanced diet is essential for the health of your hair and scalp. Lack of protein in one's diet can cause hair to become brittle, fragile, and lose its color, in addition to actual hair loss. Eating at least forty-five grams of protein each day is also important because protein is what makes up the majority of one’s hair. A lack of zinc might cause hair to fall out as well. To maintain a healthy zinc intake, one may incorporate a variety of nuts within their diet to combat hair shedding. Another alternative to enhance one’s diet can be incorporating multivitamins or zinc supplements. Your hair follicles and sebaceous glands may be stimulated by increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Although it won't make your hair grow, this might help maintain or improve your scalp health.
Keeping in mind of your scalp health, there have been several recommendations about how frequently to shampoo your hair. Everything comes down to preference and needs, which depends on varying factors including hair type, texture, frequency of product use, and degree of exercise. Those with dry hair may need to shampoo less frequently than those with oily hair, who may need to do so every day.
Avoid using shampoos that include harsh compounds like sodium or ammonium lauryl sulfates. Also keep in mind that a product's price does not always imply its quality. In order to maintain healthy hair, one must get their hair cut on average every twn to twelve weeks.
Purchasing a scalp massager will improve the health of your scalp by promoting hair growth, removing product buildup, exfoliating the scalp and improving blood flow. A scalp massager can be used in the shower; after wetting one’s hair and applying shampoo, work the scalp brush around your head in small and circular movements.
When showering, avoid using very hot or very cold water. Remember to treat hair gently when it’s wet because it’s three times more likely to break. After stepping out of the shower, avoid overly rubbing wet hair with a towel. Detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb, but don't over-comb or brush wet hair.
Knowing how to establish a thorough hair care routine is essential for healthy hair to form and be maintained.