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Are you tired of your hair feeling all dry, dull and frizzy? Is your hair prone to breakage? Are you experiencing hair fall? And no matter what hair products you use, the results are always dis-satisfactory?
Well, do not worry. In this article, we give you 39 power tips that will solve all your hair problems.
Follow these tips and you are sure to revive and restore your hair back to its beautiful nature form. Your hair will look thicker, lustrous and full of life.
Here are the tips:
1. Wash your hair on alternate days
Washing hair too often can result in the natural oils being drained which can lead to dryness and breakage. Consider Washing your hair every other day or around 3 to 4 times a week.
Use a shower cap if you are in the habit of taking multiple baths a day.
2. Switch over to sulfate free, organic shampoos
Buy shampoos that are sulfate and paraben free.
Sulfate is a chemical which is used in shampoos to produce form; so if your shampoo produces a lot of foam, it is probably not good for you as sulfate has been known to damage hair over the long run.
There are many organic brands like for example, the ArtNaturals Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and the Suave Almond/Shea Butter shampoo, that are sulfate/paraben free and contain natural ingredients that nourish your hair.
If you have thick and curly hair, we recommend this Avocado Oil Shampoo from Honeydew Products.
And also with a bit of research, you can make your own shampoo at home!
3. Rinse shampoo/conditioner thoroughly
Spend at-least 5 to 10 minutes rinsing the shampoo/conditioner from your hair. This is to make sure that there is no shampoo residue left in your hair. Shampoo residue will dry out your hair and make them brittle and damaged over time.
4. Always use a heat protector when using heat appliances
Over-usage of flat irons and rollers can result in hair thinning, dryness and split ends to name a few.
So make sure to use a heat protector whenever you expose your hair to such high temperatures. We recommend the HSI Professional Argan Oil Heat Protector.
You also need to give your hair at-least 5 to 6 days time to recuperate after every use.
5. Try natural hair coloring over artificial
If you did not already know, you can color your hair in all sorts of different shades using natural products like coffee, henna, lemon juice, honey etc.
For example, honey can be used to lighten hair and henna can give your hair a red shade!
Here’s a video explaining how you can use henna to get a cool red shade:
Yes it’s not for everyone cause the results are not always the same for all hair types, but it’s worth giving a shot.
And if you think this is not for you, another alternative is to use chemical free hair dyes. We recommend the products by The Henna Guys.
6. Massage your scalp while bathing
While bathing use your fingers to massage your scalp. This will not only help clean your scalp but also stimulate blood flow that will help your hair grow stronger.
An easier and fun way is to use a scalp massager (that can be used in the shower) like this one. A scalp massager will not only deeply stimulate your scalp it will also relax your mind and body.
7. Use a wooden brush/comb
Wooden combs generally have rounded teeth which gently massage and stimulate the scalp giving you shiny and healthy hair.
In addition to that, they are anti-Static, wide, durable and less likely to break which can help in hassle free combing.
Just make sure not to use wooden combs on wet hair.
8. Use wider combs
If your hair gets tangled avoid using a brush and instead try using a wide toothed comb. We recommend the Louise Maely’s Wide Tooth Hair Comb.
9. Trim your dead ends regularly
If you have medium/long hair, trimming your hair every one or two months can help get rid of split ends and also aid hair growth. You can easily do this at home.
Here’s a video explaining how to:
10. Use a silk pillow cover
Silk pillow covers give you multiple advantages. For one, the silk fabric helps retain the natural oils and moisture in your hair. This ensures that your hair does not become too dry or brittle. It also helps reduce the morning messy bead-head. Secondly, it also helps keep your skin moisturised throughout the night, so you will also get no sleep lines, wrinkles or dryness.
We recommending the hypoallergic natural silk pillowcase by Alaska Bear.
11. Use a hair diffuser instead of a hair dryer
Blow dryers no matter what they claim can make your hair dry and brittle. So whenever possible ditch the blow dryer and consider going back to the towel.
If that’s not your thing, give the hair diffuser a try. Hair diffusers cause a lot less strain on the hair as compared to a conventional hair dryer.
12. Learn to towel dry your hair properly
Wet hair is prone to breakage, so avoid those vigorous movements while you towel dry. Instead, start by gently massaging your scalp with the dry towel and then when you get down squeeze and let the towel absorb the excess water. You can then wrap the towel around your hair while you get ready.
Here’s a video explaining how to towel dry properly:
13. Use a super absorbent towel like Turby Twist
A super absorbent towel like Turby twist is an great alternative to regular bath towels that are usually big and bulky.
In addition to helping your hair dry faster, these towels are light weight and won’t fall off even when you bend over.
14. Apply coconut oil overnight
Apply a light coat of organic coconut oil to your hair (from the root the the tips) before you go to sleep. Gently massage the oil into your scalp. This will ensure that your hair gets a natural shine after you take bath.
If not daily consider doing this at-least once a week.
15. Stimulate blood flow to your scalp
Scalp massage is the best way to stimulate blood flow to your hair follicles which promotes hair growth.
Here’s what you can do:
- Rotate your fingers in small circles over the whole scalp.
- Gently tap your fingertips over your scalp with a rapid action.
- Dig your fingers into your hair and gently pull so that you can feel a slight tug on the roots.
If you are feeling too lazy have your boyfriend massage your scalp for you :).
16. Apply oil before shampooing
If your hair gets really dry after shampooing and a conditioner does not help then consider applying a light coat of oil (olive oil or coconut oil) to your hair (from the root the the tips) 10 minutes before you take bath.
This will ensure that the shampoo does not overly dry your hair out.
Another option is to apply a natural conditioner before washing hair. That’s the next tip.
17. Apply natural conditioner before washing hair
Here’s a recipe for a before bath natural conditioner that you can make at home:
- Soak around 10 to 15 almonds overnight.
- Make a paste in the mixer and add two tablespoons of coconut oil and a little water.
- Apply this to your hair half an hour before bathing.
This conditioner will ensure that your hair remains moisturized even after the bath.
18. Use hot oil treatment once a month
Hot oil treatments can be done once or twice a month and are extremely beneficial to hair health. They make the hair stronger, add shine and increase growth.
Here’s a simple way you can do this at home:
- Warm the organic coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil) by placing it in a bowl of hot water.
- Part your hair and start applying the warm oil on the scalp and massage evenly all over.
- Once done, twist your hair and wrap using a shower cap or saran wrap.
- (Optional) Now wet your towel, put it in the microwave for about a minute and a half.
- (Optional) Take the hot steam towel and wrap it around your shower cap.
- Leave it on for 30 mins after which you can shampoo your hair.
You can also do this treatment using the ST. TROPICA Coconut Oil Hair Mask Treatment pack that comes with virgin coconut oil, biotin, gooseberries and other health super-foods.
19. Use rosemary essential oil
Essential oils like Rosemary and Lavender are excellent for hair health. Rosemary in particular helps increase hair growth, prevents split ends and stops hair loss.
As essential oils are undiluted, you will need to first dilute the oil using a carrier oil (like coconut oil) before using. A good rule of thumb is to use one drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.
Also, there are various products available that have Rosemary/Lavender and coconut oil mix, like the Tropic Isle Living Coconut Oil with Rosemary & Vitamin E.
You can apply this to you hair overnight.
20. Avoid artificial hair products
Hair products such as hair gels contain silicone that are very hard to remove using organic shampoos.
To remove silicone, you will need to use harsh shampoos that can damage your hair over time. It’s like a bad cycle.
So try and reduce your usage of such products or research organic alternatives.
21. Don’t beech your hair too often
Bleaching your hair too often, like every month is a sure shot way of making your hair dry, brittle and damaged. If you care for your hair, avoid bleaching altogether or at-least reduce it.
22. Ditch the heat appliances
Overuse of hair-dryers, hair-straighteners and the like are one of the fastest routes to dry, damaged hair.
If your hair is weak and damaged then every time your hair is cut a greater amount will have to be trimmed from the ends. If you must use heat appliances try and keep it to a minimum.
23. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight
Avoid exposing your hair to direct sunlight for long periods. Use a scarf or hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun. Too much sun can make your hair dry and brittle.
24. Practice relaxation
Did you know that stress can lead to hair fall and even cause dandruff?
If you find yourself in a stressful situation, try to de-stress by listing to positive music, going out in nature, deep breathing and relaxing as much as possible.
25. Get plenty of good sleep
It goes without saying that good sleep can do wonders to your skin as well as hair health. In addition to a complete night sleep, afternoon naps can be helpful too. So get that beauty sleep on!
26. Drink lots of water
this one is a no-brainer because everyone knows that one of the simplest ways to ensure healthy body functions is by drinking lots of water and of course healthy body = healthy hair growth.
Make it a point to drink at-least 8 glasses of water everyday.
27. Use white sesame seeds for hair strength
Sesame seeds are definitely a super food when it comes to hair health.
Take a teaspoon full of white sesame seeds and eat them raw every morning. These seeds are rich in calcium and other minerals that are great for hair health.
If you you don’t like sesame seeds, other seeds you can consume are, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and sunflower seeds.
28. Eat foods that help hair growth
Eating adequate amount of Protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A and omega-3 are are crucial for healthy hair and scalp.
Protein: Hair is actually made up of protein substances and hence protein is crucial for health hair. Nuts, legumes, eggs, chicken and turkey are all good sources of protein.
Vitamin A: Your hair’s sebaceous glands produce sebum which conditions your
scalp and Vitamin A is needed for this process. You can consume foods like raw carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin seeds to get lots of Vitamin A.
Omega-3: Your body can’t make this so it needs a dietary supply to keep your
scalp and hair hydrated. Eat oily fish such as salmon, herring and sardine and also
avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Calcium: You can get a whole lot of calcium by eating raw white sesame seeds as we discussed earlier.
Iron: Your hair follicle and consequently hair root may be starved of a nutrient
rich blood supply if your iron is too low, Eat red meat, chicken, fish, spinach and broccoli.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that also helps your body absorb iron. For Vitamin c, drink lemon/orange juice.
Biotin: If you lack in this B vitamin your hair will become brittle. Eat whole-grains, liver, egg yolks, almonds, mushroom, sweet-potato and soy to get biotin.
29. Avoid acidic foods that increase body heat
Reduce consumption of oily, sugary, heavily processed and other junk foods. These foods can increase the acidity in your body which is bad for your hair. This also includes fizzy drinks. Avoid them at all costs.
30. Do Simple Yoga Exercises
Some simple yoga practices like the yoga forward bend which involves standing straight and then bending down can immensely help hair healthy by ensuring optimum blood flow to the follicles. Other poses that aid hair health are Downward Dog and Legs Up the Wall.
Here is a video on how to do the Legs Up the Wall pose at home.
31. Go for a jog every morning
Perform simple exercises like skipping and jogging every morning. This will not only keep you fit but also improve your circulation which will in-turn help hair health.
32. Use natural energy drinks to stop hair fall
Here’s a recipe for a hair healthy energy drink:
Take four almonds and a couple of dates and soak them in water overnight. In the morning, throw the water away and eat the almond and dates. You can also consider mixing these almonds and dates into your daily morning smoothie.
33. Use natural hair masks once a month
Use a deep treatment/intensive conditioning mask on your hair regularly to keep it in tip-top condition. You don’t have to spend a fortune – the Internet is full of recipes and suggestions for making your own completely natural alternatives.
Hair masks can do wonders to repair damaged hair by softening and moisturizing the strands.
The rest of this article contains our favorite hair masks.
34. Fenugreek seeds hair mask
Fenugreek seeds are excellent for healthy hair. They soften and moisturize hair, reduce hair graying, remove dandruff and give your hair a noticeable shine. So if you have never used fenugreek seeds for your hair, you must give this recipe a try:
- Buy powered fenugreek seeds.
- Take one and a half cup of water and mix one and a half teaspoon of powdered fenugreek seed in it.
- Pour this mix into your blender and mix well on high speed.
- Once done, strain the blended mixture.
- Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair and leave it for half an hour before rinsing.
Here’s another recipe:
- Soak a teaspoon of whole fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight.
- In the morning, pour the soaked seeds along with the water in a blender and mix well.
- Apply this to your scalp and hair and leave for around an hour before rinsing it off.
35. Organic egg hair mask
Use an egg white conditioning mask on your hair to make it healthier and stronger and less liable to that damage which results in split ends and dryness.
Egg masks are great for treating dry, frizzy hair and can make your hair smooth and shiny.
Here’s the recipe:
- Take an egg (preferably organic/free range) and separate the yolk from the white.
- Massage the egg white onto your scalp and all over your hair.
- The yolk can then be applied to the hair ends.
- Leave it for about half an hour after which you can wash (with shampoo) and towel dry.
36. Aloe Vera hair mask
Aloe Vera has amazing moisturizing properties so it’s great for dry, brittle hair. In addition to that, Aloe Vera penetrates and stimulates the scalp aiding hair growth. The best part is that you can easily buy fresh Aloe Vera leaf at your local supermarket.
So here’s the recipe:
- Chop half an inch from the Aloe Vera leaf using a knife. You can keep the remaining part in the fridge for later use.
- Using a knife, remove the green skin so you are only left with the clear insides.
- Put this into a bowl and use a spoon to mash it up to a pulp.
- You can apply this directly onto your scalp and hair or mix this with olive or coconut oil and then apply.
- Leave this for around half an hour before rinsing it off with warm water and shampoo.
37. Apple cider vinegar hair mask
Apple Cider Vinegar is extremely effective in repairing and restoring dull and lifeless hair.
It works initially to completely remove the residue that builds up from using shampoos and hair styling products such as hairspray and wax. It smooths the outer layer of the hair and leaves the hair shiny and conditioned. In addition, vinegar works as a stimulant on the scalp, increasing effective blood circulation and promoting healthy hair growth.
Apple Cider Vinegar has also been known to provide relief from dry, itchy scalp and dandruff by balancing the PH levels of the scalp and by removing dirt and oil build-up.
Here’s a simple recipe you can try out:
- Take quarter cup of apple cider vinegar and mix it with quarter cup of water.
- Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair. If possible, pour this mixture into a hair spray container and spray it all over your hair.
- Once done, wrap your hair under a shower cap. Leave it for around 30 mins, after which you can rinse and shower.
38. Castor oil mixed with almond oil hair mask
Both castor oil and almond oil help strengthen and soften your hair. They also help repair damaged hair, add thickness and a natural shine.
Here’s the recipe:
- Add two teaspoons of castor oil and almond oil.
- Now add 2 to 3 drops of Rosemary essential oil to this mix.
- Slowly massage the mixture on to your scalp and hair.
- Leave it for around 30 mins before shampooing.
39. Flax seed gel hair mask
Flax seeds are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids that help nourish your hair follicles, strengthen and hydrate your hair.
Here are the steps to make the Flax seed gel hair mask:
- Add 2 cups of water in a pan and bring it to a boil.
- Take half a cup of flax seeds and add it to the boiling water.
- Keep stirring occasionally so the seeds do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- When you notice a gel like substance forming on the top, turn off the stove.
- Strain the gel using a strainer. Optionally, mix it with 2 tablespoons of almond milk and 2 table spoons of olive oil.
- Apply this mixture to your hair (from the root to the ends).
- Keep for around 30 minutes to an hour before washing it off with shampoo.
The following video shows you the entire process:
40. Mayonnaise hair mask
As messy and unlikely as this may sound, many people swear by mayonnaise’s enormous benefit for damaged hair.
As mayonnaise is made with both eggs and oil and sometimes vinegar it is perhaps not surprising. All of those ingredients are effective separately on damaged hair so their combination will be powerful. Recommendations range from leaving the mayonnaise on for 45 minutes to a few hours depending on what you can bear.
Of-course you need not try all the masks mentioned here. Just try a few out and stick with the ones that give you the best results.
41. Avocado hair mask
Using mashed avocado on the hair is a centuries old remedy for damaged hair. Many people recommend using it in combination with one of the oils for maximum benefit.
Just scoop out the pulp of a ripe avocado fruit, mash it in a container and apply this to your hair. If you want, you can add coconut or almond oil to the mixture to make it easier to apply. Take your time and massage the avocado pulp into your scalp and run it down the length of your hair. Leave for around 10 minutes before taking a shower and rinsing it off.
Note: All of the above hair masks should all be perfectly safe but it is advisable to experiment with small amounts on small areas initially just in case an allergic reaction occurs.