Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Rithi Choudhury (Journalist) on 22nd Oct 2020
Top Hair Care Tips For Healthy Hair From Experts
Want "a good hair day" every day? We do too. But life isn't fair and everyday pollution, time constraints, and lifestyle make taking care of the hair regularly a little challenging. And the result is dry, damaged, lifeless hair, which is often cut short for easier maintenance or to get rid of the annoying split ends. Goodbye, Rapunzel tresses!
But again, what are we (your beauty fairy godmothers) here for?
To level up your hair care game, we have curated a list of advice from experts in the field, including dermatologists and celebrity hairstylists, so that you can have Instagram-perfect tresses without having to spend a ridiculous amount of time or money. Thank us later!
Here's what you can do!
1. Scalp Exfoliation:
If you think only your skin needs exfoliation, you would be surprised to find that our scalp needs exfoliation every week. This is because, like the skin has pores, the scalp has tiny openings called follicles through which hair grows. But exposure to pollution leads to the build-up of oil and grime. Along with the product residue, hair follicles can get clogged, and that hinders healthy hair growth.
Texas-based Dr. Andrea Suarez, MD, popularly known as Dr. Dray from her youtube channel.,Says
Cleansing the scalp is very important to the scalp's health. The reason for this is that the oils on the scalp contribute to buildup. There's yeast that lives on our scalp that thrives on that oily surface, and that yeast can drive inflammation in the skin when it gets too comfortable. That inflammation causes a chronic skin condition - dandruff. It can also contribute to hair loss.
How do you exfoliate the scalp?
Ideally, the scalp is exfoliated when freshly shampooed. Comb through your hair and separate them into sections. Apply the exfoliant with your fingertips in round circular motions. You can either purchase a ready-to-use scalp exfoliant or check out amazing yet straightforward recipes on the internet.
2. Perfect Water Temperature To Wash Hair:
A popular myth in circulation is that one should wash their hair with cold water to make it glossy. Celebrity hairdresser Brad Mondo disagrees. "Unless you want to just make yourself immeasurable in the morning or at night or whenever you end up washing your hair, stop washing your hair with cold water." He recommends washing the hair with warm water to open up the hair cuticle and release the dirt and grime.
3. To Trim Or Not To Trim:
Let's face it; we all have a love-hate relationship with hair trim. We love it because it gets rid of all the pesky split ends. We hate it because it compromises our hair length.
Dr. Vanita Rattan, dermatologist by profession , based in London, Says
Trimming is essential,
You need to trim your hair because it helps prevent the split ends from splitting your hair higher up the hair shaft. Dr. Rattan recommends trimming off about 1/8th of an inch every three months to avoid compromising the length since generally, hair grows about half an inch every month.
4. Hair Supplements:
Dr. Vanita recommends taking hair supplements only when not getting them in the right quantities through their diet. "The vitamins that I highly recommend are A, C, D, E, and Biotin, which is your vitamin H and folic acid." Dr. Rattan also cautions that when taking hair supplements, more does not mean better. The water-soluble vitamins like C and Biotin would be flushed out with water in the loo as they eat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, which will pose risks like liver and kidney ailments, stomach upset, etc.
5. Oil Your Hair:
Some love the relaxing experience of oil massaging, while some hate the greasy feeling. Dr. Vanita is pro-oil. "Oiling the hair is very good for the head for several reasons. The first thing you're going to do is stimulate your follicles in your scalp; you help regulate the scalp's sebum production. You're also moisturizing the scalp." A moisturized scalp is the foundation for healthy hair growth. A dehydrated scalp leads to thin and brittle hair, and nobody in their right mind wants that. Oiling also replenishes the structure of your hair by replacing the fats and the proteins into your hair. Therefore it conditions the hair and helps prevent split ends as well.
She suggests amla oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, lavender oil, bergamot oil, rosemary oil, and coconut oil. Argan oil is high in fatty acids and antioxidants. It is an excellent option for brittle hair dry mainly from heat styling.
Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and forms a protective carrier on the scalp to prevent moisture loss. Apart from vitamin E, sweet almond oil is also rich in essential minerals for the hair-like magnesium that helps prevent hair breakage.
Coconut oil is perhaps the best one for those with thicker hair as it can penetrate deep into the hair cortex. It also helps prevent protein loss from the hair.
Lavender, bergamot, and rosemary oil needs to be used with carrier oils like sweet almond, coconut, argan, etc. Lavender oil helps in stimulating the hair follicles. Rosemary helps with hair growth, and bergamot helps with reducing scalp inflammation.
Blending oil is a hassle, but Freewill makes it easier for you by customizing the best hair oils in a bottle, best suited for your hair condition by taking a simple online quiz.
6. Shampoo Frequently:
If you have non- textured hair, that is, straight or slightly wary, and you work out every day or are involved in an activity that requires you to sweat, Dr. Dray recommends washing the hair daily to cleanse the sweat and grime. "It is a myth that it is terrible to shampoo your hair every day. It helps reduce the amount of yeast in the scalp that can contribute to inflammation, dandruff, and various types of hair loss ". Ensure you cleanse the scalp well and direct most of the shampoo lather on the scalp and not the hair ends.
But at this point, you want to make sure that you choose milder sulfate so as you do not overstep your hair of the essential oils. Freewill formulates customized shampoo that will deliver optimum results for your hair health by merely taking a short quiz to get the special care it deserves.
Also, if you have textured hair that is curly or very wavy, then you do not want to shampoo your hair frequently as this hair type tends to be drier, especially at the ends since the oil cannot travel as fast through the spiral paths than it would on straight hair. Wash your hair with only lukewarm water if you sweat daily, so as to not strip the hair further by shampooing regularly. If you need to shampoo frequently for textured hair, go for sulfate-free shampoos.
7. Condition Religiously:
After a shampoo session, do not leave the shower without conditioning the hair with a conditioner as Dr. Dray advises. Most of the shampoos have a higher pH, and the ideal scalp pH, which is around 4.5-5, is often disrupted after a wash. Why do you need to maintain the perfect pH? Because the hair cuticles are left open when the acid mantle is disrupted, it results in frizziness. Hair conditioners are designed to balance the scalp's pH after a wash, and therefore, to ensure smooth, frizz-free tresses, do not skip the conditioner.
Try to go for hair conditioners with Panthenol or Pro-Vitamin B5 as it helps in smoothing the hair cuticles and thus reduce frizziness and breakage.
8. Get Your Proteins:
Esthetician Cassandra Bankson says
Hair is made of Keratin - dead protein. So if you have a diet without any protein in it, you're not going to be able to have hair because there is not enough protein in your diet
Healthy hair comes from within, and therefore, along with external care and supplements, you need to have a nutrient-rich diet. Because when there is a nutrition deficiency in the body, the supplements you take will be used up first by the most important organs like the liver, the kidneys, the heart. Hair and nails are secondary when it comes to directing the nutrients by the body. Our bodies are biologically programmed like that. The excess proteins from the body are referred to as the hair and the nails. Therefore to make the best of the external care products and the supplements, make sure you eat a protein-rich diet. Eggs, mushrooms, beans, almonds, lean meats are all sources of rich protein.
9. Sleep On Silk Pillowcases:
Do you want to have stunning #iwokeuplikethis posts for your Instagram feed? Then switch your cotton or synthetic pillowcases with silk ones. This is because "cotton fabric can pull water out from the skin as well as your hair," says Dr. Dray. Silk pillowcases reduce friction between hair and the pillow cover, and as a result, you will wake up with shinier and frizz-free hair. Not just for your hair, but sleeping on silk pillowcases will also prove beneficial for your face and help prevent dynamic wrinkles. If silk is too expensive for you, then go for satin fabric.
Switch to silk hair ties instead of synthetic ones to avoid hair breakage through pulling and tugging.
Stress takes a toll on the mind and also the body. In periods of high stress, hair falls out at an abnormal rate. Note that it is normal for about 100 strands of hair to shed every day.
Dr. Anthony Youn, MD, Assistant Surgeon at Oakland University/William Beaumont School of Medicine, Says
This process that we call telogen effluvium and this happens to people, and unfortunately there is no way to diagnose it except that you are having a lot of stress in your life
Life is tough, but you need to do everything you can for your peace of mind. Practice yoga, meditate, let your hair down, put on some relaxing music, take a day off work if you can.
The past few months have been extremely stressful for everyone (thanks to Corona), and therefore, your hair and body needs more TLC than ever. Make sure you eat right, stay hydrated, and use less heat. Stay happy! Stay Beautiful!