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How to Get Healthy Hair: Five Simple Steps

Written by Robbie Salter

There is truly nothing like a good hair day.

When our hair is feeling healthy and smooth, everything just seems a little bit more manageable. On the flip side, a bad hair day can have the opposite effect. Factors like frizz, breakage, and an irritated scalp can tank our confidence and keep us reaching for the hair tie.

Most people want a healthy scalp and beautiful hair, but with so many products out there (and so many opinions on the internet about how to get them), it can be hard to know where to start.

The truth is, everyone’s hair is different, and so there’s no magical one-step ingredient or product that will lead you to hair-vana. Sorry to disappoint.

But there are steps we can take to achieve voluminous, soft, and smooth hair. From the food we eat to the products we keep in our showers, hair health is affected by many factors and it starts at the scalp.

While it can be a process to find your perfect hair routine, it’s well worth the time and effort. Keep reading for our guide to achieving your best hair day.

Know Thyself: Identify Your Specific Hair Type and Texture

Between genetics, diet, and climate, everyone’s hair and scalp is different and requires a unique regimen to keep your hair looking its best and your scalp nourished.

That’s why it’s so important to understand what type of hair you have. Here are three factors to consider when identifying your hair needs:

Your Type and Texture

Generally, we break hair down into four categories: curly, coily, straight, or wavy.

Your DNA decides your natural hair pattern, and each type has different care techniques.

Your Activity Level

How often you exercise will determine how often you wash and rinse your hair. Along with your exercise habits, if your hair is naturally more oily, you may need to wash your hair more often than if your hair is naturally drier.

Your Product Regimen

You may be over or underusing products, which can contribute to your hair feeling heavy or frizzy.

Take our quiz to help you understand the regimen that your scalp and hair type is craving.

Make Diet Your Friend: Eat the Food Your Hair Craves

Our hair responds a lot to what’s on our plates. When we eat foods that benefit our hair and scalp, we can see the results with smoother, stronger hair. Here’s what to fill your grocery cart with to help feed your hair.

Protein

Did you know that your hair is mostly made up of protein and collagen? It’s true. Maintaining a solid intake of protein in your diet helps support scalp hydration and the health of your hair.

Try eating more lean meat, poultry, eggs, nuts, lentils, and tofu for added protein.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids may help stimulate your hair follicles and sebaceous glands, contributing to new, strong hair growth. Omega-3 fatty acids are also known to fight inflammation in the body which may help address dandruff and scalp discomfort.

Fill up on fish, flaxseed, cottage cheese, and yogurt to get more omega-3 fatty acids and biotin in your system.

Zinc

When our scalp is deprived of zinc, it can lead to hair loss. Luckily, nuts like Brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and almonds are tasty and rich in zinc. Make sure you have a robust diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and clean water to get the most zinc for your buck.

Your Diet Is Also Your Enemy: Avoid These Things To Keep Hair Healthy

As some foods help support healthy hair, there are foods, drinks, and lifestyle choices that lead to breakage and poor hair and scalp health.

Be wary of crash or highly restrictive diets, as they can limit your access to powerful vitamins and nutrients. Your hair, just like the rest of your body, relies on a rich and strong caloric intake. Restricting too much can lead to unhealthy hair.

If you’re looking to include olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, coconut oil, and vitamin c supplements, don’t forget to incorporate foods like avocados and salmon into your healthy hair diet.

And lastly, you should be conscious of your consumption of alcohol. Overindulgence in alcohol can hurt or damage your hair follicles.

Simply put, if you place your health as a priority, your hair and scalp will follow suit.

As some foods help support healthy hair, there are foods, drinks, and lifestyle choices that lead to breakage and poor hair and scalp health.

Be Kind to Your Head: Protect Your Hair With Preventative and Protective Techniques

A good blow-out can make us feel confident and stylish, but excessive heat on our scalp can cause long-term breakage, and lead to a dry scalp. It’s always a good idea to limit the amount of heat you’re applying to your hair and save it for special occasions.

Here are some other techniques to consider when styling your hair.

  • Seriously, lay off the heat. Air dry your hair as often as possible and use the lowest heat setting when using a blow dryer to retain moisture.
  • Switch up your placement of hair clips and bobby pins in different locations to avoid breakage in the same spot.
  • Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.
  • Practice daily scalp massages to promote blood flow. (Check out this scalp brush for the ultimate feel-good scalp massage).
  • Trim split ends on a regular basis.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb or brush to detangle.
  • Minimize damage with a heat protectant spray on the hair cuticle.

Treat your hair kindly, especially when it’s wet. Wet or damp hair is three times more vulnerable to breakage. Try not to smother it with a towel or overbrush it — comb products through evenly from root to tips and then let it be.

Choose Wisely: Read the Ingredients Label on Your Hair Care Products

The products we use on our hair play as much of a role in hair health as the food we ingest. Choosing the wrong products with harmful ingredients can have devastating effects on hair growth and can be irritating to the scalp.

That’s why it’s so important to look closely when you’re purchasing products like sulfate-free shampoos, hair masks, conditioners, sprays, and serums and choose products that suit your specific hair type.

Sulfates can strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils and cause significant hair damage. Avoid products that include ingredients like ammonium lauryl sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate.

You should also look out for terms and language like “clean” appearing in a brand’s marketing and advertising. Because the FDA does not legally define “clean,” brands can use it to describe any product features, glossing over harmful chemicals that appear on their labels.

When in doubt, read the ingredient label.

Always question the integrity of what you put on your scalp and ensure that your standards for safety, ethical sourcing of materials, and proven science are being met.

Some Lasting Thoughts on Lasting Hair Health

We always like to think about the path to hair health as a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a journey and a process to discover what works best for your specific hair type. And as our hair texture and scalp health can change when we get older, it’s important to be open to trying new things and growing with your locks.

The biggest piece of advice we can offer to achieve healthy, happy hair? Make it a priority. Once you find what works for you, remember that consistency is key. When you combine a healthy diet, the right products, and gentle care, your hair will thank you. Hair tips to remember:

  • Research your specific hair type and texture.
  • Eat foods rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc.
  • Avoid crash dieting, stress, and overindulgence in alcohol.
  • Treat your hair with care and consideration when styling.
  • Read (and reread) your product labels.

Hair Care Is No Different

It’s essential to pay attention to the brands you use and make sure that you’re not applying anything harmful or destructive to your scalp.

Our hair is sensitive and requires some tender loving care to thrive. So, are you ready to treat yourself to the hair and scalp care routine you deserve?

Start shopping Jupiter’s line of scalp and hair care products, formulated with natural and innovative ingredients to promote nourished, healthy looking hair and a balanced scalp. 

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The full set for round-the-clock scalp care. Built for those looking to address constant or severe flaking, redness, or irritation AND want their mane left looking refreshed and silky smooth. Together, we’ve got this.

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The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have about the information contained herein, as well as the risks or benefits of any treatment.

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