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How to Keep Your Hair Healthy: 7 Healthy Hair Habits

Written by Robbie Salter
How to Keep Your Hair Healthy: 7 Healthy Hair Habits

A healthy head of hair is a beautiful head of hair. If you suffer from split ends, frayed strands, and frizz, you know that keeping your hair healthy is sometimes an uphill battle.

Everything from the weather, your hair care routine, and the products we use all have a major impact on our health. The good news? You can do something about it ...and you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re coming off a bad box-dye or just looking to achieve sleeker, bouncier locks, these seven healthy hair tips will keep your strands and your ends happy.

How To Keep Your Hair Healthy

Remember, hair health is a journey, not a destination. Aside from knowing your hair type, making small changes in your lifestyle, over time, can make all the difference in achieving the hair of your dreams. Here are seven tips on how to keep your hair healthy.

Choose Your Products Wisely

If there’s one thing to take away from this article, we hope it’s this tip. The best thing you can do for your hair is to make better choices for your shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.

What does that mean? It all comes down to the ingredients.

Many national brands of shampoos and conditioners contain harmful ingredients that can damage your hair and irritate your scalp. Take a look at the bottles in your shower.

If the ingredients label includes sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, throw them out. These synthetic chemicals are frequently found in hair care products, despite their many harmful side effects.

Sulfates strip your scalp of its natural oils, leading to dryness, frizz, and itching. Parabens are synthetic preservatives that can be disruptive to our hormones. And phthalates, used for stabilizing synthetic fragrances, can be harmful to our immune systems and organ function.

Just like the food you eat, the ingredients in the products you apply are essential in determining your hair’s health. Look for products that don’t include any of these harmful chemicals and instead seek out brands that use natural ingredients like plant extracts and essential oils.

Jupiter’s line of scalp care products is formulated without the bad stuff (free from sulfates, parabens, and phthalates), and packed with natural ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, coconut oil, and squalane to name a few, this line of products is focused on the root of healthy hair: your scalp.

Treat Your Hair Kindly

Once you’ve got the right products going, you’ll also want to take a close look at how you’re treating your hair. This tip covers a whole range of good habits:

  • Limit how often you’re using heat to style your hair. We know it can be hard to kick back the blow dry addiction but your hair will thank you. Instead, opt for heat protectant sprays to create a barrier.

  • When you are using a blow dryer, set it to the lowest possible temperature.

  • When dying your hair, look to stay within three shades of your natural color. If you’re really looking for a drastic change, use organic hair dyes to minimize damage.

  • Apply sunscreen to your scalp, just like you do on your face.

  • Don’t use super hot water when washing your hair. A warm water or cold water rinse can do wonders for fortifying your hair strands.

  • Once or twice a week, use a scalp brush or head massager to exfoliate your scalp and bring circulation to your hair follicles. Bonus: this feels really good. So good that you can use more often for a relaxing scalp massage.

  • Make deep conditioning with a hair mask a regular part of your hair care routine. Doing this once a week can help support a more hydrated scalp and sleeker, shinier hair strands.

Achieving a full-bodied, healthy head of hair is a marathon, not a sprint. You’re not going to start seeing results overnight. Building healthy habits is all about resetting your routine to prioritize results down the line. After a few months, you’ll see a big difference and you’ll be glad you did.

Eat for Hair Health

When considering their diet, most people may not realize just how much of an impact it can have on your hair.

In fact, hair is mostly made of protein, so the food you eat plays an enormous role in the strength of each strand. Bring in the following foods to help support hair health:

  • Fish, eggs, and beans. Make sure you get your daily intake of protein to keep your hair from getting dry, brittle, or weak.

  • Blueberries, kiwis, and oranges. Foods rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C can help your body produce collagen and regulate your immune system, both of which support hair health and appearance.

  • Avocado, pumpkin seeds, and salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential part of anyone’s diet. This fat lines the cells in our scalp and helps keep the area hydrated.

  • Wholegrains, beef, and oysters. Studies show that a zinc deficiency is often tied to dry scalp and flaking.

  • Water. Just like the skin on the rest of your body, your scalp craves hydration.

When it comes to diet, our best suggestion is to eat everything in moderation. The skin on your scalp hosts a vibrant and diverse microbiome. When we’re talking at a cellular-level, it’s important to give your body a rich range of nutrients to help keep everything balanced.

While diet does have a significant impact on the health of your hair, small changes and a more colorful pantry are more than enough. Avoid crash and low-calorie diets as they add stress, which will only hurt your hair more and are difficult to sustain.

Regularly Cut Your Hair

Split ends are a fact of life. Even the most hair-conscious person gets them. That’s why getting your hair cut regularly is so key in maintaining your hair’s health and strength. It’s a myth that regular haircuts help inspire new hair growth, but there is something to that idea.

Split ends can travel up the hair shaft, making your hair look dead and brittle. Regular trims prevent split ends from spreading and getting worse, so your hair looks sleeker and more bouncy.

Everything from the weather, your hair care routine, and the products we use all have a major impact on our health.

Change Up Your Brushing Routine

While brushing your hair is an essential practice to prevent it from getting knotted, those bristles can do some damage to your scalp and hair strands. To help minimize harm, you can switch up your hair brushing routine.

You should never brush wet hair. We know this may be a hard habit to break, especially if you’re used to brushing your hair straight out of the shower.

When it’s wet, hair is three times more vulnerable to breakage. A wide-tooth comb can help you detangle but otherwise, step away from the post-shower brush.

Instead, try brushing your hair before you shower. Detangling beforehand can help keep your hair strong and distribute oils from your scalp down the hair shaft — something that doesn’t happen when your hair is wet.

Manage Your Stress Levels

We know that’s easier said than done, but it’s no secret that stress has a toxic effect on the body, especially on the skin and hair. To put it simply, when our bodies are stressed, our hair shows it.

What’s worse, stress can cause hair loss. At moments of extreme stress, our hair follicles are pushed into a resting phase. They stop growing.

When the stress has subsided, many of the affected hair strands may suddenly fall out a few months later. Long story short, stress is no friend to your hair’s health. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, practice mindfulness, and make space for yourself to unwind and relax every day.

Swap In Silk Pillowcases

Skip the cotton pillowcase if you suffer from dry scalp and frizz, a silk pillowcase can be a godsend. Silk is naturally smooth and less porous than cotton, so hair easily moves around it with less friction.

Less friction = less breakage, knots, and frizz.

That’s why silk pillowcases and bonnets are so popular for those of us with curly hair. They help keep moisture in your hair and make for less bad hair days.

A Few Last Thoughts on Hair Health

Okay, the truth is you’re not going to become a hair commercial overnight. But with the right care routines, the right products, and a little bit of determination, you will start to see the quality and shine of your hair improve.

Remember the following tips when you’re looking to improve the health of your hair:

  1. Kick products with harmful ingredients to the curb.

  2. Cut out or cut back on damaging styling methods.

  3. Eat a diet rich in protein, Vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc. Stay hydrated.

  4. Get regular haircuts to manage split ends.

  5. Brush your hair before you shower and only when it’s dry.

  6. Keep your stress levels low.

  7. Start using silk pillowcases to prevent frizz.

Above all, be kind to your hair. Hair care is like any other form of self-care. For it to work, you need to make it a priority. Everything else will fall into place from there.

Check out Jupiter’s line of clean, scientifically formulated hair care products exclusively focused on scalp care. After all, healthy hair starts at the scalp. We’ve packed our products with the best ingredients for maintaining a balanced scalp microbiome and promoting a healthy looking head of hair.

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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.