Here are some healthy hair habits that I’ve learned and I’m pretty sure you all have heard as well. The habits of healthy hair really does not change and is the same across the board. What will change between people, is the routine you use and how often you do these steps. It does not matter whether your relaxed, natural, texlaxed, or texturized, all hair benefits from these steps.
These habits are not in any kind of order. I have not mastered all of these habits YET but I am aware of them and have done and experienced all of them on my hair.
Just like anything, habits can make or break your progress and results. The same with hair, if you neglect one of these habits, such as co-washing and constantly shampoo than it can cause your hair to get very dry and lead to breakage regardless of hair type. Vice-versa, if you overkill on a habit it could also cause damage to your hair depending on what your hair needs. I’m still learning my hair and what it likes and don’t like.
Ok. So now that I talked to your head off..lol… let’s get into the “habits to master”, again in no particular order…
1. Eat healthy – Ok. So I know I said “no order” but I HAD to put this first because this not only benefits your hair but is an overall health improvement. Be careful with “healthy” foods, be sure your checking labels. I will do a post about how to read labels. I’m not a professional by any means but I do know some things about label-reading and still learning. Focus on nutrition, work to push processed foods out of your diet and go for organic or natural (which I’ll also be posting difference between the two). Go for fruit, vegetables and lean meat and of course lots of water (atleast 8 cups but varies with individuals).
2. Deep Conditioning (DC) – I have to admit I am not faithful at this YET but that does not change the fact that it IS important and I know will make a big difference in my hair once I’m more consistent with it. I also compensate by doing more co-washes. The number of times you deep condition per month is determined by how often you co-wash. If you co-wash at-least 3x a week than you should only need to DC about once a month.
3. Co-washing – I have heard to shampoo once for every 3 or so co-washes. I personally shampoo once a week and co-wash 5-6x a week. Atleast right now because my hair is VERY dry and I have hard water that affects my hair more. Co-washing is excellent in that it forces you to stop using harsh drying shampoos and help in moisture retention but I found that I also had to make sure I check my conditioner for certain things as well (go to #4).
4. Keep your hair products as natural as possible – Try to buy natural hair products and avoid any unnecessary exposure to chemicals that many of our hair products contain. Some of the chemicals you want to try to avoid especially if you find your hair is not responding like you want it to (ex. continuously dry) is silicone or any cone for that matter (or make sure its not the first 5 ingredients), parabens, sulfates, and phalates.
5. Seal in moisture – For natural hair I found that this is very important because our scalps do not produce enough oil to moisturize our hair. Sealing in moisture just consists of first applying a good moisturizer could also be water and sealing with a good oil, ex olive oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil, shea butter, etc. I work to seal in moisture atleast once a day sometimes twice. Once using a moisturizer and oil, then once using water as moisturizer and an oil, morning and night.
6. Protective styling – This is basically protecting your ends. Whether your bunning, cornrolls, some twist outs, or even wigs. The first time I went natural I wore wigs very often, I didn’t know much about “protective styling” but it was very convenient and benefited my hair A LOT.
7. Stimulate your scalp with massage – This is a good technique not only for its stress relieving benefits but it boost circulation to the scalp therefore to your hair follicles. I have been doing this lately with my night “seal-in moisture” with my oil mixture. I’ve been trying to do it atleast 4-5 times a week.
8. Avoid brushing excessively, particularly wet hair – Try to use a wide tooth comb for styling instead. I really don’t use a brush now except SOMETIMES on my edges. When I was natural before and my hair was longer, I rarely brushed as well because it just felt damaging…lol.
9. Limit heat styling – The purpose of avoiding or limiting heat is to minimize heat damage but I cat say I’m a full advocate of such. Although I am right now because my hair is shorter. I can say that daily or multiple times a week would be damaging and I NEVER used that much heat even before all of this hair attention. Also, make sure to protect your hair prior to using heat with products formulated to protect against heat. Besides using heat there are a lot of beautiful hair styles without using heat.
10. Avoid over processing – Over processing occurs from getting relaxers to close together and re-perming previously permed hair, from getting a relaxer and color to close together, leaving relaxer on hair to long, or overlapping any chemical treatments. If you are inexperienced and would like your chemically altered have a trained stylist do your hair, which in all honesty is still a chance, if you don’t know them. If possible try to stretch your relaxers (5-6mths) to avoid overlapping.
11. Listen to YOUR hair!!! – Please make sure your listening to YOUR hair. Don’t just do what everyone else is doing or go to YouTube and try to do what someone else is doing because you want your hair the same length as theirs. Whats working for them may NOT work for you. Rule of thumb… if it’s working and your getting results you don’t necessarily need to change it. Swapping out one or two items to try something else is fine but I’m just saying don’t get so caught up in someone elses’ routine that you don’t create one for yourself or stick to the one you created.
12. Take Your Vitamins– Getting enough vitamins and minerals is extremely important to having healthy hair that grows more quickly. Take a daily multivitamin. Taking supplements help ensure you’re getting enough B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, and zinc, which are all essential to healthy hair growth. These nutrients will help keep your hair strong, reduce breakage and hair loss.
So these are all my “healthy hair habits” that I have for you. I hope it was beneficial. Let me know your feedback…
God bless… India 🙂