Bad hair days happen to the best of us, but they don’t have to be a daily occurrence. While genetics play a role in color and texture, there are quite a few things we can still do to manage hair growth, to promote stronger, more vibrant hair. If you’re not a natural Rapunzel, or just want a little help getting your hair to cooperate before you leave for your day in the morning, consider these 10 tips that will help make your hair stronger and will ultimately show your hair some love.**
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How to Help Make Your Hair Stronger
1. Replace Your Daily Washes with Dry Shampoo
Daily shampoos remove the natural oils that are essential to protecting your hair and keeping it healthy. Getting hair dried and ready for the day using heat tools, including blow dryers, curling irons, etc., has the potential to cause damage and breakage, making hair appear shorter and more brittle. Opt for a natural DIY dry shampoo using organic cornstarch, or equal parts organic cornstarch + organic cocoa powder for darker hair tones.
And, if you're looking for more guidance here, explore this post on how often you should wash your hair.
2. Simple Way To Dry Your Hair Faster
Allowing your hair to dry naturally is always the best option, but if that’s not a practical solution, protect your hair using nourishing ingredients found right in your kitchen, such as grapeseed oil, to add shine and an extra layer of protection. Add a small amount to a spray bottle and keep on-hand whenever you need to dry your hair.
3. How Can I Make My Scalp Strong? We Answer That.
This is a common question! Here's our answer: Invest in a brush with boar bristles, or another non-synthetic bristle. Starting at your scalp, brush your hair down to distribute your hair’s natural healthy oils. This also works to stimulate your scalp, which encourages hair growth. It only takes 5 minutes and it couldn’t be easier!
4. Eat Foods Your Hair Will Love
Strong, healthy hair isn’t just a reflection of how we treat ourselves on the outside, but also how we nourish our bodies on the inside. Avoid fast, processed and sugar-laden foods. Instead, feed your body what it needs, including plenty of healthy fats, including those with omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, walnuts, flax seeds and flaxseed oil.
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5. How Can I Treat Weak Hair? Let's Explore That.
Argan and coconut oils, when applied to hair, naturally moisturize the hair shaft, prevent split ends and breakage, and add shine. Rub a quarter-sized amount of coconut oil or a dime-sized amount of Argan oil into your palm and gently massage into hair before bed for a natural overnight moisturizing hair mask.
(Psst! Read these tips on what to do before bed for stronger, healthier hair.)
6. Avoid Tight Buns or Wearing the Same Style Every Day
If you’ve ever noticed patches of hair that are prone to flyaways, frizz, and breakage, the issue may be your hairstyle! Wearing tight buns or a ponytail in the same spot causes hair to break more easily, appearing shorter or contributing to frizz. If you must wear your hair up, change the location of your ponytail or wear a looser style to prevent unwanted breakage.
7. Gently Brush Out Hair Using a Wide-Tooth Comb or Wet Brush
Our hair is the most vulnerable when wet. Yanking and pulling with a brush can contribute to broken strands and thinner locks. Instead, be gentle with your hair when wet, and use only a wide-tooth comb or a brush specially designed to glide through wet hair.
8. Rinse with Cold Water
Even though it may come as a shock to your system, rinsing your hair with cold water before leaving the shower closes the hair cuticle, adding shine and making your hair look smoother. Using cold water also helps seal in the moisture from your daily conditioner, which can help strengthen and add length to your hair.
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9. Don’t Fall for the Myth that Trims Will Make Your Hair Grow Faster
You heard it here – there’s no connection between the ends of your hair and your scalp. But trims do help hair appear healthier by removing the brittle dead ends caused by breakage. If you want to avoid unwanted trims and cuts, take care of your hair and use the tips above to prevent breakage. Your hair will appreciate the time to grow and your budget will enjoy the downtime, too!
10. Include Vital Proteins® Collagen in Your Diet!
Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong.
So, what is collagen made of? Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine — all of which help our body's connective tissue, skin, hair and nails stay as healthy as possible.** As we age, and the more stress we put on our body, the greater the impact on collagen production. Adding ingestible collagen to a balanced diet can help our bodies regenerate what’s been lost or broken down.**
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