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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 the health and appearance of our 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.

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How to Help Make Your Hair Stronger

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.

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Protect your Hair from Heat

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 in whenever you need to dry your hair.

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Distribute Natural Oils and Stimulate Your Scalp by Brushing Hair Before Bed

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 couldn’t be easier!

Moisturize and Prevent Breakage Using Natural Oils

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.

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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 flax seed oil.  

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.

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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.

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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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!

Include Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides in Your Diet!

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and the building block of healthy hair. Our Collagen Peptides work from the inside out to help support stronger hair. Collagen plays a huge part in cell renewal and the maintenance of the strength and elasticity of your hair. By adding peptides into your daily routine, you replenish the building blocks needed for strong and long locks!