Healthy hair is important, not just for looks. Your hair can be a symbol of your health, your wealth, and more. If you are ill, sometimes your hair can be the first sign of an issue.
Don’t take your hair for granted, because you may not have it forever. While you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars at a salon every month, there are some things you can do to keep your hair healthier, and maybe keep it around a bit longer.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Much
You only need to wash your hair 2 to 3 times a week. Anymore than that is overkill, and it can dry out your hair and scalp. However, if you live someplace humid (and you’re sweating often) are you workout on a regular basis, you will want to wash your hair more to combat the sweat on your scalp.
Condition Your Hair
Conditioning your hair can help put some of the oils back into your hair and scalp that get removed with washing. One thing that most people don’t do, and should when it comes to conditioning, is to dry your hair off some before conditioning. This allows the conditioner to actually penetrate your strands.
Get It Trimmed
Everyone needs a trim at different times. Someone that has hair that grows fast may want to get it trimmed more often than someone with the same hair length that has slower growing hair. Those with short hairstyles tend to need a cut around every 4 to 6 weeks, while someone with longer hair may be able to put their trims off until up to weeks.
If you notice split ends you may want to schedule your haircut even if you haven’t made it to the recommended amount of time for a regular cut or trim.
Talk To Your Doctor About Changes
If you have been noticing any changes in your hair growth, the way that your hair feels, or you notice some extra hair loss, it could be a sign of something wrong with your immune system, a thyroid deficiency, or it could be because of a medication you are on.
Be Careful With Products
The last thing you want to pay attention to when it comes to hair care is what you are putting on your hair and what you are doing with your hair on a daily basis. Heat treating your hair, like with curling irons and blow dryers, can cause hair damage and makes it even more important to condition and care for your hair.
You also want to make sure that you are paying attention to the ingredients in your products. Gels and other styling products can often contain much alcohol in them which can dry out your hair and scalp. If you aren’t washing your hair well enough products can build up and cause dandruff as well.