With spring around the corner, take some time to spring clean your hair routine. Use these tips to guide you to a healthier hair lifestyle.

 

Maintain a Balanced Diet

Before you can consider the products you are putting on your hair, think about what you are putting in your body. Your hair is made mostly of protein, so eating a diet of protein-rich food (fish, meat, eggs, and beans) is important. Also, foods rich in vitamins C and E (berries, spinach, and avocados) will build stronger strands, thanks to their collagen-producing properties. Don’t forget about water; hydration is key to a healthy mane.

 

Limit Use of Hot Tools

Ideally, one should avoid hot tools altogether, but for a realistic goal try to limit their use. Additionally, the type of tools you are using are just as important as protecting your hair before using them. Opt for solid ceramic tools to distribute heat evenly to your tresses (and help to lock in your style) and tools with ionic technology to add moisture to your hair as you style.

 

Look Out for Ingredients

As you shop the hair care aisle, look for products with strengthening ingredients to nourish strands. Grab products that use coconut oil, Argan oil, cocoa butter, tea tree oil, and green tea. Avoid damaging ingredients like sulfates, parabens, isopropyl alcohol, and silicones.

 

Evaluate Brush Technique

Be gentle when brushing your mane as aggressive brushing will cause damage. Consider brushing your hair twice a day by working from the bottom up for shiny, untangled hair. Strands are more susceptible to breakage when wet, so detangle your hair by brushing before the shower. If you need to brush directly following your shower, use a wide-tooth comb to prevent breakage. For the best brush for your hair type, check out our blog.

 

Don’t Overwash

Speaking of the shower, you don’t want to wash your locks more than you have to. Washing too frequently can strip hair of the natural oils that keep it healthy, so aim to wash every other day. Your washing routine is up to you (and your hair); if your scalp becomes itchy or looks oily then it may be time to lather up.