While brides-to-be typically spend quite a bit of energy focusing on getting in good shape for their big day or tending to their complexion, many times they neglect another important part of their body that requires some pampering: the hair! Your hair probably gets quite a bit of attention on a daily basis, but all that blow drying, flat ironing, curling, and product can really take its toll. In order to get your hair in the best possible condition for your wedding, you should take some proactive measures. With a few simple steps, you’ll have your healthiest hair yet!
1. Go Natural
Heat, styling, and products can really wear down your hair and cause breakage, dryness, and split ends. Whenever you can, opt to let your hair air dry and give it a break from products. During the quarantine is a great time to really give your hair a break from styling tools and heat, letting it fully recuperate and get healthy.
2. Deep Condition Regularly
Once a week, take time to apply a deep conditioning mask to your hair and scalp to really nourish it. This serves to provide added hydration to your locks and scalp, preventing dryness, flaking, and itchiness. It makes your hair softer and look better, too! There are a range of products you can use that achieve this goal.
3. Use Heat Protectant
For those instances when you can’t avoid using heated styling tools on your hair, be sure to use some kind of heat protectant. This is the best way to protect against breakage. To aid in making the heat “better” for your hair, avoid using the highest possible heat setting as you style. Finally, make sure that you’re using updated heat tools. It’s tempting to hang on to that old trusty blow dryer, but technology has evolved quite a bit in the past few years, and current models of hot tools are better for hair health.
4. Turn the Water Temperature Down
While it may be tempting to indulge in a scalding hot shower as a way to unwind after a long day, this is bad for your hair. Hot water dries hair out and washes color out of hair faster than cold water does. Aim to take a warm shower rather than a hot one. (It’ll be more gentle on your skin, too.)
5. Limit Dry Shampoo Use
Dry shampoo is convenient to extend the life of a blowout, however, it can cause a buildup of residue on the scalp. This leads to itchiness and inflammation. For that reason, limit dry shampoo usage to once or twice a week.
6. Brush Only Once a Day
Obviously it’s a necessity to brush your hair, but doing so more than once a day could cause breakage at your ends.
7. Get Regular Trims
Visiting your salon every six to eight weeks is key to keeping your hair healthy. This is the most effective way to clean your hair up, ridding it of split ends and the “broken” and “dead” pieces.
8. Eat the Right Diet
What you eat can really affect the health of your hair. Since hair is made primarily of protein, not getting enough of it will lead to finer, weaker hair that is more prone to split ends. Eat enough chicken, seafood, eggs, and nuts to work towards strong and healthy locks.
You’ll also want to eat foods rich in vitamin A. This includes orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. These foods stimulate sebum production, which is a healthy oil responsible for nourishing the scalp. Eating an abundance of these vegetables will make your hair better hydrated and shinier.
Accessorize in the form of a hat when you go out in the sun to protect your locks. Sun exposure oxidizes hair and dries it out. A hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from being dried out or burning in the sun. Plus, it’s a fun way to wear a cute accessory!
10. Use the Right Ingredients
Using products that contain the right ingredients is another measure that’s key to healthy hair. You want to use hair products that consist of a strengthening formula made up of proteins and moisturizing properties and ingredients. Read your products’ labels to find those that have things like amino acids, which is another word for proteins. Avoid products that contain ingredients like sulfates, parabens, isopropyl alcohol, and behentrimonium chloride. These ingredients are actually harmful to hair and your scalp.
It’s easy to have healthy hair when you follow these tips and tricks leading up to your big day.