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The new year is a perfect time to kick those bad habits to the curb and make a change for the better! Going to the gym and getting healthy is usually high on everybody’s to-do list for the new year, but what about hair health? When it comes to your hair, here are five good habits to stick to in 2019 – regardless of your hair type.
If you’re running a race, you put in the right fuel, right? Your hair operates on the same principle. A healthy, balanced diet contributes to healthy hair.
If you want hair that’s healthy in the long run, look at increasing the amount of lean protein you eat. Protein is a big part of your hair, strengthening and repairing it from within. Also, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B, and omega-3,-6 and -9 fatty acids, because they’re major contributors to skin, hair and nail health. You can find these hair helpers in lean meat, fish, eggs, dark leafy vegetables, yoghurt and nuts and seeds.
We admit, we’d rather have a soda too, but aim to drink at least 6–8 glasses of water every day (a good guideline is one glass for every 10kg of body weight). Doing that will help your hair and scalp to stay hydrated and improving overall body function. Increasing water intake is especially essential for showcasing your gorgeous summer looks. It’s easy to slip into a state of mild dehydration when the heat is on.
For the record, African hair is more prone to dryness and craves hydration. By drinking more water, you’ll be providing that hydration from the inside out, helping to guard against breakage and brittleness.
A healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand. Admittedly, you don’t have much control over the stress in your life, but you can adopt some strategies to soften its impact. You want to do that given the havoc stress can play on your hair. Think hair loss, hair thinning and premature greying.
Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night - you can’t hide the condition of your hair with makeup tricks. Aim for daily 20-minute walks that get you away from your desk. Develop an emotional support network of people you can talk to. Also, try not to overload your schedule with voluntary activities. Learn to appreciate some quiet “me time”. Your hair will thank you for it.
The sense of post-holiday chill is real, so you’re probably tempted to slack off a bit in terms of your haircare regime. Perhaps you haven’t washed and nourished your dreads in a while. Maybe you’ve had that weave on for over a month. Much like an exercise routine, haircare requires a commitment to show results.
At the same time, don’t be lazy when it comes to reading the instructions of products for natural haircare at home. You need to follow the how-to carefully to enjoy maximum effectiveness.
Scheduling an appointment at a reputable salon is a great first step to take on your New Year’s resolutions. While you’re with your stylist, ask them about which natural hair care products will work best on your hair.
If you have a question about your specific hair type and style, asking a haircare professional opens up a world of cost-effective techniques and tricks that can save you time and money. Not only are they knowledgeable, but they also love hair – and want to help you get the most out of yours.
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