Bad hair days are a bummer; that's a beauty truth.
When your hair is in good health, it undoubtedly looks better, and the chances of bad hair days happening are far less likely— or at least less frequent.
The challenge is your strands are constantly prone to hair damage: dullness, thinning, dryness, breakage, frizz, and more. With all these potential strand stresses, it's no surprise that having healthy hair requires effort to keep it looking lush. And while there isn't a secret shortcut to healthier hair, taking time to keep strands strong is worth the commitment. With small tweaks to your routine, maintaining great hair can be effortless.
Sheila Brook, a Los Angeles-based celebrity hair dresser, shares her pro-tips to help you establish healthy habits in your haircare routine for great hair days ahead!
1. Use a scalp brush while you shower.
Unlike your fingers, a scalp brush with soft bristles will be able to get down and deep to clean the hair roots & dislodge any dirt. "Using a scalp brush is the most natural and quick solution to prevent or end your existing scalp troubles." explains Brook, "Its soft silicone bristles effectively remove dead skin & bacteria that causes the majority of our hair issues."
One added benefit: It allows your natural oils to keep your hair and scalp nourished and healthy.
2. Condition correctly — and with care.
Unless your hair is long (read: Rapunzel-like), a nickel-size drop of conditioner is plenty for most textures and lengths. "Apply your conditioner first to the mid-shaft and ends of your hair; then work your way up to the scalp," advises Brook. It's important to make sure your scalp gets hydration as well. Leave it on for a full minute before washing it out. If you are a dry shampoo addict (no judgement!), this is especially important to prevent a dry scalp.
3. Take time for hair masks.
To keep strands hydrated and smooth, "use a moisturizing hair mask or deep conditioner at least once a week, and more frequently if you use hot tools regularly," says Brook. Her go-to: Matrix Biolage HydraSource Deep Treatment Pack, which leaves hair feeling soft and shiny without weighing hair down.
4. Be mindful of key ingredients.
Staring down the haircare aisle can be overwhelming: with endless haircare options, how do you choose the one? As you pick out your products, narrow down your options by looking for strengthening ingredients, which will nourish your strands. Brook suggests incorporating coconut oil, Argan oil, aloe, or spirulina into your regimen.
5. Eat a balanced diet.
You already know that you are what you eat. "Your hair is mostly made up of protein, so eating a balanced diet of protein rich food is important," says Brook. Add these items to your grocery list:
Other good sources of hair food: berries, spinach, and avocados, along with anything else rich in vitamins C and E which will help boost collagen production, resulting in stronger strands.