Actually Productive Tips to Having Healthy, Thick, and Voluminous Hair

By: Malak Atwa

I have always struggled with my hair. How to style it, how to tame it, how to nourish it and take care of it. Growing up my mom had pin straight hair and she didn’t know how to take care of my hair either. So, I had to learn to do it by myself. I have been on such a long journey – that is still ongoing to this day – of loving, accepting and nourishing my hair and today I’m going to share with you what I have learned so far.

Listen 

Probably the most important thing is to listen to your hair, which I know sounds so stupid but it is so important that you do. Hair is just like skin, it differs from one person to the other. Just because your friend recommended you a product, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you the same way. Give your hair breaks. Don’t always keep it tied up, let it breath. Don’t play with it or touch it, leave it be. Constantly using products on your hair won’t magically fix it overnight. So, be very careful when testing out new products.

Wash-days

I’m sure you’ve heard this before but repetition is the mother to learning; wash your hair as little as possible. You scalp secrets natural oils that help keep the hair soft and shiny and also help in its growth. That oil secretion is very healthy for your hair. If you wash your hair everyday or every other day you’re basically stripping your hair from all of its natural oils. It’s very damaging to your hair. Limit washing your hair to 2-3 times a week at most. Also, the less you wash your hair, you’re developing a routine. Your scalp is a lot smarter than you think so by doing that, your hair will appear less greasy overtime but you’ll still get a lot of moisture, length, shine and volume.

Heat

I know for a fact that you already know this tip. Heat from styling tools or from the sun are very damaging to your hair. It thins out your hair, makes your hair more prone to split ends and dries it completely. Make sure to use heat protecting sprays and creams on your hair prior to going out in the sun and to using heat tools on your hair. Even though heat protecting products does protect your hair to some extent, it’s not totally foolproof. The best way is to limit your hair to heat exposure of any kind. Limit straightening or curling your hair to once a month as a start. And when going out in the sun try tying your hair up or wearing a hat to protect it from the sunrays.

Products.

Most videos you see on youtube about hair routines and how to properly take care of your hair usually have 10+ products, which may work for some people but again everyone is different. Just because a product is really expensive doesn’t mean it’ll work well for you and just because a product may be cheaper doesn’t mean that it wont work and vice versa. Price means nothing. Ingredients, however, mean everything. The less ingredients the better. The more organic and natural ingredients work best. You don’t need a lot of products, you just need the right ones and unfortunately i can’t help you with that. It’s a lot of trial and error. You need to figure out what works for you best and what doesn’t. 

Brushing

I’m sure that no one brushes their hair. However, it’s really important to make sure that you properly detangle your hair to prevent knots that way, while washing your hair, your hair can actually absorb the water to moisturize your hair correctly. Some people say it’s best to brush your hair when it’s wet, others say that if you do brush your hair while it’s wet it will cause hair breakage and think that it’s best to brush it dry. Like I said before; all hair is different. Find out what works best for your hair. Personally I like to brush my hair while washing it. When your hair properly absorbs the water, you’ll have less frizz. Make sure to brush your hair with either a wide tooth wooden comb or a brush with wooden bristles, again helps a lot with frizz.

Diet

A key to having healthy hair overall is having a healthy diet. Eating lots of protein and vegetables can help keep your hair long, soft and healthy. What you put on your hair is important, but what you put inside your body is even more important. Everything else comes with trial and error. It won’t happen overnight, you need to be careful and be patient. Treat your hair kindly.

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