A head full of gorgeous, glossy strands is the ultimate beauty aspiration, but styling, lifestyle habits and aging can take a toll, resulting in less-than-lustrous locks. Luckily, there are some easy changes you can make to keep your hair looking healthy and beautiful. Ahead, we’ve culled some of the best hair-transforming tips.
Take Your Vitamins
Although a nutrient-rich diet is key for healthy hair, supplements can help boost strands’ beauty as well. Biotin, a B vitamin, has been found to promote hair thickness and strength as well as increase shine. The Omega-3 fats found in fish oil capsules can improve the health of the scalp and promote shine and a healthier texture. Silica, a trace mineral often lacking in Western diets, may help strengthen hair and reduce the likelihood of damage.
Bad habits like smoking, skimping on sleep or overdoing it with alcohol and processed foods compromise your health—and can be reflected in your scalp and hair. Make an effort to lead a healthy, balanced life and you’ll see a difference in your overall appearance. Also, steer clear of stress, which can lead to a number of health problems, including hair loss. Regular exercise, deep breathing and other relaxation techniques help keep your stress levels low—and your follicles intact!
Hands On—and Off
Running your fingers through your hair, twirling it and other forms of constant handling is a nervous habit that can severely stress out your tresses. The repetitive pulling and friction causes breakage and might even lead to hair loss. Since you may not notice yourself doing it, make a conscious effort to keep your hands away from your hair. On the other hand, scalp massage is good for locks since it boosts circulation and helps distribute natural oils throughout the hair. Here’s a how-to: Spread your fingers over your scalp, and, applying gentle pressure, make rapid circular movements over your entire head (think of making a “spider” with your hands). Begin at the front of your head and move toward the nape of your neck, then back again. Extra credit: add a spray or two of your favorite hair oil like Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Multi-Restorative Dry Oil.
We all know chlorine can do a number on your hair color, but it can also affect strands’ integrity. But there’s no need to swear off swimming. Before heading to the pool, work a small amount of color nourishing conditioner into the mid-length and ends of hair. It will help stave off some of the damaging effects of chlorine. Try: Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray.
One of the biggest threats to hair health? Over styling. Daily use of hot appliances like flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers can compromise locks, leading to breakage. You’ll notice signs like overall dullness or short, unruly pieces that didn’t come from your stylist’s scissors. To minimize damage, blow dry locks on a warm—not hot—setting and use a product formulated to protect strands from heat (we like Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Xtreme Straight Crème). It’s also important to give your hair some days off each week, allowing it to dry naturally or putting it up in a chic updo rather than styling it. To strengthen worn-out locks, try products from the Advanced Haircare Triple Resist collection. For serious damage control, Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 is your must-have lineup.