Everyone wants softer
and shinier hair, but sometimes it can seem challenging to achieve without
expensive products. However, there are several ways you can get silkier hair
without spending loads of money.
In this post, we’ll
highlight four of the top ways to achieve smoother locks, as recommended by
hair professionals. Read on to learn how to get your softest hair yet!
1. Try not to wash your hair every day
It may seem counterintuitive
but washing your hair daily can actually be harmful. How often you should
shampoo your hair depends on several factors, including your hair type and the
products you use, but experts say that it’s okay to skip your daily wash.
If you like the feel of
having cleanly washed hair each day, there are alternatives to shampoo. Instead,
you could try using dry shampoo to limit the buildup of oil and grease. You
could also experiment with “co-washing,” where you use conditioner in place of
(or in combination with) regular shampoo.
2. Keep up with your routine haircuts
Even if you don’t plan
on switching up your style every time you go to the hair salon, it’s still
important to get regular trims. Frequently snipping the ends of your hair helps
prevent breakage and lets you avoid split ends.
So how often should you
visit the salon? It depends on the style, length and texture of your hair, but
as a general rule, professionals recommend getting a quick trim about every
eight weeks. Consult with your stylist to see what’s best for your hair.
3. Incorporate healthy foods into your diet
You already know that
eating fresh, nutrient-rich foods has many positive impacts on your overall
health. But did you know that some specific foods can improve the health of
your hair as well?
In order for it to grow
long and strong, your hair needs things like proteins, vitamins and healthy
fats. Make sure your diet includes foods such as eggs, fish, nuts and vitamin
D. These types of foods include minerals that promote healthy hair, including biotin and selenium.
4. Don’t cause unnecessary damage
In your day-to-day life,
there are many common things that may be causing hair damage – unbeknownst to
you. For example, you may be causing breakage by using certain hair elastics
that rip and tug at your hair, or by brushing or combing your hair too roughly.
However, you can make
simple swaps to minimise accidental damage. Try to seek out products that are
gentler on your hair, and if you’re using hot tools (like blow dryers and
straighteners) always use a heat protectant spray. You can also switch your old
cotton pillowcase for one that’s made from silk or satin, to avoid breakage as
you toss and turn throughout the night.
With these tips, you’ll
be well on your way to having softer and shinier hair. As a general rule to
keep in mind, the less stress you put on your locks (by way of harsh chemicals,
poor diet and rough hair accessories), the healthier your hair will be.
Taylor Freitas is a freelance writer and content marketer/editor. She has written for publications across the world and works with global brands to drive awareness, generate leads, and convert prospects into loyal, returning customers.