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4 Tips for Softer and Shinier Hair

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.

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