With the busyness of planning your wedding you could easily forget to think about the health of your hair. You don’t want a situation where you have a month left before you get married, and start panicking about the condition of your hair. So, working towards having healthy hair, before your wedding, should be one of your priorities.
First of all, what is unhealthy hair? Some of the key unhealthy hair problems are split ends, breakage, dullness, dry and brittle hair. If your hair is showing any of those signs, you definitely need to get it strong and healthy before your wedding.
These are some of the main things you can do to get healthy hair:
- Trim away dead ends
Did you know trimming your hair regularly promotes healthy growth? Some women believe the myth that trimming or cutting your hair will stop it from growing. However, trimming will remove dead ends and split ends and promote new growth. Also, if you dye your hair, it’s even more important to get it trimmed often. Chemicals in the dye will dull your hair and split the ends. So, for healthy hair, regular trips to your hairdresser for a trim will work wonders.
- Eat healthy foods
The food you eat will reflect the condition of your hair. If you eat junk food, be prepared for unhealthy hair. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals will boost your hair health and improve the quality.
For healthy hair include the following in your diet:
- Iron provides essential mineral to the hair follicles and reduces hair loss. Foods rich in iron include spinach, leafy green vegetables, lentils, kale, red meat, chicken and salad greens.
- Strong, healthy, shiny hair looks fabulous. You can achieve this by eating enough protein. So, eat a combination of turkey, fish (salmon and tuna), cheese, eggs, yoghurt, tofu, dairy products and nuts.
- Omega-3 fatty acids provide the important oils for hydrated hair and scalp. Some of the foods that have Omega-3 are avocado, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, salmon, mackerel and sardines.
- Vitamin C supplies your hair shafts with necessary nutrients. Delicious papaya, sweet potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, Kiwi fruits, oranges and guavas contain Vitamin C.
- Drink lots of water
Fall in love with water. Always have a glass or bottle of water with you. Drink, at least, eight glasses every day. This wonder liquid hydrates your body from the inside. This includes your hair which gets thirsty. Drinking lots of water will flush out all poisonous toxins from your body. Plus, you’ll have a healthy body, radiant skin and glossy hair.
- Cut back on heating appliances
Constant use of curling tongs, straighteners or hair dryers can cause serious damage to the outer layer (the cuticle) of your hair. Eventually, your hair will lose moisture and end up dry, brittle and dull looking. In addition, breakage and split ends are also likely.
To avoid abusing your hair with too much heat, air-dry your locks instead of using a hair dryer. If you haven’t got time to sit and wait for your hair to dry naturally, turn the heat settings down to warm instead of hot. Also, use a thermal protector to minimise heat damage.
- Use conditioner to feed your hair
Conditioner is great for putting back moisture in your hair. Use a leave-in conditioner after washing to keep your strands nourished.
Use deep conditioner regularly. For added benefits, after applying the deep conditioner, wrap a hot towel around your head. Keep it on for 10-20 minutes. If the towel goes cold before the time is up, remove it, reheat it and put it back on your head. When buying a conditioner, choose one that’s high in moisture.
Avocado is delicious in salads, but did you know it can feed moisture to your hair? It’s packed with protein and will also make your hair shaft strong. Peel and mash a ripe avocado, add a teaspoon of jojoba oil and a teaspoon of wheat germ oil. Mix all the ingredients together and apply to your hair after washing. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the mixture on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterwards.
So, prep your hair for at least six months before your wedding. It will be worth the effort. Use these tips for healthy, lustrous hair. And on your wedding day, you’ll be smiling instead of stressing about your hair.