When you decide to embark upon a healthy hair care journey, this relationship over time becomes personal, nurturing and you get to learn many things about yourself and your unique hair texture no one else will.
Here are six tips to help guide you on your healthy hair journey:
1. CREATE A ROUTINE
Creating a routine provides structure and discipline that help you stay on track with your hair needs. A well-thought-out hair care regimen allows you to set aside time and keeps you on track with your hair goals.
2. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE.
I can’t stress this enough. We need to condition and moisturize the hair regularly. Some textures need to be moisturized every week, if not daily. The key is to find the right products for your hair needs that are water-based. Stay away from petroleum and mineral oils.
3. REDUCE HEAT STYLING
Frequent heat styling not only dries our hair but causes it to look dull and become tangled and brittle. Reduce heat style and use a heat protector. The best practice is to avoid using heat altogether and go for a protective style.
4. BE CONSISTENT
Being consistent will help you gain clarity and allows you to feel good about the goals you set out to achieve for your hair. Sticking to your hair care regime can only lead to progress which is a good feeling.
5. BE PATIENT
None of the clients who I’ve helped over the years to achieve and maintain healthy hair said the journey was easy. It takes time and patience. Each person's journey and goal will be different, and you need to consider your hair type, texture, and where you are starting from. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
6. EAT A BALANCED DIET
In my Nutrition & Healthy Hair blog, I wrote about the importance of nutrition and its impact on hair health. Healthy hair starts from the inside out, and the foods we choose make a difference. Eating protein-building, mineral-rich, and nutrient-dense foods helps boost hair growth and reduce hair loss.
I hope these six tips will help you where you are on your healthy hair journey. Know it is attainable to achieve healthy long hair, but you need to have a plan in place and be consistent to succeed.