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30 Best Hair Care Tips for Healthy Locks

Avoid Brushing Wet Hair

When your hair is wet, it’s actually much weaker than when it's dry. Like nails, hair is extremely prone to breakage after you step out of the shower due to the humid, wet environment. One of the worst habits you could have is brushing your hair while it’s wet. A brush pulls on your hair and could cause stands to split or snap from the pressure.

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Get Regular Trims

Regular trims won’t help your hair grow faster, but it can improve the look and feel of your hair. A trim rids your do of split ends, so you’ll have less breakage and fly-aways. This also makes your locks look fuller.

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Hide Gray with Eyeshadow

If you want to hide your gray hair, you can do so with eyeshadows or other makeup powders. If you’re in between touch ups, just grab a thicker brush and put the product at the roots.

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Don’t Wash Everyday

Washing your hair every day rids it of the natural oils that protect it. In response, your hair produces more oil, which gives you the greasy second-day look that everyone hates. Instead, wash your hair three times a week maximum. You may be surprised how little oil your hair produces in between washes.

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Use Lukewarm Water to Rinse

Nothing is more appealing than a hot, steamy shower, but it’s bad for your hair. Lukewarm water can help get your hair just as clean without all the damage.

Rinse with Cold Water for Shine

If you can stand it, rinsing your hair with cold water can boost shine. It also helps seal the hair cuticle for a smoother appearance. 

Buy Sulfate-Free Products

Sulfates are what turns your shampoo into a thick lather, but it also can cause frizziness, damage colored hair, and strip your hair of all its natural oils. Sulfate-free shampoo is a healthier option for your hair that works with your body chemistry rather than against it.

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Deep Condition Occasionally

Even if you only shampoo three times a week, you should still deep condition every now and then. It helps restore your hair to its natural state and helps reduce the amount of oil that’s produced.

Keep Away the Heat

Heating tools damage your hair, whether it’s a straightener, curling iron, or hair dryer. The higher the heat, the worse it is for your hair. If you need to blow dry, try to use the cold air option with a diffuser.

Get Heat Protectants

If you must use heating tools, buy a heat protectant. These are products that put a protective layer around your hair to keep it from becoming damaged by the high temperatures. They’re usually cheap and can make a huge difference.

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Fight Frizz with Serums

Frizzy hair can be a pain to deal with. Instead of using a straightener, you can use a serum to tame your locks. It hydrates your hair while smoothing it out.

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Detox Your Hair

After a week or so, the products you’ve used become built up in your hair. Even shampoo can leave a film on your hair that increases oil production and dandruff. Thankfully, you can detox your hair with a clarifying shampoo that removes everything you’ve used.

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Never Use Rubber Bands

Even if it’s sweltering hot, don’t use a rubber band to put your hair up. The rubber grips your hair and rips it out from the root. Instead, try to tie it up with a string or use a pencil to put it in a bun.

Brush Every Morning

Before you get in the shower or after you get up, give your hair a good brush. Doing this distributes oils away from the roots and down to the tips. Not only will this make it look less dirty, the oils can help protect your hair from day-to-day damage.

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Purchase a Soft Bristled Brush

Soft bristle brushes help distribute oil from the roots while being delicate on your hair. Plus, they can also help stimulate the scalp and increase circulation. This can improve hair quality and increase growth.

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Tease Gently

Many hairstyles call for you to tease your hair. As long as you do it gently, you can get the lift you want without damaging your hair. Use a light hand when you’re teasing rather than gripping the comb tight and rapidly scraping the comb along your hair.

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Sunscreen Your Hair

Just like your skin, your hair needs to be protected from the sun. Any sort of UV protection is a great way to keep your hair from being damaged. For those that are especially worried, hats work great to keep your hair hidden from harmful rays.

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Avoid Tight Hairstyles

Tight hairstyles pull at the root and increase the chance of shedding. After a while, this can lead to damaged, thin hair. Tight hairstyles are especially bad when you’re sleeping, since your hair rubs against your pillow. If you’re the type that loves a tight braid or ponytail, consider a looser style while you’re sleeping.

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Opt for Natural Hair Masks

Natural hair masks can be perfect for bringing your hair back to life. It’s also less expensive than most products on the market. One of the most popular masks is an egg, two tablespoons of mayo, a tablespoon of olive oil, and a tablespoon of honey. Wait 30 minutes and wash it out with shampoo.

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Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy body means healthy hair. Eating a diet that has a good amount of protein, iron, vitamin C, omega-3s, and biotin can improve the feel of your hair. Some vitamins and minerals help growth while others improve the strength of your hair.

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Brighten with Lemon and Beer

Instead of lightening your hair with dyes, choose natural ingredients. Lemon and beer are known for brightening your hair. You can also use herbal tea if you don’t want to smell like beer.

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Condition the Ends

Your scalp produces its own oils, so there’s no need to condition it. Instead, condition the ends that could be dry from lack of oils.

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Shampoo the Scalp

If you need to wash your hair, focus on washing the scalp. This is where your hair is the oiliest. The ends likely don’t need to be shampooed.

Buy a Satin Pillowcase

A satin pillowcase is great for your skin and hair. Unlike cotton and other materials, satin reduces the amount of friction while you sleep. This means a reduced number of split ends and a lower risk of wrinkles on your face.

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Rinse Well

A good shampoo and conditioner can help your hair as long as they're washed out completely. Leaving shampoo on your scalp too long can dry it out while conditioner can leave you with a weighted down feeling.

Towel Dry Gently

Rubbing your hair with a towel will increase the amount of frizz you experience. When you towel dry, gently rub the towel against your hair and squeeze the water into the fabric.

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Move While Blow Drying

One of the biggest mistakes people make is holding their hairdryer in one place. It dries your hair faster, but it also severely damages that spot specifically. Instead, continuously move while you blow dry.

Move Your Part

One of the easiest things you can do to make your hair look healthier is just to move your part. Your hair will look fuller and have more body because the roots will be a little lifted.

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Massage Your Scalp

Massaging your scalp increases the amount of blood flow to the skin and follicle. A healthy scalp means less flakiness and increased hair growth. The hair that does grow will be healthier and shinier. 

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Dye Dirty Hair

Dyeing your hair is one of the worst things you can do. The process strips your hair and puts it into an incredibly dry state. When you dye dirty hair, it is protected by your natural oils so it less damaged as the chemicals color it.