Healthy hair is a sign of youth, fertility and overall health. It is no wonder that women spend so much time making their hair look just right. However, no matter what style, no matter what color your hair; if your hair is not healthy you are not making the most of it. These healthy hair tips for women will help to put the strength, shine and moisture back into any dry and brittle locks.
The best thing woman can do for long-term healthy hair is to eat an overall healthy diet. The Centers for Disease Control released information stating that women on diets used to control high blood pressure and cholesterol also had reportedly healthier hair. This healthy diet entailed eating more fruits and vegetables while reducing fatty foods.
When looking for hair healthy foods, consider the vitamins and minerals that may prove helpful. Iron, zinc, biotin or omega-3 fatty acids are among the most beneficial nutrients for healthy hair. If deficient in these nutrients, hair may appear thin, dull and brittle. Additionally, vitamins A, B and E can boost hair shine and strength. Eating plenty of carrots, beans, fish, leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, eggs and fruit should provide enough of these minerals and vitamins to create lustrous hair.
Hair can never look healthy when it is riddled with split ends. For the healthiest hair you should find a reliable hairstylist. Women with short hairstyles should have their hair trimmed every six weeks to stay on top of any split ends. Women with longer styles, or those looking to grow out their hair, need a trim every two to three months. Since hair grows at a rate of half an inch per month, this will allow for decent hair growth.
Many common hair products for women cause excessive drying of the hair. This results in a frizzy, static-filled, unmanageable mane. The number one attributer to this kind of hair damage is alcohol. Alcohol in hair products strips the hair of its natural oils. While this may leave your hair feeling cleaner than ever, it is making the hair susceptible to long-term breaking and damage.
When purchasing any regularly used hair products, such as shampoo and conditioner, search for those products that claim to boost shine and hair strength. Most of these products limit the amount and types of alcohol they utilize. You should also read the ingredient labels of your products. Any alcohol used in a product should be listed in the second half of the ingredients list. This indicates that it is not one of the main ingredients and will likely offer the proper amount alcohol. It is also possible to limit dryness by shampooing every other day, rather than daily. This allows for the natural oils to work their magic.
Daily heat drying, curling and flattening can leave hair thin, brittle and burnt-out. However, without these daily abuses it is difficult for many women to achieve an attractive style. To limit the amount of heat damage done, air-dry the hair as often as possible. You can also try placing your hair in a ponytail, bun or other up-do a couple times a week to give your curling iron or flat iron a break.