You don't need to spend a lot of money for expensive shampoos and treatments, or even at expensive salons. Follow these simple hair tips to get beautiful, healthy hair naturally at home. Learn about your hair type and how to care for it properly for luscious locks.
How to get healthy hair naturally at home (easy tips)
Hair is really important for a lot of people. For many women, rightly or wrongly, it's a symbol of their femininity. For both men and women having great looking hair can improve confidence and the way you feel about yourself. When your hair isn't feeling its best, you can realise that you're not feeling your best either.
You might spend a lot of time on your hair, but not everyone really knows how to take care of their hair properly. You might have tried out a variety of products and haircare methods, but how well do you really know your hair? It's important to know about not just haircare in general, but also your own hair type and how to take care of it.
Everyone's hair is different, so knowing your own and how it might change is a must if you want to keep it healthy and looking good. There are some essential things that you should know about your hair and how to care for it to keep it looking beautiful, shiny, full and luscious!
Use the best products and hair care regime for your hair type
Figuring out a good haircare routine isn't always easy. First, you have to get to know your hair, then you have to find what works for you. Not only do you need to figure out a routine to care for your hair, but you also have to find the right products. This can require you to experiment a little to find out what works for you, but you can give yourself a headstart by learning exactly what hair type you have. Two things you’ll need to know are how absorbent your hair is and what sort of curl it has. Here’s how to tell:
Finding out how absorbent your hair is
Your hair's ability to take on and retain moisture is one of the most important factors in hair care. When your hair is less able to retain moisture, it can become dry and brittle, especially if it doesn't receive the right care. Whether people have low, medium, and high porosity hair depends on a few different factors. The first is genetics, which you can't do anything about. Some people naturally have hair with higher or lower porosity and need to learn how to treat it right. However, other factors can also affect how porous your hair is, including environmental factors and what you do to your hair.
But how do you work out your hair porosity? There are no guaranteed ways to find out, but if you're not sure, there are some tests you could try to work it out. One option is to take a strand of clean hair and drop it into a glass of water. Leave it for three to five minutes and if it floats, you have low porosity hair, whereas if it sinks, you have high porosity hair. Another indicator is how fast your hair dries. If it takes a long time, you likely have low porosity hair but if it dries quickly, your hair may have lower porosity.
So what does this mean for your hair? Neither high, medium nor low porosity is inherently good or bad. Using the right products designed for your hair is the most important thing to keep in mind.
Your curliness factor
How straight or curly your hair is should also be a significant factor that you take into account when assessing your hair. It helps you to determine what you should be doing to care for it, from how often to wash it to how to brush or comb it. When it comes to straight and curly hair, there are generally four categories. 1 is straight hair, 2 is wavy, 3 is curly, and 4 is coils. These can be broken down into further categories (e.g. 2a, 2b) if you want to get a firm grasp on your hair type. There are lots of charts and comparisons you can find online to determine where your hair falls.
How curly or straight your hair is will most likely affect how you take care of it. For example, if you have very curly hair, you might not have realised that it can require different treatments compared to straight hair. Many people with curly hair choose to use haircare methods that cut out shampoo and instead focus on washing with conditioning products. This helps to prevent their hair from being stripped of nutrients and moisture, while hydrating at the same time.
Don't dye you hair if you want it to be naturally beautiful
I think this is a hard one for most people, especially females. I think every female I know, aside from me, dyes their hair on a regular basis!
I always think how awfully damaging that must be to the environment. It’s become normal for everyone to dye their hair all the time.
I see pictures of me when my hair was long and dyed and it looks in poor condition. I did originally use temporary dyes and they made my hair look amazing, but it was the dye that made it look amazing. I had to keep dyeing it every few weeks to keep up with the glossy amazing hair. It didn’t last otherwise.
When my hair is dye-free it is naturally in good condition and stays that way. Plus you'll save so much money!
If you colour your hair or treat it in any way, knowing how to take care of it is essential. Some dyes and other chemicals can be harsh on your hair, making it extra important to take good care of it. Using the right products and having a good haircare routine will help to keep your hair healthy. It's also important to be careful about doing any dying or other treatments at home. While the DIY route can be cheaper, it can also be risky.
Style your hair safely when it comes to heat
Styling your hair, whether it's just an everyday style or you're doing something special, should be done in a safe way. One of the things to think about is how to safely use heat styling tools to protect your hair. It's best not to use heat too often and try to keep it for rare occasions, rather than every day.
Heat can damage your hair, drying it out and making it brittle, so it's best to be conservative with your use of styling tools.
Using a protective spray can help to protect your hair if you're using straighteners or curling tongs.
Or if you have washed your hair, let it naturally dry or part dry it with the hairdryer to reduce the amount of direct heat on the hair.
There are even super absorbent hair towels that can reduce the need to use so much heat to dry hair.
Use natural products
Most mainstream brands use harsh chemicals in their products, which is probably so your hair comes to depend on them and you have to keep using their products. That's their plan! Common ingredients found in hair products can actually strip your hair of natural oils and can cause breakage and dryness.
Many of the chemicals are not good for your hair, not good for the environment and not good for your health. For example, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) that helps remove dirt from hair and skin but it can also cause scalp irritation, dryness, and itchiness. Parabens such as methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben should be avoided as they can build up in your body and cause health issues such as cancer.
I always use natural plant based products such as solid shampoo for my hair and have done since changing to a natural beauty regime perhaps five years ago. My hair is in better condition for it and it stays that way.
Dyeing hair and using chemical products is quite literally poisoning your hair and scalp!
Even if you have a hair or scalp condition, you should be able to find a natural solution to help. For example, if you have dandruff then there's a natural and organic anti-dandruff hair oil that you can use. Simply do your research and find out what natural alternatives you can find for any hair/head issues.
It took me a while to find a shampoo bar that worked for my hair and didn't make it too greasy or dry, so sometimes it's trial and error when switching to a new hair care routine. But eventually your hair will thank you for it!
There are also lots of natural remedies you can make yourself for your hair to improve its condition or natural ways to thicken hair if it's thin or thinning.
Also, if you cut your own hair, or your families, then make sure you invest in a high quality pair of hair shears to keep the ends beautiful with perfect clean cuts.
Drink lots of water
We all know drinking lots of water is good for us to stay hydrated, but it also gives us great skin and glossy hair.
Water is not all equal though and I drink distilled water at home which is pure H2O. I’m sure it’s taking effect as my skin is clearer than it’s ever been and my hair is healthier too.
Use soft water if possible
If you have soft water then it’s a lot gentler on your hair with less mineral build up.
It’s even possible to wash your hair with water only if you live in a soft water area. I did try it, but we have hard water and I had a lot of build-up in my hair.
There are lots of claims that the ‘no-poo’ method works well with soft water. I’ve even investigated having a filter attached to the water entering our home to make our water softer.
Eat a nutrient rich plant-based diet
“The healthiest diet for your hair is the healthiest diet in general—one that is based on real, whole foods and mostly plant-based.” — Maria Marlowe, nutritionist (source)
Though the hair we can see is not alive, the hair follicles it comes from and the part of the hair within the follicle is very much alive and needs feeding!
A diet rich in raw fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains that nourishes all parts of your body with all the vitamins and minerals you need will keep your hair looking great.
10 foods for healthy hair
There are lots of great foods to eat for healthy hair, here are a few vegan-friendly food ideas to get started:
- Sweet potatoes
- Dark leafy greens
- Aloe vera juice
Choose a gentle brush
I currently use a tangle tease sort of brush that has soft bristles without balls on the end. It’s very gentle on the hair and with multiple layers and lengths of bristles it helps to pull the natural hair oils through the hair giving a nice gloss finish.
Avoid hot showers
Opt for a warm shower instead of a boiling hot shower. Extreme temperatures can be damaging to hair.
As much as a scorching shower might be pleasurable, it’s not always great for your hair!
Learn how often your hair really needs to be washed
One of the things that can be affected by your hair type is how often you need to wash your hair. Some hair types don't need to be washed as often and can even be damaged by excessive washing!
Washing too much can strip hair of its natural oils and then you depend on the shampoo to make your hair look great instead. If your hair is used to being washed too regularly, it may seem greasy quickly, so you need to get out of the habit. There may be a transition stage where your hair will look greasy until it gets used to being washed less.
On average, you may need to wash your hair every two to three days. However, many people wash their hair less frequently.
Curls or coils often don't need to be washed very often and can be damaged through frequent washing. However, everyone's hair is different and there are various factors that can affect how often someone needs to wash their hair. If your scalp produces more oil, you might feel the need to wash more often.
If you use lots of products, this can also mean you need to wash your hair more. Therefore, it's better to minimise the number of hair products you are using to try and get your hair back to a beautiful natural state that needs less washing.
(I’m guilty of not always following this one, but because I’m regularly at the gym. I get so sweaty that my hair looks greasy if I don’t wash it, so often I have to wash it every day. If I don’t go to the gym for a couple of days then I won’t wash my hair and it always looks in amazing condition. Also, I always find my hair looks best the day after it’s washed and not the day I wash it. No idea why?!)
Caring for thinning hair and options for hair loss
Thinning hair is a pretty common problem and could be a result of a few different things. Pregnancy, ageing, and other factors can lead to thinning hair and even bald spots. Knowing how to care for thinning hair can be the most useful thing for a lot of people, especially if you're self-conscious about it.
Many stylists and hair experts recommend getting a haircut if your hair is thinning. It might seem counterintuitive, but it can help to lessen the appearance of the thinning. Getting highlights is also a tip that can help thinning hair look healthier.
If you are suffering with hair loss and it's affecting your confidence then there are some treatments nowadays that can help, including some natural treatments, though you may need to attend a clinic to access these.
A new natural treatment for hair loss offered by Wimpole Clinic is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, which harnesses your own body’s healing ability by taking your own blood and extracting your own plasma which contains platelets (the good stuff). They are then reinserted into the area of your scalp or body that will benefit from rejuvenation.
There are also some alternative options such as wigs which can be made from natural hair, gentle hair extensions which can also be made from natural hair or synthetic, or the many ideas at like FemaleHairlossReview.com if you are starting to lose hair or notice thinning hair and it's bothering you.
If hair loss is ever extreme then there are options such as a hair transplant or for men there’s even a procedure called Advanced Tricho Pigmentation which creates the impression of more hair follicles and hair than there actually is. Medihair's hair transplant statistics show that 41.3% of males are suffering from advanced hair loss.
The cost of a treatment like Advanced Tricho Pigmentation is in the range of £500 to £3500 depending on the size of the treatment area, so opting for procedures like this is not a cheap option, but they can offer more of a permanent option than trying to cover it up with a hair-piece or hair extensions, so it could be cost-effective in the longrun. It lasts around three years.
You can also explore semi-permanent makeup tattoos for disguising hair loss too in some areas; these will often cost in the hundreds of pounds, again depending on the size of the area.
For more tips on how to hide your hair loss yourself at home, check out my blog post how to disguise thinning hair and also learn more about how your lifestyle choices can affect hair loss to try and prevent it.
Final roundup of ways to get naturally beautiful hair at home
Healthy hair is often a goal for many people. However, it can seem difficult to maintain healthy hair at home. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to maintain beautiful healthy hair naturally at home without spending lots of money on expensive hair salon visits if you don't want to!
Basically, going back to nature is the best thing for our hair; eating natural foods, using natural products and being gentle to it.
Knowing about your hair and how to take care of yor specific hair type will help keep it healthy and looking how you want. Some tips aren’t going to be a quick fix, especially when it comes to nourishing your hair from the inside out, but over time they will be totally worth it!
- Discover your hair type for the right products and regime
- Don't dye your hair
- Style your hair safely when it comes to heat
- Use natural products
- Drink lots of water
- Wash your hair in soft water
- Eat a nutrient rich diet
- Use a gentle brush
- Avoid hot showers
- Wash your hair less
- Care for thinning hair