7 Healthy Hair Habits to Start This New Year
For many people, the new year symbolizes a fresh start and is the perfect time to set goals and intentions for the year. If you've resolved to take better care of your hair, then these tips are especially for you!
1. Healthy From The Inside Out
Often we'll skip past what we're putting in our bodies and focus more on what we're putting on our hair when they're both critical factors to achieving our hair goals. Drink your water and focus on a healthy, balanced diet rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc to help grow strong hair from the root.
2. Nail Down Your Regimen
Building a hair care regimen is equal parts trial and error, patience and consistency! With the various products available, it can be tempting to want to try them all. That's why it's key to tune out the noise and focus on what truly works for your hair. All hair types respond to ingredients differently. Focus on the basics: cleanse, condition, moisturize and seal. If you're still trying to find products that work for you, the Up North Naturals Mini Bundle is a great place to start.
3. Handle with Care
Did you know kinky and curly hair types are the most fragile? Despite their appearance, curls and coils are very prone to damage and breakage. When detangling your hair, start by finger detangling, be gentle and apply Freshen Up Hair Mist to help make your strands more pliable. Take a look at your styling tools and ditch anything that snags or pulls on your hair.
We all have our horror stories of scissor-happy stylists but don't let that keep you from getting regular trims. While getting a trim won't make your hair grow any faster, it will help keep your ends healthy and strong so that you can maintain your length. The general rule of thumb is to trim every 3 to 4 months, but every head of hair is different. Observe your ends regularly to see if they need to be cut, and don't be afraid to book an appointment with your stylist.
5. Protect Those Tresses
With the amount of time spent styling curly hair, you want to make sure it's well protected. Use a satin or silk pillowcase, bonnet or hair scarf to help retain hair's moisture and prevent frizziness from sleeping.
6. Treat Yourself To A Scalp Massage
Do yourself a favour and add a scalp massage with the 8-Oil Blend to your self-care routine - you won't regret it! Scalp massages are super relaxing and benefit your hair and scalp health by promoting circulation and blood flow that encourage hair growth.
7. Back Away From The Flat Iron
Are you using flat irons and curling wands on your natural hair? Try to cut back or eliminate heat styling tools from your routine to reach your hair goals. The occasional silk press using a heat protectant probably won't damage your hair, but constant heat styling can deplete moisture and cause heat damage.
Whether you want to grow your hair longer than it's ever been, transition from chemically treated hair to all-natural, or learn how to take better care of what you've got, we hope these 7 tips will help you reach your goals!
May 2021 be a year of growth for you and your hair!
Written by: Annastasia Liu