How to have a good hair day every day – 7 tips from a haircare expert

Everybody wants to have a good hair day every day, but it’s pretty hard to achieve salon worthy hair 24/7.

Even after using different hair products and tools, it’s difficult to get that perfect hairstyle.

Your curls still seem frizzy or there’s that one rogue strand out of place on your sleek, straight hair.

But don’t panic. Whatever your hair type is, if you want to avoid bad hair days and encourage healthy hair growth, there are a few things you can do.

Wash your hair correctly

Did you know that how often you should wash your hair depends on your hair type?

CEO of SkincarebyDrV, Doctor Vanita Rattan, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Fine hair tends to get oily quickly, so you should aim to shampoo it every other day with a gentle formula.

‘For coarse hair, aim for washing it every three to four days and look for a shampoo that tames frizz and is moisturising.

‘Coiled curly hair requires more maintenance as the coils can be prone to breakage, so you should wash it less often – every two weeks.

‘If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, look for a shampoo and conditioner formulated for sensitive skin with no fragrances to avoid aggravating your scalp. 

‘Healthy hair starts at the scalp, so look out for ingredients that strengthens its skin barrier, such as niacinamide.’ 

Start at the scalp

You should take as much care of your scalp as you do your skin and it’s great to get a routine in place.

Vanita said: ‘The best way to do this is by using a shampoo that exfoliates the scalp, stimulates hair growth, adds volume, and moisturises the hair.

‘Key ingredients to look out for in your thickening shampoo includes salicylic acid to allow for strong, healthy hair growth and biotin which strengthens the hair at its root.

‘Oils in your shampoo such as vitamin E, argan oil and amla oil can also be beneficial to detangle the hair and improve its shine.

‘Shampoo your hair two to three times maximum to avoid over exfoliating your scalp and stripping it of moisture.’

Avoid using dry shampoo

It’s so tempting to cut corners and reach for the dry shampoo but that bad news is that it can really irritate your skin.

‘Whilst it is a “quick fix” absorbent, dry shampoo can stimulate more oil production and lead to contact dermatitis if used regularly,’ said Vanita.

‘If it is sprayed too closely to the scalp, dry shampoo can leave behind a heavy, powdery white finish to the hair which will look unnatural, weigh the hair down and feel sticky.

‘Instead, use a thick jersey hairband to hide greasy hair or style with sleek back hairstyles that can look even better with day-old hair!’

Use heatless styling techniques

Too much heat styling can damage the keratin proteins that give hair its strength, which leads to dryness and breakage.

Instead of using heat Vanita suggested some alternative styling techniques.

‘A slicked back wet look requires a pea sized amount of leave in conditioner to be distributed on wet or dry hair, then combed into place,’ she said.

‘For beach curls, you can sleep in plaits or wrap your wet hair around a scarf and tie it up overnight.

‘Finger curls can be achieved by coating your hair in mousse and using your fingers or a rat tail comb to create ‘S-shaped’ patterns across your hair line down to the nape of the neck.

‘Low buns, wide jaw clips and headbands are great hair accessories for heatless styling.

‘If you’re dealing with thinning hair patches due to excessive heat styling, invest in a anagen boost scalp tonic to increase hair density and reduce the inflammation of the scalp. Leave this in overnight or until your next hair wash.’

Eat the right foods

Your body is an interconnected system, eating the right foods can contribute to healthy hair growth and shinier hair.

Vanita said: ‘Because hair is made up of protein, you need to make sure you’re getting enough of it in your diet. If you don’t eat enough protein, your hair might become dry and brittle, causing hair loss.

‘Fish, legumes, chicken, turkey and nuts are all excellent choices.

‘Omega-3’s in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and trout are also beneficial for keeping the scalp nourished and promoting shine.

‘Vitamin C will help strengthen the hair follicles and aid in the production of collagen, often found in fruits such as oranges, kiwi, guava, papaya and strawberries.

‘We lose 1% of collagen every year from age 21 and it is the most abundant protein for hair, skin, nails and joints.

‘Loss of collagen is the main factor for why hair doesn’t grow enough and is more brittle.

‘So, alongside your diet, I would recommend everyone from mid 20s onwards to be taking 8grams of marine collagen daily.

‘After menopause, we lose 30% collagen in 5 years, so at this point you will want to double your collagen intake.’

Use a leave in conditioner and hair oils for a natural shine

Whether your hair needs an added boost of hydration, or is coloured and chemically treated, leave in conditioner can improve the elasticity, moisture and shine of your hair.

‘Glycerin and Isododecane are great ingredients to find in your leave in conditioners, as they work by preventing spilt ends, smoothing down your hair, making it easier to style,’ Vanita said.

‘Panthenol and pantolactone can also help to protect against hair damage from environmental stressors too.

‘For intense repair and moisture, add a strengthening oil to your hair strands after the leave in conditioner to regenerate your hair without burdening it.

‘Any hair growth tonics should also be water-based due to the microbe-malassezia that feeds on oil and leads to dandruff.’

Don’t brush your hair in the shower

Unless you’ve got coiled curly type 4 hair, do not brush your hair in the shower.

Vanita said: ‘Your hair is the weakest when it is wet, and therefore most susceptible to breakage and split ends. Even hair that is quite healthy can take on damage from combing wet hair in the shower.

‘Combing through tangles will also lead to more hair loss than what is considered natural.

‘You want to minimise the time that your hair is wet, which is why I recommend wrapping your hair in a microfibre towel after a shower.

‘This way, you are protecting your hair and also occluding the ingredients of your haircare products, so they can penetrate into the cuticles and nourish every strand.

‘By doing this routine, your hair will become softer and less likely to break.’

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